The Guardian article, Chanel Looks To The East To Lure Chinese Shoppers, suggests that brands like Chanel and Christian Dior are shifting their focus on selling HC to wealthy Chinese. Chanel even put an Asian spin on their recent collection unveiling a traditional Chinese cheongsam dress.
Dior is also pulling out all the stops to impress their Asian audience by sponsoring an art exhibition in Beijing. This exhibition, entitled 'Dior And Chinese Artists', attracted 60,000 visitors and bolstered the brand's standing in China.
These examples show that luxury brands are re-evaluating the longevity of HC and questioning its ability to re-invent. HC is very expensive to maintain, however for brands like Chanel and Dior, it is the 'top of the pyramid', the lofty heights most customers aspire to. It also helps to sell their ready-to-wear lines, accessories and, most importantly, their fragrance and beauty products – making it a very valuable commodity indeed!
To read a critique on the Paris couture shows, click here.