Theyskens’ commerce and creativity, Beckham’s success, Luxottica to Latin America, New couture, Modern Costa

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Olivier Theyskens On Creativity & Commerce (Forbes)
Olivier Theyskens’ career is one for the books. The kind they teach you in fashion school about talent and creativity and its flip side, business and commerce. Olivier Theyskens 100: Fashion visionary. Olivier Theyskens 101:A business cautionary tale. His career is a minefield of lessons.”

Victoria Beckham’s fashion line on track to make £60m (Telegraph)
“It has been reported today that Victoria’s eponymous label generated sales in excess of £15 million in the first quarter of 2011, up a staggering 70 per cent on the same period last year. If this trend continues, Beckham will be in line for sales of £60 million by year-end, and with her second, cheaper line ‘Victoria by Victoria Beckham’ going on sale in the New Year, it appears she may have a fully-fledged fashion empire on her hands.”

Luxottica to keep with M&A path in 2012 (Reuters)
“Italy’s Luxottica, the world’s biggest premium eyewear maker, is looking to new acquisitions in fast-growing Latin America next year, as it moves to shield its business from a slowdown in debt-hit mature economies. The owner of Ray-Ban and Oakley brands said on Monday it looked to a positive rest of the year, after strong sales of its high-end sunglasses from Brazil to China offset the impact of a weak dollar and financial market turbulence.”

Is Ready-to-Wear the New Couture? (WSJ)
“As the fashion industry continues to question the relevance of the haute couture collections in a 4G-speed world, ready-to-wear designers are finding that there’s increasing demand for their most exquisite and expensive pieces. The diverse list includes up-and-comers Jason Wu, Rodarte and Prabal Gurung as well as more established houses like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney and Chanel.”

Francisco Costa’s Modern Aesthetic (WSJ)
Since assuming the mantle at Calvin Klein Collection in 2004, Francisco Costa has modernized the laid-back luxe look known as American sportswear. Working with innovative, luxurious fabrics and using Calvin Klein’s own original, pared-down aesthetic as the base, the Brazilian-born designer has radically re-envisioned the female silhouette.”