2012 In Fashion: A Year In Review

In June 2012, London held the first ever fashion week dedicated to men’s wear. The British have finally shifted their attention to men’s fashion, In November of 2012, Selfridges opened over 10,000 sq. ft. of space dedicated only to men’s footwear such as formal shoes for men and athletic shoes.

Last year proved to be a very good year for men’s fashion because several outlets such as Topman and Mr. Porter have increased their overall sales. David Beckham, the football icon and epitome of manly fashion, appeared on the cover of no less than Elle, a known women’s magazine. Overall, 2012 was a good year for men’s fashion.

The fashion world has been rocked last year with major changes. The top of the fashion industry have experienced the brunt of these changes. For example, last April, John Galliano of Dior was replaced by Raf Simons. The fashion label Yves Saint Laurent experienced a change as well as Stefano Pilati, the fashion house’s creative director,was replaced by Hedi Slimane. Hedi Slimane, as can be recalled was one of the major designers in Dior Homme.

A very interesting controversy was the banning of Cathy Horyn, a New York Times fashion critic, from the Saint Laurent show. Horyn reacted to this negatively and slammed the fashion house by giving negative reviews. Slimane sounded off on Twitter as well. This gossip has caused quite a stir and will surely continue on well into the first quarter of 2013.

Sales from the fashion line of M&S has experienced a significant plunge of 6.8 percent last July. Apparently, women have changed their shopping habits and prefer to shop for their clothes at stores that exclusively sells clothes.

Women also apparently want to keep updated on the latest fashion trends. In contrast, Zara has increased its dominance in the fashion market for last year. Cos and Whistles has experienced an expansion of its business in 2012. Women shoppers have become smarter and next year, we may see more of these types of shoppers.

 

 

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