Innovation on the surface, Galliano crisis at Dior, Ferré expansion, Training tailors, Middle East impact

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Surface Attraction (IHT)
“Sculpted shapes, clean lines and modernist architecture — why is the fashion ‘streamlining’ of today any different from its previous incarnations of the 1930s to the 1990s?… The answer lies on the surface. A combination of hyper-modern fabrics and imaginative decoration is giving 21st-century style a third dimension.”

Galliano counter-sues over racist allegations (FT)
John Galliano is counter-suing a couple for defamation after they claimed he hurled anti-Semitic and racist slurs at them at a café in Paris, resulting in his suspension as head designer of Dior Couture, part of LVMH, the luxury goods conglomerate.”

Paris Group plans expansion for Gianfranco Ferré (FT)
“Mr. Sankari argues that Paris Group’s expertise in opening stores gives it a head start in reviving the fortunes of Ferré. He also expects to announce in the coming weeks the acquisition by Paris Group of other large, well-known, high-end – and distressed – European brands in France and Italy.”

Italian tailoring schools (FT)
“Increasingly, and behind the scenes, the Italian brands that seem to be thinking simply of the next big season are also thinking of their long-term future. Specifically, how they can institutionalise their know-how to ensure an informed design pool for generations to come, whether women’s or men’s wear.”

Luxury and Unrest (IHT)
“Could the dramatic events in the Middle East ultimately be a bonus to the luxury industry? The events unfolding in the Arab countries, and the subsequent spike in the cost of crude oil, are being watched carefully by manufacturers and retailers now in Italy for the fashion season — as they are by every international business.”