Week in Review | Saillard’s new genre, Design and Development basics, Market reassurance, Yang Li

Week in Review December 3-7

The Creative Class | Olivier Saillard, Curator (The Creative Class)
“No curator has succeeded in capturing the imagination of the international fashion community quite like Olivier Saillard, director of the Musée Galliera, whose convention-defying, contemporary performance-presentations are one of the highlights of Paris Fashion Week”

The Basics | Part 5 – Design and Development (Education)
“Everything you create produces a reaction, positive or negative. And the most successful business people tirelessly look for these signals, embrace their genuine meaning, and then react. Structured cost analysis, collection planning and smart presentation are also essential. Here are six things you can do to make your design process more effective — and profitable..”

Market Pulse | Reassurance (Market Pulse)
“A flurry of positive economic newsflow has lifted investors’ spirits.  The government handover has happened seamlessly in China and it looks like its economy will avoid a hard landing.  Investors’ fears have been assuaged by US elections results and the progress of fiscal cliff talks.  The Greek debt crisis is also inching its way to a solution.”

The Spotlight | Yang Li (The Spotlight)
“This month, the Spotlight turns to Yang Li, a 24-year-old Central Saint Martins dropout and former Raf Simons intern, whose laser-sharp, monastically clean aesthetic is, surprisingly, the product of a range of reference points.”

Prada 9-Months Net Profit Jumps 50% (Dow Jones)
“Chief Executive Patrizio Bertelli said Thursday that the company’s business has continued to grow at a rate that has exceeded its expectations in recent months, as the luxury goods purveyor reported a strong rise in nine-month earnings figures amid resilient demand for ultra high-end goods.”

Green nears Topshop stake sale (FT)
“Sir Philip Green, the retail entrepreneur, is close to selling a 25 per cent stake in Topshop and Topman to a US private equity investor, in a move that could value the two jewels in the crown of his Arcadia retail empire at about £1bn.”

Balenciaga Taps Alexander Wang (IHT)
Alexander Wang on Monday became the first designer of Asian descent to enter the highest ranks of Parisian high fashion when he was named creative director of the storied house of Balenciaga.”