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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Carine Roitfeld’s return, Dresses on trend, UK online retail up, Kanye’s consultant, Savage Beauty milestone

Mulberry Autumn Winter 2011 photographed by Tim Walker | Source: Mulberry

Carine Roitfeld’s stylish tribute to Elizabeth Taylor (Telegraph) “Fans of Carine Roitfeld who have been suffering from withdrawal symptoms since the ultra-chic former Vogue Paris editor vacated her post… Won’t have to wait much longer to get their latest fix… Roitfeld has reunited with her old partner… Mario Testino to style the entire September issue of V Magazine.” Keeping Cool, Fashionably (IHT) “Trends come and go, but

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Colin’s Column | Something Is Rotten in the State of Fashion

Chanel Couture | Source: The New York Times

LONDON, United Kingdom — Death and disgrace do not often darken the world of fashion. In the case of the first, a designer normally dies long after retirement and his demise is of only local interest. In the case of the second, it rarely happens and can usually be covered up by one means or another. But in the last eighteen months there have been two tragedies that can neither be covered up, nor ignored. They are, of course, the

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Cultural landmarks, Gender balance, Burberry’s global success, US focus on Europe, eBay’s liability for counterfeits

Hussein Chalayan | Source: Vogue Paris

Chalayan and McQueen exhibitions: cultural landmarks of the year (Telegraph) “It is the intellectual and imaginative stature of these two former peers – the fact that they drove fashion to reflect difficult realities and push the boundaries of technology – which make their shows a different kettle of fish from the usual lifeless way clothes appear in museums.” LVMH Pledges Gender Balance In Europe (Forbes)

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Brands push for shop-in-shops, Lion Capital rescues All Saints, Hearst and Apple deal, Gentle Burton, The F-factor

Kiton Concession at Saks Fifth Avenue | Source: Lushbling

Luxury Brands Stake Out New Department Store Turf (WSJ) “As the luxury market rebounds, powerful global brands including Gucci, Prada and Dior are starting to press for more control over the way their products are presented and sold in U.S. department stores. The goal is to chip away at the old sales model used for decades by American department stores and instead operate a store-within-a-store.” All Saints fashion

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