Friday, 12 March 2010

How Fashion And History Go Together For Luxury Brands – 12/3/10

In yesterday’s MO Down, we discussed the YSL retrospective being held in Paris. Now, we’d like to draw your attention to a Financial Times article, which makes some interesting points on YSL’s retrospective and current collection, and on the topic of now vs. the past.

The article’s opening paragraph raises an interesting argument, suggesting “Fashion and history are antagonistic bedfellows: on the one hand, fashion is predicated on refuting the past of only a season ago; on the other hand, it finds nothing quite so attractive as an archive – the older the better.”

What so often makes a luxury brand successful, apart from quality and rarity, is the history. Therefore, a new brand finds it difficult to become a 'luxury' brand even if they indulge in the same artisan craftsmanship, rare and exclusive fabrics and adornments. So at what point does a 'new' brand become a luxury brand? There are actually a few turning points, but the path is a difficult one…

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Melinda O’Rourke is the founder and Director of MO Luxury, a dynamic, Sydney-based management firm specialising in luxury brands and services. Melinda and her associates at MO work with local and international brands across prestige retail, fashion, fine jewellery, timepieces and specialised services. Melinda is well-connected, well-read, and well-versed in the demands of the luxury market and its client base. Her advice is firmly based in objectivity and ultimately, accountability. Melinda offers constructive counsel and both strategic and creative thinking and is able to draw upon a strong network of specialised talent to compliment the MO Luxury team as needed. Melinda enjoys excellent industry relationships and is regularly quoted in the business and fashion media. Read more about MO Luxury,