Runway ready rooms, Plus-size market minus, Esprit profits plummets, Another fashion week in India

Missoni Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland

Missoni Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland

Runway-ready rooms (Globe & Mail)
“Fashion houses have found a new creative outlet: Hotels. In Europe and the Mideast, designers from Armani to Missoni are delivering chic interiors, stylish experiences and nice bedspreads.”

Plus-size fashion market squeezed in recession (AP)
“The American waistline may be expanding, but plus-size shoppers are tightening their belts. People just aren’t buying plus-size clothing at the rate they used to. Apparel in general — being a discretionary purchase — is suffering because of the economy, but plus-size has been particularly hard hit.”

Fashion chain Esprit’s H2 profit down; eyes expansion (Reuters)
“Esprit, the world’s No.6 fashion retailer by market value, on Wednesday posted a 40 percent fall in second-half profit, as global economic woes took a bite out of its core European market. But the company said it would focus on expansion to tap potential growth as the economy recovers.”

Fashionably first (Times of India)
“While the Delhi and Mumbai fashion weeks have captured the collective imagination of the country with a dynamic mix of talented designers, top models and great creations, the honeymoon was short-lived as infighting split the fashion industry in half.”