Battle royale in Paris, H&M expansion plans, Sashay away, India’s new stars, Germano Celant

Hedi Slimane vs Raf Simons by William Rankin | Source: IHT

Battle of the Champions (IHT)
“The fight between Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent — or, more accurately, the clash of two new titanic designers — is the story of this fashion season… The fact that the two maisons are owned by rival luxury conglomerates — LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton for Dior and PPR for YSL — only adds to the sense that this in an epic contest.”

Sweden’s H&M says Q3 dented by late summer heat (BusinessWeek)
“Swedish fashion retailer Hennes and Mauritz announced plans to ramp up its expansion in the coming months, even though problems associated with Europe’s debt crisis and a heat wave in a number of its key markets capped earnings in the third quarter.”

Paris, With a Slouch or a Sashay (NY Times)
“New York seems miles away as the Paris collections, the fourth and final stop of the spring 2013 shows, began in a downpour — a literal one, that is. People arrived at Rochas on Wednesday shaking like poodles, and left to face lagoons of water in the streets.”

New stars of India (FT)
“In the September edition of Vogue India, sandwiched between features on bridal couture, facial yoga and the Bollywood newcomer Alia Bhatt, is something that has given hope to the country’s young designers. It is a shortlist of six finalists for India’s first Fashion Fund, launched in May by Vogue and the Fashion Design Council of India to promote the country’s next generation of designers.”

An Intellectual Fashion | Germano Celant (AnOther)
“Since the 1960s, Germano Celant has played a crucial role in defining and shaping the nature of contemporary creativity… , he has played a significant part in connecting the fields of art and fashion: since 1993, he has served as Director of the Prada Foundation, in Milan, and now Venice, and in 1996, he curated the first Biennale della Moda in Florence.”