With a goal of creating actionable "thought leadership," the Council of Fashion Designers of America teamed with DHL and Accenture to offer its members a supply chain model of the future — and one that is based on relationships.The model was presented as part of a study, titled, "The Human-Centered Supply Chain — Delivered by DHL," which identified four key areas of focus "to anchor insights and opportunities" that are also "driven by digitalization and the increase of e-commerce." The focus areas include process ownership, relationship building, brand operations and actionable information.The "supply chain of the future" model is especially useful for emerging designers who are able to leverage technology and the growth of cross-border e-commerce.Claudia Gorelick, business design lead at Fjord, a unit of Accenture Interactive, said new technologies and changing consumer expectations as well as new business models are transforming the retail industry. As a result, a new supply chain model is needed to respond to these changes. John Jones, senior vice president of design strategy at Fjord, said old processes and approaches simply do not work any longer.The "old approach" includes siloed functions and processes as well as a supply chain model that is essentially sequential and linear. Moreover, it's a model where "the consumer and the designer are minimally connected, if at all," said Gorelick, adding that the new model is interactive, interconnected and puts the designer at the center of the entire process. The outcomes of this new model include steps that are now blended together "and much more integrated," she said, adding that "planning also becomes ongoing and much more fluid."Gorelick and Jones said the new supply chain model empowers designers "to build their networks through collaboration and by using digital tools and new business models to increase their flexibility in an industry that is currently in flux." Along with the study, DHL and Accenture include a "Designer's Playbook," which is a step-by-step guide for doing business in today's environment.Greg Hewitt, chief executive officer of DHL Express U.S., said today's "fashion designers know the frustrations and challenges that occur between the planning of a new design and its ultimate delivery to retailers and consumers. Along the way there are communication failures; delays and changes with source materials; manufacturing problems, and changing distribution requirements. The idea behind the new supply chain is not just to overcome these challenges but to eliminate them altogether, using technology and new shipping and logistics tools to streamline the process."The model also encourages emerging designers to take advantage of group ordering and group payment technologies. Collaboration is a key element of the process, the presenters noted. Gorelick said that as "digitalization continues to affect the industry, designers must view the supply chain as an essential piece of strategy and brand-building — and adopt a collaborative, relationship-based mindset with suppliers and partners along the way."Mark Beckham, vice president of marketing of the CFDA, said the organization "is always looking to provide its members with new ways of looking at their businesses in this rapidly evolving fashion industry."
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews