News(letter) 1 March

1. OMG Natalie Massenet + Farfetch = some seriously hot industry gossip, but equally, its an extremely predictable (and positive) move. After speaking with a number of senior level friends at NET-A-PORTER over the last few months, her exit most importantly left the YNAP brand devoid of its identity and direction, and it is fascinating to see her publicly acknowledge that API-enabled platforms are the future of the internet full stop. 

2. Over the last 2 weeks we've had London and Milan fashion weeks - what an onslaught of instagram streetstyle shots, with favourite as always from @j2martinez. Speaking of social media, I happened to be walking past the Covent Garden venue of Burberry's London show last week were I spent a delightful hour befriending a security guard, celebrity spotting as they arrived, and then eventually watching the show live on instagram stories whilst I could hear it live from outside the venue itself. That was a cool experience - although what was even cooler was the Maker's House exhibition, in collaboration with the Henry Moore Foundation, running for free for a week after the show to exhibit sculpture and fashion pieces side-by-side. Interesting to see Burberry - as one of the most digitally innovative brands in fashion - focussing on the importance of hand-made craft, not unlike the Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition last year. Fashion clearly cares about experience + brand affinity (almost) as much as product...

3. Hilariously, this tweet kind of founded the actual exception of the meme as a formally recognised part of contemporary culture this week. It also made me laugh a lot. 

4. Here's yet another article about the future of fashion retail, but it's by Matt Drinkwater and I quite liked it. 

5. On a more personal level, shout-out to my friend Max's Dad Nicholas Logsdail, co-founder and Director of Lisson Gallery, for officially receiving his OBE this week. I only found out about his insanely important service to the arts a few months back, which include providing a platform to spur the careers of artists from Anish Kapoor to Bob & Roberta Smith.