"The life of a designer is a life of fight: fight against the ugliness."
Jump Up: Early this week, the Prada group, which also owns Miu Miu, posted a record $336 million in profits for 2010, up a whopping 150.4% from the previous year. They are clearly doing something right, and if this season’s creeper shoe, which sold out of stores by mid-March and now has an extensive waiting list, is any indication, this year will continue to be strong for the company. Besides the brilliant clothes, look for: an upcoming IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, said to be coming as early as July.
And Down: In stark contrast, the saddest girl I have ever seen was pictured on an American Apparel ad in the TTC. Inexplicably, I cannot find a single image of the ad on the internet, but trust me – she emanated sad. Could it be due to the fact that her outfit appeared to have been styled by someone from the Church of Latter Day Saints? (This is as close as I come to touching religion on this blog, folks). Well, here’s something else for AA employees to be sad about: the company posted a $86.3 million loss for 2010. Besides cheap basics and missed filing deadlines, look for: continuing sexual harassment/assault lawsuits against founder Dov Charney. One has to wonder when the elastic will finally snap on this unfortunate Apparel (ha, ha).
And Work It (!) all around: The ever fabulous Lester Brathwaite over at Fashion Indie brings to you his 10 Poses to Get You Into Vogue (magazine), replete with examples, demonstration, and attitudinal instruction. Watch and learn, people (and maybe draw some quizzical looks from your cubicle-mates when you bust out laughing!)