Pucci sans prints, Oscar eyes London, Niche brands out of favour, Online sales up, CSM serves up drama

Emilio Pucci in his workshop, 1950s | Source: Life in Italy

Emilio Pucci in his workshop, 1950s | Source: Life in Italy

Without the Prints, Can It Still Be a Pucci? (WSJ)
“Under the hand of designer Peter Dundas, the six-decade-old fashion house is reinventing itself as an It brand. In the process, it is shifting its emphasis from kaleidoscopic cruisewear to cocktail dresses and sweeping gowns.”

Oscar de la Renta continues expansion (Reuters)
“‘We continue to offer, and continue to sell, $20,000-plus off-the-rack women’s evening gowns… On the other hand… a blouse that might have sold for $1,000 three years ago may now sell for $500.’”

Luxury sector to see niche deals (Reuters)
“The next aspiring Marc Jacobs or Stella McCartney may find it harder to get financial backing as luxury dealmakers target well-established brands for growth and top design houses begin paring smaller assets.”

Online, luxury strong, but apparel off (Reuters)
“Luxury items, jewelry and products sold online were the fastest-growing U.S. sales categories in the retail sector in May, but weakness in apparel and electronics suggest consumers may still be wary in their spending.”

CSM’s Graduate Show: The Clothes, The Designers, The Stars (Fashionista)
“London’s Central St. Martins College of Art served up 40 of its most promising talents to industry recruiters… With inflating Helmut Newton inspired pieces and a show-closing collection modeled on stilts, this was undoubtedly one for the books.”