Burberry sends shiver, Kick of energy, Coty postpones IPO, Holiday turbulence, Carine Roitfeld

Burberry Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Burberry

Burberry warning sends shiver through luxury sector (Reuters) “British fashion brand Burberry issued a profit warning on Tuesday, the clearest sign yet that slowing economic growth in China and Europe’s debt crisis are bringing a boom in demand for luxury clothes and accessories to a halt.” A Leap in Volume and Length (NY Times) “The spring collections got a kick of energy as other designers also showed

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Fading free spirits, The Proenza boys, Kickstarting ideas, Secret’s out, Preen’s return to London

Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Style.com

Where Did the Free Spirits Go? (NY Times) “The Friday and Saturday shows of Fashion Week used to be a solid source of cool, a look-forward-to spree of messiness and mischief before the grown-ups demanded our attention. But lately, instead of being truly free-spirited, some of these designers have begun to seem as malevolently insistent as an Oompa Loompa chanting, ‘If you are wise, you’ll follow me.’”

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Week in Review | Natalie Massenet named Chairman of BFC, Going Global, Back in the Tourist Business

Week in Review September 3-7

BoF Exclusive | Natalie Massenet to be named Chairman of BFC (BoF Exclusive) “The Business of Fashion has learned that Natalie Massenet, founder of pioneering fashion e-commerce website Net-a-Porter, is soon to be named the new chairman of the British Fashion Council (BFC), replacingHarold Tillman, who has been chairman of the organisation since 2008.” Finding Your M.O. | Part 7: Going Global (Education) “Today’s

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King of casual, Eastern European labels, Holt’s fashion man, Carine on CR, Designer beats

Mickey Drexler | Source: Social Barrel

Mickey Drexler: King of Casual Chic (WSJ) “With a sobriquet like “Merchant Prince,” you might expect J.Crew Chief Executive and Chairman Millard (Mickey) Drexler to have a biography that extends to at least four pages. Instead, it is precisely four short paragraphs.” East European fashion labels aim for the world stage (Reuters) “Around emerging Europe, where garment assembly for Western brands has

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Louboutin and YSL decision, MADE in Paris, Lululemon lawsuit, New fashion order, Duckie Brown

Christian Louboutin | Source: Mad about Paris

Louboutin wins red soles trademark battle (FT) “French shoe designer Christian Louboutin has won the right to trademark protection of his distinctive red soles in a US federal appeals court in the latest chapter of a bitter legal battle with rival luxury house Yves Saint Laurent.” MADE, a New York Fashion Booster, Makes Paris Inroads (WSJ) “MADE Media Group helped launch several hot young U.S. fashion labels by

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Zegna hires Pilati, Richemont Asia sales slow, Dispute escalates, Online trade-offs, Cost of craft

Stefano Pilati by Evan Sung | Source: NY Times

Zegna Hires Designer From Saint Laurent to Bolster Brand (NY Times) “The Italian men’s wear company Ermenegildo Zegna moved on Tuesday to strengthen its core brand and breathe new life into its little-known women’s fashion line by hiring a designer best known for his work at Yves Saint Laurent.” Richemont’s Asia bonanza slows, tourists boost Europe (Reuters) “Richemont, the world’s second-largest

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Ethical high fashion, Michael Kors’ gain, Social media issues, Website watch, McQueen immortalised

Masai beaders by Chloé Mukai | Source: IHT

Bags Made by Hand, in East Africa (IHT) “At the heart of the African fashion collectives is Simone Cipriani, an Italian from his country’s leather industry who has made it a mission for the United Nations to develop an Ethical Fashion Initiative at the International Trade Center in Geneva. (The I.T.C. is a joint body of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.)” Luxury Designer Struts Its Stuff With Nearly

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Mature markets, AlleyCorp’s grab bag, Warming to wool, Role model Rocha, Frock star

Mature markets (FT) “‘Attitudes seem to be slowly changing, as blogs such as Advanced Style, The Women’s Room, and That’s Not My Age have highlighted the fact that growing older does not mean women lose interest in fashion and style,’ says British trend forecaster Jane Kellock, founder of The Women’s Room.” Expanding Her Efforts to Be a Role Model (NY Times) “More than just a pretty face, Ms. Rocha is

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Week in Review | Chinese brands look West, Aquascutum’s strategic errors, Red hot founder

Week in Review August 27-31

Global Briefing | Chinese Fashion Brands Look West (Insight & Analysis) “It’s nearly impossible to go a week without reading about international fashion brands expanding their operations in China. But what about Chinese brands targeting the West?” Op-Ed | What Went Wrong at Aquascutum? (Opinion, Insight & Analysis) “In April of this year, at a time when Burberry posted an 11 percent increase in sales,

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Sex doesn’t sell, Armani courts China,Taiwanese boost, Style Coalition TV, Brand Anna

Giorgio Armani backstage Source AFR

At Abercrombie & Fitch, Sex No Longer Sells (Business Week) “Abercrombie & Fitch’s skin-filled ads and nightclub vibe once delighted American teenagers and infuriated parents. Today, many aren’t even paying attention. The once-edgy retailer has lost a third of its market value in the past year as it grapples with falling sales in Europe and the U.S.” Giorgio Armani courts China (AFR) “‘Are you

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Victoria’s Secret hits London, J.Crew results, Ferragamo growth, Antonio Lopez, African blogs

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2011 | Source: Mod TV

Underwear: The next big thing in smalls (Independent) “For a lingerie brand that has built a worldwide reputation by flaunting (and boosting and covering in rhinestones) the assets of some of the world’s top models, the exterior of the new Victoria’s Secret flagship store in London is somewhat demure.” J. Crew returns to profit in 2nd quarter (AP) “Preppy clothing seller J. Crew Group Inc. said

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MAC’s crusade, Cucinelli IPO dampens profit, Tod’s profit up, Vionnet disruption, Singer out

Brunello Cucinelli Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Brunello Cucinelli

How a cosmetics company built brand equity by taking on the fashion world’s biggest killer (Financial Post) “Last year, Canadian-founded MAC Cosmetics raised $38-million through its MAC AIDS Fund to help combat the spread of AIDS. The success of the 18-year-old campaign predates the cause-marketing boom that has stormed the corporate world and yet continues to attract celebrity spokespeople.” IPO Costs Dampen Profits at

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