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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Wu-ing Obama, Kenzo’s comeback kids, Woodland fable, Oscar’s ceremony, Juergen Teller

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon | Source: Asia Pacific Arts

Picking a Winner Amid a Field of Bold Theories (NY Times) “There are a number of theories as to why Michelle Obama, who has generally spread her fashion love around to many designers, would select the same one for both of her inaugural gowns. An obvious one is that she likes a Jason Wu dress.” Leon And Lim: Kenzo’s Cool Comeback Kids (The Daily Beast)  “The new Kenzo customer continues to evolve under the pair’s

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The iPad effect, Dior’s earthly delights, Watchmakers lose lustre, Dress inflation, Jenna’s world

Christian Dior by Raf Simons by Chris Moore/Karl Prouse | Source: IHT

The iPad effect: How to unite physical and digital worlds (FT) “Sales staff are using iPads featuring a range of digital technologies to encourage customers to play with and try on jewellery and watches virtually. One technology company has almost doubled in size in the past year to accommodate demand from watch, jewellery and luxury clients.” At Dior, Garden of Earthly Delights (IHT) “Flowers budding, blossoming,

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Lemaire’s charm, Cracks in luxe, Richemont declines, Metrosexuals in China, Missoni mystery

Christophe Lemaire by Patrick Swirck | Source: Hermès

The Discreet Charm of Christophe Lemaire (WSJ Magazine) “It’s been two years since Lemaire was hired to replace Jean Paul Gaultier as the designer of women’s ready-to-wear for Hermès. This accounts for less than 10 percent of the company’s sales and is dwarfed by accessories, which have the advantage of being both more iconic… and more accessible, like its silk scarves, watches and enamel

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Week in Review | PPR’s Christopher Kane Investment, Going Corporate, 10 Fashion Moments in Milan

Week in Review December 14-18

What to Make of PPR’s Christopher Kane Investment (Analysis) “But fast forward a few more years and today, both Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen have grown into medium-sized businesses with over €100 million in annual revenue each by pursuing business models that fit, respectively, with their unique brand DNAs.” Finding Your M.O. | Part 14: Going Corporate (Education) “As in life, the time comes when every

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