Highland Chanel, H&M recycling plan, ASOS on track, Material Wrld funding, Saskia de Brauw

Chanel pre-fall, Linlithgow Palace | Source: Wallpaper*

Chanel’s Scottish Touch Warms Up the Scottish Highlands (IHT)
“The Chanel show that Karl Lagerfeld put on last week at Linlithgow Palace, near Edinburgh, was spectacular in every sense of the word. The burning braziers, sending quivering light over old stone, and the dinner held in a tented space, arising like magic on the hillside, were outshone only by an exceptional collection.”

H&M Launches First Global Clothing Collection Recycling Program (Triple Pundit)
“Last week, H&M announced it will launch a clothing collecting initiative worldwide. Starting in February 2013, customers at H&M, the world’s second biggest fashion chain after Spanish group Inditex, will be able to hand in used garments from any brand in H&M stores in all 48 markets. The items will then be handled by H&M’s partner, I:Collect, a global recycling company.”

ASOS maintains heady rate of sales growth (Reuters)
“British online fashion retailer ASOS maintained a heady rate of sales growth in its first quarter, buoyed by strong trading both in its home market and overseas.”

Fashion Marketplace Material Wrld Raises $780K Seed Round (TechCrunch)
“Material Wrld, a fashion startup that’s both a peer-to-peer e-commerce marketplace for fashionistas and a fashion-focused photo sharing platform, is today announcing that it closed its seed round of $780,000 in funding, led by Great Oaks VC.”

i-N Conversation: Saskia de Brauw (i-D)
“She’s got a strong jawline and a cropped mop but this dude definitely looks like a lady. It might read SAINT LAURENT but new creative director Hedi Slimane has kept in line with the Le Smoking suit legend’s androgynous aesthetic as he casts Saskia de Brauw as the face of his menswear line.”