Saving the garment district, Dubious pricing, PPR returns to growth, Zegna Q1 sales up, McQueen investigation closed

Needle and Thread Still Have a Home (NY Times) “How is the garment district like a coral reef? A coral reef, as Animal Planet instructs us, shelters diverse species of sponges, snakes, clownfish and barracudas. So does the garment district.” Why Does This Pair of Pants Cost $550? (NY Times) “Even in a season when designers made no secret about reining in prices… it is still possible to walk into a store and

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Levi’s hipsters, PRL shares soar, JCrew’s Jenna Lyons, McQueen’s genius, Prabal Gurang pays his dues

House of Holland for Levi's Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Levi's

Levi’s Shoots for the High-End Hipster (WSJ) “The 157-year-old company is trying to reinvent itself as not just a purveyor of basics but as an edgier brand suitable for the fashion cognoscenti.” Polo Ralph Lauren: The Winning Streak Continues (Smart Trend) “Shares of Polo Ralph Lauren traded near a new 52-week high yesterday, touching a price of $90.89. Approximately 758,000 shares traded hands yesterday vs.

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Craftmanship’s demise, Richemont’s prize, Crowdsourcing fashion, Designing for China, McQueen’s final days

Céline Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Céline

Europe laments craftsmen’s demise (FT) “Europe’s luxury goods makers have warned that numbers of skilled craftsmen – prized by dressmakers, perfumiers and watchmakers for their expertise – are dwindling rapidly as suppliers have sourced more production from Asia.” Ready for the next chapter in e-tailing (FT) “E-tailing is no longer a luxury for the luxury industry – it’s a necessity… [Richemont] became the

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Andrew Rosen Midtown man, Recession-proof Lululemon, McQueen briefs, Indian fashion, Osman’s rising star

Vivienne Westwood's 'dress for a rebellious princess' | Source: Telegraph

Made in Midtown: Meet Andrew Rosen, Theory (Huffington Post) “As an inveterate horseman, Andrew Rosen knows the power of bloodlines– and in his, fashion run deep. His grandfather Arthur, a dress-maker, launched Puritan Manufacturing Co. in Boston nearly a century ago. ‘I remember as a young boy running around the factories and the warehouses, playing in-between all the clothes,’ he says.” Lululemon

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Autumn/Winter 2010 | The Season That Was

Alexander McQueen digital tribute at On|Off, London | Source: The Business of Fashion

LONDON, United Kingdom — The passing of Alexander McQueen and the future of his namesake brand provided the defining background narrative of the Autumn/Winter 2010 collections. Everywhere a fashionista went, in every conversation, at every show, party and presentation, the ghost of Alexander McQueen seemed to linger as the industry struggled to come to terms with its most sudden loss of creative genius since Gianni Versace was

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McQueen’s guiding light, PVH’s Hilfiger upside, Neiman ekes out profit, Online ad spend overtakes print, Fantasy furs

Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source:

A light in the darkness ( “In Alexander McQueen’s final collection, medieval influences transformed into calm, poetic beauty.” Phillips-Van Heusen May Gain From Buying Hilfiger (Bloomberg) “Phillips-Van Heusen would gain extra profit within a year of a reported potential acquisition of Tommy Hilfiger Corp.” Neiman Marcus posts profit as sales start improving (Reuters) “Neiman Marcus

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Gap’s global push, Burani’s end of the road, Swedish super-labels, Milan shortchanged, McQueen mourned

Gap Kids Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Gap Facebook

Gap targets Milan and China as it kickstarts its plans for global expansion (FT) “Gap, the American casual clothing retailer, plans to open a store in Milan, the home of Italian high fashion, later this year, in a further sign of its growing confidence after a multi-year slump.” Mariella Burani Fashion Group Will Be Dissolved (Bloomberg) “Mariella Burani Fashion Group, which makes Vivienne Westwood products under

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McQueen brand to continue, PPR profits up, Burberry restructures in Spain, Alexa joy for Mulberry, London’s lights

Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2010 | Source:

Alexander McQueen label will survive (Times) “Alexander McQueen’s fashion label will live on despite the designer’s apparent suicide last week, it was announced this morning.” PPR full year net profit increases 7 percent (AP) “Retail-to-luxury group PPR SA reported a 7 percent increase in 2009 profits Thursday and said it is launching a sales offensive to boost revenues in fast-growing markets such as

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The future of McQueen, Express IPO, IT Holding brand sale, NY menswear evolves, Facebook brand ranking

Express Advertisement | Source: kassienappier

The future of Alexander McQueen (Telegraph) “There has, understandably, been no official indication yet on the future of Alexander McQueen – the brand, beyond the statement by Robert Polet, Gucci Group CEO: ‘The legacy he leaves us is a rich one, and one that we will cherish and honour.’ But will they? And how?” Clothing company Express files for $200 mln IPO (Reuters) “Express, the sixth-largest

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Alexander McQueen, 1969-2010

Alexander McQueen 1969 - 2010 | Source: Harper's Bazar

Alexander McQueen, A True Master (WWD) “The London-born McQueen’s death unleashed a torrent of shock and anguish from designers, retailers and others in the fashion world. ‘In a world where every man and his dog is a designer, Alexander McQueen was the real deal.’” Alexander McQueen, found dead on February 11 (Telegraph) “Alexander McQueen, who was found dead on February 11 aged 40…was celebrated

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Bidding Farewell to Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen Store on 14th Street in New York | Source: Stylesightings

LONDON, United Kingdom — One of the first fashion shows I ever attended was the Alexander McQueen show for Spring/Summer 2007, staged in the round at the Cirque D’Hiver in Paris. Jonathan Akeroyd, the affable CEO of McQueen, was kind enough to grant my cheeky request for an invitation, and he even let me bring along my college roommate, who was studying outside Paris at the time. We were seated in the very last row way up in

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

Pringle Film Screenshot | Source:

  NEW YORK, United States — Fashion film was everywhere this season. Emerging and established designers alike dreamt up new ways to use the medium, proving it to be an increasingly powerful and flexible format for capturing, heightening and transmitting the energy of the collections. In New York, designers Gareth Pugh and Tim Hamilton presented films that acted as prequels and sequels to their respective Paris runway shows,

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Spring/Summer 2010 | The Season That Was

Yohji Yamamoto and Zinedine Zidane

LONDON, United Kingdom – As four weeks of fashion shows came to a close last week in Paris, it was hard to believe it had only been a month since the start of a fashion week season that had many designers, editors and buyers holding their breath. Thankfully, optimism reigned supreme as the industry finally got its groove back. But even before the regular jam-packed four week fashion marathon was Fashion’s Night Out — possibly the

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