A burst of colour in Milan, Brands as publishers, Virtual fitting rooms, Richemont rises, Robert Duffy charms Tokyo

A burst of colour at Burberry A/W 2011 | Source: Style.com

In High Definition Color (IHT)
“Orange, marigold, lagoon blue and purple — the start of the Milan menswear winter season has been drenched with color. High Definition vision is the message from designers who seem determined to look forward… and to put a brighter perspective on autumn 2011.”

Publishing, Without Publishers (NY Times)
“Luxury brands have always advertised in the likes of Vogue, Esquire and Architectural Digest and tried… to get mentioned in the editorial pages… [But now companies] are reaching out directly to consumers — and cutting out the middlemen.”

Next big trend: virtual fitting rooms (FT)
“Augmented reality, also known as interactive video technology… is set to transform the consumer experience. ‘It’s the next step in creating a seamless experience for the consumer at home, closing the gap between the store and online shopping.’”

Richemont Sales Rise 33 percent (Bloomberg)
Richemont SA, the world’s largest jewelry maker, said fiscal third-quarter revenue rose 33 percent, helped by Asian sales of watches and the acquisition of online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter.com. Revenue in the three months ended Dec. 31 increased to 2.11 billion euros.”

Robert Duffy charms Tokyo (TokyoWeekender)
“The success of American fashion genius Marc Jacobs is in large part due to early support from Japan. His namesake brand’s co-founder, Robert Duffy, was in Tokyo to talk about the new Aoyama flagship store and navigating his unique relationship with the designer.”