NAP’s major magazine, Redcats sale, Blogging to fashioning, Wang rumours, Model rights

Redcats screenshot | Source: Redcats

Net-a-Porter CEO: It’s no secret we’re launching a major fashion magazine (Wired) “Online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter is planning to launch a printed magazine within the next 12 months, according to CEO Mark Sebba, speaking at the Business Leaders Network’s Making it Mobile event.” PPR, U.S. private equity firm talk on Redcats: sources (Reuters) “The Redcats mail order unit of French retail and

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Stella’s big night, NY Times new tricks, PVH margins rise, Optimising for mobile, Basil Soda

New York Times R&D Lab by Ben Shaul | Source: AdWekk

Stella McCartney named designer of the year (FT) “Stella McCartney has won the coveted designer of the year award at the British Fashion Awards 2013, the latest in a series of personal and professional coups for the designer and her brand.” Old Media, New Tricks (AdWeek) “From the moment you step off the elevator onto the 28th floor of the Times Building, with its panoramic views of midtown Manhattan, it is clear

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Digital effect, Jaeger’s future, ASOS invests in Covetique, Pop-up revolution, Kate Phelan

"Dog'' from Nick Knight's Photo/Paintings | Source: IHT

In a Click, a Vivid Fashion Garden (IHT) “The effects of this digital age seem to reverberate beyond computers and smartphones… In the fashion world, it may take a sophisticated designer to work those patterns of burning bright blooms into something stylish and wearable, yet the actual process is just another computer click. The floral effects are rarely just sketched, more probably manipulated. The British designer

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Branding Dita, Radical LVMH rumours, Reinventing retail, Couture maestro, Androgynous models

Dita Von Teese by Emily Berl | Source: NY Times

The Branding of Dita Von Teese (NY Times) “Certainly she has bewitched the fashion world, gathering admirers like Christian Louboutin, Marc Jacobs (whose front row she has graced) and Jean Paul Gaultier, on whose runway she once performed an exotically elegant strip tease. She has appeared in a MAC cosmetics Viva Glam campaign. Her act, provocative in an airbrushed sort of way, has emboldened Cointreau, the upscale spirits

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Week in Review | Toxic Chemicals in Fashion, Content and Commerce Integration, Amazing Grace

Op-Ed | Toxic Chemicals in Clothing Make All of Us Fashion Victims (Opinion) “Nobody wants to be a fashion victim. Desperately chasing the ever-elusive ‘cool,’ fashion victims are generally perceived as ‘try-hards,’ those who sport the latest trends and buy into transient fads, regardless of fit or personal style.” The Next Chapter of Content and Commerce Integration (Fashion 2.0) “Since the very birth of fashion

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Prince of prints, Brazil fashion rising, Embracing Africa, 3D photo booth, Emblematic Vuitton

Peter Dundas | Source: Nano Press

Why Peter Dundas is Pucci’s prince of prints (The National) “The last thing you expect Peter Dundas to be is the fashion guy. From his sheer physical presence, he’s a car man maybe, a surfer or a quarterback – the sort of guy who rides a motorbike that roars like a chainsaw. What he is, is in fact “the prince of prints” – the creative director of Pucci, the Italian luxury label.” How

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Beneath the bob, Fabergé sold, Shoppable films, Cacharel’s future, Guerrilla fashion

Anna Wintour | Source: I Love Fashion News

Anna Wintour: beneath the bob (Telegraph) “Straight-backed, un-upholstered, and cast of tempered steel – the chair from which Anna Wintour commands American Vogue looks every bit as uncompromising as its owner’s reputation. Yet once sat upon, Wintour’s editor’s chair proves a revelation: it’s rather comfortable.” Emerald miner Gemfields buys Fabergé (FT) “Fabergé, the luxury

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Manolo’s legacy, Arcadia profits up, Luxury survival, Fifth Avenue rent, Fashion legend

Manolo Blahnik | Source: The Window, Barneys

Manolo Blahnik: ‘There is nothing charming about a woman who cannot walk in her shoes’ (Guardian) “The tremendously satisfying thing about Manolo Blahnik, the man, is that he is exactly the way you picture him. The singleminded fashion obsessiveness of Anna Wintour is spiked with the belle-epoque-bonkersness of Ab Fab’s Patsy and housed in the body of Hercule Poirot.” Philip Green’s Arcadia year

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Monti’s Qatari deal, Ecommerce froth, Billabong LBO, Bionic mannequins, Outlandish Anna

Hollywood Costume exhibition | Source: BBC News

Italy’s Monti seals investment deal with Qatar (Reuters) “Qatar agreed on Monday to invest as much as 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in Italian companies, aiding efforts by Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti to breathe life into a weak economy.” Most E-Commerce Froth Since 2000 Stirs Up Investor Doubts: Tech (Business Week) “As e-commerce companies prepare for the holiday season, their investors are in

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Unexpected star, Pinault upbeat, Deciphering devices, Post-internet lifestyle, McQ Savile Row

Grace Coddington by Greg Kessler | Source: NY Times

Always in Fashion (NY Times) “Of course, Ms. Coddington’s frankness and profanity, as well as her differences from her boss, are precisely what first endeared her to a mass audience three years ago, when she emerged as the unexpected breakout star of R. J. Cutler’s documentary about Vogue, ‘The September Issue.'” PPR CEO upbeat on luxury goods market (USA Today) “As chairman and CEO of luxury empire

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Week in Review | Against Fast Fashion Collaborations, Joe Fresh’s approach, Leutton Postle

Week in Review November 12-16

Op-Ed | Making The Case Against Fast Fashion Collaborations (Opinion) “These underlying commercial motives are often obscured, however, by a ubiquitous but pernicious phrase: ‘the democratisation of fashion.’ Whoever coined the term is surely the marketing genius of the 21st century. On the face of it, who can argue that ‘the democratisation of fashion’ isn’t a good thing?” Joseph Mimran’s Fresh Approach (Intelligence)

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African investment, Gap quells fears, Abercombie boost, Philanthropic fashion, Working woman

Ituen Basi, Summer 2013, Lagos Fashion & Design Week | Source: NY Times

Fashion Weighs a Deeper Investment in Africa (IHT) “Designers from Vivienne Westwood to Jean Paul Gaultier have long drawn on the vibrancy of African culture in their clothing lines. But now the industry is taking a tentative look at whether it makes sense to put down larger stakes as the African economy begins to take its place alongside the world’s other promising emerging markets.” Gap raises full year profit view,

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Ex factor, Nigerian catwalks, Hong Kong real estate, Emerging retail, Greg Chait wins

Tory and Chris Burch | Source: Business Week

Tory Burch’s Ex Factor (Vanity Fair) “In a brief eight years, Tory Burch has become one of fashion’s biggest names, the golden girl with the golden brand. Is it thanks to, or in spite of, her former husband Chris Burch, who has launched his own, Tory-esque line of shops, C. Wonder, while still sitting on her company’s board?” Nigeria, on the Fashion Catwalk (IHT) “The Nigerian people, upbeat and enthusiastic,

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