Olivier Zahm gets personal, Crowdsourcing gains steam, Brand master Arnault, Adidas guidance, Window warriors

Olivier Zahm Self-Portrait | Source: purple DIARY

For Fashion’s Bad Boy, No Secrets (NY Times)
“[With Purple] and often salacious photographic blog, purple-diary.com, Mr. Zahm, a former art critic, has become a demi-celebrity in the fashion world. He likens himself to Andy Warhol, who managed a similar feat with Interview.”

Discount luxury e-tailer BrandAlley to launch a crowdsourced platform (Independent)
“Discount luxury e-tailer BrandAlley is launching a new virtual platform… Taking a cue from the rising trend of crowdsourcing, Le Lab will allow BrandAlley Web users to vote on and decide which designs make it into production.”

Master of the Brand: Bernard Arnault (Forbes)
“Though LVMH quickly denied it would try to take control of the 173-year-old Hermès, the stage is clearly set. It may be a long drama: Three-quarters of the company is still in the hands of 200 Hermès family members. Winning them over could take decades.”

Adidas raises earnings guidance for 2011 (FT)
“Adidas, Europe’s biggest sports goods maker, gave its first indications of how economic recovery will extend into next year, saying it expects earnings growth of up to 15 percent in 2011 after raising its guidance on 2010 earnings for the third time.”

Window Dressing Warriors (NY Times)
“David Hoey [and] Linda Fargo, have dressed windows for 14 years… During that period, they have earned Bergdorf a reputation for decadent, intellectual art pieces that tickle both street crowds and museum snobs alike.”