The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever

The time when “fashion” was defined by French designers whose clothes could be afforded only by elite has ended. Now designers take their cues from mainstream consumers and creativity is channeled more into mass-marketing clothes than into designing them. Indeed, one need look no further than the Gap to see proof of this. In The End of Fashion, Wall Street Journal, reporter Teri Agins astutely explores this seminal change, laying bare all aspects of the fashion industry from manufacturing, retailing, anmd licensing to image making and financing. Here as well are fascinating insider vignettes that show Donna Karan fighting with financiers,the rivalry between Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, and the commitment to haute conture that sent Isaac Mizrahi’s business spiraling.

Even Swans Are Tough In NYC

posted a link to an article about a dog-eating catfish that died in the German city of Moenchengladbach. This kind of reminded me about a family of swans that used to live in a lake in Central Park. They became famous in 2000 for killing Donna Karan’s Jack Russell terrier that stupidly tried to swim to the couple’s nest. Now one of the swans was found dead and another one is missing. I think I might have a photo of the swans somewhere in my photo archive.