Being Orla Kiely, Neiman Marcus confident, Cyber Monday here to stay, BFA winners, H&M and Marni

Orla Kiely | Source: MEN Media

The Pluck of the Irish (WSJ)
“Orla Kiely, the Irish designer known for her quirky, signature, retro stem prints, still gets excited when she sees someone wearing her brand. ‘It is nice that people like it enough to buy it,’ she says, sipping black coffee at her London store in Covent Garden, the first one to open in Europe in 2005.”

Neiman Marcus CEO: High end shopping with confidence (Reuters)
“Neiman Marcus Group Inc reported a higher quarterly profit on Monday as high-end shoppers proved more willing to pay full price for the luxury retailer’s expensive designer dresses, shoes and handbags. Despite the gyrations in the financial markets in recent months that has threatened well-heeled shoppers’ net worth, Chief Executive Karen Katz has not seen any pullback.”

Cyber Monday: Marketing Hype No More (Forbes)
“When Cyber Monday was invented in 2005–and make no mistake, it was invented wholesale by the National Retail Federation’s online Shop.org unit–it was little more than marketing hype… Now all that has changed. According to comScore, Cyber Monday is now the busiest shopping day online.”

The BFA Winners (Vogue)
Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen won the prestigious Designer of the Year accolade at the 2011 British Fashion Awards, which took place at London’s Savoy Hotel this evening… Victoria Beckham took home the Best Designer Brand prize, beating off competition from Tom Ford, Stella McCartney and Burberry.”

Marni For H&M Collaboration For Spring 2012 (Forbes)
“Less than a month after its widely successful collaboration with Versace, H&M has announced that it’s next designer team up is with Marni… Marni’s colorful aesthetic and collage-like use of prints, Marni for H&M is reported to have the same color blocking and print-on-print vibe. There will be a women’s and men’s collection plus accessories.”