China online, Yoox sales rise, RL’s momentum, Kenneth Cole returns, Dannijo sells socially

Shangpin screen shot | Source: Red Luxury

Why China’s Fashionista Websites Aim High (And Low) (Forbes) “Online shopping offers a platform for new fashion brands to enter China, without the expense and risk of opening physical stores. Even deep-pocketed fashion houses face a challenge in planting a flag in China’s frothy real estate market. ‘All the good locations have been taken by the big brands,’ says Angelica Cheung, editor of Vogue China , which

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Year of the Snake, Swatch upbeat, Denim corsets, Non-stop Carine, Chanel at Grand Palais

Beyonce Knowles, Solange and Kim Kardashian at NYFW | Source: Fan Pop

Luxury Labels Are Scaling Up for China’s Year of the Snake (WSJ) “Luxury brands are rolling out a menagerie of merchandise to capitalize on the holiday, which marks Asia’s biggest shopping season. And more Western brands are getting in on the Year of the Snake, pushing snake- and red-themed goods, from Vacheron Constantin’s $150,000 watch with an engraved snake etched onto its face to the serpentine,

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Galliano hearing, Pinterest’s retail problem, Bosideng in Europe, Indian retail, Teen Vogue story

John Galliano | Source: This Photo Life

John Galliano in court to challenge dismissal from Dior and label (Telegraph) “Galliano appeared at a hearing at the conseil de prud’hommes (France’s equivalent to an employment tribunal) in Paris yesterday. His lawyer claimed victory after the court ruled it was qualified to hear the 52-year-old designer’s claims against his dismissal of creative director of Christian Dior in March 2011.”

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Digital dynamo for BFC, Sandro bidders, High Street fashion week, Footwear boom, Vogue Festival

Natalie Massenet | Source: AnOther

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

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Week in Review | J.W. Anderson: Brand Builder, India’s Artisans, Digital Fashion Shows, Steven Tai

Week in Review January 28 - 2 February

Turning Point | How J.W. Anderson Became a Brand Builder (Emerging Designers) “‘Mr. Anderson’s clothes reveal an impressive freehand quality, especially in the cutting, and, at the same time, a great sense of judgment. He knows what looks very uncool,’ wrote New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn, singling out Anderson’s Spring 2013 women’s collection as a London Fashion Week standout. But how did it all

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L’Wren Scott, New Vuitton strategy, Red carpet history, Furla to focus on China, Foot fetish

L'Wren Scott by Emily Weiss | Source: Into the Gloss

L’Wren Scott: ‘No clothes fitted – that’s why I started to make them’ (Telegraph) “Since 2006, she has built up a highly regarded fashion business. Her red-carpet dresses – often flattering sheaths that undulate reassuringly along with their wearer – are cherished by Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Hendricks and Penélope Cruz.” LVMH to Adjust Vuitton

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Chait’s magic touch, Burberry transformation, Fashion flu, Acquisition impact, Louise Wilson

Greg Chait by Stephanie Diani | Source: NY Times

All He Touches Turns to Cashmere (NY Times) “Greg Chait, the designer of the Elder Statesman, is not someone you would expect to be named the class of 2012’s most likely to succeed. He is laid back in the way that comes from living in Southern California, where he works in a sunny studio in Culver City. His defining feature is a bushy black beard that could easily contain a pair of knitting needles. Ask him how he got his

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H&M earnings drop, Made in Britain, Vente-Privée slows, Strike a Pose, Kirkwood wins

H&M Spring/Summer 2013 Collection | Source: H&M

Expansion costs hit H&M earnings (Reuters) “Hennes & Mauritz, the world’s No.2 fashion retailer, posted an unexpected drop in quarterly earnings, hit by competition in tough European markets and the cost of its expansion drive to take on bigger rival Inditex.” British-made fashion is back in business (Guardian) “The unique selling point of these products is, of course, that they are Made in Britain,

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Berlin’s luxe address, Hong Kong retail, Sell outs, Fendi fountain restoration, Vogue Thailand

Kaufhaus des Westens, Berlin | Source: Bloomberg

Berlin’s Ku’Damm in Style as West Draws Hip Shops (Business Week) “The decision by fashion brands such as Hermes and Louis Vuitton to focus on west Berlin has shifted attention away from Friedrichstrasse, the eastern strip that attracted most retail investment after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.” Hong Kong retail: as the rich go to Paris, the rest go mid-market (FT) “The very wealthy Chinese appear to be

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Skipping NYFW, My Wardrobe seeks investment, Evolving menswear, Burda Media, Joan Burstein

New York Fashion Week, Damrosch Park | Source: NY Times

Why Some Labels Will Sidestep Fashion Week (WSJ) “New York’s calendar has become noticeably more crowded as labels squeeze in with entrepreneurial zeal. While fashion shows used to be limited to high-style labels, midprice contemporary labels and menswear brands are now muscling into New York. One reason: No official body controls the calendar, unlike in Milan and Paris, where just a few dozen labels are invited to show

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Week in Review | Contemplating Paris Couture, Golden Lane, Online Vintage, Paris menswear moments

Week in Review January 21-25

Colin’s Column | Is Haute Couture Poised for Reinvention or Irrelevance? (Opinion) “Couture! This magic word was all but forgotten 30-odd years ago, except in the most exalted and privileged of social circles. Since its high point in the late 1940s and 1950s, couture clients had shrivelled away just as the lifestyles the couturiers once clothed had withered as well.” Colin’s Column | Paris Couture Week,

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Belgian shield for LVMH, The Milan Plan, Mobile China, Benetton ads, Iris Van Herpen

Bernard Arnault at Louis Vuitton | Source: FT

Arnault says Belgian move can shield LVMH (FT) “The head of LVMH has been accused by the media in his homeland of wanting Belgian nationality to escape President François Hollande’s higher French taxes but he has repeatedly insisted that he ‘is and will remain fiscally domiciled in France’.” The Milan Plan (China Daily) “The scene is familiar enough – an army of buyers, journalists, celebrities

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Coach shares slump, Couturier virtues, Tod’s in line, Freedom in Paris, Vogue tops ad pages

Valentino couture by Valerio Mezzanotti | Source: NY Times

Coach handbag sales take hit, stock slumps (Reuters) “Coach Inc on Wednesday reported weak holiday-quarter results and unveiled a new strategy for shoes and clothing, spooking investors with the notion that the days of strong demand for its premium leather handbags may be numbered.” And Precisely So (NY Times) “The designers are learning to use the extraordinary skills of a couture atelier to be more self-critical

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