Spanish hotspot, Alaïa’s fashion philosophy, Gilt Groupe acquisition, Playing designer, Anna-Sophie Berger

Inditex Headquarters in La Coruna, Spain | Source: Inditex

How Zara clothes turned Galicia into retail hotspot (Reuters)
“The green, rainy region of Galicia in northwest Spain is best-known as the destination for pilgrims hiking the Camino de Santiago to pay tribute at the remains of apostle Saint James… But a different kind of pilgrim also makes the journey here — retail sector analysts visiting the headquarters of Spain’s most successful modern export, Zara clothes, which has made the founder of Inditex one of the richest men in the world.”

The Future Of Fashion, Part Nine: Azzedine Alaïa (Style.com)
“Fashion will last forever. It will exist always. It will exist in its own way in each era. I live in the moment. It’s interesting to know the old methods. But you have to live in the present moment. The evolution today is in the machinery. There are machines that did not exist before. It allows you to be a lot more of a perfectionist.”

Luxury Daily Deals Site Gilt City Picks Up BuyWithMe at a Discount (All Things Digital)
“Gilt City, the daily deals site operated by fashion and luxury online retailer Gilt Groupe, has acquired BuyWithMe… Gilt will be purchasing BuyWithMe’s assets, including its member and vendor lists, as well as some of its technology. Other companies also exploring offers included San Francisco-based Bloomspot and the No. 2 player, LivingSocial.”

UnitedStyles Lets You Play Fashion Designer (TechCrunch)
“Based in Shanghai, UnitedStyles is a Facebook Connect-enabled service that lets any user create customized women’s apparel, allowing them sketch out, adjust and share a design via an online interface and customized 3D preview… Co-founder Marc van der Chijs tells me that his objective is to recreate the entire fashion design experience for Internet users, ‘It’s very strange that you cannot [already] design your own clothes online.'”

Rise: Anna-Sophie Berger (Dazed Digital)
“Graduating next year, 22-year-old Anna-Sophie Berger has a mad obsession with humanness and geometry. The Austrian student also likes to work around the concept of limitation and simplifying clothes to a very basic shape. For her mainly black and white collection ‘m/m2′, Berger chose the square that was transformed and disrupted, before shown as an installation pinned to a wall to visualize the two dimensional aspects of the flat squares and contrasting that in the look book, when the model’s body wearing the clothes creates a three dimensional volume.”