This week’s Business of Fashion highlighted the strains and extremes dogging the fashion industry: professional gangs intimidating the front of a 3,000 customer long queue on Regent Street as H&M release their Balmain x H&M collection (which sold out in a matter of hours); Raf Simons, recently retired from Dior, talks about the extreme hours and design turnover needed to meet demand as customers increasingly turn high fashion into fast fashion; and a wonderful article about Brunello Cucinelli, who proves that treating fashion employees well can still command a healthy profit.
The love and lust of a demanding public can be highly addictive for fashion designers, but as the numbers suffering fashion burn out increase, many are choosing, instead, to shun the fads of a screaming public and to assert their own, healthier and happier, ideals.
H&M’s Limited Supply of Balmain Overwhelms Stores, Website
BoF Exclusive | Raf Simons Speaks to Cathy Horyn on the Speed of Fashion
Brunello Cucinelli Insists on Balance at His Business