Bulgari sees gain, Fashion copycats, Selfridges gets personal, Phillip Lim optimistic, The story of Gisele

Bulgari S/S 09 ad campaign, courtesy of Bulgari

Bulgari S/S 09 ad campaign, courtesy of Bulgari

Bulgari sees improvement in April after Q1 loss (Reuters)
“Italy’s Bulgari posted improved sales in its own stores in April after a first-quarter net loss, hurt by the financial crisis sapping demand for luxury jewellery, watches and perfumes.”

Fashion icon pays up in copycat spat (Toronto Star)
“A struggling Toronto fashion label is getting an undisclosed financial settlement from fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg for appropriating the design of their vintage-looking, tea-dyed, floral jacket.” This is not the first time a young designer has accused Von Furstenberg of stealing their designs, as reported on BoF in April of last year.

Selfridges’ Heiress-In-Chief (Forbes)
Alannah Weston is the daughter of a billionaire, she’s arty and she’s charged with running London’s superstore into its next 100 years.”

Out on a Lim: Phillip Lim’s Three Product Launches (WWD)
Phillip Lim is optimistic. ‘We’re not fearful of the economy,’ he says, a bit zenlike considering the impact of the recession on his four-year-old line, 3.1 Phillip Lim.” (Subscription required)

Gisele Bündchen: The charmed life of the mega-model (The Independent)
“There are supermodels – and there is Gisele Bündchen. How did the girl from Brazil become the biggest star in fashion history?”