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BoF editor-in-chief Imran Amed recaps the week in the business of fashion.

The #BoF 500 – 2014

PARIS, France — All hail the fashion nerds!

On Monday, BoF unveiled the second annual #BoF500, exploring the people shaping the global fashion industry. And all week we have been profiling the standout Polymaths & Multitaskers among them with in-depth features from our limited-run special print edition, which has been selling like hot cakes!

From Caroline Issa and Maurizio Cattelan to Tim Blanks and the legendary Karl Lagerfeld (our cover star), the BoF team was thrilled to sit down and learn about the personal and professional trajectories of some of fashion’s biggest overachievers.

But the undoubted highlight of the week came yesterday at an informal meet-and-greet kindly hosted by Sarah Andelman at Colette, the undisputed retail epicentre of Paris Fashion Week. At the event, I was so thrilled to meet readers from across Paris, including students from INSEAD and Institut Français de la Mode. We also had a special guest appearance from the multitasking Karl Lagerfeld himself, who graciously took time from his Chanel fittings to come and say hello and see the life-sized version of our Vishnu-inspired cover. Thank you Mr Lagerfeld.

More from us next week, but in the meantime you can pick up your copy of our special limited-run print edition here. Last year’s edition sold out and has now become a collectible!

Imran and Karl

Please enjoy our top stories of the week gone by:

#BoF500 | The People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry in 2014
Introducing the members of this year’s #BoF500, the most influential and authoritative list in the global fashion industry.

Karl Lagerfeld, Mr Multitasker
For our second annual #BoF500 ‘Polymaths & Multitaskers’ special print edition, BoF meets fashion’s consummate multitasker, Karl Lagerfeld, who manages to balance his work for Chanel, Fendi and his own brand, as well as a steady stream of photography and illustration commissions, by cultivating a zen-like detachment from his work.

Encyclopaedia Blanks
From Buffy The Vampire Slayer to obscure indie bands, Tim Blanks’ vast cultural lexicon has brought vitality to his famous show reviews. BoF discovers that, more often than not, the polymathic critic lived rather than learnt his reference points.

Catching the Toiletpaper Virus
At Toiletpaper, artist Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari are creating provocative, hyperreal imagery that has ‘infected’ fashion with its naughtiness, irony, humour and shock value.

Caroline Issa, A Beautiful Mind
From modelling to management consulting, publishing to fashion design, Caroline Issa’s iterative evolution has been nothing short of remarkable.

Milan’s Struggles
Nostalgia loomed large on the catwalks of Milan in another sign of an Italian fashion system obsessed with the past, says BoF columnist Angelo Flaccavento.

Isaac Reina, Soft Meets Structured
This month, our Spotlight shines on Isaac Reina, who brings a compelling blend of spare utilitarianism and human warmth to his collection of bags and small leather goods.

Black Milk, ‘Sharkies’ and the Rise of a Fashion Fandom
Black Milk’s rabid fan base is the driving force behind the fast-growing Australian clothing brand, influencing everything from product design to marketing. BoF examines one of fashion’s most obsessive fandoms.

And don’t forget to check out BoF Weekly, a week in review published with Flipboard and updated every Saturday.


Imran Amed
Founder and Editor-in-Chief

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