ORDRE Weekly

This week's roundup explores why designers are opting out of NYFW, innovative fibres made from liquids, Amazon's shapeshifting robot mannequins and more

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"For the first time ever, Proenza Schouler teamed up with ORDRE to present a technologically enhanced show for their SS'18 collection. 360˚ video and Virtual Reality front row seats delivered a fully immersive runway experience to exclusive buyers, ensuring that ORDRE retailers globally had a chance to view and order the collection online, using some of the most advaned technology available."

 

 

THE END OF AN ERA: COLETTE TO CLOSE ITS DOORS

Business Of Fashion

"Colette, the Parisian boutique and longstanding temple of cool, is closing down after 20 years. Saint Laurent is currently in discussions to take over its Rue Saint-Honoré location."

 

WHY ARE AMERICAN DESIGNERS OPTING OUT OF NEW YORK FASHION WEEK?

Vogue

"Joining Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, and Thom Browne, Joseph Altuzarra announced today that he’s swapping New York Fashion Week for Paris this September. Three’s a trend, but now there’s four. And it’s not just any four; it’s four of the best regarded, most influential labels on the calendar."

 

TAYLOR REVIEW MAY HIT ZERO-HOURS CONTRACTS

Drapers

"Large retailers using temporary contracts or agency staff in their supply chains could face employment law changes brought in by The Taylor Review."

 

CAMBRIDGE TEAM MAKES STRONG FIBRES FROM LIQUIDS

Fashion Network

"Scientists at the University of Cambridge have designed super-stretchy, strong fibres that are almost entirely composed of water, and could be used to make textiles, sensors and other materials. The fibres, which resemble miniature bungee cords, can absorb large amounts of energy, are sustainable, non-toxic and can be made at room temperature."

 

PEERING OVER THE CHINA PEAK

Business Of Fashion

"Chinese consumers remain the largest driver of global luxury growth, but there may be bad news ahead for European luxury brands."

 

AMAZON PATENTS SHAPE-SHIFTING ROBOTIC MANNEQUIN TECH

Retail Week

"Amazon has filed a patent for a robotic fashion mannequin that can change dimensions to allow a shopper to see how clothing items fit on different sizes."

 

RESELLERS POUNCE ON SUPREME-LOUIS VUITTON COLLABORATION

Financial Times

"For decades, big brands have controlled who can sell their goods and for how much. But as third-party sellers have proliferated on sites such as Amazon, prices there are not fixed by brands but by supply and demand, says Whitney Gibson, an attorney at law firm Vorys who works with brands to combat unauthorised resellers."

 

RETAIL APOCALYPSE CAN LEAD TO SUBURBAN RENAISSANCE

Bloomberg

"Stores that shrink or close under pressure from e-commerce will create opportunities for reshaping the American landscape."

 

COLETTE, 10 CORSO COMO, DOVER STREET MARKET, FASHION RETAIL'S CHANGING LANDSCAPE

Fashion Network

"The doyenne of Parisian concept stores, Colette, has announced it will close down in December, and its Milanese counterpart 10 Corso Como is also about to turn over a new leaf. Founded in 1990 by Carla Sozzani, the renowned concept store has struggled in recent years, coming very close to bankruptcy in 2015 and being recently threatened with eviction. But the temple of Italian fashion has found a saviour."