Paul Smith: still the best of British (Telegraph)
"'Quirky and cool' work well to encapsulate his output, from his first boutique in Nottingham in 1970 selling standard shirts with colourful stitching around the buttonholes, to a business empire that today stretches to 75 countries, with a turnover of £400 million."
H&M August sales hit by warm weather (Reuters)
"World no.2 fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz on Monday posted an unexpected drop in like-for-like sales in August, blaming a heatwave in key European markets for keeping customers away from stores."
London Fashion: Rethinking Luxury (On the Runway)
"It’s good to see Tom Ford nail down a hot look again. Two years ago he staged a private little show in his New York store, asking friends like Julianne Moore, Rachel Feinstein and Rita Wilson to model his first women’s line since leaving Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent."
A Label That Has Regained Its Luster (NY Times)
"In other words, Americana chic has gone mainstream. Just visit the nearest mall. Club Monaco unveiled a Made in the USA collection last year, in collaboration with Mr. Williams. J. Crew cashes in on Americana chic by selling domestically manufactured Alden shoes, Levi’s Vintage Clothing jeans and Billykirk leather goods."
Sarah Mower on what it takes to be a BFC ambassador (Telegraph)
"When word reached my friends that I'd been appointed the British Fashion Council's first ambassador for emerging talent in 2009, an emailed tease dropped into my inbox from a former Bath Convent schoolmate: 'Handing round the Ferrero Rocher, then?' No, actually. Non-stop swanning around embassies murmuring about marvellous British frocks isn't all there is to it."