Esquire’s survival, Gilt Groupe layoffs, Sharp silhouettes, Campaign trail, Lady Amanda Harlech

David Granger by Robert Caplin | Source: NY Times

How Esquire Survived Publishing’s Dark Days (NY Times)
“Amid the plague that hit the magazine industry back then, Esquire was worse off than most. Beaten up by a crop of lad magazines like Maxim, then hammered by the flight of advertisers and readers to the Web, Esquire suffered a 24.3 percent loss in advertising pages compared with 2008.”

Gilt Laid Off More Than 100 People (The Cut)
“A source tells us today that the company laid off more than a hundred people, and the canned employees might include John Auerbach, who headed the men’s division and spearheaded the launch of the full-price Park and Bond site, and Nate Richardson, who headed Gilt City.”

Fashion Silhouettes, Sharply Drawn (On the Runway)
“Last season, Rei Kawakubo used bridal lace in her men’s collection; this time, she went for old-time pink roses on gray suiting, sweet polka dots and boxy shorts or culottes with jackets that evoked the classic Chanel cardigan.”

Campaign trail (FT)
“February’s fashion magazines are out, complete with the newest spring/summer ad campaigns from the major luxury brand names. For many readers, such glossy bids for attention are as engaging as the articles and fashion shoots inside – which makes them irresistible opportunities for a brand.”

Lady Amanda Harlech: ‘I really like getting my hands dirty’ (Independent)
“Lady Amanda Harlech is the victim of many misconceptions. First and foremost is the fallacy that fashion really isn’t much work at all – something with which a hard-nosed professional working through nights to pull together not one but two major collections for a four-week catwalk circus can wholeheartedly disagree.”