Out of fashion: Designers finding new ways to sell their style (Independent)
"As the autumn 2012 collections are unveiled, more and more designers are questioning the format; seeking something new in an age where digital culture means every image is beamed straight to an audience at home and cloistered, exclusive runways are no longer the most practical way of promoting their labels."
New York Fashion Week Parades 328 Shows (Bloomberg)
"There was a time when Ruth Finley could easily avoid conflicts while putting together the schedule for New York Fashion Week. This month, the publisher of the pink-paper Fashion Calendar, the trade’s must-read, had to fit as many as eight different runway shows and presentations into one time slot."
Hugo Boss says good start to 2012 after record 2011 (Reuters)
"German fashion house Hugo Boss said 2012 had got off to a good start as it reported better than expected sales and earnings for 2011, thanks to wealthy Asian buyers snapping up luxury European brands."
The beauty business (Economist)
"Careers in modelling are typically short-lived, badly paid and less glamorous than pretty young dreamers imagine. Yet the business is changing. For one thing, educated models are in. This may sound improbable. In the film 'Zoolander', male models are portrayed as so dumb that they play-fight with petrol and then start smoking. But such stereotypes are so last year."
Michael Kors: Designer for the Jet Set (WSJ)
"The Michael Kors woman is lightly tanned, toned, polished and pulled together at all times. She loves fur, figure-hugging fabrics and expensive shoes. She may or may not travel by private jet, but she certainly looks as though she does... It could be said that if Oscar de la Renta is the Park Avenue Princess's couturier of choice, then Kors is their regular tailor. "