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

Celebrating the 2014 #BoF500 at Berners Tavern | Photo: Marcus Dawes

MILAN, Italy — Earlier this week, an amazing cross-section of the BoF community gathered at the London Edition hotel to celebrate the second annual #BoF500, which comes out this Monday.

In the room were CEOs from the three major luxury groups​, ​LVMH, Kering and Richemont;​ editors​, art directors and writers from multiple international editions of Vogue​; designers of every stripe​, print, pattern and intellect​; global connectors from Nigeria, Japan​, Brazil, and the Middle East​; big time bloggers; an entire creative class of hairstylists, makeup artists, set designers, photographers and their agents; top retailers from India, France and beyond; a gaggle of fashion-tech entrepreneurs; and, of course, members of the core BoF team, along with Dynamo, who entertained us all evening with his magic tricks!

Though they came from more than 20 countries and worked in every type of job imaginable, bringing this talented group of people together​ in one room further​ underscored just how interconnected our global community is. Throughout the evening, people remarked ​how ​happy ​they were ​to spend time with former colleagues, ​catch up with old ​friends and meet new contacts that they were bound to do business with.​ In this way, it felt more like a big family dinner than a stuffy fashion dinner. The drag queens from Sink the Pink also helped to boost the mood!

Stay tuned for the unveiling of the new #BoF500 on Monday morning!

In the meantime, please enjoy our top stories of the week gone by.

Second Annual #BoF500 Brings Global Industry Together
On Monday night, industry power players from over 20 countries celebrated the upcoming launch of the #BoF500 and ‘Polymaths & Multitaskers,’ BoF’s latest special print edition, out on September 22.

Colin’s Column | Hussein Chalayan, London’s Most Radical Fashion Designer
BoF columnist Colin McDowell speaks to the cerebral Hussein Chalayan, whom he rates as London’s only radical fashion designer.

6 Emerging Fashion Brands Worth Investing In
In the last two years, emerging fashion brands like Christopher Kane, Altuzarra, JW Anderson, Nicholas Kirkwood and Roksanda have attracted a flurry of investment. Who’s next? BoF identifies the young fashion labels we would bet on, based on their commercial and creative potential.

Michael Gordon’s Next Act
Bumble and Bumble founder Michael Gordon wants to shake up the industry once again with a new salon, a savvy digital content strategy and a product line called Purely Perfect.

In China, Hermès Paces Itself
As Hermès opens its first ‘maison’ in China, BoF sits down with Weiming Cao, the company’s president for Greater China to discuss the new store, the company’s expansion strategy and building a multi-local luxury brand.

Retail Recon | In Shoreditch, All’s Good in the Hood
Seven years after it debuted as a small independent clothing boutique, East London-based Goodhood brings its eclectic and highly curated mix of fashion, accessories and home goods to a new 3,000 square-foot flagship, combining edgy lifestyle boutique with an intimate neighbourhood feel.

Gucci’s Frida Giannini, Change Agent
Courtesy of our friends at Surface magazine, BoF brings you an in-depth conversation with Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, who continues to push the Italian house forward by emphasising teamwork and smart growth.

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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