Gucci’s payoff, Tales of Hermès, Hong Kong rents spike, Runway tweens, Theyskens’ singular voice

Gucci wins $4.66 million, ban on Guess knock-offs (Reuters)
“A U.S. judge said Gucci may recover just $4.66 million in its lawsuit accusing apparel retailer Guess Inc of copying its trademarked designs, a small fraction of the more than $120 million sought by the Italian luxury goods company.”

Hermès tells a playful tale of leather (IHT)
“Every invention by Hermès, the French leather goods company, seems to have a story attached. There is the legendary ‘Birkin’ bag, created after the actress and singer Jane Birkin dropped her belongings in a mess on a plane from Paris to London in 1983.”

Gucci-crazy Chinese fuel rents in H.K. (Business Week)
“Russell Street in the Causeway Bay district trails only New York’s Fifth Avenue in terms of average retail rents, fueled by mainland Chinese shoppers seeking tax-free Gucci handbags and Rolex watches.”

Tweens on the runway (Slate)
“In recent years, the debate over underage fashion models has reached a fever pitch. Ondria Hardin starred in a sultry Prada ad at 13. An Australian modeling agency recently announced that it wanted 13-year-olds because 16-year-olds were ‘too old.’”

An intellectual fashion | Olivier Theyskens (AnOther)
“From the very beginning, Olivier Theyskens has been acknowledged as one of the most idiosyncratic voices of contemporary fashion design. Since 2011, his career has taken a new direction, as he now serves as creative director for the American brand Theyskens’ Theory and adapts his vision to the stream of contemporary life.”