Jil Sander’s return, Shopping R29, Spending clouds, Dolce & Gabbana couture, Fashion and art

Refinery29 website | Source: Refinery29

Jil Sander Gets Her Groove Back (On the Runway) “‘Don’t ask me why,’’ Jil Sander said with a laugh on Tuesday, when asked why she had decided, at age 68, to leave a comfortable retirement and return to the fashion fray.” Refinery29 Launching R29 Shop (WWD) “Up until now, Refinery29’s business model has relied heavily upon advertising to drive revenue, with approximately 80 percent of it coming from ads

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The Milano man, Buyers flock to Pitti, Britain Creates, Mr Porter manifesto, Anna Dello Russo

Brioni Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Brioni

All the World’s a Stage (IHT) “If all the world’s a stage, the Milan designers found a way to put simple, modern clothes into different contexts. And Brioni, since it was bought by the PPR luxury group, has burnished its offerings and apparently lowered the age range.” More foreign buyers at Pitti Uomo (Fashion United) “Despite the numbers, which reveal that the Italian fashion industry will end 2012 in the

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Bergé reflects on YSL, Billabong crashes, Alpha male, Middle ground, Branquinho’s back

Pierre Bergé by Alex de Brabant | Source: The Talks

Pierre Bergé: “Yves died at the right time” (The Talks) “I didn’t know very much about fashion at that time. I was a very close friend of Christian’s and of some other haute couture masters like Balenciaga, but for me fashion was not an art. In my eyes, it was just something to make money.” Billabong surfwear shares crash (Telegraph) “Shares in Billabong, the Australian surfwear company crashed by 36pc

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Crisis management, Online appeal, Missing link in China, Breaking into luxury, Mary’s appeal

Calvin Klein, Jil Sander and Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Style.com

Rising Above the Crisis (IHT) “Eye-popping color, upscale vacation clothes and rich accessories dominate the summer 2013 men’s wear season — yet Italy is said to be in financial meltdown.” Online Appeals to the Male of the Species (NY Times) “With its enviable growth forecast to continue through 2012 and beyond, men’s fashion looks more and more like a bountiful land of opportunity just waiting to be conquered.

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Week in Review | Sarah Rutson-Pang, Introducing Alexander Lewis, Offline opportunities, BoF celebrates in Florence

Week in Review June 18 - 22

Sarah Rutson-Pang (The Creative Class) “With her striking looks and impeccable taste, it’s no surprise that Sarah Rutson-Pang is a permanent fixture in the front rows of Paris and Milan… As the fashion director of the highly influential Hong Kong-based luxury department store Lane Crawford, Rutson-Pang has the important — and sometimes difficult — job of educating and enticing the world’s largest group of luxury

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Luxury brand hotels, Zara’s speedy secret, Uniqlo ambition, Ideeli investment, Game time

Aldo Shoe Paradise | Source: Aldo

Hautel Check-In: Luxury Labels Extend Brands to Hotels (Brand Channel) “The U.S. economy is sputtering, and the European continent isn’t looking very bullish at the moment. But none of this seems to be terribly concerning to the luxury hotel market. There has been a spate of recent openings — hotel extensions of luxury brands — to prove it.” Polka Dots Are In? Polka Dots It Is! (Slate) “If you’ve ever

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Family affairs, YSL drops ‘Y’, Inside Savile Row, Kickstarter’s growth story, The New Guard

Joseph and Karen Altuzarra | Source: Vogue

Mum’s the word for designers (FT) “As a new generation of young des­igners challenges the usual definition of ‘family business’ by turning to their parents, especially the mother, as employees, understanding such familial tropes and how they may affect their corporate partnerships is increasingly important.’We call it a ‘reverse succession’, and we are seeing it more and more.’” YSL set for name

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DVF in China, Penney’s pressure cooker, Hilfiger eyes India, Textile solutions, Matthew Stone

Diane von Furstenberg | Source: Baldomero Fernandez

Diane von Furstenberg on ‘the China Century’ (WSJ) “Virtually every luxury marketer has China in its sights, and while Ms. von Furstenberg is no different, she says she is taking a more personalized approach to the country’s rising middle class. They appear to be responding: She now has more followers on Weibo than on its American equivalent, Twitter.” J.C. Penney’s pressure cooker (MarketWatch) “The chief

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Return of Jil Sander, London energy, Tory goes big in digital, J.W. brandman, New supermodels?

Jil Sander | Source: My Daily

Jil Sander Remodels for Her Comeback (IHT) “Last weekend, Jil Sander left her native Hamburg for Milan where, on Saturday, she will show her first collection in seven years for the brand that bears her name.” Shorts Reign in a Men’s Wear Jubilee (IHT) “The first stand-alone British men’s wear shows that the prince was lauding developed into three packed days of presentations this past weekend that played out

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Draped crusader, Fancy model, Carven out menswear, Hermès crackdown, Sarah Burton OBE

Haider Ackermann by Inez Vinoodh Matadin | Source: Fashion Indie

Haider Ackermann: The Draped Crusader (Independent) “So it is with Haider Ackermann who first showed at the Paris collections 10 years ago now and who has built up a loyal following with the most sartorially forward thinking. Now, though, his runway presentations and the highly singular vision they represent are one of the high points of the French fashion season across the board.” Pinterest Has Users, Fancy Has a

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Week in Review | E-commerce opportunity in China, Wearable tech devices, Finding your M.O.

Week in Review June 11 - 15, 2012

Are Fashion Brands Underestimating the Importance of China E-Commerce? (Global Briefing) “In order to succeed in a fast-changing China, brands must refocus attention on e-commerce. ‘Companies cannot have a major presence in China without having an online presence, not only to generate sales but also to engage with customers where they spend so much time.’” Fashion 2.0 | Connecting With Consumers Through

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China’s second tier, H&M sales up, Lanvin goes mobile, Copping’s circle, Advanced Style

H&M Holiday Campaign | Source: Fashion Gone Rogue

Big brands lead charge (China Daily) “Major brands from across Europe are looking toward China’s second- and third-tier cities as the country’s domestic market continues to grow outside of Beijing and Shanghai. With a foothold already established in China’s biggest cities, multi-national European brands as diverse as Ikea and Louis Vuitton are moving inland in search of new customers.” Warm weather

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Mulberry shares fall, Male mentality, Resort collections evolve, GQ Live, Lou Dalton dreams big

Mulberry Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: A White Carousel

Mulberry growth shows signs of slowing (FT) “Shares in Mulberry, the English luxury goods maker, fell heavily on Thursday after its annual results were not quite as stellar as analysts had expected, while recent sales figures showed a slowdown in growth.” London men stake their place in the fashion spending arena (Telegraph) “Tagging the male mentality towards fashion as a basic ‘famine or feast

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