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Latest 16 Oct 2021 | Updated Daily

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Tim Blanks and Imran Amed on The Season That Was

The Business of Fashion Podcast

After the conclusion of Paris Fashion Week — the first in-person version of the event since the pandemic took hold in early 2020 — BoF’s editor at large Tim Blanks sat down with BoF founder and CEO Imran Amed to discuss his reflections on fashion’s return to the runway. Designers appeared to come out of lockdown with renewed energy, breathing new life and ideas into their collections. Highlights included Jonathan Anderson’s Loewe collection, Extinction Rebellion’s talked-about moment during Louis Vuitton and the week’s finale, a tribute to the late Alber Elbaz. Still, Blanks said that he doesn’t believe fashion has seen the full effects of the pandemic just yet. “I think in a sense everything changed and we haven’t processed it yet,” he said. “It’s going to take a long time.” On the latest episode of The BoF Podcast, Amed and Blanks explore what fashion learned from its break. Jonathan Anderson’s Loewe show leaned on the surreal to expand upon the designer’s previous pandemic-era collections and experimented with new themes. It also marked a departure from previous runway show set ups; this year’s show was staged in a bare-bones space that highlighted Anderson’s sculptural silhouettes. “Of all the designers that we’ve followed so closely, his response to the pandemic was perhaps the most creative,” said Blanks. “I think it was maybe his best show for Loewe.” The Simpsons’ surprise appearance at Balenciaga also provided some levity to the week, with an abbreviated episode of the hit cartoon featuring characters walking in a Balenciaga show. Demna Gvasalia also explored themes of distance with a screening replacing a traditional runway show. Even without the Simpsons’ star power, Demna showed a collection that excited buyers and critics alike, particularly in bags and accessories. Climate activist group Extinction Rebellion brought about what was perhaps the most talked-about moment of fashion week. During Louis Vuitton’s runway show, an activist stormed the runway carrying a banner that read “Overconsumption = Extinction”, prompting a discussion on if the industry has changed at all during the pandemic. “Maybe the system hasn’t changed, but the people who work in the system have been changed, and that’s maybe going to change the way the industry interacts,” said Amed. Related Articles: In Paris, Back to Normal or Not? Demna Gvasalia: ‘Couture Is The Most Sustainable Way of Consuming’ Fashion’s Favourite-Ever Collaboration: Balenciaga and ‘The Simpsons’ Join BoF Professional for the analysis and advice you need. Get 30 days for just $1 or explore group subscriptions for your business.


8 Oct 2021

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Polimoda Duets with Tim Blanks

Polimoda Podcast

Curated by Polimoda, this episode of Polimoda Duets, a series of documentary interviews involving some of the most outstanding cultural figures of our time, features The Business of Fashion's editor-at-large Tim Blanks.

1hr 13mins

18 May 2021

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CHANEL Connects - Amanda Harlech, Andrew Bolton & Tim Blanks: Fashion’s Untold Stories


Amanda Harlech, creative consultant, writer, and long-time collaborator of John Galliano and Karl Lagerfeld, connects with Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. The conversation was led by Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large at The Business of Fashion. They talk about the changing context of fashion, unearthing forgotten stories and perspectives from fashion history, and much more. 


14 Jan 2021

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A Walk Down Memory Lane With Tim Blanks

Beyond Style Matters

On this episode, Tim Blanks, fashion Journalist and editor-at-large for Business of Fashion, reminisces with Jeanne about the days when they were both hosting rival TV  shows. Tim and Jeanne commiserate about the challenges of fashion reporting for TV, and Tim recounts his experiences being front row and centre during fashion’s Golden Age. A must for old fans of “Fashion File”!To see more of Jeanne Beker, head to shoptsc.ca/StyleMatters.


9 Nov 2020

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Imran Amed and Tim Blanks on a Most Unusual Fashion Month

The Business of Fashion Podcast

Amed and Blanks reflect on this season’s collections, the shift to digital and the limitless potential power of creative collaboration. LONDON, United Kingdom — This last fashion month has been unlike any other. After much of the year working under lockdowns, brands largely shifted to digital channels to showcase their newest collections. In the latest episode of the BoF podcast, BoF Founder and CEO Imran Amed and BoF Editor-at-Large Tim Blanks reflect on the season's most compelling moments and lasting impact. Virtual presentations haven’t always landed, but this season felt different, said Blanks. “There was so much thought and creativity and ingenuity applied to new ways of doing business and new ways [of showing work]... It was a very different ball game.” In London, Blanks was struck by female designers like Bianca Saunders, Ahluwalia and Supriya Lele who “did these super strong presentations that were provocative and affirmative and positive,” he said. Overall, London Fashion Week was defined by a joyful defiance during a time of crisis. In Milan and Paris, Blanks and Amed referenced Prada and Rick Owens as two of many shows that stood out to them. This season also made clear the power of strong partnerships. Through creative collaborations between designers and filmmakers, brands have managed to bring their collections to life to audiences the world over. “It changes the fundamental conception of fashion being about the designer, now we have a much more collaborative thing happening,” said Blanks. “That’s a shift, I think.” Related Articles: How Impactful Were the Digital Fashion Week Shows, Really? Who Will Win the Digital Fashion Week Battle? How to Make Digital Fashion Weeks Work Watch and listen to more #BoFLIVE conversations here. To contact The Business of Fashion with comments, questions, or speaker ideas please e-mail podcast@businessoffashion.com. Sign up for BoF’s Daily Digest newsletter. Ready to become a BoF Professional? For a limited time, enjoy 25% discount on an annual membership, exclusively for podcast listeners. Simply, click here, select the Annual Package and use code PODCASTPRO at the checkout. For all sponsorship enquiries, it’s: advertising@businessoffashion.com.


15 Oct 2020

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Imran Amed and Tim Blanks on Where Fashion Goes From Here

The Business of Fashion Podcast

This week on Inside Fashion, the BoF tag team discuss the state of an industry in flux, digital pivots and the future of fashion shows. LONDON, United Kingdom — The outbreak of Covid-19 signalled major disruptions across the global fashion supply chain, from the garment workers left destitute in India and Bangladesh after retailers in the West cancelled orders to businesses temporarily shuttering brick-and-mortar sites in order to curb the spread of the virus. “This pandemic is shaping up to be one of those collective experiences of complete change… It seems like [there has been] such a momentous shift in perception and [in] the way all of us are thinking about life,” said BoF Editor-in-Chief Imran Amed. For both Amed and BoF Editor-at-Large Tim Blanks, this period of uncertainty offered an opportunity for the industry to reassess the way it operates. “This industry is so important, it’s so big... and there’s so much of an opportunity to do things better,” Amed said.“We have a moral responsibility to do better as an industry.” Blanks first realised the enormity of the health crisis after returning from Paris Fashion Week. “March 3 [the last day of Paris Fashion Week] was the day that you could feel the storm clouds had well and truly gathered over fashion… there was this sense of some enormous, ominous force,” he said. Even as lockdown measures have eased and designers have set their sights on an iteration of September fashion shows, the feeling of uncertainty still looms. “September isn’t in our hands, we don’t know what is going to happen in September or in January… I think the situation is incredibly volatile,” Blanks added. Like many industries, the fashion sector has adopted digital tools in order to keep working in the age of social distancing, from virtual showrooms and live streaming to online-only fashion shows. For Blanks, the allure of sitting in the pews of an elaborate runway show, just inches away from visual masterpieces, can never be duplicated on screen. However, he also acknowledged that the brands and designers' response to the disruption of the fashion calendar using digital presentations “was really interesting, [especially seeing]... how so many different creative sensibilities approached the same challenge.” The pandemic and political unrest has accelerated the conversation around responsibility in the fashion industry. Now more than ever, brands are being called upon to address the lack of diversity and inclusion within their corporate structures. “This momentum for change cannot be diverted, it cannot be still. It must roll on and I think fashion has to be a part of… the solution not the problem,” Blanks said. “The most critical challenge facing the industry is inclusivity… it has to be more inclusive and embracing… Opportunity needs to be equal for everybody.” Related Articles: A Year Without Fashion Shows Fashion’s New Outlook on 2020 Op-Ed | Fashion Is Part of the Race Problem Designers Lobby to ‘Fix’ the Fashion System. Will It Work? Watch and listen to more #BoFLIVE conversations here. To contact The Business of Fashion with comments, questions, or speaker ideas please e-mail podcast@businessoffashion.com. Sign up for BoF’s Daily Digest newsletter. Ready to become a BoF Professional? For a limited time, enjoy 25% discount on an annual membership, exclusively for podcast listeners. Simply, click here, select the Annual Package and use code PODCASTPRO at the checkout. For all sponsorship enquiries, it’s: advertising@businessoffashion.com.


23 Jul 2020

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Tim Blanks (QuarARTine special episode)

Talk Art

Russell & Robert meet legendary fashion writer Tim Blanks, Editor-at-large of Business Of Fashion and a passionate art fan/collector. We discuss growing up in New Zealand, hanging out in the late 70s with artist collective General Idea in New York, meeting Andy Warhol in Toronto, the influence of David Bowie, his love of The Photographer’s Gallery, collecting photography including Juergen Teller and a classic Horst photograph of Marlene Dietrich. We learn of his admiration for a new generation such as photographer Jack Davison, stylist Ib Kamara and designer Craig Green plus we hear his perspective on the future of art and fashion worlds after the Covid-19 pandemic.We reflect on successful art & fashion collaborations including Raf Simons & Sterling Ruby, Maria Grazia Chiuri & Judy Chicago and Kim Jones who has worked with artists throughout his career from KAWS to Raymond Pettibon to Jake & Dinos Chapman. We discuss his favourite contemporary artists including Lisa Brice, Jordan Casteel, Gregory Halpern, Trisha Donnelly, Kevin Beasley and AA Bronson, and his longterm friendship with Casey Kaplan, the leading NY gallerist who he’s also collected artworks from. We explore the history of Illustration in fashion from Erte and Yves Saint Laurent to more recent illustrators/artists such as Julie Verhoeven, Mats Gustafson, Clym Evernden and Howard Tangye. Finally we hear Tim sing a classic Velvet Underground song!Follow @TimBlanks on Instagram and @Tim_Blanks on Twitter. For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArtPodcast. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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21 May 2020

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Fashion In Focus - with Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large of The Business of Fashion

Fashion In Focus

As a special birthday treat, we are incredibly proud to welcome Mr. @timblanks to the Fashion In Focus podcast. Today Showroom 22 turns 18, but our time in the industry is nothing compared to the decades Tim has spent reviewing shows, interviewing designers and trend setters and writing for the world’s most influential fashion media. After he left Auckland, Tim hosted CBC’s seminal fashion TV show Fashion File out of Canada for 17 years, before stints at Style.com and of course now as Editor-at-Large for The Business of Fashion.  In this episode, Tim recalls the people and brands who’ve set the tone for fashion as we know it, and he proposes some meaningful and mindful ways the fashion industry can come out of the Covid-19 lockdown with purpose.

1hr 16mins

19 Apr 2020

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Tim Blanks on the Menswear Spring 2020 Season | Inside Fashion

The Business of Fashion Podcast

This week on Inside Fashion, BoF’s editor-at-large gives his verdict on the season, discusses his favourite shows and recounts Karl Lagerfeld’s Paris memorial. Sign up for BoF’s Daily Digest newsletter here: http://bit.ly/BoFnews. Ready to become a BoF Professional? For a limited time, enjoy 25% discount on an annual membership, exclusively for podcast listeners. Simply, click here: http://bit.ly/2KoRRBH, select the Annual Package and use code PODCASTPRO at the checkout. For comments, questions, or speaker ideas, please e-mail: podcast@businessoffashion.com. For all sponsorship enquiries, it’s: advertising@businessoffashion.com.


28 Jun 2019

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The Value of Fashion: Designer Giles Deacon in conversation with Tim Blanks

Heckfield Place

Listen to fashion designer Giles Deacon - the imposing embodiment of modern couture - in conversation with Tim Blanks, one of the foremost voices in fashion and Editor at Large of the Business of Fashion. Deacon's designs express a very particular sensibility. Glamorous but dark. Sumptuous but slightly macabre. They are the kind of clothes that imbue their wearer with extraordinary character. But it tends to be extraordinary characters who are best equipped to wear them. Every dress tells a story. Therefore every wearer is a storyteller. Which makes Giles a master narrator of modern couture. Tim Blanks probes his psyche and finds out how and why Giles fits into contemporary fashion. Tim has written for Vogue, GQ, The Financial Times, Interview, Fantastic Man and Arena Homme Plus. In the 2013 CFDA Awards he was awarded the media award in honour Eugenia Sheppard, the premier industry award for fashion journalism.


19 Jun 2019