Men first at Mr Porter, The cult of the front row, Henry’s Carven comeback, Google gets analytical, Connecting Vezzoli

Mr Porter, coming soon | Source: Mr Porter

Mr Porter to Test Men’s Urge to Shop Online (WSJ)
“The debut of Mr Porter, the biggest ever launch of a men’s luxury-goods website, will be closely watched by the fashion industry to see whether there are enough active male shoppers to support a fashion site… ‘We know there’s a demand for this,’ says Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet, ‘I don’t think shopping right now really appreciates the way men want to shop.’”

New Star in the Front Row (NY Times)
“Vogue editors do not come along every day, except in China and India, where Western fashion magazines are new. Anna Wintour (American Vogue) and Franca Sozzani (Italian Vogue) have each held their jobs for 22 years; Alexandra Shulman, the chief of British Vogue, a little less. If anything, the cult of the editor has exploded in the last decade.”

A Fresh Face Behind a Comeback (NY Times)
“Carven has been pretty far off the fashion radar for the last decade, but it has quietly made a comeback under Mr. Henry, who previously worked for Givenchy and Paule Ka. He said he wanted to bring back the attitude of Mme. Carven Mallet, who founded the house in the 1940s.”

Google’s Boutiques.com Gets Analytical (WWD)
“Coinciding with [NYFW] Boutiques.com introduced two analytical tools — Designer Analytics for designers and Trend Analytics for the consumer. It also unveiled recent boutique additions Michael Kors, Jil Sander, Thakoon and Billy Reid — bringing the amount of designer partners to nearly 80, up from 30 three months ago when the fashion site launched.”

An Intellectual Fashion | Francesco Vezzoli (AnOther)
“In his column, Donatien Grau speaks to prominent thinkers and creatives about fashion and its connections to contemporary creativity. Italian-born artist Francesco Vezzoli is fascinated by the role of cultural icons in the popular psyche, of the workings of fame, power and talent.”