Restructuring Versace, Escada sells Primera, Matthew’s menswear, Homegrown luxury, Karachi fashion rebellion

Versace Mini Cabriolet gearshift detail | Source: Cartype

Versace Mini Cabriolet gearshift detail | Source: Cartype

Restructuring Luxury at Versace (NY Times)
“I am a survivor,” the designer Donatella Versace said matter-of-factly during a recent blitz of New York, a visit that made it appear little had changed in the world of the occupationally fabulous.”

Escada sells Primera brands (Drapers)
“Primera comprises brands Laurèl, Apriori and Cavita. Luxury German womenswear house Escada previously signed a contract to sell the three brands to investment fund Mutares AG in May but withdrew from it on Friday, citing problems with the closing of the deal.”

Matthew Williamson to Launch Menswear and E-Commerce (Elle)
“The British designer best known for his colorful collections chock full of prints, is creating his first-ever menswear line. The collection, which is due out in February, will be sold exclusively at Harrods and Matthew Williamson boutiques.”

India, China Seen as Fertile Ground for Own Luxury Brands (Khaleej Times)
Europe’s creative heartland for top-end jewellery, watches and fashion could, in as little as 20 years, face a stiff competitive challenge from India, China and other developing countries, executives in the luxury industry say.”

Pakistan fashion week defies Taliban with non-Islamic dress (Telegraph)
“As Pakistan’s army battled religious extremists in South Waziristan, Karachi’s top designers sent models down catwalks with bare shoulders and exposed navels in an unusual display of skin in a country where most women cover up.”