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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Glare on Alber, Yoox and PPR in JV talks, Gap inches back, Facebook float, Pinterest’s riches

Alber Elbaz | Source: Hypebeast

In the Spotlight’s Glare (NY Times) “Much of what has been written about Mr. Elbaz on the occasion of his 10th anniversary as the designer of Lanvin, a milestone that normally might merit a mention somewhere near the classifieds, could illustrate what is a rare example in the catty fashion industry of the Buddhist concept of mudita, or taking pleasure in another person’s good fortune. These days, everyone seems to love him,

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Africa in vogue, Ferragamo Q1 up, Fairchild buys NowManifest, Coco cruise, Loving Alber

Janet Kataah Museveni for L'Uomo Vogue | Source: NY Times

Rebranding Africa (IHT) “Africa is in the news — but not just for the sad and familiar reasons of conflict and suffering. The continent is entering the fashion arena, with the quality of its handwork, artistic creativity and its potential for economic growth bringing Africa literally in vogue.” Italy’s Ferragamo Q1 net rises 10 pct (Reuters) “Italian luxury shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo said on Monday its

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Autumn/Winter 2012 | The Season That Was

Future of the Fashion World's Front Row | Source: Jessica Michault Twitter

PARIS, France — What does it take to create a true fashion moment? This season, the answer would seem to be either the high-profile dismissal of a longstanding creative director just days before his fashion show, or a massive budget to create a larger-than-life fashion spectacle that not only captures the imagination of show-going industry insiders, but generates striking imagery which plays out on livestreams, social media, and

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Alber’s decade, Louboutin legacy, Behind Pinterest, Mashable rumours, Hilfiger looks back

Alber Elbaz | Source: Hypebeast

Ready To Wear: A decade of elegance for gifted Elbaz at Lanvin (Independent) “How good it was to see Alber Elbaz celebrating his 10th anniversary at the helm of Lanvin. If ever proof were needed that, long term, the loudest noise is made by the most talented designers, and that their skill is more important than any slick marketing and/or money-spinning licensing and accessories, it lies here.” Christian

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Ghesquière’s futuristic fashion, Chris Burch departs, Philophiles, Upcycling and ethics, Lanvin celebration

Balenciaga Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

Balenciaga: A Fantastic Futurist (NY Times) “The show was Balenciaga’s version of workplace clothes for the 21st century. And from the service personnel at the entrance, in sweaters slashed with a graphic line, to the I.T. department, in serviceable jumpsuits, the result was a faultless parade from a fantastic futurist.” Chris Burch Steps Down As Co-Chair of Tory Burch (The Cut) “We can confirm that Chis Burch has

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Couture dream, Lion Capital’s defence, Supergroup sales jump, Valentino runway debut, Sole man

Lanvin by But Sou Lai | Source: NY Times

The Inside Story of a Couture Dream in the Making (IHT) “Few dare to focus on a blank page, even if it has a gilded trim, or to imagine that a cover could be made from gros grain, with the texture of a couture dress and no sign of a title — until you find the names embossed on the gilding: ‘Lanvin’ and ‘Alber Elbaz.’… ‘I didn’t want to make it a retrospective, the beginning of the

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