Balmain Exit (Vogue UK)
"Christophe Decarnin is leaving Balmain after spending five years as creative director. A successor has not yet been appointed.... Decarnin joined the French fashion house in 2005 as a designer before being made the creative director in November 2007. He is largely credited for introducing the rock and military-inspired look... that the label is currently known for."
Reviving the Russian luxury market (Reuters)
"Russia's luxury market may be worth only half of what it was pre-financial crisis, but its thirst for excess is making somewhat of a comeback, though uncertainty over its ability to grow lingers. 'Slowly, slowly, people are starting to live again,' said Alla Verber, Russian clothing mogul and head of fashion at plush designer store TSUM, Moscow's answer to Saks Fifth Avenue."
Boom time for boutiques in Australia (The Australian)
"Burberry's flagship store in Sydney's CBD has marked a trend...for bigger, more lavish and, of course, more expensive boutiques in the booming top end of the retail market. ... 'Our new Sydney store is the most ambitious and expensive boutique we have ever opened,' TAG Heuer chief executive Jean-Christophe Babin said. 'After just two months of operation, it was already our No 1 store in the world.'"
Twitter to offer brands Facebook-style pages (Marketing Magazine)
"Branded pages, through which advertisers could deliver tailored messages, are under consideration, along with other plans to increase the long-term revenue potential of the social network... The pages would work in a similar way to Facebook Pages, providing brands with their own space to deliver content and encourage Twitter users to follow them."
Dazed Live: Ruth Hogben (Dazed Digital)
"The pioneering London filmmaker Ruth Hogben is Director of Fashion Film at SHOWstudio and will be speaking at Dazed Live about her collaborations with Gareth Pugh and the resulting, inimitable visual style of her unique films. She has created iconic fashion films with Matthew Stone and Dazed’s own Katie Shillingford, not to mention her work with Nick Knight and Alexander McQueen."