The Wall Street Journal now has a fashion blog although it appears to be in cessation until September (?!). In the context of “The gap between couture and ready-to-wear is narrowing”, Saturday’s entry mentioned the emergence of origami in the 2007 ready to wear collections from Balenciaga, Givenchy and Dior.
Now, as fast-fashion labels such as Zara, H&M and Mango have become expert at reinterpreting runway fashions at a fraction of the price, couture is creeping into high-end ready-to-wear. The result: ready-to-wear details that will likely be harder for less-expensive brands to mimic.
Pictured in the entry was an intriguing photograph but too small to make out detail. Surely some of the fashionistas in our midst could point me to a source with photos of these lines for optimal viewing? The remainder of the article is gated. I’m waiting on SO to send me a link; I find the premise that the gap between couture and ready to wear to be narrowing is titillating. Related: the detail on this is Vionneseque gorgeous. Sans the logarithmic scale of course.
Another media mention; a press release from Time magazine teases me about a great variety of fashion news they’ve printed up -you know, the kind of fashion news that would interest me- only the press release didn’t mention if this is a new publication featuring fashion or if it is a new section related to fashion within Time. I don’t know which it is yet. The PR person didn’t even include a URL(!). I had to google it and even then, only found the link from within an entry from another publication criticizing the new Time magazine (or section, whichever it is). Time’s website was also mute on the subject. Lesson: no matter how big or important you are, don’t assume that everyone knows who you are or what you’re doing so provide basic information for dumb bunnies like me. Don’t make people think and don’t make them do your homework. You need to shape your message, don’t force people to resort to finding you from a link on another site that is criticizing you.
Speaking of providing basic information, I found a public service website last week that did not list their address, telephone numbers or email addresses. The website is for an organization that assists displaced garment workers but it’s hard to help further their goals if you can’t find or communicate with them. I’d heard they were looking for contracts but have no confirmation as of yet.