Year of the Snake, Swatch upbeat, Denim corsets, Non-stop Carine, Chanel at Grand Palais

Beyonce Knowles, Solange and Kim Kardashian at NYFW | Source: Fan Pop

Bergdorf Goodman Lunar New Year window | Source: Mizhattan

Luxury Labels Are Scaling Up for China’s Year of the Snake (WSJ)
“Luxury brands are rolling out a menagerie of merchandise to capitalize on the holiday, which marks Asia’s biggest shopping season. And more Western brands are getting in on the Year of the Snake, pushing snake- and red-themed goods, from Vacheron Constantin’s $150,000 watch with an engraved snake etched onto its face to the serpentine, limited-edition Mercedes-Benz Smart Car, of which only 666 were made.”

Swatch ticks higher on upbeat guidance (FT)
“Luxury goods were back in favour after Swatch Group reported higher margins and provided upbeat guidance for 2013 thanks to renewed demand from China and the US.”

Denim Corsets at Macy’s Push Fashion Craze to Next Level (Business Week)
“Eight years after skinny jeans became de rigeur for millions of women, denim is showing up in garments as varied as corsets and pencil skirts. Designers and retailers such as Macy’s and Ralph Lauren have ample reason to cash in on premium-priced versions of an American classic: women’s jeans are selling at almost twice the pace of women’s apparel and typically generate fatter margins.”

Carine Roitfeld: ‘I’m Not the Girl Next Door’ (The Cut)
“It’s been over two years since Roitfeld left French Vogue, and in the interim she has started her own magazine, CR Fashion Book, and forged lucrative partnerships with brands like Barneys and MAC. In October, Hearst tapped her as the global fashion director for Harper’s Bazaar…”

Collections Digest | A Timeline of Chanel at the Grand Palais (AnOther)
“Since 2006, Karl Lagerfeld has been staging his Chanel couture show under the vaulted glass arches of this most iconic French landmark, adding fashion to the long list of supreme artistic visions that have been shown there.”