Hong Kong value, Condé Nast TV, Amazon as magazine middle man, Surface technique, Bollywood style

Chanel boutique Hong Kong | Source: Peace Love Chanel

Highest Quality, Lowest Prices in Hong Kong (Bloomberg)
“Hong Kong retail sales, boosted by mainland Chinese tourists, surged 26 percent to HK$264 billion ($34 billion) in the eight months through August… Zhang Zuoru said it was worth waiting in line in the Tsim Sha Tsui tourist district of the former British colony. She bought a bag in the Chanel store on Canton Road for 33,000 yuan ($5,190), at least 20 percent less than she would pay in mainland China, she said.”

TV and Film, From Condé Nast (NY Times)
“Condé Nast, intensely focused of late on reducing its reliance on advertising (or at least finding ways to give current advertisers more value), plans to announce the creation of a full-fledged entertainment division… Developing television and online programming based on Condé Nast personalities, articles and general brands is the first priority, although movies are also a focus.”

Amazon Lets You Manage Your Print Magazine Subscriptions (Mashable)
“Further insinuating itself as a middle man between publishers and consumers, Amazon has introduced a service that lets consumers manage their print subscriptions. The program, the Amazon Print Subscription Manager, lets subscribers update their address, track expiration dates, cancel, renew or report a problem for all their print magazine subscriptions.”

All that glitters (FT)
“They’ve been sweating the small stuff in Paris. When the world at large lurches from one extreme to another, you focus on what you can control. On the catwalks, designers displayed an obsession with classic couture detailing, be it fluted sleeves, peplums, the curving back of a sac shape or the generous tent of the trapeze. Off the catwalks, however, this took another form: surface technique. Which is not the same thing as superficial.”

Bollywood Takes Some Style Cues (NY Times)
“Bagwati’s cinematic appearance is part of a Bollywood revolution. Traditionally a medium where vibrant color and sparkle always trumped taste, costume and art direction in the country’s movies are starting to reflect the growth of fashion consciousness across urban India. ‘We’ve gone from no information, no aesthetic, no awareness of fashion to a place where we thrive on fashion,’ said Karan Johar, one of the most successful producer-directors in Hindi cinema.”