They have the sepulchral feel of rediscovered tombs. Lavish. Silent. Undisturbed. Visiting luxury boutiques these days can seem like stepping into a time capsule, and in a sense, you are, as retail and marketing plans and products conceived during the bully days of early 2008 are still on display.
Evidently, supermodels from the 90s are making their comeback. After Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer, it is now Christy Turlington who will be the face of Yves Saint Laurent for the autumn-winter 2009/2010 campaign.
For years Coach was synonymous with practical yet fashionable purses. With this month's release of the budget-conscious Poppy line, Coach, a luxury-retail marvel once ridiculed for being stodgy, will be increasingly associated with a new demographic: teens, coeds & grads.
The Paris haute couture shows opened with pared-down collections and sober comments as the financial woes of designer Christian Lacroix forced even the world's most extravagant fashion scene to face economic reality.