PPR invests in Christopher Kane, NAP sales up, Alpha male, Wearable technology, Role reversal

PPR buys 51 per cent stake in Christopher Kane (Telegraph)
“Following on from rumours which surfaced in November , the luxury conglomerate PPR has today confirmed that it has bought a 51 per cent stake in the business of London Fashion Week label Christopher Kane.”

Net-A-Porter sees sales increase by 55 per cent (Telegraph)
“Net-A-Porter, the online luxury fashion destination, experienced a 55 per cent rise in sales last year, from £238 million to £368 million.”

The Tough Side of the Alpha Male (IHT) 
“It is less than a decade since metrosexual style moved cuddly cashmeres and malleable tailoring from the woman’s to the man’s closet. But now boots elevated on rubber soles, leather jackets padded with nylon and neoprene that is at the height of fusion fashion, make men’s wear for winter 2013 look like it is designed to handle a hurricane.”

The fabric of our lives (FT) 
“Wearable tech – clothing that incorporates technology and digital functions – is something of a buzz phrase. According to IMS Research, about 14m wearable tech devices were produced in 2011; by 2016, the global market could reach $6bn.”

Role reversal? Online fashion goes offline (Guardian)
“It has been particularly intriguing for us to see an apparent full circle occur in online retail, as e-tailers such as Net-A-Porter, Ebay and Etsy start to test offline presences in the form of showrooms and pop-up shops.”