Nick Knight speaks, Inditex’s online push, Shared origins of Calvin and Ralph, Star style power fades, LV in Beirut

Nick Knight on location

Nick Knight on location

Nick Knight on fashion, photographs and failings (Times)
Luke Leitch interviews Nick Knight: “I have friends in the City who are amazed by how the fashion business is conducted. It’s controlled by a few people, and not particularly well.”

Inditex 1H Pft Beats Views; Plans Online Push (WSJ)
Inditex SA, Europe’s top fashion retailer by revenue, Wednesday said it plans a major push online for its flagship Zara-brand, as it reported better-than expected first-half earnings.”

Two Fashion Stalwarts, Reared on Same Bronx Catwalk (New York Times)
Ralph Lauren (né Lifshitz) and Calvin Klein were raised in the Norwood neighborhood along Mosholu Parkway in the 1940s and 1950s, with Mr. Klein living at in an apartment house at 3191 Rochambeau Avenue and Mr. Lauren in an apartment building on Kossuth Avenue overlooking the parkway itself, according to Lloyd Ultan, the Bronx historian.”

Recession Dims Stars’ Style Power (WSJ)
“The struggles of William Rast, which didn’t show in the New York Fashion Week tents this week, are a sign of the times. The downturn in high-end fashion is hitting celebrity-backed brands hard. Many are disappearing. U.S. sales of celebrity-licensed products fell to $2.9 billion last year after peaking in 2006 at $3.5 billion, according to the Licensing Letter, a trade publication.”

Louis Vuitton eyes Lebanon expansion (Forbes)
“French fashion brand Louis Vuitton, which will open its flagship Middle East store in Dubai next month, is in the ‘final stages’ of a planned expansion into Lebanon, a company official said on Tuesday. Damien Vernet, general manager for the fashion house’s Middle East and India operations, said the company was also looking into Egypt, Jordan and in Syria as possible markets.”