MILAN — Exhibitors at women’s wear and accessories shows White, Milano Prêt-à-Porter and Super were touting quality European craftsmanship. But because of rising material costs, prices are being set at luxury levels.
Neophyte designers at September’s round of three-day fairs said their retail prices are running in-line with accessible luxury — between about 200 and 1,500 euros, or $270 and $2,028 at current exchange — as prices climb for skins across the board and precious textiles like silk.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"