Designers, Fashion

The business of fashion is so much more interesting.

Yes, I love the clothes, shoes and accessories like any girl, but what makes fashion so interesting to me is the business end. While most people write fashion off as unimportant, I don’t think they realize the monstrous business that works behind the facade that affects so much of the world financially, socially and politically. Articles like The Latest in Fashion: Pink Slips from The New York Times are fascinating. There have been some interesting designer promotions and firings happening over the last year and this article goes into detail about designer Lars Nilsson who was fired from Gianfranco Ferré before even showing a collection.

WHENEVER a fashion designer is fired, it is usually a very big deal, a scandal to be chewed on relentlessly by an industry that feasts on the intrigue of disgrace as if it were a long-denied buffet.
That the two most spectacular dismissals in the last five years happen to have involved the same designer, Lars Nilsson, is all the more delicious to fashion insiders. In 2003, Mr. Nilsson was canned from Bill Blass just hours after a poorly received runway show, and this February, he was mysteriously dismissed from Gianfranco Ferré, put out before he had shown even a single look.

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Anita Clarke is an Engineering Storyteller and the founder of the fashion blog “I want – I got.” She was one of the first and most prominent online fashion writers in Toronto and Canada.