The return of Tom Ford, Google targets fashion, Burberry’s better margins, Billy Reid wins, Redefining beauty

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2011 | Source: Vogue.com

Mr. Ford Returns (Vogue.com)
“[Tom Ford] is doing things differently this time. He objects to the way the Internet eats up fashion images before the clothes can be bought. He despises sections of the press. Private and formal are terms he favors now. And he’d rather people didn’t ‘Tom’ him anymore. At 49, he lets it be known he prefers “’Mr. Ford.'”

Google targets fashion market (Guardian)
“Not content to revolutionise online search and email, Google is preparing to enter the fashion business… The attraction is obvious: with conservatively estimated revenues of $500bn (£310bn) worldwide making it the fourth largest industry globally.

Burberry H1 profit tops forecasts on better margins (Reuters)
“British luxury goods group Burberry beat forecasts with a 49 percent jump in first-half profit as fewer markdowns and better management of stock combined with an already-reported rise in sales.”

Billy Reid Named CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner (WWD)
“A new crop of American design talent has been crowned. Billy Reid is this year’s winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, taking home an award of $300,000 and a trophy of a bronze swan by Rachel Feinstein.”

Asian Models Are ‘Redefining Traditional Concepts of Beauty’ (The Cut)
“December’s American Vogue features eight Asian models who are, according to the magazine, ‘redefining traditional concepts of beauty.’ With Asia’s significance to luxury brands becoming increasingly visible, it seems only natural for Asian faces to become more prominent.”