Mixed luxury recovery, Hermès’ Chinese brand, Milan’s military men, Berlin FW grows, Britain’s best bloggers

Coach Spring Summer 2010 Poppy Collection | Source: Coach

Coach Spring Summer 2010 Poppy Collection | Source: Coach

Not quite a luxury resurgence (Marketwatch)
“The U.S. economy may be slowly coming out of recession, but it appears we’re still pretty conservative when it comes to buying.”

What Hermès’ New Chinese Brand Means for the Luxury Industry (Fashionista)
“Three days before Christmas, the savvy folks over at godly luxury company Hermès quietly announced that they would launch a new brand in China called Shang Xia. The label will incorporate Chinese raw materials and local craftsmanship tailored to the specific desires of the Chinese luxury consumer.”

At Milan’s Fall Shows, the Clothes Go Marching On (NY Times)
“The trench coats, Eisenhower jackets and jumpsuits produced to outfit soldiers in different wars and divergent eras are still with us — or they were throughout the last four days, when designers showing men’s wear for fall seemed to have war on their subconscious minds.”

Fashion Week Underlines Berlin’s Rising Status (ABC)
“Young designers showed off edgy new clothing on Wednesday as Berlin’s fashion week opened, an event that underlines the German capital’s hopes of establishing itself as a fashion power… Event organizers say Berlin — which has grown consistently since its start in 2007 — is now the fifth-largest.”

Britain’s best fashion bloggers (Telegraph)
“The newest power players in the fashion industry aren’t designers or models, they’re bloggers. Jessica Salter meets Britain’s pioneer online style-watchers.”