A rare talent, Fashion saddles up, American Apparel rises, Adidas in China, British style in Paris

Raf Simons | Source: Fiasco

Why Was the Designer Raf Simons Dismissed? (NY Times)
“You don’t find many galvanizing examples of talent in other creative fields — and it’s hard to imagine an executive taking time on his day off to look at someone else’s runway show. But that’s how talented Mr. Simons is.”

Sex in the Saddle (IHT)
“What is it about women and horses? A trend toward a coltish look — short, taut jackets, curving jodhpur pants and riding boots — is galloping through the autumn 2012 Paris season.”

American Apparel Reports 13 Percent Rise In February Net Sales (RTT News)
“Retailer of branded fashion basic apparel, American Apparel Inc Monday reported a 13 percent increase in total net sales for February 2012 at $42.1 million compared to the same month last year.”

Adidas banks on high fashion to reach new markets in China (Red Luxury)
“The fight for the title of China’s top sports apparel brand is becoming a one-on-one match between Germany’s Adidas and the American superstars, Nike, who currently holds the top ranking.”

McCartney brings curtain up in Paris with a flash of British style (Independent)
Stella McCartney opened the proceedings at the Paris collections yesterday at the Hôtel de Ville, the neo-Gothic city hall, and a reminder of the French capital’s historic power and grandeur.”