Global fashion retailer Zara recently caused a public uproar following accusations that the brand copied the work of independent artists. Last week, Los Angeles-based artist Tuesday Bassen announced on her instagram account that she had filed an official complaint against Zara for copyright infringement. She joins at least a dozen artists who allege Zara stole their designs, adding their work to products without the permission or compensation of the artists.
Luxury is relative, they say. By all definitions, luxury is also exclusive. In times when the West discovered new routes to the East, it was in search of this same luxury. The pepper trade, the silk trade, diamonds- they came with a huge price tag. And the ones who were capable of paying for it, flaunted it with pride.
There has always been a basic concept about luxury- from the traders’ point of view. Exchanging a high quality or rare piece of merchandise for the highest price. And for centuries, the high end retail market, that accounted for 390 USD in 2012 (BCG), has been following this system.
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Fashion is subjective, they say. And ever evolving. As this interesting take on the history of shopping dictates.
In order to be irreplaceable,
One must always be Different!
We agree! Fashion may be evolutionary, but style, well, it never goes out of style! And NOW, today, this is becoming apparent. The precepts of fashion are evolving; no longer is it confined to the ‘hallowed’ runways. Now, fashion is created everywhere- and consumed with the same enthusiasm as on the ramp.
The way to a man’s heart is through is stomach, they say. And the way to a woman’s heart? Why diamonds of course!
Bling has always been a part of popular culture. From princess to pauper; and princes too; have always loved jewels. These portraits of the Indian kings and queen, princes and princesses, of as recently as the 1800s, show just how important a status symbol, these stones have become!
It’s that time of the year again. When the glitz and glam is all dolled up- and veterans and new comers alike celebrate fashion in all its glory! The Lakme India Fashion Week is back. And we are very excited! Because Fashion weeks mean endless ideas, reinvention, innovation, and lots of celeb spotting. Translation- trend spotting! This is the time when many trends are made and broken.
This iconic image from Breakfast at Tiffany’s has taken over the active imagination of people all over the world. It has, literally changed and broken many stereotypes about fashion.
Since we are a part of the fashion industry, at Intelligence Node, this image has three takeaways for us:
One, the lady herself!
Fashion Trends @ London Fashion Week Spring 2015…
At IntelligenceNODE, we have been checking out the various trends that are ruling the runways this year. And yes, we can see just how quickly these are spreading! We combed the rich and the famous (online of course) – Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar- Thank you for confirming and inspiring!
Ok, so just as life was getting boring, again, the Oscars hit us with glam! They brought back the zing and fun as well. Being an awards academy and a popular award show aside, we do know quite a few individuals who actually woke at 5.30 A.M, IST, just to catch the action, live! And what a show it was!
At Intelligence Node, we are always looking for fodder. Fashion fodder to be exact. And the Oscars are it when we say fashion. Where beauties hobnob with the beasts; and no, the beasts are not big and scary at all; usually they are the worst dressed, the uncoordinated and unpleasing dresses, hairstyles, etc, that adorn beautiful (or once beautiful) people.
The latest fad on Instagram that has all the women (and quite a few men) swooning is this account called “Hot Dudes Reading.” The idea was simply an extension of daily observations. And only a couple of weeks after the account was created, it already had more than 300K followers!
#HotDudesReading is proof of the fact that we may have the most amazing technologies, but certain things, like a good paperback book, are a large part of the human imagination. In our interactions with retailers, we at Intelligence Node find that there are certain such things, or maybe sensations even, that unconsciously influence our decisions on the path to purchase.