Vanessa Friedman

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Chitose Abe’s Tokyo

The Japanese fashion designer spent eight years at Comme des Garçons before founding Sacai – known for edgily reconfigured daywear – in 1998
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The dynamic duo reinvigorating Valentino

Since 2008, Valentino’s new creative directors have attracted a younger clientele while respecting its heritage – to the tune of doubled revenues. Vanessa Friedman meets the duo weaving glamorous understatement with decoration
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Philanthropy

Cause for thought

Today, no luxury brand can afford to be without a philanthropic arm. But how can an industry based on exclusivity and indulgence demonstrate a credible commitment towards society’s most challenged? Vanessa Friedman reports. Illustration by Chris Burke
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Committed to the Kors

A rejection of downbeat fashion cool has served Michael Kors very well indeed, with the brand registering a 40 per cent upswing in sales in the past year. Vanessa Friedman meets fashion’s ebullient anomaly, who is proving as popular with investors as with clients
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Working a new look

Raf Simons is the thoughtful designer who has led Dior out of a most sensitive time into a new era of brilliance. Vanessa Friedman meets him
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Andrew Rosen’s dining boltholes

The fashion industry doyen is CEO of Theory and Helmut Lang, group senior vice president of parent company Fast Retailing and also a major investor in Rag & Bone and Proenza Schouler
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McQueen and I

Sarah Burton has confounded the naysayers – and sent sales soaring – with her softer and more approachable take on her mentor’s design aesthetic. Vanessa Friedman meets the caretaker, iconographer and brilliant talent whose self?effacing mien belies a steely dedication to her brand’s legacy
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Ackermann of the moment

Haider Ackermann is little known outside fashion circles, yet from within is heralded as an heir to the fashion establishment. Vanessa Friedman meets a designer on the edge of greatness.
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More Mister Nice Guy

His work does not change radically from season to season, and women of all sizes adore his clothes. Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz talks to Vanessa Friedman about the importance of self-doubt – and kindness.
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Oscar de la Renta’s Connecticut

After studying couture in Paris, the Dominican designer launched his eponymous fashion brand in New York in 1965. He is particularly renowned for his red-carpet gowns.
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A new romantic lead

How did the young Italian designer Riccardo Tisci rescue the house of Givenchy? With emotion, instinct and some help from his mother, he tells Vanessa Friedman.
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A Stella performance

When Stella McCartney joined Chloé, she quadrupled sales. Then she tripled turnover at her eponymous brand. She tells Vanessa Friedman about the choices that have turned her into a global powerhouse.
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His dark materials

Rigour and ease, street and chic, beauty and destruction… Rick Owens refines the dualities of his world view into provocative and collectable clothes that translate into a €30m empire. Vanessa Friedman sheds light on fashion’s Dark Prince.
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