PPR shares rise, River Island soars, Fashion copyright, Vacant shops increase, Coco’s costumes

Bottega Veneta A/W 2010, courtesy of Coutorture

Bottega Veneta A/W 2010, courtesy of Coutorture

PPR Results Beat Expectations (WSJ)
“French luxury-to-retail company PPR SA said first-half net profit fell 76% from a year earlier, when a gain from an asset sale boosted results, but revenue declined less than expected.”

River Island’s record year (Retail Week)
“Young-fashion powerhouse River Island has defied the market to deliver record sales and profits for the year to the end of December.”

Giving the Auf to Fashion Copyright (Public Knowledge)
“Fashion is a business in which copying plays a major role in driving new styles and trends. Marc Jacobs putting his own twist on a classic Chanel design; fashion on the streets inspiring fashion on the runway; low-end retailers democratizing high-end trends by selling more cheaply made versions of designer apparel-these are all integral parts of the fashion ecology. It is thanks to copying that trends have such a frantic life cycle.”

Vacant shop numbers soar (Drapers)
“The number of vacant shops on the high street has more than doubled over the past year according to a report by The Local Data Company.”

Coco Before Chanel: ‘She was claiming freedom through her designs’ (Guardian)
“Catherine Leterrier designed the costumes for Coco Before Chanel. She tells Rachel Dixon how she brought a fashion legend back to life.”