Europe embraces outlets, Vionnet exhibition, Death of the Sari, Suits back in Milan, Agnes b. doubles China stores

Berlin designer outlet, courtesy of McArthur Glen

Berlin designer outlet, courtesy of McArthur Glen

Designer Outlets Come Into Fashion Across the Continent (WSJ)
“The Berlin Designer Outlet Center, built to resemble a German country village, is the latest outlet to open in Europe and further evidence that in a broader retail industry plagued by tenant insolvencies and declining consumer spending, the outlet segment is still expanding.”

Vionnet exhibition opens in Paris (Telegraph)
“Vionnet, dubbed the “couturier of couturiers”, is being honoured with an exhibition, opening today at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, which spans her work from the setting up of her house in 1912 to the glory years of the Thirties.”

The Dying Art of The Sari (Time)
“Sales do pick up in the winter, Delhi’s high season for lavish parties and weddings, but fashionable young women are more interested in designer saris in sheer fabrics made on power looms, not the traditional hand-woven silks like the ones in their mothers’ cabinets.”

Italian designers dream of summer in the city for 2010 (AP)
“Returning to the urban styles which made them famous, Italian designers are putting men back into suits and ties after many a season of wardrobes for globe-trotting vacationers.”

Agnes b. to Double China Stores to Tap Retail’s ‘Bright Spot’ (Bloomberg)
“Agnes b. Group, the French fashion brand created by designer Agnes Trouble, will double its stores in mainland China to tap growing demand that’s made the country a “bright spot” in the retail industry.”