Sleek luxe in Milan, Kiddie couturiers, Saks turns a profit, Chatting with Della Valle, Event producers in focus

Gucci Autumn/Winter 2011 details | Source: Style.com

Sleek and Luxe (IHT)
“‘I wanted to play with color, a little of the 1970s and a lot of irony,’ said Ms. Giannini backstage, after the parade of fabulous Ms. Fox furs in turquoise, purple, rust and lilac wrapped around the shoulders above slim leather dresses or those sporty jackets with pleated culotte skirts that looked a lot like Yves Saint Laurent archives updated.”

The Kiddie Couturiers (NY Times)
““Kiddie couturiers” are perhaps the ultimate, inevitable result of a fashion culture that is obsessed with youth… and a youth culture that is obsessed with fashion…But the fact that fashion has become a field that is so easy for a tween to crack says a lot about how much the perception of a designer has changed. The allure of fashion is no longer the craft, but the flash.”

Saks turns a profit, sees higher sales this year (Reuters)
“Saks reported a quarterly profit as it sold more items at full price and forecast continued sales growth at its established luxury department stores, sending its shares up nearly 5 percent… sales at stores open at least a year rose 8.4 percent in the holiday quarter as shoppers resumed spending on expensive dresses, handbags and shoes.”

A Conversation With Tod’s Owner Diego Della Valle (Huffington Post)
“As the fashion flock moves to Milan for the fall/winter 2011 collections, Tod’s chairman Diego Della Valle, fondly called the Italian Ralph Lauren, talks about his life-long pursuit of Italian excellence, the reason why he bought shares at Saks and his part in keeping the Kennedy legacy alive.”

8 Must Know Fashion Show Producers (Luxury Society)
“[As] blogger’s, stylists and PR teams move across to Milan, we bring you a round up of the must-know event producers behind the catwalks… We investigated major fashion show producers and present a selection from around the globe.”