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Fashion In 50 Seconds 10/01/08 With Sonia Rykiel, Paul Smith, and Browns

In our current economic situation, and considering that we're finishing off the Paris shows, it feel the right thing to pay attention to designers with decades of experience (and the economic ups and downs that go with that) under their belt. Sonia Rykiel spoke with WWD in an interview that went live this morning, where she talks about creative distribution in her company, now also headed by her daughter, Nathalie, and designer Gabrielle Greiss, as well as her beginnings as a designer forty years ago. Considering all we've been reading falls on these lines, it's a comfort to be given some perspective.

Oh dear, Paul Smith is opening an outlet in Williamsburg. Prepare yourself for editorial and conversational anecdotes about how "up and coming" is the neighborhood that is neither cutting edge nor undiscovered. That's not to say that we don't think the Williamsburg area isn't filled with talented, unique people, many of them important to the culture of fashion in New York, but we're not shocked at the arrival of the outlet. We've an APC outlet just down the road, OAK just up, and about a dozen bourge-y cafes in between. People shouldn't be shocked by this decision. We've seen Paul Smith outposts in the smallest, most desolate, European airports.

Suzy Menkes just celebrated twenty years as fashion editor at the International Herald Tribune, and there's a fashion designer-studded video to prove it. Menkes we saw quite a bit from London Fashion Week and while we pretended to do various purse-digging things we picked up quite a few sound bites from our favorite fashion writer. We can tell you for one that she wasn't very thrilled about going to Fashion Fringe (which everyone buzzed about all week) and that she uses a PC in the media lab among the rest of us lowly bloggers and photographers.

When we're going to just throw up our arms and stop reporting on this all together we do not know...for old times sake, there's a new collaboration hitting stores in London. Former creative director for Balmain and right hand man to Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, Giles Dufour, is launching a knitwear collab with Browns.

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