Three Generations of Missoni, Not so flashy, Aura of exclusivity, Hermès’ nose, Lindsey Wixson rising

Three generations of Missoni by Bernardo Conti | Source: The Guardian

Sitting down with three generations of Missoni (LA Times)
“Last month, the Italian luxury label’s Missoni for Target collaboration was so hotly sought after that it caused the retailer’s website to crash. Last Sunday, three generations of Missonis gathered in Beverly Hills to accept the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award — the first fashion house to be honored as an entire family. Could it be that Missoni is on its way to becoming a household name?”

Bargain Hunters, Hold That Click (NY Times)
“Flash sale sites, only a few years old, are tremendously popular. American visits to them increased 68 percent in September compared with the same period a year ago, according to Experian Hitwise, an Internet tracking firm, and 314 percent from two years ago. Such sites enable customers, who are about to enter the busiest shopping period of the year, to score deals on elite brands. Still, one can, with surprising regularity, find some even better deals elsewhere.”

Luxury Handbags Ditch Logos for Exclusivity (Red Luxury)
The world’s top luxury accessories brands are learning that the key to maintaining the aura of exclusivity is to hide in plain sight. To reconcile volatile economies with the demand for greater status symbols, top labels like Chanel and Victoria Beckham are producing high quality bags that speak for themselves, without the use of logos… Without logos, products themselves accentuate a brand’s personality.”

A French Perfumer’s Seductive Sense (WSJ)
“‘Odor is a word, perfume is literature,’ Jean-Claude Ellena, the official in-house perfumer for Hermès since 2004 and possibly the most adventurous, unconventional nose in France. After four decades of working in Paris and New York with multinational companies, and creating more than 100 fragrances, including Van Cleef & Arpels’s First, Cartier’s Declaration, Bulgari’s Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert, he is exactly where he wants to be: hidden away in a forest in Cabris.”

Head over heels with Lindsey Wixson (Telegraph)
“Still only 17, Wixson has an unusually accomplished cv, packed with shoots for magazines including Italian Vogue, British Vogue, V and Pop; and for the biggest campaigns, including Miu Miu, Galliano, Barney’s and Jill Stuart Beauty. Now in her fourth season as a catwalk model, she had a total of 44 runway shows during Spring/Summer 2011. Her first shoot, for Italian Vogue, when she was 15, was by Steven Meisel.”