Victoria’s Secret hits London, J.Crew results, Ferragamo growth, Antonio Lopez, African blogs

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2011 | Source: Mod Tv

Underwear: The next big thing in smalls (Independent)
“For a lingerie brand that has built a worldwide reputation by flaunting (and boosting and covering in rhinestones) the assets of some of the world’s top models, the exterior of the new Victoria’s Secret flagship store in London is somewhat demure.”

J. Crew returns to profit in 2nd quarter (AP)
“Preppy clothing seller J. Crew Group Inc. said Wednesday that it returned to a profit in the second quarter, helped by higher sales at its retail shops and online. Net income for the three months ending July 30 totaled $22 million, compared with a $10.5 million loss a year ago.”

Ferragamo sees significant growth in 2012 (Reuters)
“Up-market Italian shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo said it saw ‘significant’ growth in 2012 after posting first-half net profits up 22.5 percent on Wednesday, confirming the strength of global luxury players through financial turmoil in Europe.”

Drawn to His Shining Light (NY Times)
“Although Mr. Lopez’s name may mean little today, at the time he was among the most celebrated talents in fashion, a virtuosic illustrator whose drawings — in ad campaigns for Valentino and Missoni, published in the predictable fashion bibles and in portfolios commissioned by men’s magazines — were like semaphores beckoning strangers to enter his glamorous sphere.”

The top 10 African fashion blogs (The Guardian)
“African fashion is booming, and so is its web presence. Ever-expanding numbers of websites, blogs, e-tailers, Tumblrs and online magazines dedicated to African-influenced style represent a field of fashion that is as fast evolving as the social and online media that shows it love.”