New life for lace, Magazines become e-tailers, LVMH pursues Hermès, American Apparel losses, Erdem’s obsessions

The new lace, detail | Source: Textile Talk

New Life for the Historic Art of Lace-Making (WSJ)
“Lace, suddenly, is everywhere. Looking nothing like your grandmother’s doilies, lace is the fabric of whole dresses and suits for summer, as well as next fall. Lace hasn’t been this popular since Queen Victoria sat on the throne.”

Click to Buy That Handbag in Vogue as Magazines Become E-Tailers (Bloomberg)
“Vogue and Elle have long influenced what clothes and handbags image-conscious consumers buy. Now, in a bid to reverse flagging sales and stay relevant, fashion magazines may sell the products they feature in their articles.”

LVMH signals continued pursuit of Hermès (FT)
“Mr Arnault’s presentation to shareholders repeatedly stressed the independence granted to brands acquired by LVMH, a thinly veiled reference to its ongoing bid to buy Hermès, the silk-tie and handbag maker that has so far rebuffed its approaches.”

American Apparel reports loss, sales decline for 2010 (LA Times)
American Apparel Inc. said sales declined and it lost money in 2010, and it warned that several risk factors this year could force it to seek bankruptcy protection if business doesn’t improve.”

Erdem on His Floral Obsession, Tilda, H&M and Kate (Fashionista)
“There’s no question that fashion and technology are growing ever closer by the day, but Canadian-British-Turkish designer Erdem Moralioglu takes the concept of digital design a step further than most.”