Prada’s Custom Shoes and Galliano’s Return
Italian luxury brand Prada has launched a custom shoe service that allows Prada devotees to create their own bespoke dream shoes. Customers can choose from a wide range of options, with classic pointed toe, peep toe, rounded toe, platform and single-sole options. Fabric choices including suede and satin alongside Prada's signature Saffiano leather, with a myriad of color choices available. Once the selection is made, the shoes are assembled in Prada’s atelier and then delivered to the customer within a month.
In 2011 fashion house Christian Dior suspended its designer John Galliano following his arrest as a result of an anti-semitic rant filmed in a Paris bar, a dramatic fall from grace for the British designer resulted in his exile from the fashion world. Putting the past behind him, and now just weeks after being named the creative director of Russian beauty and perfumery brand L’Etoile which marks his official return to the industry, the designer is the subject of a revealing and deeply personal Q&A with French Jewish psychiatrist Boris Cyrulnik in French newspaper Le Point. The two discussed the incident and the conditions that lead to his very public meltdown.
Inditex, the Spanish owner of fashion juggernaut retail chain Zara, has reported a fall in first-half profits. Net income at the world's largest clothing retailer fell to 928m euros (£738m; $1.2bn) from 951m euros in the same period a year earlier. However, the fall was smaller than analysts had been predicting, and sales at Inditex's more than 6,400 stores rose 5.6% to 8.1bn euros. In addition, Inditex noted sales at the start of the third quarter rose 10%.