British Fashion Gets a Web Dynamo (IHT)
"This month Natalie Massenet, the founder of Net-a-Porter and Internet guru to the fashion world, will throw her might behind London Fashion Week. As the newly appointed chairman of the British Fashion Council, she will use her power to promote designers not in their traditional role as funky and cool, but as major players in a global arena."
Carlyle, KKR among Maje, Sandro bidders: sources (Reuters)
"Private equity firms including Carlyle and KKR this week submitted non-binding offers for control of French fashion brands Maje, Sandro and Claudie Pierlot, sources familiar with the transaction told Reuters."
The high street takes its place beside haute couture (Guardian)
"This is just the beginning of a month-long flurry of shows and opportunities to show off. With the world's media watching, it is a chance to bag lucrative column inches in newspapers, magazines and, of course, the proliferation of blogs and style websites that have an increasingly powerful reach. So it's not just people who want a piece of the action: brands want to play ball too."
Best feet forward (FT)
"Globally, the footwear market is expected to reach $195bn by 2015, with sales exceeding 13bn pairs last year alone, according to Global Industry Analysts, Inc. It’s hard to imagine there are so many shoes in the world."
Not just a magazine: Vogue strikes a deal (Independent)
"It is just one of a number of projects that Vogue has rolled out in a bid to stay ahead of the competition. At a difficult time for publishing, the magazine is taking a fresh approach to connecting with its readers and building quite the empire while it is at it."