Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Kate and Laura Mulleavy discuss their creative process and partnership

Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy work more like artists than designers. They're oddballs - they live with their parents in Pasadena, far away from the fashion bubble in New York.  They don't seem to concern themselves with trends or wearability, which often makes me wonder how much revenue their business generates, despite having industry support.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Donatella Versace talks about her design philosophy

She's a little difficult to understand, but speaks honestly.  Fashion is full of some crazy stories - one is the murder of her brother, Gianni, who founded the Versace empire, by a crazy dude who committed suicide.  She acknowledges the difficulty of taking over, coming out from the shadow of her "genius" of a brother.  She's a bit of a caricature of herself, but the Versace brand is still going strong so she must be doing something right.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Alexander Wang talks about his business and design process

When Alexander Wang was appointed the new creative director of Balenciaga, the fashion world freaked out.  Wang's aesthetic is more commercial than Ghesquiere's was, but perhaps that was why Wang was chosen as Ghesquiere's successor.

Back when Wang's label first started, I was supposed to interview as an assistant designer, but due to a combination of schedule and my reluctance to work for someone who was younger than I was, I never interviewed.  Perhaps that was a mistake, but it's been interesting to see the evolution of his brand and his status as a designer.  His line started out as several relatively simple sweaters and has mushroomed into a huge lifestyle brand.  He definitely has an eye for what looks cool, and seems to work hard while staying humble.