Pierre Cardin’s eternal future, Heritage at risk, Versace on track, Tod’s beats forecast, Patti Smith’s fashion eye

Pierre Cardin Cosmos Collection 1964 | Source: IHT

Pierre Cardin Cosmos Collection 1964 | Source: IHT

Pierre Cardin: One Step Ahead of Tomorrow (IHT)
“It is 60 years since Pierre Cardin, fashion’s eternal futurist, opened his Paris fashion house; half a century since he first brought his designs to a desolate, postwar Japan; and more than two decades since he pioneered fashion in China.”

Heritage crafts at risk (Guardian)
“Modern Britain, it seems, is not much fussed about the skills and knowledge that exist only in the minds, eyes and hands of people who make things – our living vernacular heritage. We like them, in a rose-tinted, nostalgic kind of way, but we don’t do much to support them.”

Versace CEO says no family owners to sell shares (Reuters)
Versace, the Italian fashion house seeking to turn the page on its chequered past, is on track to be profitable by 2011 and family owners have no intention of selling their shares, its chief executive said.”

Tod’s 2009 div tops expectations, sees higher 2010 (Reuters)
“Italian designer shoe and bag maker Tod’s will pay a higher than expected dividend on 2009 profit that beat forecasts, and said it expected further growth on the back of orders for its autumn/winter collection.”

A Rare Spirit, a Rarer Eye (NY Times)
“That constancy has made Ms. Smith a trendsetter for several generations — how many young girls emulate her look of pegged jeans, boyfriend jackets and white shirts without ever realizing it?”