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Mango's Daniel López: Customer Relationships at the Heart of 2017 Growth Strategy

BARCELONA, Spain — “There are certain areas of the world where we’re present that the forecast for the next 12 months is not very optimistic,” concedes Daniel López, who, in less than a decade, rose from Mango’s legal management team to the rank of vice-chairman. Citing the ripple effect of terrorist …

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Vogue Arabia's Editor-in-Chief on the Diversity of Urban Markets in the Middle East

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — “I’m the only editor-in-chief I know who was a retailer,” says Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, the Saudi princess who was appointed editor-in-chief of Vogue Arabia, a new Condé Nast edition that launched in 2016 as a digital-first publication. The print magazine is due to be released across …

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Karla Martinez's 2017: Latin American Fashion Will Come Into its Own

Karla Martinez, editor-in-chief of Vogue Mexico and Vogue Latin America | Source: Courtesy MEXICO CITY, Mexico — “A lot of people don’t understand this [but] we do two issues every month,” says Karla Martinez, the editor-in-chief of Vogue Mexico and Vogue Latin America. “First we do the Latin America edition, which …

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Nadja Swarovski: Focused on Tech Investment and Sustainable Innovation

WATTENS, Austria — “Business models are changing rapidly and we need to move ever faster to provide customers with what they want,” says Nadja Swarovski, a fifth-generation member of the family business who joined in 1995 and repositioned the crystal company into a fashion forward brand. Today she is a member …

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SMCP's Daniel Lalonde: Expect More Private Equity Transactions in 2017

PARIS, France — “Agility is the key for next year,” declares Daniel Lalonde, president and chief executive of SMCP, the French group that owns affordable luxury brands Sandro, Maje and Claudie Pierlot. “It’s about agility in keeping the consumer excited; agility providing the relevant product offer fast; and agility interacting with …

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Angelica Cheung: Cautiously Optimistic About China's Comeback in 2017

SHANGHAI, China — “People here are not easily impressed anymore,” cautions Angelica Cheung, editor-in-chief of Vogue China. “Now, even in China, consumers look at their wardrobe and they have everything, so they say, ‘Okay, if I get anything new, it must be for a good reason.’” An increasingly discerning, educated …

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10 Forces That Shaped Fashion in 2016

LONDON, United Kingdom — This has been one of the hardest years the fashion industry has ever experienced. Across all market segments, product categories and geographies, the industry has been shocked by tremors in the global macroeconomic and geopolitical sphere, large-scale shifts in consumer behaviour, and intensifying business pressures to …

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Future VOICES Connects 10 Emerging Talents with Industry Elite

OXFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom — It was 3am after the BoF VOICES gala dinner, the tables still decorated with the bright colours and textiles of a Peruvian flower market — an homage to honoree Mario Testino. But the guests had long ago decamped to the after-party inside the adjacent barn at Soho …

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Is Health & Wellness the New Luxury?

OXFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom — LVMH private equity arm L Catterton Europe has just signed a deal to acquire a majority stake in Italian bicycle maker Pinarello. The company is also reported to be in talks with British cycling apparel maker Rapha, adding credence to the idea that, amongst luxury consumers, …

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Mario Testino: ‘I See Fashion Photography as a Business’

Diana, Princess of Wales for Vanity Fair 1997 | Photo: Mario Testino In 1995, Testino photographed an almost makeup-free Madonna for a Versace campaign, an aesthetic departure from the done-up look of the time. Unlike his previous commercial work, the widely distributed ads prominently featured his last name alongside those …

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