Crisis management, Online appeal, Missing link in China, Breaking into luxury, Mary’s appeal

Calvin Klein, Jil Sander and Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2013 | Source:

Rising Above the Crisis (IHT)
“Eye-popping color, upscale vacation clothes and rich accessories dominate the summer 2013 men’s wear season — yet Italy is said to be in financial meltdown.”

Online Appeals to the Male of the Species (NY Times)
“With its enviable growth forecast to continue through 2012 and beyond, men’s fashion looks more and more like a bountiful land of opportunity just waiting to be conquered. Ultimately, however, victory may well be determined by men at the online checkout.”

Digital: luxury brands’ missing Link (China Daily)
“A recent study by iResearch, a market research company, showed that the volume for e-commerce market transactions in China in the first quarter grew by 68 percent. It now stands at an astounding 1.8 trillion yuan ($283 billion; 225 billion euros; greater than the GDP of Pakistan).”

Small luxury firms make modest way to global market (Reuters)
“Now, with times tough and sales to French and American women sluggish, Cadolle, like many small French luxury firms, finds itself struggling to tap into a $191 billion (122.53 billion pounds) global boom driven by customers from emerging markets.”

Mary Katrantzou talks pencils, patronage and Prada (Telegraph)
Mary Katrantzou’s USP is the kaleidoscopic digital print; past seasons have seen her put koi karp on the catwalk and spoons on skirts. So masterful is her command of tromp l’oeil, that at times it undermines her couture-like craftsmanship.”