A designer’s second act, Target loses focus, Online retail trends, Aronsson in at Ungaro, Innovation now

Christian Lacroix's Theodora Collection for Sicis, detail | Source: eRoom

Wanted: a Second Chance (WSJ)
“It’s the fear of every high-achieving professional: excelling, reaching the pinnacle of your field—and, the next day, having to start over… Many designers say the key to their reinvention came from using skills, interests and contacts from their earlier lives—without stopping for regrets. ‘Nothing’s a bad experience and nothing is a waste of time.’”

More Target Than Tar-zhay? (WSJ)
“The chain that made it trendy to shop for low-priced designer clothing and mod lamps while picking up detergent and toothpaste has been struggling to gain back its pre-recession sales strength… It was these apparel and decorating items—mixing mass with class—that set Target apart and allowed it to be one of the few discount chains to thrive against Wal-Mart.”

Five Online Retail Trends Shaping The Way Americans Shop & Save (FMM)
“Fueled by new technology and an evolving social media shopping sphere, e-commerce reported record sales last year… This new breed of brand deals and coupons is changing the way consumers shop and save money. Here’s a look at five online retail trends that are shaping a new type of consumer — those who expect special rates and lower prices.”

Jeffry Aronsson in at Ungaro (Vogue UK)
“Emanuel Ungaro has appointed a new CEO – former Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta chief executive Jeffry Aronsson… ‘We have an authentic, world renowned haute couture designer brand with a great heritage… Yes, it has been bruised, but with the right care and attention, the bruises will heal and it will look as great as it ever did.’”

Innovation Extravaganza (Trend Watching)
“There will never be a shortage of smart ventures, brands, goods and services that deliver on consumers’ wants and needs in surprising, new ways. In fact, with the entire world now engaged in creative destruction… the dozens of innovations we’ve rounded up for this Trend Briefing are just the tip of the iceberg. Invent, improve, copy… or perish.”