J.Crew influencers, Gap lifts profits, Prada’s independence, Handbag appeal, Jourdan Dunn

J.Crew Autumn/Winter 2012 | Campaign: Source J.Crew

J.Crew Taps Street Style, Industry Insiders, and Tumblr’s Founder (Fashionista)
“You won’t see any big-name models in J.Crew’s fall 2012 ad campaign–but that doesn’t mean you won’t recognize any of the faces. The mega-retailer has tapped a handful of successful fashion industry types (who just, you know, happen to be model-good-looking) to star in its latest ad campaign.”

Gap lifts profit view, Aeropostale back-to-school soft (Reuters)
“Bright colored-jeans and tight inventories helped Gap Inc post higher quarterly profit on Thursday, and the clothing retailer also raised its full-year forecast.”

Prada’s CEO on Staying Independent in a Consolidating Industry (HBR)
“While rival fashion houses have struggled and been acquired by conglomerates, Prada has prospered. Its CEO says that has a lot to do with the company’s culture.”

A growing auction market: Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Chanel handbags (AP)
“The still red-hot status handbag market — driven by celebrity trendsetters such as Katie Holmes and Victoria Beckham — has not escaped the notice of some big auction houses. They say it’s a new and growing category that is attracting a global clientele of sellers and buyers.”

Inside the Models Studio: Jourdan Dunn (The Cut)
“Women Management’s Jourdan Dunn pontificates on her relationship with Burberry, the most overused phrase in fashion, running into her best friend, Karlie Kloss.”