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Alas, the day has come to part with dear Suzy Menkes. Sniff. I leave you with these last notes . . .
When AAU's executive director of fashion Gladys Perint Palmer said she's witnessed Suzy cover her ears when the music is too loud at a fashion show, Suzy said: "Music is the food of fashion. Music tells the designer’s spirit in a collection."
So what gets her blood boiling? "Imagination, originality, and execution. And it's a real joy seeing people from the very beginning," she said, referring to the likes of Alexander McQueen and Zac Posen, whom she's followed from the start of their careers. Aw, that's sweet!
No doubt, we live in a nonstop world where some people claim that in fashion, one day you're in and the next day you're out. What do you think? When AAU's Gladys Perint Palmer touched the topic of longevity in the fashion industry with Suzy Menkes in San Francisco, we were pleasantly surprised to hear speak so passionately about sustainability, fast fashion, and luxury. When asked how she felt about fast fashion, Menkes stated, "Fast fashion has become too fast, too violent," explaining that people are buying disposable clothes not realizing the impact it has on our environment.
This takes us to the topic of sustainability where Suzy disapprovingly says, "The food industry has beat the fashion industry in sustainability." However, she believes change for a more environmentally conscious fashion industry will happen, slowly but surely. In case you missed it, Suzy took action on that belief and participated at the Sustainable Luxury Conference in New Delhi in March. She also will be hosting a TechoFashion Summit in Berlin, November 2009, where she will be talking about the future of fashion.
When asked about the power of luxury, Menkes proudly proclaimed, "Luxury is a deep, important part of fashion," explaining there's something magical about putting on a garment and feeling an unexplainable sensation. We hear you, Suzy.
LVMH is said to be taking a stake in Edun, the eco label launched by Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson.
Sir Phillip Green wants to open two more Topshops in Manhattan and is currently hunting for the real estate.
Trish Goff modeled Erdem's Resort collection which called up the designer's abstract florals and embroideries.
Suzy Menkes taught Academy of Art University students how to crash fashion shows.
One of the greatest discoveries I made about Suzy Menkes during her Academy of Art University Q&A was that she has quite the sense of humor. Aside from making a joke about Twitter, she reminisced about the olden days — before she was well-known — when she would crash fashion shows. Below are her tips on getting into a fashion show, whether not invited or if you only have standing. Disclaimer: it always worked for Menkes but AAU's executive director of fashion Gladys Perint Palmer claimed it never worked for her. Good luck.
- Buy colored crayons, pens, silver and gold stars. Basically, whatever you need to replicate the tickets of those with seats.
- Lurk among invite-holders to memorize their invitations.
- Rush to the restroom, white out "standing room" and write in/draw whatever you saw on the tickets of those with invites.
Our next Suzy Menkes series covers a topic very dear to our hearts — blogging. There we were, sitting anxiously in our seats waiting for Suzy's response when AAU's executive director of fashion, Gladys Perint Palmer, asked her if she read fashion blogs. Her response? "You should be asking me if I Twitter," said Menkes, bringing an uproar of laughter from the audience. Of course, she's joking because she doesn't have time to Twitter.
However, she does read blogs and likes their spontaneity and how it can attract an exponential amount of readers. Writing to a large audience is a big responsibility. That's why Suzy is very adamant about bloggers "keeping up the standards of journalism." I concur. Phew, glad we got the a-OK from Menkes!
We're always looking for a fashion fix in our lovely city of San Francisco. We just attended the Academy of Art University 2008 fashion show, which celebrated the blood, sweat, and tears the fashion students have endured at the Academy. The event brought out a mixed crowd of students, SF socialites, local press, and noted fashion designers, John Galanos and Ralph Rucci. I was quite impressed with the promising young talents and the collections were not too shabby.
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Academy of Art University Fashion Show