CEO Talk | Federico Marchetti, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, YOOX Group

Federico Marchetti, Founder & CEO of YOOX Group, courtesy of Luca Cottinelli

MILAN, Italy — Federico Marchetti is one of fashion’s online pioneers. In 2000, when Marchetti established Yoox.com, online fashion retail was still in its infancy. in 2008, the Yoox Group, which includes the original YOOX site, as well as white-label sites for 18 fashion brands, including Emporio Armani, Marni and Pucci, and thecorner.com, shipped more than 1.7 million products to over 53 countries around the world, with

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Copycat Culture | The Shape of Things

Chanel No. 5 | Source: Chanel

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Sometimes, a mere glimpse of a product’s silhouette is enough to tell which designer or fashion house created it: the Chanel No 5 perfume bottle, the toe of a Berluti shoe, the unique shape of the Fendi baguette. Today, there is renewed interest in these kinds of classic products as shape and design have made a return in making a product desirable, especially now when consumers don’t want their

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Marios Schwab | In conversation with Halston’s new Creative Director

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LONDON, United Kingdom — After months of speculation and almost a year of going without a head designer, Halston announced in May that it had appointed Marios Schwab, the half-Austrian half-Greek Lond0n-based designer, as its new Creative Director. Many in the industry breathed a sigh of relief. Amongst the various names that had been bandied around in the rumour mill, including Olivier Theyskens (apparently the strong choice of

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Creative Recreation | Where Suits Meet Sneakers

Creative Recreation

LOS ANGELES, United States — When the cast of Saturday Night Live flies you across the country to have you design a pair of shoes, you must be doing something right. The specially designed shoes were featured in the finale of the legendary American sketch comedy show’s 34th season. The Creative Recreation story began in 2005 when Robert Nand and Richard Cofinco set up Creative Recreation in a small office in Orange County,

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Future of Fashion Magazines | Part Three – The move to fashion film

LONDON, United Kingdom — Pioneered by SHOWstudio and powered by the spread of broadband internet and the popularity of video sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo, fashion film has emerged as the most influential new format for fashion editorial online. Shorts like "Black and White," captured on set by Nick Knight and former assistant Ruth Hogben during Mr Knight's shoots for British Vogue, use music and movement to communicate the power and poetry of fashion in a way that static editorial simply can't. Fashion film has taken off at Dazed Digital also. "We have been experimenting with some of these directors to shoot fashion videos direct to the web and the results are cost effective and really impressive," said Jefferson…

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Future of Fashion Magazines | Part Two – Lots of little experiments

Images from SHOWstudio's "Dress me up, Dress me down"

Last time we surveyed the rapidly changing landscape of digital fashion media. Today, in the second part of our series on the future of fashion magazines, we explore the experimental approach that online pioneers like Jefferson Hack and Nick Knight are using to create unique content and experiences that truly bring fashion magazines into the digital age.

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Future of Fashion Magazines | Part One – A Changing Landscape

Screen shot of DazedDigital.com | Source: Dazed Group

Fashion media has long been a BoF obsession. This week, we bring you an in-depth, three part series revealing the strategies, plans and expertise of some of the most innovative and respected players in the online fashion scene. Today, we start with an overview of the rapidly-evolving fashion media landscape.

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The Spotlight | Behnaz Kanani

Behnaz Kanani

LONDON, United Kingdom — Behnaz Kanani is the name to know for buyers in search of a shoe designer with an age-old emphasis on craftsmanship paired with a modern eye. This month, our BoF logo showcases her aesthetic which mixes contrasting colours, exotic skins, and luxe leathers in immaculately-constructed shoes that are designed to catch a bit of attention. After graduating from Cordwainers College in London in 1997, Kanani set

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Sophie Theallet | Uniquely Untrendy

Sophie Theallet

NEW YORK, United States — New York fashion is said to strike a balance between commerce and creativity. With few exceptions, New York designers tend to prioritise practical concerns like wearability over more frivolous concerns like the so-called wow factor. On the surface, this seems like a sound business strategy. But when designers focus too much on the practical and are obsessed with being on-trend or with what their peers are

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Fashion E-Commerce | How are you engaging in an online dialogue?

LONDON, United Kingdom —  In our next snippet from the E-Commerce Day talk at the 9 Festival for Fashion & Photography, we discuss the how online fashion retailers including Sarah Curran, CEO of my-wardrobe.com, José Neves, CEO of farfetch.com and Stephanie Phair, Director of theoutnet.com, are engaging with their fans through blogs, Twitter, Facebook and daily feedback updates to get to know their customers' needs, wants and opinions. Just today, Women's Wear Daily posted a front-page article on how the fashion industry is coming to terms with social media, indicating that these tools have finally hit the radar screens of the industry at large. This is great news, possibly catalysed by the fact that marketing and advertising budgets have been…

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Lessons from the High Street | Merchandising and Multiples

Uniqlo visual merchandising | Source: Uniqlo

LONDON, United Kingdom — “Men’s and women’s polo t-shirts in 25 colours from £12.99!” Ads announcing this Uniqlo promotion have been plastered alongside London buses this month, as well as being featured front-and-centre in Uniqlo shops everywhere. Same-store sales rose 18.3 percent in May 2009 over last year for the Japanese retailer, and the company’s stock hit five-year record highs. Over at

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Fashion E-Commerce | How are your clients changing their shopping habits in the downturn?

  LONDON, United Kingdom — London, of course, is widely known in the fashion world for its unbridled creativity and superb emerging fashion talent. But, increasingly, it could also be described as fashion’s Silicon Valley, with a growing number of innovative fashion ecommerce startups sprouting in the city, following in the footsteps of the ultimate luxury e-tailing pioneer, Net-a-Porter.com. During my visit to Vienna

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CEO Talk | Greg Furman, Founder and Chairman, Luxury Marketing Council

Greg Furman

NEW YORK, United States — As the recession wears on, luxury companies are beginning to realise they will have to do more than cut costs in order to survive this downturn. Indeed, for many brands, a fundamental repositioning and reevaluation of their long-standing strategies may be in order. In this kind of environment, many luxury executives turn to the New York-based Luxury Marketing Council, where their membership enables them to

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