WSJ Magazine : Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Launch Menswear. It's a Marriage.

 

Interviewing two people who have been written about and hounded by paparazzi since childhood is never easy, but Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen turned out to be as informed and thoughtful as their fashion label, The Row.   I didn't realize how rare this interview was until it published and was picked up by publications from People Magazine to the Today Show. The Row was a real sleeper, and subtly groundbreaking, and perhaps, so are the women who design it.   

 

 PHOTO: ETHAN JAMES GREEN FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE

PHOTO: ETHAN JAMES GREEN FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE

WSJ Magazine: Nordstrom's Biggest Bet Ever. Until the Next One.

IN A RENTED warehouse in the Seattle suburbs, Nordstrom Inc. executives have built a life-size mock-up of each floor of their latest men’s department store. It is furnished with a blend of actual shelving and dummy plywood tables, creating a surreal retail theater 45 minutes from Nordstrom’s downtown headquarters. The real thing is set to open in New York City in April, on Broadway between 57th and 58th streets.

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Behind the Scenes at Gucci in WSJ Magazine

Gucci continues to be one of the most fascinating stories happening in fashion and culture today. It encompasses all the details of a good fairy tale - rags to riches, rescue, wizardry. It also represents something deeper going on in popular culture. There's so much more to get at why Alessandro Michele's designs are so appealing to so many people, particularly consumers 35 and under, who haven't been spending on traditional luxury brands goods. They are the holy grail for retailers, and they now account for 50% of Gucci's sales.

So glad I had the chance to write about Gucci in May's WSJ. Magazine. 

 FLOWER POWER | Models wearing pieces from the fall 2017 Gucci collection, at the brand’s headquarters in Milan. PHOTO: QUENTIN DE BRIEY FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE

FLOWER POWER | Models wearing pieces from the fall 2017 Gucci collection, at the brand’s headquarters in Milan. PHOTO: QUENTIN DE BRIEY FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE

Rei Kawakubo Has Her Way with the Met ;)

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art gave Rei Kawakubo her druthers - and then some  - for its spring fashion exhibit. They offered the Met Breuer, she wanted the flagship. They wanted the lights turned down, she wanted the kliegs up, up up. Curator Andrew Bolton wanted her early works, she refused. Guess who won, without ever pitching a fit.  Live and learn from the artist / designer who never says yes unless she means it. 

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