In the wonderful world of fashion, everyone — and everything — is connected. We’re taking a look at who and what made waves in the past seven days, and weaving a common thread between them. From skyrocketing sales to surprising collaborations, this is your one-stop style-story shop.
1. Dior’s Soaring Sales. Since replacing a disgraced John Galliano, designer Raf Simons has given Dior’s sales a massive boost… a 24 per cent boost, to be exact. In 2012, sales for Christian Dior Couture reached $1.59 billion. Yep, you read right. Intricate detailing, hand-stitched everything and bold cutting-edge designs certainly pull in a pretty penny.
Do you know who else was making a pretty penny under the Dior banner?
2. John Galliano. So John Galliano is suing Christian Dior Couture and his own label John Galliano for abruptly ending his contracts (after he abruptly spewed anti-Semitic remarks in a Parisian café). As such, the break down of his salary was heard in court (and then made public) and reveals that after 15 years at the helm of Dior, Galliano was raking it in. All in all, he was taking home around US $6.85 million a year.
Do you know what could use a little cash injection like that?
3. W Magazine. Condé Nast announced this week that they’re cutting the number of W Magazine issues from 12 to 10 per year. The move comes as a bit of surprise as ad sales were up 10 per cent, with nearly 1,200 advertising pages sold in 2012. The massive publishing house said in a statement that they believe this will “maximize profitability and allow the brand to bolster its focus on key issues.”
Do you know what other Condé Nast publication is bolstering its brand?
4. Harper’s Bazaar And Carine Roitfeld. Four of the photos from Carine Roitfeld’s first spread as Harper’s Bazaar’s “Global Fashion Direction” were released this week. Featuring three familiar faces, Stephanie Seymour, Lara Stone and Joan Smalls, Roitfeld’s full spread will be in 26 international editions hitting shelves Feb. 16, proving that there most certainly is life after Vogue Paris.
Do you who else is expanding their work portfolio?
5. Marc Jacobs. And the "Most Surprising Collaboration of the Week Award" goes to… Marc Jacobs and Diet Coke. The NYC-based designer has signed on as the new creative director of Diet Coke. The brand is celebrating its 30th anniversary and Jacobs is celebrating a lucrative new gig. While the match up may seem a little odd, at least the commercials and pop can redesigns will be fun and fashion forward.