Posts Tagged ‘Bridget Foley’


An ad for Vogue in the 1960s, when people made an effort to dress well.

Over the course of the 20th century, social dress codes evolved from staunchly formal to informal and fluid and now, to virtually nonexistent, victims of a confluence of cultural factors including the ever-increasing casualization of everyday life. It’s unlikely that United’s zealot gate agent gives a hoot about the woeful state of the fashion industry. But his/her strict enforcement of the employee pass rule provided a reminder that in some rare occurrences, leggings just won’t do. In other words, there are reasons to go out and buy some clothes.

Bridget Foley – editor and columnist for Women’s Wear Daily.

This is a quote from Ms. Foley’s editorial on the recent leggings incident on United Airlines. Do you know the story? Well, briefly – two teenage girls were pulled aside before boarding a United Airlines flight and were told they would have to change out of their leggings. A nearby women witnessed this and went mad taking photos and posting on Instagram, yelling “outrage.”

Turns out the airline had a reason for their position as the girls were traveling on a company pass and there’s a dress code that applies. United considers that anyone traveling on a pass is a representative of the airline and therefore, they are required to present professionally. From what I’ve read, no one else on that flight was confronted about their leggings and I’m sure there were plenty of other travelers sporting the ultra casual look.

Of course I’m with Ms. Foley and United Airlines. Keeping to high standards is always a good thing. I tip my hat to the gate agent who enforced the (reasonable) policy and Ms. Foley who always eloquently says it like it is.





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Fashion fakes, Kanye and Kim.

After years of endless marketing and promotion, American fashion is flailing in terms of prestige. At least, that’s one way to look at it. Another is that American fashion may be returning to its roots as the wellspring of commodity chic. Whom did everyone talk about last season? Jacobs’ stunning show was an outlier. Otherwise, it was all about Kanye West and Rihanna, two glossy, nondesigner marketers who get the value of tricked-out staging and how to work (work, work, work, work) a sweatshirt to maximum effect.

– Bridget Foley, executive editor of Women’s Wear Daily.

It seems the fashion press has a love/hate relationship with Kanye West and other fashion poseurs, such as the Kardashians. They don’t really like them but they won’t stop talking about them.

On the “love” side – West and his wife Kim Kardashian grace the cover of this month’s Harper’s Bazaar, feature in a photo spread by Karl Largerfeld and get a Q&A to boot! Really HB, I thought better of you.

On the “hate” side – WWD’s recent coverage of West’s spring 2017 show spent as much space commenting on his disrespect for the fashion press (inconvenient location, show started very late, uncomfortable venue) as on his “unoriginal” designs.

West is an interesting story. In reality he has no talent for design and I have read accounts that he has pushed, pushed, pushed his way onto the runways throwing around his celebrity and money and sometimes using ghost designers. Still he persists and it seems we can’t get rid of him despite his lack of fashion talent, disregard for everyone, and even poor reviews.

He’s just one example of the noise in the fashion industry these days. With spectacle shows, celebrity brands, corporate drama … the fashion part is getting lost.





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Bridget Foley. Photo: Getty Images.

… houses have become brands, administered by ceo’s; some are parts of great luxury groups, brands unto themselves. Their operating principle (if not the price of their wares) is practically Marxist: The brand is supreme. The individual exists for the good of the brand. 

– Bridget Foley, Executive Editor for Women’s Wear Daily

In her WWD column on June 28th 2012, Ms. Foley discusses the issue of corporations buying closed fashion houses and then hiring designers to help set the tone and style of the new brand sporting the old name. The designer becomes all about the brand.

I’ve been following this trend and the latest is Diego Della Valle’s purchase of the Schiaparelli name. Elsa Schiaparelli was an Italian fashion designer popular from the late 1920s through the 1940s. Her house closed in 1954. Vinatge Schiaparelli pieces are highly collectable.

Mr. Valle is President and CEO of Tod’s, a high-end Italian shoe and handbag company. As of now, the new Schiaparelli brand has set up offices in NYC and they are in the process of looking for a designer. The intent is to unveil the reinvented line in January 2013. How ironic that the Schiaparelli name, one of the first to blend art with fashion back in the 1930s, will now be a corporate brand. It will be interesting to see how the hired designer will rework the distinctive Schiaparelli style for a modern audience.

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