Redcats sale near, Prada exodus, Consumer confidence in China, Tiger burning, Tim Walker

Puma shipping container store | Source: Gliving

PPR nears sale of Redcats catalogue arm (FT) “PPR is to announce the sale of all or part of its Redcats catalogue business before the end of the month, moving closer to its goal of becoming a pure clothing and accessories company.” Third of Prada managers leave after IPO (FT) “Prada the Italian luxury goods group, lost a third of its top managers in the nine months following its initial public offering last year

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Week in Review | YSL’s wake up call, Burberry causes a downpour, Looking back at Paris Fashion Week

A Wake-Up Call for YSL’s PR Team (Opinion) “A few weeks ago, Yves Saint Laurent’s PR team wrote to BoF, asking that we edit a tweet. We had shared one of the striking new Saint Laurent campaign images with our followers, referring to the campaign as ‘Saint Laurent Paris.’ Brands often write to thank us for sharing their advertising campaigns with our community, but this was the first time that a brand had written asking us to

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Chinese artisans, Gucci may join Yoox JV, Dior Homme, Impossible Wardrobe, Casely-Hayford

Burberry Beijing flagship store | Source: Maosuit

The luxury that dare not speak its name (FT) “But China is no longer just the sweatshop of the world that churns out cheap T-shirts and jeans. The high costs in Europe have meant that many artisans have moved to China, while local manufacturers have also benefited from a transfer of knowledge that has taken place since the country became an outsourcing centre more than three decades ago.” PPR May Include Gucci in Luxury

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Geometry trend, Turkey’s fight for prestige, Burberry on top, Digital impetus, Hellen Van Rees

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Nowfashion

A Game of Checkers (IHT) “The Louis Vuitton show hit its graphic target on Wednesday, marking a sparky and spectacular moment on the last day of the monthlong international season. The show underscored one of the strongest themes for summer 2013: geometry, redrawing in straight lines the shapely female body.” Turkey fights for a new prestige (FT) “The story of Turkey today is of a country seeking new customers and

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Chanel rising, Luxury stocks out of favour, Valentino’s growth spurt, Custo Brasil, Paid promotion

Valentino Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Nowfashion

Chanel Rises Above Its Excess (NY Times) “Three great couture houses showed their 21st-century visions in the closing days of the Paris summer 2013 collections. Yet it was not the much-anticipated Saint Laurent show that won the regeneration game, nor even the recurrent inventions at Chanel. Valentino, in a graceful, calm and beautifully crafted show on Tuesday, hit the sweet spot between heritage and contemporary.”

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Hedi Slimane’s debut, Givenchy rewinds, Reviving Schiaparelli, Hakaan mystery, Silver muses

Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Nowfashion

Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent debut (Telegraph) “What was most suprising was that it was so unsurprising. It was exactly as expected: lots of masculine/feminine trouser suits, some beautiful wafty dresses and poet’s blouses (most of which we’ve seen before on Kate Moss and Stevie Nicks, although perhaps not always in quite such luxe fabrications) and a cool soundtrack, edited for the show by Daft Punk.

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A 4th dimension, Hermès endures, Moncler appeal, Fashion incubators, Marino’s star status

Peter Marino | Source: Architectural Digest

Then Comes the 4th Dimension (IHT) “To be modern in fashion today, a designer needs a sculptural knowledge of the human body, an architect’s understanding of graphic proportions and an ability to absorb the digital revolution.  Then comes the fourth dimension. The Paris shows for summer 2013 over fashion’s long weekend have divided the protagonists into those who get the depth of possibilities — and those who are still making

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Week in Review | Tectonic shifts in Paris, Thamanyah by Ahmed Abdelrahman, Blogger transparency, MFW Photo diary

Week in Review September 24-28

Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane and the Tectonic Shifts of the Paris Fashion Establishment (Insight & Analysis) “With fabled fashion innovators Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane scheduled to make their respective ready-to-wear debuts at Dior and Saint Laurent, two of French fashion’s most iconic houses, the stage is set for a historic Paris Fashion Week.” The Spotlight | Thamanyah by Ahmed Abdelrahman (Emerging Designers)

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Generation genius, Analysts debate Kors, Aritzia online, Front row spoiler, Angelica Cheung

Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Nowfashion

Generation Genius! (IHT) “All the 40-something designers at the Paris summer 2013 collections have reached a delicious, mature ripeness. And with even younger creators breaking bud, there is a real sense in this city of a generational change.” Analysts Debate: Has Michael Kors Become a Top Stock? (Daily Finance) “The Motley Fool has been making successful stock picks for many years, but we don’t always agree

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Battle royale in Paris, H&M expansion plans, Sashay away, India’s new stars, Germano Celant

Hedi Slimane vs Raf Simons by William Rankin | Source: NY Times

Battle of the Champions (IHT) “The fight between Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent — or, more accurately, the clash of two new titanic designers — is the story of this fashion season… The fact that the two maisons are owned by rival luxury conglomerates — LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton for Dior and PPR for YSL — only adds to the sense that this in an epic contest.” Sweden’s H&M says Q3 dented by

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Paris’ new generation, The Invisible man, Rocket Internet, China’s new consumer, Mei Lim Cooper

Veronique Branquinho and Cédric Charlier Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Style.com

Sense and Sensibility (IHT) “A new generation has grown up in Paris, without the bright, white light turned on those who are promoted — and then often deflated — by the big brands. Sense and sensibility are the key words for these creative souls who prefer to offer the wearable and affordable collections that resonate with women. They are for a world where wardrobes and lifestyles demand a reality check.” Fashion

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Prada bucks slowdown, Let there be light, Logo fatigue, Aeffe adds Ungaro, Made in India

Prada Made in India collection | Source: High Snobette

Will Prada Finally Succumb to Global Luxury Slowdown? (CNBC) “Italian fashion house Prada has been a bright spot in a slowing global luxury retail space, and its latest earnings report underscores the resilience. The company delivered another set of solid earnings on Tuesday — first-half net profit surged 60 percent to 286 million euros ($372 milion), thanks to demand from Asian spenders.” Let There Be Light (IHT)

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Modernism in Milan, China cracks down, Cucinelli’s positivity, French Vanity Fair, Queen of Punk

Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Nowfashion

Minimalist Matters (IHT) “Jil Sander is the archetypal figure to have reinterpreted mid-century Modernism. Her fashion life has been dedicated to streamlining style and to recognizing the dynamic place of women in society. But where should the designer take that vision now that she has returned to her own label after eight years and a series of stop-go comebacks?” China’s corruption crackdown takes shine off

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