Fashion can be a fickle business, and as Tom Ford said at the 2013 CFDA Awards, if you’re not absolutely sure about it, you might want to try something else. Rising stars can drop out of sight (as CFDA winners Public School once did before this second, successful self-iteration, strengthened by the Vogue Fashion Fund and the counseling of venerated industry veterans), respected consultants and fashion directors can fall out of favor while at the helm of major department stores just as quickly as they can gather dedicated Tumblr pages (just look to Nick Wooster and his admiring legions of fans). So when two successful examples cross paths and reflect on the influence and talent and rise over time of the other, it’s worth taking a listen.
Nick Wooster recently announced his departure from his latest venture at Atrium, on his own terms this time – we’ve known him to be ousted from stately department stores for perhaps choosing the wrong words, and gone from a more wide-reaching store for being a bit too fashion – so it’s refreshing to hear this menswear hero will be making his own career choices now. The recently crowned Vogue Fashion Fund winners are as eager to watch Nick, and vice versa, as we.