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While the most familiar fashion of the era is probably the flapper style of short, fringed or beaded dresses and bobbed hair, “the ’20s had so many different looks,” says Larson.

“They had the kimono style, because anything that was Asian was so exotic. It was all silk and imported fabric. Then there would be the flapper style which was quite glamorous with all the beading. Then there would be the real boxy style of dress — almost like a tennis dress, with a drop waist, very short hair, very androgynous.”

Women also wore longer, slip-style dresses, kick pleats and art deco patterns, headpieces with beading and feathers and lots of fur.

Many of the features of 1920s fashion are being added to modern styles and reinterpreted for today’s buyers, says Janis Galloway, a local fashion blogger.

Galloway should know. She styled the fashion shoot for the upcoming Refinery party at the Art Gallery of Alberta, themed around the Rip-Roarin’ Twenties. (Tickets for the June 1 party go on sale May 22 for those who aren’t AGA members.)

The fashion theme complements the gallery’s new exhibit opening May 25 called The Piano, with avant-garde, experimental art featuring pianos.

“It was an era when people were really experimenting and trying new things,” she says. The piano is reminiscent of the Jazz Age and the speakeasies so prevalent at the time of prohibition in the U.S. in the 1920s, she adds.

WIZARD hats and floral dresses are filling up a new shop in Newland Avenue run by an entrepreneurial teenager planning to launch her own clothing line.

Lauren Bird, 17, has a passion for fashion and has opened the pop-up shop with boyfriend Daniel Owston to spread the word about their new venture, Trashy Sarah.

The business includes custom vintage pieces and unusual T-shirts.
Lauren said: “Before opening the pop-up shop, we held a launch at Moon On A Stick in Newland Avenue.
“Trashy Sarah will be open for four to six weeks and, afterwards, we hope to have our pieces on sale in other shops.
“We have a real rockabilly look that has inspired the business. Daniel models his appearance on Elvis Presley and I love Fifties icons and trend-setters such as Paloma Faith.

“When we are out, older men often comment on how great Daniel’s hair is. It’s quite John Travolta and the older generation remember having their hair in the same style back in the day.
“All of the pieces on sale have been sourced from family members, vintage wholesalers and different shops.

“We then customise them by adding studs and unique accessories.”Over the next few months, we plan to bring out our own range of T-shirts focusing on our logo and various celebrities.

“The name Trashy Sarah is a personal joke and is inspired by people we’ve known in the past.”

Lauren said the pair have tried out a number of business ideas, including music club nights and promoting local artists.
With many young people struggling to find work, the pair didn’t want to hang around and decided to be creative to earn their own cash.

None of those companies would reveal their succession plans, but it is a popular topic of discussion in the industry. Mr. Lauren and Ms. Herrera declined to comment through spokespeople. Messrs. Armani and de la Renta didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The interaction between emeritus figures and the current bosses and designers “is a sensitive issue,” says Stefano Sassi, chief executive of the fashion house Valentino. “You have to accept that a founder will spread words. If the company grows and is successful, everyone will be happy. If not, no way.”

Successful designers are by nature often individualistic and perfectionist, making them hard to replace and protective of their names and legacies.

“Who can do Jean-Paul Gaultier better than Jean-Paul Gaultier?” said Floriane de Saint Pierre, a headhunter for the fashion industry, speaking hypothetically, referring to the 60-year-old French designer.

A Gaultier spokeswoman said the designer still “has a few years before he starts thinking about his retirement plans.”
The legendary Italian couturier Valentino Garavani, 80, now champions the Roman couture house that bears his name—after openly disparaging the designer who succeeded him.

The jury is still out whether a founder knows best as time goes on. At Valentino, sales rebounded five years ago after the house booted the successor Mr. Garavani badmouthed, Alessandra Facchinetti. Ms. Facchinetti was replaced by two of Mr. Garavani’s protégés. But at YSL, it is too early to see the sales results of Mr. Slimane’s designs, which recently hit shelves for the first time after his appointment last year. YSL was thriving before his arrival, as sales nearly tripled in the eight years that Mr. Slimane’s predecessor, Stefano Pilati, designed for YSL, despite Mr. Bergé’s disapproval of him. Last year, YSL sales totaled €473 million ($615.8 million).

Founders are the brain trust and guard the archives, a valuable resource for subsequent designers who use sketches and past collections as a starting point for their own creations. (Mr. Slimane pays his respects by frequently visiting the archives, says Mr. Bergé, who heads the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation that manages the fashion archives.)

Founders can also remain influential in celebrity circles, which are crucial to a label’s popularity. Mr. Garavani, more so than Valentino’s current designers, has close ties to Hollywood stars such as Anne Hathaway, and is a fixture at red-carpet events.

Both Valentino and YSL were established more than 50 years ago, and have been guided by their creators for decades. Yves Saint Laurent and Mr. Bergé, his business partner, stepped down in 2002, not long after their brand was sold to Gucci Group, part of PPR. (Mr. Saint Laurent died in 2008.) Planning for Mr. Saint Laurent’s retirement, Mr. Bergé had hired Mr. Slimane to flank the original designer, but Mr. Slimane left after Gucci Group put Tom Ford at the YSL design helm—a decision Mr. Bergé lambasted.

Fashion Site Nasty Gal Flirts With Free Shipping To Encourage Shoppers To Splurge.

LA-based online fashion outlet Nasty Gal, which picked up almost $50 million in funding last year in two rounds (both from Index Ventures), is now using some of that cash to bankroll a limited time offer of free overnight shipping for customers who spend $150+. The site sells — in its own words — “unapologetically sexy” fashions, targeting ”fashion-forward, free-thinking girls”.

It’s not clear how long the free shipping offer, which is only open to U.S. customers and does not extend to international shipping, will run. Nasty Gal normally charges $29 for an Overnight UPS Service that takes “one day” to arrive. We’ve reached out to the company to ask for more details and will update this story with any response. Update: CEO and creative director, Sophia Amoruso told TechCrunch that the free overnight shipping offer is the first of a series of “customer-focused initiatives” Nasty Gal plans to launch in the near future.

Passers-by in suits offered quizzical looks. But that’s perfectly fine with Supreme. No offense, but if you don’t know about Supreme, maybe it’s because you’re not supposed to.

For much of its 18-year existence, Supreme was confined to the in-crowd, a scruffy clubhouse for a select crew of blunt-puffing skate urchins, graffiti artists, underground filmmakers and rappers.

“It is a little club, a secret society,” said Tyler, the Creator, the rapper with the group Odd Future, who showed up at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards decked out in Supreme.

Word, though, is getting out. Once dismissed as skate-wear by fashion people, Supreme has been embraced by a new global tribe eager to crack its code.

Huge lines, once endemic to its New York flagship in SoHo, now form at satellite stores in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and other cities. The current issue of British GQ Style, a men’s fashion bible, hails Supreme as “the coolest streetwear brand in the world right now.” And the Berlin culture magazine O32c called it “the Holy Grail of high youth street culture.” The Business of Fashion site called it “the Chanel of downtown streetwear.”

On the red carpet, Supreme has become a certifiable thing for rappers and pop stars. At the recent Paris Fashion Week, Kanye West arrived at the Céline show wearing a green-camouflage pullover field jacket by Supreme. In September, Frank Ocean performed on “Saturday Night Live” wearing a Supreme hockey jersey adorned with a Southwestern-style thunderbird.

For any other brand, such sightings would be considered a P.R. coup. But they are beside the point for Supreme, which is so fiercely protective of its anarchic downtown heritage that it would rather be ignored by the masses than misunderstood.

“Most businesses just have a goal of getting as big as possible,” said Glenn O’Brien, the style writer. But Supreme does not “try to be in every department store in the world,” preferring instead to stay underground and boutique.

“Supreme is a company that refuses to sell out,” he said.

SUPREME is also a company that plays hard to get. That uncompromising spirit starts with the stores themselves.