Interior motives, Mango’s bold expansion, Conversation web, Kleiner Perkins bets on Rent the Runway, Regal Launer

S/S look from the House of Holland, Interior of Indochine Resto | Source: WSJ

Interior Motives (WSJ)
“Among other things, this spring could be known as the season when the term ‘fashion insider’ takes on a new meaning. That’s insider as in interior, as in interior decoration. As in a print of a Baroque molding blooming out of the bodice of a striped Prada dress, or Rodarte’s collection of grainy faux-bois tops and skirts inspired in part by Stephen Shore’s photographs of 1970s suburban interiors.”

Mango Spreads Its Wings (IHT)
“The Spanish clothing chain Mango made a bold move into the international fashion arena last week when it staged its first fashion show outside its home country… The brand’s approach seems to be working. This year Mango plans to open over 500 new points of sale around the world, and the company is setting its sights on emerging markets.”

Conversation Is The New Search (Fast Company)
“As the web moves from one of publication to one of conversation, I spend most of my hours working and talking to people I trust, who have reputations for honesty, action and projects that prove that they work well in the field with others… ‘In this next round of the search movement, it’s really going to shift to who is the influencer.'”

Rent the Runway gets $15 million from KPCB (Reuters)
“Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is putting $15 million into the luxury-for-a-night market, investing in designer gown rental service Rent the Runway. The online service, called ‘the Netflix of haute couture’ in the fashion industry, said it will use the money to expand its selection of dresses and invest in its inventory and reservation system.”

Blagging a bag fit for the Queen (Telegraph)
“Forget That Dress, or Beatrice’s hat, the real royal wedding fashion phenomenon has been Brenda’s bag. For Her Majesty’s boxy, top-handled cream calfskin handbag has prompted a 60 per cent boom in sales, a fifth of which has been in the under-50 age group. And the brand benefiting from this fillip? Launer London… forget Hermes’s coveted Birkin, these are the ultimate power bags.”