London’s originality, All things digital at LFW, Chinese designers left behind, Polo’s all time high, Man Repeller

L-R Mary Katrantzou, Meadham Kirchhoff, Antonio Berardi SS12 | Source:

Screen vs. Clean: When Print Meets Purity (IHT)
“To call your own fashion show a car crash would seem a risky business. But what about an inspiration of a crushed metallic Cadillac on a field of vividly colored flowers among the exotic fish in the Pacific Ocean? Fantastic, fabulous and totally original!”

How London Fashion Week Is Going Digital (Mashable)
“London Fashion Week is showcasing an increased commitment to all things digital this season. Designers and retailers are giving consumers around the world better access to shows and events than ever before through live, online showcases and digitally enhanced retail experiences… Clara Mercer, marketing manager for the BFC, says that the digital push this season is designed to expand LFW’s geographical reach.”

Will Chinese designers get left behind in China’s fashion boom? (CNN)
“China’s once almost non-existent fashion industry is on the verge of exploding. New domestic brands pop up seemingly everyday. Chinese models, like Liu Wen, who has shot campaigns with Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana and Estee Lauder, are increasingly becoming a hot commodity on foreign runways while domestic designers, such as Richard Wu… Are piquing the interest of the international fashion elite.”

Polo hits all-time high on strong overseas growth (Bloomberg)
“Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. is on a roll because of international expansion and strong sales of its higher-priced items…The company, whose brands include Ralph Lauren Collection, Black Label, Chaps and Club Monaco, has international pricing power not reflected in its current stock price.”

`Man Repeller’ Leandra Medine Blogs Fashion, Plans Book (The Washington Post)
Leandra Medine, founder and editor of the blog ‘The Man Repeller,’ talks about the blog’s creation and business model… ‘The Man Repeller’ describes itself as focusing on women’s fashions designed to be worn “in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex.”