Balenciaga Taps Alexander Wang (IHT)
"Alexander Wang on Monday became the first designer of Asian descent to enter the highest ranks of Parisian high fashion when he was named creative director of the storied house of Balenciaga."
Hugo Boss dresses in the fast lane (FT)
"In the four years he has been in charge Mr Lahrs has reduced development times for collections, moved from two to four collections per year and commissioned a €100m automated warehouse that will push Hugo Boss’s clothes into stores at an accelerated rate."
Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana tax trial kicks off (Reuters)
"Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who count pop star Madonna and model Naomi Campbell among their clients, went on trial on Monday for alleged tax evasion in one of the most prominent tax cases involving celebrities in Italy."
Designer to the Stars Takes a Stroll Down the Catwalk (IHT)
"'Valentino: Master of Couture', which opened last week at Somerset House in London, has taken a new angle on the much celebrated Roman designer. The show mixes up the outfits, using 137 mannequins whose skin tones define the decades: cream for the new millennium; parma violet for the 1990s; terracotta for the ’80s; smoke for the ’70s; mustard for the ’60s; and mint green for the ’50s."
The story behind Chanel's love affair with Scotland (Telegraph)
"Chanel's iconic tweed, or bouclé as it is better known, was a result of Coco's experimentation with the traditional woollen cloth handwoven by the inhabitants of the Highlands."