Amy Winehouse’s fashion legacy, Hermès arrives in Mumbai, LVMH ups stake, Halston’s new CEO, British brands

Vogue Paris 2008 Isabeli Fontana as Amy Winehouse | Source: Bubblespop

Of fashion and Amy Winehouse (FT)
“She was her own fashion statement, and it’s my guess, had she been able to deal with her own demons, she would have ended up shaping fashion, not the other way around. She wouldn’t have sung for her style; her singing would have set the style. And the effects would have reverberated at a deeper level.”

Hermès Opens in Horniman Circle (Mumbai Boss)
“The store, the first stand-alone luxury brand boutique outside of a mall or five-star hotel in India, marks a departure for Hermès’s strategy in the country, where it already has two branches in Delhi and Pune, both in hotels… The process has taken them 18 months and it is hoped that the store will inspire other businesses to help revive and restore the area.”

Forecast-beating LVMH lifts stake in Hermès (Reuters)
“LVMH has raised its stake in smaller luxury rival Hermès  to 21.4 percent from 20.2 percent… The owner of the Louis Vuitton and Kenzo fashion brands, Moet & Chandon champagne and Chaumet jewelry added, however, it did not own any financial instruments, other than those disclosed, which could raise its Hermès holding further.”

Halston Poached BCBG Max Azria’s President After All (The Cut)
“Ben Malka initially denied rumors that he would take over at Halston following its sudden meltdown two weeks ago, he confirmed that he had left BCBG Max Azria Group to do just that. Malka was the president of BCBG since 2001, and worked at the company for sixteen years, during which time he solidified BCBG’s place in the contemporary womenswear market.”

Clothes that are proud to be British (Telegraph)
“With heritage brands such as Burberry leading the global fashion scene, Mulberry sales rising 526 per cent over the past year, and Pringle being one of the hottest tickets at London Fashion Week, British-based labels have become “cool” again… What attracts foreign buyers is the emphasis on endurance, not only in the clothing, but its back stories as well.”