McQueen 2.0, Hermès booms in China, Retail vacancies soar, Japanese dress down, Store inventories

Alexander McQueen S/S 10 | Source: SHOWstudio

Techno Revolution (New York Times) “The most dramatic revolution in 21st-century fashion took place this week under the sweeping eyes of two giant robots. As they rolled down the stage at the Alexander McQueen show, the machines cast their cameras in diverse directions to project images on to the ever-changing kaleidoscope of a backdrop.” Hermès Chief Thomas Says China Booming, U.S. Market Positive (Bloomberg)

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McQueen ruffles feathers, BFC shuffle, PR for Wal-Mart, Bulgari profits fall, Price of luxury

Alexander McQueen F/W 09, courtesy of Coutorture

McQueen Leaves Fashion in Ruins (New York Times) “With a runway of broken mirrors surrounding a garbage heap made of props from his own past collections, Mr. McQueen created a stage to symbolize the sudden crash of luxury exuberance.” Hilary Riva is to step down as chief executive of the British Fashion Council (Drapers) Riva to shift roles, “as part of a management restructure initiated by chairman Harold

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McQueen for Target, E-commerce slows, Clothes in a downturn, Gaultier’s president

Alexander McQueen to collaborate with Target (Drapers) Alexander McQueen creates a range for Target geared towards a "slightly older customer." Online Retailers: Slower Growth Expected This Holiday Season (WSJ) Online retailers are resilient when it comes to the economy, but they’re not immune," according to Scott Silverman, Shop.org's executive director. What Moves During An Economic Downturn (JC Report) "One might assume that demand for timeless basics would be on the rise in such uncertain times, many retailers report that it's the exact opposite." Jean Paul Gaultier Said to Tap New President (WWD) Veronique Gautier is said to be the new president of Jean Paul Gaultier. Alexander McQueen, photo courtesy of Alexander McQueen.

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