High-rise designers, Fung acquisition, Guangzhou rising, McQueen’s reign, Work ethic

Erdem, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

High-Rise Designers (IHT)
“Pinstripes with an edge of cool, surfaces smooth and metallic, and fashion show locations in a high rise building in London’s financial district — could it be that city slick is making a comeback?”

Hong Kong Investors Buying Sonia Rykiel Fashion House (NY Times)
“Fung Brands, a luxury investment firm backed by two Hong Kong billionaires, is acquiring 80 percent of Sonia Rykiel, one of the last remaining independent fashion houses in France.”

Guangzhou rises as luxury goods destination (Red Luxury)
“While luxury shopping vacations have become all the rage in recent years, for many Chinese, bargains are just around the corner. Guangzhou in Guangdong providence has emerged as a major outlet for luxury goods.”

McQueen reigns again on London catwalk (Independent)
“It is more than a decade since the Alexander McQueen name was a presence at London Fashion Week. Last night, Sarah Burton, that company’s creative director since its founder’s death a little over two years ago now, showed the McQueen second line, McQ in the British capital.”

Post-Galliano Era (Vogue)
Yves Saint Laurent creative director Stefano Pilati has spoken about the impact John Galliano’sdismissal has had on the fashion industry. ‘Today [fashon design] is a real office job that goes beyond any normal conception of what time one should devote to work.’”