Shows must go on, Fur ban in Hollywood, Apparel investing, A green alternative, Fashion’s last rebel

Gucci Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Designer Scene

The Fashion Shows Must Go On (WSJ)
Italy’s fashion chamber, the Camera Nationale della Moda Italiana, issued its latest proposal with regard to the Fashion Week Scheduling Scandal of 2011. The brouhaha, which bubbled up in early October, started when Italy announced it would move up the dates of Milan Fashion week… Now, the Italian fashion council appears to have reverted back to their regularly scheduled programming.”

A Cool Reception to a Ban on Fur (NY Times)
“Fur is everywhere on the high fashion row of Melrose Avenue… And in the last week, these swanky window displays have become something of a political statement, a symbol of resistance to an ordinance that was passed Nov. 21 making this city the first in the country to ban the sale of fur apparel.”

Time for a New Shirt? (CFO)
“Fashion can be exhilarating and trendy, but it’s also often fickle and fleeting. In order to attract attention and drive sales, apparel companies must continually design new and exciting products for demanding and fussy consumers. Apparel industry investments translate into value for shareholders only when they generate revenue growth.”

Fashioning Change: A Recommendation Engine For Green Shopping (TechCrunch)
“The San Diego-based startup is building a recommendation engine that takes information based on the big, well-known brands you love and introduces you to the ‘do-gooder’ or ‘green’ alternative… Fashioning Change lets shoppers select name brands, or filter based on certain products, at which point the recommendation engine serves eco-friendly and ethical alternatives, based on price point and style.”

Jeremy Scott, Fashion’s Last Rebel (NY Times)
“Mr. Scott, now 37, came of age in the “anti-fashion” era, roughly 1997 to 2001. Among the pack were Imitation of Christ, Miguel Adrover, Susan Cianciolo, Pierrot, Katayone Adeli, designers doing whatever they wanted, commerciality be damned. Career paths, licensing and perfumes were not on the radar. In the war of attrition that followed, Mr. Scott turned out to be the one who survived. He is the last rebel standing.”