In the biography of Coco Chanel, the immortal designer claimed fashion "isn't art; it's business." Sure enough, Chanel is the only company to make money off its haute couture shows. My issue with the idea that fashion is only business not art is that fashion is then only for the elite. It's an insider's game of trends and hot labels. If it's not about conveying a mood, capturing an idea or wearing your heart on your tattered lace sleeve, then I'm not interested. This isn't to say that every time you throw on sweats because you're tired, you've created art. But when it comes to luxury lines like those we will be reviewing in a few weeks, I don't have time to spend on any designers who can't see beyond business.
Image: Alexander McQueen once edited an issue of Dazed Digital. These two models, both paraplegic athletes, are wearing McQueen's balsa wood designs.