Saks’ Roopal Patel and FIT’s Valerie Steele Talk Fashion Shows and Trends

After a whirlwind month covering the fashion shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris, Roopal Patel, senior vice president and fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue, gave the lowdown to Valerie Steele, curator and director of The Museum of FIT on Thursday afternoon.
The conversation, which took place at the third annual winter luncheon of the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT, was held at Avra Madison Estiatorio and sponsored by Saks.
By way of introduction, Kathy Reilly, luncheon chair, said Patel has driven the transformation of Saks since 2015, with responsibility for trend forecasting, spotting emerging designers and honing the seasonal fashion message.
Steele then kicked off the discussion, asking Patel to describe her primary day-to-day responsibilities and strategic point of view.
Patel, who oversees men’s, women’s, accessories, jewelry and beauty, said, “When we look at fashion, there’s a lot of storytelling that goes on. Our job and my responsibility is to be the translator and curator. Taking what we’re seeing on the runways in London, New York, Milan and Paris, and making sure that that vision and the trend direction is translated for the Saks customer to experience.”
One of Patel’s goals is to make sure they’re making shopping at Saks

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Anne Valérie Hash Becomes Artistic Director of Bonpoint

NEW BEGINNINGS: French designer Anne Valérie Hash is taking over the creative direction of mother-daughter fashion brand Bonpoint.
She succeeds Christine Innamorato, who was brought into the company by its founder Marie-France Cohen in 2006. Innamorato oversaw both the childrens’ collection and the adult line, Bonpoint Paris, which was launched in 2018. Prior to that, Bonpoint was carrying a young-adult line, named YAM, which has since been discontinued.
A start date for Hash is yet to be announced. Contacted by WWD, a spokeswoman for Bonpoint declined to comment.
Hash, a graduate of the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, launched her own fashion label in 2001, subsequently winning the ANDAM Prize in 2003. The designer introduced a kid’s line named “Mademoiselle” in 2008, aimed exclusively at girls. Then the brand closed in 2014, and the designer was named creative director of Comptoir des Cotonniers, owned by Japanese retail giant Fast Retailing, in February 2015.
Under Hash’s creative leadership, Comptoir des Cotonniers highlighted its legacy of dressing mothers and daughters via a series of advertising campaigns. For the brand’s 20th anniversary, for instance, Charlotte Gainsbourg and her 13-year-old daughter Alice appeared in the fall 2015 campaign. Hash’s contract with the brand ended in May

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Lyft Adds Former Obama Adviser Valerie Jarrett to Board

Ride-hailing startup Lyft Inc. is adding its first independent board member, Valerie Jarrett, a former top adviser of President Barack Obama.
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Dance and Fashion By Valerie Steele (Hardback)

Dance and Fashion By Valerie Steele (Hardback)


Overview Dress and adornment have long played an important role in the visual allure of dance, and fashion designers have often been inspired by the way dancers look. The tutus and pointe shoes of the Romantic ballerina, for example, have influenced designers from Christian Dior to Christian Louboutin. Cristóbal Balenciaga was inspired by the drama of flamenco, Yves Saint Laurent by the Orientalism of the Ballet Russes, and Rick Owens by the dynamism of African-American steppers. Fashion designers are also increasingly collaborating with choreographers to create stylish new dance costumesfrom the bump dresses by Comme des Garçons for Merce Cunningham to Valentino’s Bal de Couture designs for New York City Ballet. Lavishly illustrated with both contemporary and historical images, the book features essays by ten fashion experts, who explore various aspects of the reciprocal relationship between dance and fashion, from the liberating effects of the tango to the influence of ballet on Japanese girl culture. Designers featured include Leon Bakst, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Halston, Barbara Karinka, Isaac Mizrahi, Rodarte, Yves Saint Laurent, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, Valentino, and Iris Van Herpen. This beautiful book explores for the first time the synergy between dance and fashion, and is an original and inspired contribution to the study of both art forms. Product details Isbn-13: 9780300208856, 978-0300208856 Author: Valerie Steele Publisher: Yale University Press Publication date: 2014-10-03 About Wordery Wordery is one of the UK’s largest online booksellers. With millions of satisfied customers who enjoy low prices on a huge range of books, we offer a reliable and trusted service and consistently receive excellent feedback. We offer a huge range of over 8 million books; bestsellers, children’s books, cheap paperbacks, baby books, special edition hardbacks and textbooks. All our books are dispatched from the UK. Wordery offers Free Delivery on all

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