NYFW ends on high note, Crafts lookout, M&A delay, Designing a catwalk show, Real Ted Baker

Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2013 by Jennifer S. Altman | Source: NY Times

Freed From the Constraints of Plaids and Stripes (NY Times)
“Let’s get the mundane business out of the way: the Proenza designers stepped things up. They set off some new technical fireworks with woven leather (in a wonky geometric pattern) and silk-jacquard tweeds based on Gerhard Richter’s abstract paintings. They sharpened their low-riding silhouette.”

European luxury groups on the lookout for crafts (Reuters)
“European luxury makers are buying production centers to overcome a dramatic shortage of skilled workers that is putting historic brands at a competitive disadvantage with low-cost production centers.”

Burberry warning could delay luxury M&A (Reuters)
“British fashion house Burberry’s profit warning this week could put on ice potential acquisitions in the luxury sector as fears are growing that the industry’s growth forecasts could be cut further.”

How to design a catwalk show (The Independent)
“Fashion shows are extremely costly endeavours, often running up bills in the hundreds of thousands, thanks to high-spec lighting rigs, offbeat and exclusive venues, and of course, the famous faces not only on the runway but also in the front row.”

Ray Kelvin: Would the real Ted Baker please stand up? (Telegraph)
“And yet Kelvin’s spent the best part of 25 years eschewing personal publicity, to the point that he has always studiously avoided being photographed in full profile (the face half hidden or back to the camera are now something of a quirky Kelvin motif in all Ted Baker pictures.”