Lacroix’s next move, Hugo Boss optimism, Ethical fashion’s impact, Pose raises funds, Katie Hillier’s secrets

La Source by Anne Deniau | Source: NY Times

What Christian Lacroix Did Next (NY Times)
“‘This is my couture,’ says Christian Lacroix, before his latest creations took to the stage in “La Source,” a magical realist ballet created in the 19th century and rarely seen since then. These fantastical costumes, mixing folkloric outfits with diaphanous pastel dresses, scattered with sparkling crystal, are for just one among a series of theatrical events across Europe that Mr. Lacroix has worked on since his couture house was shuttered in 2009.”

Hugo Boss confirms 2011 outlook after Q3 results (Reuters)
“German fashion house Hugo Boss  confirmed its outlook for 2011 as it reported forecast-beating third-quarter results… Adding to signs the premium and luxury sector has not yet been hit by the global economic slowdown… Hugo Boss, known predominantly for its sharp suits, is aiming to grow sales by between 15 and 17 percent on a currency neutral basis and core operating profit by between 25 and 30 percent for 2011 as a whole.”

Has campaigning for an ethical fashion industry had any impact? (Guardian)
“Campaigners have been battling for an ethical fashion industry ever since the first sweatshop scandals broke back in the 1990s… Progress might be slow, but it’s not all doom and gloom. Take the example of the campaign led by the Responsible Sourcing Network to stop forced child labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry. Over 60 global clothing companies, including Adidas and H&M, have now committed to ban Uzbek cotton from their supply chains.”

Photo Sharing App For Fashion Pose Raises $3 Million (TechCrunch)
“Pose, a mobile platform for real-time discovery and sharing of fashion, shopping and style, has raised $3 million in Series A funding from GRP Partners, True Ventures and Mousse Partners… Pose wants to help you share what you’re buying (or thinking of buying) with your friends. When you’re in a store and you come across and item of clothing you may want to buy, Pose invites you to take a snapshot. You can then tag it with your current location and the item’s price, and share it with friends.”

Meet Katie Hillier, the fashion world’s best-kept secret (Evening Standard)
“Once the head accessories designer at Marc by Marc Jacobs, where she created some of the most coveted bags of the decade – she continues to work there as a creative consultant – Hillier is now the expertise behind Victoria Beckham’s phenomenally successful bag line, and a consultant for Henry Holland’s House of Holland label and for designer Stuart Vevers, with whom she recently collaborated to re-imagine Loewe’s iconic Amazona tote bag.”