- A year after its inception, the RED campaign has cost an estimated $100 million to market, yet yielded only $18 million for charity.
- Chanel’s plastic “Naked” shopper costs $950. It is also, apparently, of inferior quality to the complimentary gift bags Chanel sends beauty editors. LA Times Style Editor Booth Moore saw it up close, and had this to say:
There wasn’t even any quilting. Just clear plastic, a pair of interlocking silver C’s and a cheap-looking chain. I grew angry. The only thing that was clear was that I was the joke and Karl was laughing all the way to the Deutsche bank. (Link)
Sky-rocketing handbag prices have induced skepticism in even the most devoted buyers. The Bag Snob has talked about it, The Sunday Times has talked about it–it’s insulting.
- Kate Spade’s Things We Love section is a hit on the blogs–many, many design blogs have featured it, and I think it’s great. That said, while the idea of promoting one’s brand by aligning it with others (a lifestyle approach to marketing) is smart, what do the other brands think? Kate Spade’s one thing, but what if a more controversial brand did it?
- Karl Lagerfeld & the Sartorialist both recommend a book of Sydney police photographs called City of Shadows.
- Good advice on cleaning vintage clothes.
- A beautiful A Dress A Day essay on the intersection of fashion history and technology.
- Daddy Likey commenters discuss buying clothes from Asos.com (verdict: grim).
- Portfolio did two posts on fashion business, specifically how designers sell to U.S. department stores and how department store markdowns work. It’s really eye-opening, valuable information even from a consumer’s perspective; if you want to know more about fashion business, I also recommend The Fashion Designer Survival Guide, which packs a lot of info in concise and easy-to-read prose.
- Ambika found examples of 1930s airbrushing (subjects include Bette Davis & Joan Crawford).
- Kingdom of Style did a brilliant DIY take on Christopher Kane/Preen.
- Next fashion trend: swap shops.
- Speaking of A Dress A Day’s Erin, did you know she is Erin McKean, the EIC of US Dictionaries for Oxford University Press? Watch her Pop!Tech podcast here.
- Gawker Media’s newest blog, Jezebel, has a brilliant post where reporters sewed designer labels into new fast fashion buys, then sold them to consignment stores.
- The Vintage Fashion Guild blog is worth a bookmark. In particular, this post highlights why you should always buy vintage from reputable dealers.
- A super Poiret-inspired slideshow from the New York Times