Game-changing Spring, Monetising Facebook, Mulberry’s growth, Gap’s brand oblivion, Top Chinese designers

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 RTW Runway | Source:

Spring, Fashion’s Operatic Season (NY Times)
“The season was the powerful game changer that retailers and editors have been hoping for — if only to give customers a new reason to shop. The longer skirt lengths and more forgiving jacket cuts with looser shoulders.. are easier to wear, and sell.”

How Facebook Can Become Bigger Than Google (Tech Crunch)
“Facebook’s alleged revenue has grown from $275 million in 2008 to $635 million in 2009 to a rumored $2 billion this year… Facebook is allegedly already earning double the revenues Google reported when it filed to go public.”

Mulberry rises 17 percent as consumers snap up its luxury handbags (Guardian)
“Consumers may be worried about spending cuts and the gloomy economic outlook, but that has not stopped them splashing out on Mulberry’s trademark leather handbags. The company said sales over the past ten weeks [are] up 57% in its UK shops.”

Gap Rebrands Itself Into Oblivion (Brand Channel)
“After dominating the late 1990s and early 2000s, Gap has dropped its iconic logo in favor of something that looks like it cost $17 from an old Microsoft Word clipart gallery.”

The 8 Most Influential Chinese Designers (Red Luxury)
“China is booming and so is its high street. Chinese designers are vying for a place in China’s evolving fashion landscape. Some are winning international awards in the process. Here are eight of the most influential designers in China.”