Confidence in China, PVH outlook, Russian spending ethos, Whistles buyback, Picture power

Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2012 campaign | Source: Paul Smith

Paul Smith upbeat about China return (FT) “Sir Paul Smith, the UK fashion designer, is optimistic about his brand’s return to China, despite fears that the Chinese market for luxury goods is cooling.” PVH raises 2012 outlook again on Europe (Reuters) “Clothing maker PVH Corp raised its full-year earnings outlook for the third time this year, as it expects its European business to grow and its flagship Tommy

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Red hot Nasty Gal, Beloved Alber, Billabong profits sink, Collaboration fatigue, Angel investors

Sophia Amoruso | Photo: Courtesy Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal clothing company — as red-hot as its founder’s lipstick (LA Times) “After securing a $9-million investment in January from Index Ventures, which has also backed Facebook and Etsy, Nasty Gal just scored an additional $40 million from the venture capital firm.” Alber Elbaz (WSJ Magazine) “Alber Elbaz is a rare bird in a business oft dominated by ego and drama. Humble, funny and all about the work,

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Clothing the world, Service with a smile, Berluti in London, Donatella Versace, What’s in a name?

Tadashi Yanai by Eric Chung | Source: WSJ Magazine

This Man Wants to Clothe the Planet (WSJ Magazine) “Yanai is refreshingly open about his goals these days: making Uniqlo the number-one apparel retailer in the world. His target—$50 billion in yearly revenue by 2020—will require whiplash gains above Uniqlo’s current revenue of $12 billion, driving the company ahead of front-runners Inditex.” Service with a smile, J. Crew CEO Drexler says customers should expect it

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Trends are passé, Fashion patents, China e-commerce shift, Future of street style, Plus-size men

Military Trend | Source: YellowShowLaces

In Fashion, Are Trends Passé? (New York Times) “Trends persist, of course, still scrutinized by mass merchants, manufacturers and many consumers, who use them as a compass, a means of navigating a sea of often-conflicting messages. But as an impetus to buy, trend reports rank fairly low on consumer checklists. Shoppers instead glean their fashion intelligence from a welter of sources, among them the runways, the Internet and

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Cobbler’s colosseum, Apple’s demands, Social trends, Lackluster numbers, Blogger designers

Diego Della Valle | Source: Raw Story

The cobbler and the Colosseum (Telegraph) “Yet very soon the unmistakeable circular façade of the Colosseum will be obscured by scaffolding for the beginning of a €25 million restoration funded entirely by Diego Della Valle, the 58-year-old founder of the shoe company Tod’s.” Apple reveals core values in patent trial (Marketing Week) “Apple is demanding that Samsung pays $2.5bn (£1.58bn) and withdraws

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Olympic ambassadors, Condé Nast in Flite, Urban Outfitters surprise, Dafiti investment, Jean Genies

Michael Phelps for Louis Vuitton | Source: Louis Vuitton

Olympians become the new fashion ambassadors (The Guardian) “Their Olympic glory may now be over, but the stars of London 2012 are enjoying a new spotlight – as fashion’s latest darlings… Fashion and sport alliances look likely to continue in this vein in the aftermath of London 2012.” Condé Nast Invests in Digital Advertising Company Flite (Media Decoder) “The company will go from being a client

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Chic Grandmother, Coco Noir, Men in shorts, Functional fashion, Designer trainers

Carine Roitfeld by Hedi Slimane | Source: NY Mag

Up close with Carine Roitfeld, the world’s chicest grandmother (Telegraph) “The 57-year-old former editor of Vogue Paris has just become a grandmother – her daughter, Julia, gave birth to a daughter in May. But today there is nothing grandmotherly about her.” Smells like Chanel’s spirit (Independent) “The couturier, who favoured neutrals throughout her career personally and professionally, did

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Week in Review | London 2012 Olympics, Technology and Fashion Collide, Learning from Piaggi, Hughes and Vidal

Week in Review August 13-17

The Fashion Trail | London 2012 Olympics (Opinion) “Ostensibly, the intention was to show the inextricable links between British fashion and music. But while it may have made for powerful imagery in the pages of Vogue, on the global stage of the Olympic stadium, it simply wasn’t impactful.” In Digital London, Technology and Fashion Collide (Fashion 2.0) “In recent cycles, London’s rising technology and fashion

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J.Crew influencers, Gap lifts profits, Prada’s independence, Handbag appeal, Jourdan Dunn

Rodarte Autumn/Winter 2012 backstage | Source: Fashionising Pictures

J.Crew Taps Street Style, Industry Insiders, and Tumblr’s Founder (Fashionista) “You won’t see any big-name models in J.Crew’s fall 2012 ad campaign–but that doesn’t mean you won’t recognize any of the faces. The mega-retailer has tapped a handful of successful fashion industry types (who just, you know, happen to be model-good-looking) to star in its latest ad campaign.” Gap lifts profit view, Aeropostale

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Downtown moves uptown, Future of print, Chinese tourists, A&F stabilises, Charlotte Free

Madison Avenue, New York | Source: Luxuo

Downtown Comes Uptown (NY Times) “Conspicuous consumption has made a resounding return to Madison Avenue, at least on that mile of glistening shops stretching north of Barneys New York at East 60th Street. But it isn’t quite the same Madison Avenue as what was there before. Nearly 50 stores have opened in the last 18 months, including a diverse mix of European luxury labels.” Prosperous Times for Luxury Print Media, Or

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Zombie malls, Kors profit rises, American Apparel sales up, Rodriguez’s role, First cover

Keeping zombies out of the mall (FT) “The Garrard Street mall in Reading, a 40-minute drive from west London, is a warning to developers everywhere. Abandoned and soon to be demolished as part of a broader redevelopment… A lethal combination of thrifty consumers and a commercial real estate slump have turned malls into the walking dead of retail.” Michael Kors 1st-qtr profit rises, raises forecast (Reuters)

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Kid luxe, Bergdorf’s digital journey, SuperGroup co-founder exits, Instagram effect, Erin O’Connor

Burberry Childrenswear Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Burberry

Rich toddlers draw fashion designers’ eyes (Business Week) “Top fashion designers are pushing more expensive duds for the increasingly lucrative affluent toddler demographic. This fall, Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana, and Marni launched collections for the pint-sized.” Bergdorf Goodman’s Online Push (WWD) “The retailer’s digital journey began with YouTube in 2007, followed by Facebook and

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