McQueen’s royal challenge, Telling and selling, Barneys’ online expansion, Luxottica’s bright spot, Nicola Bulgari talks

Royal Wedding Official Photo | Source: Royal Wedding

The Business Impact of the Royal Wedding (WWD) “Dressing Catherine Middleton for the royal wedding has catapulted the house of Alexander McQueen from niche designer business into household name, giving management the delicate task of balancing its exclusive reputation with the wider commercial potential now within its grasp.” Websites blur line between telling and selling (FT) “A new wave of US e-commerce

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Colin’s Column | Are changes to fashion education crippling innovation in the world’s creative capital?

LONDON, United Kingdom — Design is generally about function leading form in a problem-solving exercise that almost always starts with a sense of discontent with what is generally available and a strong determination to make it better and even change radically a template that might have been used for many years. The result, in the hands of the right practitioner, is a completely new solution to the problem, a solution that works for

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Fast fashion falters, Zappos delivers happiness, Arnault does DC, McQueen’s haunting world, Lunch with Pinault

Tony Hsieh | Source: Inc.

Fast fashion: Is the party over? (Telegraph) “Following on from H&M’s shock results in the final quarter of 2010 which saw profits fall 11 per cent, fashion comparison website Stylecompare.co.uk has today reported that year-on-year sales of ‘low end’ retailers fell by 21 per cent, as consumers flock to ‘mid range’ and eco brands for their fashion fixes.” Why Is This Man Smiling? (NY

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US malls’ occupancy crisis, Japan quake impact, Ad pages up, McQueen’s Savage Beauty, Enigmatic blog July Stars

Anna Dello Russo | Source: Industrie

Malls Face Surge in Vacancies (WSJ) “Even as the economy picks up steam, many of the nation’s malls and shopping centers are suffering a hangover due to changing consumer habits and the fallout from a massive building boom. Mall vacancies hit their highest level in at least 11 years in the first quarter… In the top 80 U.S. markets, the average vacancy rate was 9.1%, up from 8.7%.” Japanese retailers give

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Fire and Ice, Leather supply squeeze, Independent jewellers to struggle, D&G line to fold, Pressure cooker

L-R Alexander McQueen, Chanel Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Style.com

Chanel provides the fire, McQueen the ice (Independent) “The mood in fashion is changing. The sight of a waif-like female stepping out in a heavily embellished, barely-there cocktail dress now seems dated. Lagerfeld’s status as the last of the great, traditionally trained couturiers is undisputed. He is also enough of a modernist, however, to respond to the zeitgeist and his reaction made for impressive viewing.”

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Mary Katrantzou’s digital beauty, A Purple world, Fashion East spawns Lulu & Co, Macy’s Net jumps, McQueen’s spell

Mary Katrantzou Autumn/Winter 2011 Runway | Source: IHT

‘English,’ With Irony (IHT) “Yet although there have been the usual glancing references to tweed, cable knits, plaids and country clothes, the real story lies with a young, techno-savvy generation. The prints that grow more sophisticated each season are light-years from the classic patterns of roses ’round the door. But they are only a click away from a student with a smartphone and digital skills.” Olivier

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On the straight and narrow, Buying runway looks, Puma feels the pinch, Singer talks T, Anna Wintour on McQueen

L-R Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Theyskens’ Theory | Source: Style.com

On the Straight and Narrow (IHT) “It is back to the straight and narrow in New York Fashion Week. No more loose and sloppy casual clothes, easy sportswear or girlish frills. Women — grown-up women — are being asked to smarten up.” Who Buys These Clothes? They Do (WSJ) “Many of the runway styles are actually purchased by a small group of customers, not all of them from the isle of Manhattan. And unlike celebrities

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Saving Valentino, One million hits, BCG’s ‘new world’ luxe, Reviving SoHo, McQueen to receive BFC Award

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli | Source: Wasafix

Saving Valentino (WSJ) “When Valentino Garavani left the building, he took with him much of what made the label legendary. Can the new designers bring the brand into the future without destroying the past?” A Look That’s Worth a Million Hits (NY Times) “[Explaining] the challenge of modeling clothes online… The process involves ‘selling clothes to people who can’t touch anything… so even if only

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BoF Exclusive | Did Fashion Kill Isabella Blow? (Part I)

Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow | Photo: David LaChapelle

The brilliantly eccentric, beautiful and iconic Isabella Blow lived fashion like no other. In the wake of her tragic suicide in 2007, she has inspired a film, a play and two books, including Isabella Blow: A Life in Fashion, a biography by friend of BoF Lauren Goldstein Crowe that’s to be released early next week. Today, in the first of a two part series, we bring you an exclusive excerpt from the book’s Afterword in which Ms.

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Sarah Burton’s McQueen, Miu Miu comes of age, Prada considers HK listing, Warnaco acquires retail, Real women

Miu Miu Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Miu Miu

Sarah Burton steals the show in Paris (Guardian) “It was undoubtedly the most anticipated debut at Paris fashion week… In an extraordinarily beautiful show, Burton succeeded in both being faithful to the late designer’s distinctive design ethos while taking the label into a new era.” In Bloom: Miu Miu Comes of Age (WSJ) “After living in Prada’s shadow for years, the label is finding that its

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London’s bold fashions, Burton’s McQueen challenge, Customer focus, Social shopping, Denim’s Italian roots

Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2011 | Source: Style.com

Bold London fashion seeks way out of recession (Reuters) “London Fashion Week is emerging from the shadow of a recession that has hung over the industry the last few seasons, with confident designers presenting bold creations.” McQueen Moves On to a New Season (WSJ) “Now, as Ms. Burton gears up to unveil her first full women’s wear collection in Paris on Oct. 5, the label faces a tough question: What does it

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Cheap chic showdown, Volatile celebrity brands, Giving respect, Prada profits soar, Remembering Lee McQueen

Primark Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Via Woman

The future of cheap chic (Guardian) “It was a sign of the times: fashion so cheap it became ‘disposable’… But the days of the £4 jeans and £2 T-shirt could be numbered, with analysts and retailers now warning that the era of constantly reducing prices is coming to an end.” Celebrity Fashion Lines (Forbes) “Celebrity clothing brands are particularly volatile, because their success is closely tied

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