Comme Des Garcons – A Global Fashion Brand

Comme des Garcons means ‘like the boys’ in French. This fashion label is the creation of the amazing Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, who has made her mark on the fashion world with her own brand of controversial fashion despite having no formal fashion or tailoring training.

Perhaps it is this lack of training that has enabled Rei to create designs that have caused such a huge stir in the fashion world. She has challenged the notion that fashion must be sexy and colourful . She created designs of clothing that are described by some as avant garde by some. In the eighties, she created her vision of fashion in all black clothing that was almost revolutionary at the time. The technical side of Comme des Garcons is handled completely by her pattern makers who are challenged with transforming her designs into reality. The Comme de Garcons label has it’s own very recognisable signature look. The clothing is assymetical and draped across the body in an almost masculine style and feature details such as fraying and holes.

More recent Comme Des Garcon collections have incorporated loud and garish colours but for spring summer 09 Rei has returned to her favourite black.

The label was extablished in 1969 and has since been instrumental in bringing other new talents into the fashion spot light including Junya Watanabe and Tao Kurihara who have both started sub label under the Comme Des Garcons name . The label has also expanded into a huge empire over the last four decades with stores all over the globe and both clothing and perfume lines.

Duck and Cover Has Emerged As a Very Popular Fashion Brand – Try It

There are various fashion brands that have become immensely popular all around the world. The main reason for the rise in popularity of these brands is the growing consciousness among people to look more and more fashionable. These brands, in fact have become the main desire of the young generation of the present day. A kind of infatuation works among the teenagers regarding the use of branded clothes and accessories. They feel that they can look stylish only by means of wearing branded clothes.

Among several brands, Duffer menswear has become popular. There are several premium fashion brands working under this brand with different names like Duck and Cover, Henleys, Voi Jeans and many more. However, Duck and Cover have succeeded to win the hearts of millions of young generation people with the amazing range of collection. Duck and Cover is basically a designer label. Its innovative design goes with its name. For modern people seeking modern dresses, the collection of Duck and Cover is simply suitable.

These dresses are stylish as well fully functional and can be used for different types of occasion for different types of purposes. Due to the wide range of popularity of this fashion brand, it is not very difficult to get stores of Duck and Cover. Moreover, you can also make a search on the internet to look at the variety of designs and the styles of the dressing collection from Duck and Cover.

Duck and Cover tries its best to satisfy its customers with its new range of collection. The quality of dressing material is simply great to make you feel comfortable at any season. They see to it that along with the brand name, their customers get something of high quality so that it lasts for a long period of time. in fact, their products simply look good and feel great. With Duck and Cover you will be able show of your attitude in a different manner. The fitting will be amazing and the color combination of each pair is dress is wonderful enough to make you confused regarding the dress material you would buy.

You can buy jackets, jeans, t-shirts, shirts, polo shirts, sweaters and many other accessories of Duck and Cover to expose your style. You will stand apart from every one else with Duck and Cover collection and the greatest thing about it is that these collections are quite affordable so as to suit your pocket. The company takes care of the demands of the customer and sees to it that they give a good understanding of the varieties of aesthetic sensibilities that exists in the market. With this aim in mind they perform their business.

GHD – Is it a Billion Dollar Global Fashion Brand?

The rise and rise of GHD is becoming an ever more impressive story. Despite being ultimately a one-product company (the iconic ghd hair straightener, albeit it in various sizes and colours), and despite (or perhaps because of) being headquartered in deeply unfashionable Silsdon in Yorkshire, UK, GHD seems to get as many mentions in the fashion press as a certain Mrs Beckham.

Monique Lhullier, Miss Sixty and many others featured GHD as their haircare partner at their recent Fashion Week shows, with wavy, sea-inspired styles that showed off the versatility of the ghd iv styler.

Perhaps even more importantly the GHD marketing and PR machine that was so effective in dominating the UK market for GHD, is now fully up and running on a global basis with the famous pink GHD promotion now appearing across the globe (with a global network of breast cancer charities benefiting). Other campaigns like the GHD Pure / GHD Dark promotion also enjoyed global promotion

further example of how GHD is becoming a genuine international fashion brand is the unwelcome arrival of large-scale counterfeiting of GHD products. Indeed, major UK-based discount beauty and cosmetics chain, Superdrug, recently admitted supplying its customers with counterfeit GHD hair straighteners, albeit unintentionally [Source: BBC News Website, Friday, 19 September 2008]. This would suggest that GHD counterfeiting is now highly organised and very professional (as it is with designer perfumes and luxury fashion accessories). Of course, no-one at GHD will be happy with fake GHD products being sold, but it does bracket the company in some pretty exclusive company (Gucci, Prada, and the like).

It would appear that GHD have realised from the start that building a fashion brand is not exclusively about sales figures. Turnover, although important, must be conducive to brand building. For that reason, GHD have a famous reputation for refusing to supply to high street names – culminating in rejecting likes of Boots when GHD themselves were only a few years old. Although this policy has been relaxed slightly in recent years (with Boots and Amazon starting to sell directly supplied GHD hair straighteners in the last 12 months), it helped create the exclusivity and allure that any brand needs if it is to become a significant asset in its own right.

Which brings us to the issue of how much GHD might ultimately be worth. When the most recent management buy-out took place last year (just before the global credit markets seized up), the valuation was around $288 million ($160m). One of the reasons given for injecting capital a that stage into the business was to help it strike out around the globe to boost its presence and revenues from the US, Europe and Australasia. Achieving this, particularly in the US, where it was previously an underground cult brand, will certainly see the valuation of the GHD brand soar.

Of course, now isn’t the time to get carried away with valuing privately-held companies, but once the markets have returned to normality in 2010 or thereabouts, and provided that GHD has managed to continue to build its presence globally, then there is no reason why the people of Yorkshire won’t be celebrating the presence of a billion dollar fashion brand just up t’road.

7 Reasons Fashion Brands Should Be Nice to Bloggers

In the fashion world bloggers are rising to prominence as a force to be reckoned with. For some reason many new and established fashion brands still seem to treat them as second class citizens. We think this is a mistake, and here are a few reasons why we think so.

1. 40% of the press at New York Fashion Week are bloggers.

According to Reuters the presence of online media at fashion week has grown more than 20% over the last six months. This means that of the 3, 600 members of press present, nearly 40% are fashion bloggers.

2. Major fashion brands are inviting them to shows.

Designers like Carl Lagerfeld and John Galliano are inviting bloggers to their shows. In some cases they are even paying all costs to fly the bloggers to the show. If top end designers are doing this, don’t you think it’s time you start being nice to your local fashion blogger?

3. In the USA fashion bloggers are becoming very popular.

Blogs like Style Bubble are getting up to 25 000 hits a day. While some bloggers have tens of thousands of twitter followers. If this isn’t enough to make you sit up and notice then I don’t know what is.

4. Bloggers are now judges for CFDA

For the first time ever bloggers have been invited to be judges for the Council of Fashion Designers of America. This is a landmark event for the fashion blogging industry. It is an indicator of the power and influence that is moving into the hands of fashion bloggers.

5. Traditional fashion editors are losing control.

Just like the film and music industry is struggling to come to grips with the fact that the internet has made them largely irrelevant; the fashion editorial industry is losing much of it’s power. In the good (or bad depending on your point of view) old days fashion editors could control what and who the public sees. With the advent of the internet and growth of fashion blogs this power is now gone.

6. Enthusiasm = Influence

Everybody knows that the thing that sells clothes is enthusiasm and passion; not knowledge. The average person out there doesn’t care about technical details and high-brow descriptions of the “silhouette” and “architectural lines” of a garment. On the other hand, having somebody who clearly loves clothes recommend an item they love carries much more weight. Bloggers mostly do this because they love clothes and fashion, yes some of them make money from their blogs, but they only make money because they are passionate about what they do.

7. The rest of the world lags behind the USA

If you are based outside the USE this might be the most important reason to start building relationships with local bloggers. The developing world runs 3-4 years behind the states when it comes to the adoption of internet trends. This means that before long all the major local brands will be beating a path to the door of your favorite blogger. Shouldn’t you be there first?