Coach's new coach

My passion is for brands with heritage.
— Stuart Vevers

The windmill of creative directors keep turning in the fashion industry.  Earlier in the year Reed Krakoff, COACH's creative director, declared he would not be renewing his contract with the company, indicating he wanted to concentrate on running his namesake brand.  It has now been confirmed that Stuart Vevers, former creative director of Loewe, has been appointed the new creative head of COACH.   

 

"My passion is for brands with heritage.  Throughout my career, every brand I've been drawn to has a strong heritage, " Vevers told Vogue UK.  Brand heritage often is combined with modern references, youth and pop culture in his designs, which brings a certain authority and relevance to each citation.  With a design career which began with Calvin Klein in New York, Vevers moved to Milan to work with the venerable Laura Moltedo of Bottega Veneta and eventually grew to become head of accessories.  At Givenhcy, he created the "Pumpkin" handbag, and took on both mens and womenswear at Mulberry - and designed the "Emmy", "Aygness" and "Mabel" handbags.

COACH's new CEO, Victor Luis, praised Vevers: "Stuart is recognized as one of the world's leading accessories designers.  His passion, leadership skills and broad luxury brand experienced focused on leather goods, uniquely qualify him to lead the next chapter of COACH."  

 

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Asos' Advance in Asia

Written by Wendi Chang
Image from asos.com

Image from asos.com

Asos' stock continues to rise as they move forward in their journey to be "the number one online fashion destination for twenty-somethings, globally", says founder and CEO Nick Robertson.  The group's revenues jumped 33 percent to 359.7m pounds for the six months to February 28.  At the same time, they provided additional details on their expansion to Asia.  

Forty percent of Asos' sales are generated in the UK, and their international businesses in US, Australia, France and Germany are growing steadily.  "Our next focus is on 'tactical' countries", said Robertson.  The Russian site will launch this month, and the People's Republic of China will soon follow.  Although not expected to generate a profit for two years, the investment in China is a key part of the company's global quest - and the company is taking the time to do it correctly.  Separate technology, stock and a distribution hub are all part of the approximate 5m pound a year setup cost.  

In the meantime, the UKs largest online-only fashion retailer is aggressively expanding their unique online trading platform, BOUTIQUE.  Independent label and vintage specialists from around the world, including Asia are featured.  Fabitoria, a Taiwanese brand, was recently approached by asos.com to be part of the marketplace, which they joined this month.  The global exposure for local brands will be significant, and it allows Asos to test product in each market before entering in a larger way - a win-win situation with better visibility for both asos and the marketplace brands.  

 

Spring 2014 Bridal Wear Report

Delicate Shoulders

Transparent, embellished shoulder design adds ethereal detail to both simple and more heavily detailed gowns.  Patterns are often vine-inspired, and embellished with a combination of beading and embroidery

METALLIC

Gowns that sparkle and shine are romantic, and give life to the term "silver lining" .  The effect is seen both in fabric, and as an overall sparkle effect with beading and pailettes.  

KNEE-LENGTH

Non-tradtiional short skirts are becoming increasingly popular.  As traditional bridal designers embrace this silhouette, the options are not only fun and sexy, but increasingly sophisticated.  Tea-length to above-the-knee feels fresh and youthful.  

TRANSPARENT COVERED NECKLINES

High and straight transparent necklines are elegant, without being too conservative.  See-through fabrics are sexy and mysterious, adding a touch of edge to traditional (and not-so traditional) gowns.