The Shifting Winds of New York Retail — Part 2: Soho’s Renaissance

The northern section of New York's Soho | Illustration: Rick Richards

In a three-part report, BoF examines New York City’s ever-shifting retail landscape. Yesterday, we considered the rise and recasting of the Meatpacking District. Today, we examine the renaissance of Soho.

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Photo Diary | NYFW, Day 3: Prabal Gurung, Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Alexandre Hercovitch, Ostwald Helgason, Louise Goldin

Prabal Gurung A/W 2013 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

NEW YORK, United States — As New York Fashion Week kicks into gear, contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde brings us backstage images from the Prabal Gurung, Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Alexandre Hercovitch, Ostwald Helgason and Louise Goldin shows. Sonny Vandevelde is a contributing photographer at The Business of Fashion.

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Market Pulse | On Holidays

Savigny Luxury Index December 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — Neither the Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) nor the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) saw much activity during the month of December, finishing up 0.5 and 1 percent, respectively. Big news US shoppers were rather subdued in their purchases over the holiday season, causing all the US components of our SLI to fall immediately after Christmas, and then gradually catching up. PPR unveiled its first China-focused

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Waiting for Wang, Hugo Boss’ fast lane, D&G tax trial, Master of Couture, Chanel in Scotland

Hugo Boss Black Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Hugo Boss

Balenciaga Taps Alexander Wang (IHT) “Alexander Wang on Monday became the first designer of Asian descent to enter the highest ranks of Parisian high fashion when he was named creative director of the storied house of Balenciaga.” Hugo Boss dresses in the fast lane (FT) “In the four years he has been in charge Mr Lahrs has reduced development times for collections, moved from two to four collections per year and

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Queen of clean, Disposable designers, J Brand acquired, Going global, Wang in at Balenciaga

Jil Sander by Peter Lindbergh | Source: WSJ

The Queen of Clean (WSJ) “Sander is one of the few who has managed to return to her namesake company—not just once, but twice. ‘The first time I left was difficult,’ Sander admits. ‘But it was even more sad the second time. I sold my shares and cut completely.’ In her new setup, as creative director, Sander is an employee of a publicly traded company: She doesn’t own any shares; she does not sit

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NAP’s major magazine, Redcats sale, Blogging to fashioning, Wang rumours, Model rights

Redcats screenshot | Source: Redcats

Net-a-Porter CEO: It’s no secret we’re launching a major fashion magazine (Wired) “Online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter is planning to launch a printed magazine within the next 12 months, according to CEO Mark Sebba, speaking at the Business Leaders Network’s Making it Mobile event.” PPR, U.S. private equity firm talk on Redcats: sources (Reuters) “The Redcats mail order unit of French retail and

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

NEW YORK, United States — “Are we failing to fulfil the potential of fashion film?” asked Quynh Mai’s Op-Ed for BoF earlier this year, citing misallocated budgets, uncompelling content, poor distribution strategies and established power structures that favour still photographers. Indeed, it’s fair to say that, while seasonal fashion shorts have become an essential part of the marketing toolbox for megabrands and emerging labels

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Cole to go private, Brooks Bros. India, Wang rebuttal, Ascendant Altuzarra, Didier Grumbach

Kenneth Cole Spring/Summer 2012 Campaign | Source: Kenneth Cole

Kenneth Cole to take company private (FT) “Fashion designer Kenneth Cole is taking the publicly traded company that bears his name private in a deal that values it at $279m… Mr Cole drew on a number of sources to finance the deal, according to people familiar with the company.” Brooks Brothers eyes Indian market (FT) “Brooks Brothers has formed a joint venture with Reliance Brands Limited, a part of Reliance

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

NEW YORK, United States — What makes a successful fashion film? Is it a strong visual concept? Content that can be quickly parsed? A savvy distribution strategy? Humour? Provocation? A famous model or a catchy soundtrack? Creating compelling fashion videos has always been more art than science. But as we set about compiling our ranking of this season’s best films, we saw some interesting commonalities. While Cartier’s 3-minute CGI

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All aboard Vuitton express, Baselworld, Digital embrace, Future of retailing, Wang worries

Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Elle Canada

All Aboard the LV Express (IHT) “The clock struck 10 a.m. Wednesday and in a puff of smoke a Louis Vuitton steam train, smartly painted, chugged onto the platform. Out stepped women with hats held high, their A-line camel coats layered over skirts and pants fit for travel.” Groups struggle to meet demand (FT) “If 2011 was the year of euphoria for the watch and jewellery industry, gathered this month for its annual

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Spring is coming, Fashion’s everyday people, Tumblr’s troubles, Versace revenue up, The next generation

Bloggers front row at Dolce & Gabbana | Source: Le Bon Chic

You Can See Spring Coming (NY Times) “Mr. Wang is a boy disguised as a designer — or maybe it’s the other way around — but whatever the case, he doesn’t want to grow up, and the clothes naturally follow that youthful spirit… Prabal Gurung’s show on Saturday had a pronounced erotic undercurrent that in its blunt use of violet, and the transparent hems of silk print dresses, owed something to the style last season of

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