Tom Ford video, Hermès-LVMH saga, Branded content, Rei’s inspiration, Tomas Maier says ‘Just have less’

Tom Ford’s Private Spring ’11 Show (Grazia Daily)
“If there’s one man who knows how to tantalize an audience, it’s Mr Tom Ford. Because, as a New Year gift, the designer has bestowed upon us super-glossy footage of his highly-secretive, high-security showcase four months after it took place.”

Regulator to weigh Hermès buyout waiver (Reuters)
“France’s stock market regulator will examine Hermès request for a waiver on buying out minority shareholders on Thursday as the luxury goods maker tries to fend off a takeover from rival LVMH, according to a person familiar with the matter.”

7 Stellar Examples of Branded Content from the Fashion Industry (Mashable)
“From online blogzines to Tumblr-powered micro sites, branded content is quickly  becoming a cost effective, long-term online marketing strategy that the fashion industry will continue to utilize as brands and retailers look for new, innovative ways to connect with customers online.”

Rei Kawakubo thinks inspiration is hard to find (Vogue UK)
Rei Kawakubo says finding new inspiration is growing more and more challenging the longer she is in fashion – and she’s worried that today’s crop of designer talent don’t have what it takes to succeed her.”

Just Have Less: Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier (New Yorker)
Tomas Maier, the head designer of the Italian fashion label Bottega Veneta, is one of those people who wants to erase every fault in their range of sight.”