Week in Review | YSL Retrobranding, Making the Case for a Modern Couture, The Business Plan is Your Roadmap

Week in Review July 9-13

Making Sense of the YSL Retrobranding (Insight & Analysis) “When Hedi Slimane was appointed creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, last March, YSL’s parent company, PPR, gave the designer ‘total creative responsibility for the brand image and all its collections.’” Colin’s Column | Making the Case for a Modern Couture (Opinion) “Strange people in the fashion world. Take Dior. The couturier who

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Fancy moves, Permira sells Valentino, China real estate boom, Topshop at Nordstrom, Kahng’s return

Valentino Haute Couture | Source: Life in Italy

The Fancy’s E-Commerce Expansion Continues (TechCrunch) “This week, New York-based The Fancy, a Pinterest-like site with a focus on not just browsing, but buying from its collection of inspirational imagery… The ‘Buy’ button is targeted at bloggers and other publishers, not online merchants or e-commerce sites, of course.” Qatari royal family buys Italian fashion house Valentino (Reuters) “Iconic

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Marvin S. Traub, Lyst picks up $5m, Dunhill winds up in India, Kusama déjà vu, Short trunks

Marvin Traub at Bloomingdale's | Source: NY Times

Marvin S. Traub, Impresario of Bloomingdale’s, Dies at 87 (NY Times) “One of the most creative retailers of his era, Mr. Traub made Bloomingdale’s synonymous with luxury, introduced many of the world’s best-known clothing designers and created a national chain that acquired a reputation for status-conscious merchandising and chic interior moods that dazzled the eye.” Lyst Picks Up $5M, Now Lists DFJ Esprit As Backer

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Holiday collaboration, KCD and Spring deal, Burberry sales slow, Fashion duel, Canadian incubator

Target and Neiman Marcus | Source: Modern Eve

Target Teams Up With Neiman Marcus to Create a Holiday Sales Smash (Forbes) “You don’t need to be a fashion slave to understand that the newly announced partnership between Neiman Marcus and Target is going to produce a collection that will send holiday shoppers thronging to both stores.” KCD, Spring Form Strategic Partnership (WWD) “KCD, the well-known public relations and events agency, and Spring, the

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New establishment, PPR eyes Chinese acquisition, ASOS up, Place Vendôme, M&S crisis

Bryan Boy, The Man Repeller and The Sartorialist | Source: AdWeek

Fashion’s New Establishment (AdWeek) “But since then, style blogs like The Man Repeller, Into the Gloss, Style Rookie and Bryanboy, aka Bryan Grey Yambao, have become assigned reading among the fashion set—and you’d be hard pressed to find them missing a single Fashion Week.” PPR Confirms It’s In Talks To Acquire Chinese Luxury Company (Bloomberg) “PPR, the French owner of Gucci, said it’s in discussions to

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Qatari investors for Valentino, Choo profits, Cash strapped Italy, Mobile marketing, Alaia invasion

Valentino Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Who What Wear

Qatari royal family in talks for Valentino brand (FT) “The Qatari royal family is in advanced talks with private equity firm Permira over the sale of Valentino, the Italian luxury brand, for between €550-€600m. The sale talks come five years after Permira purchased Valentino Fashion Group in a deal worth €2.6bn. It has since been forced to write down the value of its investment heavily.” Jimmy Choo steps up its profit

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Week in Review | Men are the New Women, Mall Culture Rises in Brazil, Worry in China, Drama in Europe

Week in Review July 2-6

From Pitti to Paris, Men are the New Women (Intelligence) “Men are the new women,” or so went the refrain of the fashion pack who have travelled from London to Florence to Milan to Paris over the last three weeks, taking in the menswear collections for Spring/Summer 2013. Forget the Beach, Mall Culture Rises in Brazil (Global Briefing) “In emerging markets like India and China, luxury shopping malls have often struggled to

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Celebrating Yohji, Instagram’s platform, Hedi’s debut, Wintour and Galliano, Rookie’s first print

Ilaria Venturini Fendi | Source: Vogue.it

Yohji Yamamoto’s Museum Style (Interview) “Yohji Yamamoto, champion of the avant-garde, has built an empire crafting ready-to-wear clothing brilliantly complex in texture, fabric, and tailoring… Opening today, the Japanese designer’s work will be celebrated in Israel for the first time at Design Museum Holon, as part of a series of traveling museum exhibitions.” Instagram Becomes a Springboard for

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Ending note, J Brand eyes IPO, China slowdown, Ralph signs on for 5 more years, Cost of fast fashion

Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino Couture 2012 | Source: Style.com

Ending on a Grace Note (IHT) “For all the the flesh still flashed on the red carpets, there is a change of mood on the runways. Perhaps the change can best be seen in the long-sleeved dresses with hemlines at the shoe-level that have taken over for the once-prevalent winter bare-the-body look.” J Brand hires bank to explore sale, IPO (Reuters) “Women’s apparel maker J Brand has hired Morgan Stanley to help

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Vintage couture, Winning with Weibo, Myntra money, Uniqlo’s mass pinning, Viva Fashion

Thom Browne Spring 2013 | Source: Glamour Goddess

Vintage for Today? (IHT) “‘New vintage — for today,’ said Mr. Lagerfeld, referring to a flow of high-waisted, wide pants that might have come from hazy photographs of a mademoiselle in Deauville but were, in fact, invented in one of the designer’s gouache drawings” Fashion Industry Aims To Corner the Chinese Market With Weibo (Fashionista) “If you’ve heard of Weibo, you’ve probably heard it described

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Raf’s Dior romance, Schiap’s house, Digital luxury, Eyeing Dr. Martens, The Kooples uncouples

Dior Haute Couture | Source: Hello

Simons Starts Triumphantly at Dior (On the Runway) “The hardest thing to realize in fashion is that the future lies in the past. The second hardest thing is to forget the past. That precise turn of mind is what Raf Simons showed on Monday as he took control of Dior.” Schiap’s House Reborn (NY Times) “The mover and shaker behind the rebirth of the house of Schiaparelli is Diego Della Valle of Tod’s, who has created

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New Couture, Hard luxury, Brothers in innovation, Return of the Czarinas, Jack Wills’ entrepreneur

Alexander McQueen Couture 2012 | Source: Too Clothes Minded

Couture Is Seeding Itself (IHT) “Discreetly, almost imperceptibly, haute couture has re-seeded itself, without any artificial insemination. Across the fashion world, houses built on ready-to-wear are exploring the possibilities of, or just quietly joining, the universe of high fashion.” Fashion follows trend for hard luxury (FT) “As the fashion industry descends on Paris this week for the haute couture shows, one

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