Words – from the GLOBAL LUXURY Fashion Summit

Fashion fades, only style remains the same – Coco Chanel

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Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma 

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things – Pablo Picasso

Comments below taken from REUTERS reporters…..

at the GLOBAL LUXURY and FASHION SUMMIT in fashion capitals ranging from Paris to New York. Here are some memorable quotes from the summit (like being a fly on the wall  – we can Yvesdrop a little):

CARVEN CEO HENRI SEBAOUN: On DESIGNERS’ CREATIVITY –

“There has been a big gap between what was done in the studio and clients’ expectations, but a new generation of designers is now trying to reconcile creativity and clients’ needs.”

SOCIETE DES BAINS DE MER CEO BERNARD LAMBERT: ON PROVIDING GOOD SERVICE:

“It’s a smile at reception, calling the guest by their name, serving breakfast on time, not making any mistakes with the bill.”

PARMIGIANI FLEURIER CEO JEAN-MARC JACOT: ASKED ABOUT THE CHALLENGES OF HIRING GOOD STAFF – 

“There’s experience and there’s conscientiousness. Conscientiousness is harder and harder to find. It’s the culture of constant channel-hopping.”

FASHION DESIGNER DIANE VON FURSTENBERG: ON FASHION DESIGNER JOHN GALLIANO (previously with Dior) –

“It’s very unfortunate what happened, the state he was in, the stupidity that came out of his mouth, the fall. But it’s not just in fashion that you fall. Strauss-Kahn had a bigger fall.”

“I wanted to be an independent woman and I wanted to be in control. I became that woman through fashion … Everything about my life is all about the same thing. It’s about empowering women.”  my side note: I met DVF one night at a nightclub in New York – many eons ago. The friends she sat with offered me some champagne and a seat beside them.  She was once on the cover of “TIME” Magazine with her famous wrap dress. One I tried very unsuccessfully to copy in a sewing class.  A testament to things that look simple but are not.  ALL women look good in THAT DRESS.

LE PRINTEMPS CEO PAOLO DE CESARE: ON CUSTOMER LOYALTY – Higher-end customers don’t want to trade down. Maybe they delay the purchase a little, but they stay with the brand. Even if times are tougher, they stay with the brand.”

Russians are coming back. There is a clear correlation between the oil price and the number of Russians coming to our stores.”

BARBARA BUI (BBUI.PA) DEPUTY CEO JEAN-MICHEL LAGARDE – “I have the impression that many brands are re-centering their production in Europe. Many people tried to make shoes in China and it didn’t work.”

YOOX (YOOX.MI) CEO FEDERICO MARCHETTI  –  “Russia will be a very promising market, probably faster than many other markets like India. I think Russia is probably around the corner, while India is a few miles far from being a really interesting market for luxury goods.”

Opening in China was a big challenge. We had to check 103 to-do-list items. From big issues to small issues. It’s definitely not an easy job to localize in China.”

Fashion is something that comes after style – John Fairchild quote

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