What to Make of PPR’s Christopher Kane Investment

Looks from Christopher Kane's first pre-fall collection

French luxury conglomerate PPR’s announcement, earlier today, that it has acquired a 51 percent stake in emerging London label Christopher Kane is particularly significant. Indeed, it’s been a very long time since a major luxury group has taken a majority stake in a young designer fashion brand.

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Tapping into Instagram, Hong Kong’s crown, H&M sales hit, Renzo and Marni, Burton’s OBE

Instagram photos | Source: The New York Times

On Instagram, a Thriving Bazaar Taps a Big Market (NY Times) “Instagram, the picture-sharing application that Facebook bought earlier this year, has not yet figured out a way to make money. But some of its users have.” Hong Kong loses IPO crown (FT) “After three years of ruling the world, Hong Kong’s crown has undoubtedly slipped. This year the city fell to fourth place in the global rankings for initial public

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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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Ethical high fashion, Michael Kors’ gain, Social media issues, Website watch, McQueen immortalised

Masai beaders by Chloé Mukai | Source: IHT

Bags Made by Hand, in East Africa (IHT) “At the heart of the African fashion collectives is Simone Cipriani, an Italian from his country’s leather industry who has made it a mission for the United Nations to develop an Ethical Fashion Initiative at the International Trade Center in Geneva. (The I.T.C. is a joint body of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.)” Luxury Designer Struts Its Stuff With Nearly

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Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments at London Fashion Week A/W 2012

Stretching from its denim roots, Acne's silhouettes of cinched waists and low-slung trousers were targeted at the too-cool-for-school crowd | Photo: Morgan O'Donavan for Dazed Digital

LONDON, United Kingdom — Just when you thought London Fashion Week had reached it’s apogée, along came another stellar season of shows from London-based designers who are setting the pace for fashion around the world with their vibrant digital prints, cutting-edge development techniques, and kooky concoctions and accessories. All the while, our favourite roving backstage photographer, Morgan O’Donovan, was documenting

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High-rise designers, Fung acquisition, Guangzhou rising, McQueen’s reign, Work ethic

Erdem, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

High-Rise Designers (IHT) “Pinstripes with an edge of cool, surfaces smooth and metallic, and fashion show locations in a high rise building in London’s financial district — could it be that city slick is making a comeback?” Hong Kong Investors Buying Sonia Rykiel Fashion House (NY Times) “Fung Brands, a luxury investment firm backed by two Hong Kong billionaires, is acquiring 80 percent of Sonia Rykiel, one of

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Dior sans couturier, Rio 2012 and fashion, Burberry boost, Twilight zone, Rising star Umit Benan

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2010 | Source: Tendances

How long can Dior thrive without a couturier? (France 24) “Ten months after John Galliano was sacked over a racist outburst, Dior has yet to name a new chief designer — but sales are booming. Which begs the question: how long can the French fashion house thrive without a couturier at the helm?” Rio 2012: what can the fashion industry do to become more sustainable? (Guardian) “This new ‘fast

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Gilt Groupe mulls IPO, Jack Wills in Hong Kong, Art deco fashion, McQ’s LFW debut, Elle’s Body and brains

Gilt Groupe screenshot | Source: Gilt Groupe

Gilt Groupe consider going public in 2012 (FT) “Gilt Groupe, a ‘flash’ sales site for designer clothes, plans to join its peers Groupon and Amazon as a public company, perhaps by the end of next year, when the company will be close to generating $1bn in annual sales… Gilt and rival sites… Are among the fastest-growing segments of online retail, which is itself expanding faster than traditional retail

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Steve Jobs’ legacy, Sea of change, Stubborn optimism, SuperGroup’s IT disaster, Kanye’s disappointment

Steve Jobs | Source: Wired.com

Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011 (Wired.co.uk) “The full legacy of Steve Jobs will not be sorted out for a very long time. When employees first talked about Jobs’ “reality distortion field,” it was a pejorative — they were referring to the way that he got you to sign on to a false truth by the force of his conviction and charisma. But at a certain point the view of the world from Steve Jobs’ brain ceased to become distorted. It became

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Looking back with caution, Don’t forget the clothes, H&M’s profits fall, Haulers drive marketing, Cool McQueen

L-R Rick Owens, Balmain, Balenciaga | Source: Style.com

Raid the Archives With Caution (NY Times) “Mr. Ghesquiere can come away refreshed from the Balenciaga archive, but for most designers the postwar couture is an element in the cut-and-paste process that largely defines current fashion. Designers saw the Madame Grès exhibition here this summer; they know Balenciaga’s volumes and bullring pomp by heart. But they always have to do something extreme to make you think it’s

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The Fashion Trail | Why ‘Savage Beauty’ Should Tour the World

NEW YORK, United States — From Jean-Paul Gaultier at Montreal’s Musée des Beaux Arts to Hussein Chalayan at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, this has been a year of high-profile fashion exhibitions. The grand daddy of all these shows is the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Last week, I finally managed to catch the exhibit in its final days. In total, 661,509

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Selfridges’ big deal, Aquascutum lifeline, Betting big on India, Burberry taps into China, McQueen’s bow

Aquascutum Autumn Winter 2010 | Source: Selectism

Selfridges Group buys Ogilvy (The Province) “Toronto’s billionaire Weston family has bought Montreal’s prestigious Ogilvy department store, adding to its stable of high-end retail offerings after the purchase of Dutch luxury institution de Bijenkorf eight months ago… The back-room deal comes as a bit of a surprise because the previous ownership group had held Ogilvy for barely a year.” Aquascutum secures financial lifeline

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