Mature markets, AlleyCorp’s grab bag, Warming to wool, Role model Rocha, Frock star

Carmen Dell’Orefice for Delvaux | Source: FT

Mature markets (FT)
“‘Attitudes seem to be slowly changing, as blogs such as Advanced Style, The Women’s Room, and That’s Not My Age have highlighted the fact that growing older does not mean women lose interest in fashion and style,’ says British trend forecaster Jane Kellock, founder of The Women’s Room.”

Expanding Her Efforts to Be a Role Model (NY Times)
“More than just a pretty face, Ms. Rocha is one of the few models who has become known by just her first name. At a moment when the fashion industry has increasingly marginalized models — to anonymous, size 0 waifs, a life span of three seasons… she has emerged as the model’s liberator.”

AlleyCorp Churns Out Grab Bag of Tech Companies (NY Times)
“This is not a man who would blend in among the sneaker-clad start-up ranks of Silicon Valley. Yet Mr. Ryan, chief executive of the Gilt Groupe and a founder of several prominent Internet companies, is one of the technology world’s most influential people, with a career trajectory that mirrors the rise of New York’s tech scene.”

Fashion world warms again to wool (The Guardian)
“After years of decline, the British wool industry is making a comeback thanks, in part, to luxury fashion’s newfound love of suits, formalwear and knitwear.”

The frock star: Roksanda Ilincic (Telegraph)
“Roksanda Ilincic is the undisputed queen of modern glamour. But on this hot, still August afternoon in London, it’s hard to see how she managed it.”