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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Vintage timepieces, Luxury stocks rebound, Alex’s empire, Talking to Peter Marino, Anna’s business

Asprey Vintage Regulator Detail | Source: Asprey

Time Warp (WSJ) “In the past couple of years, more and more guys I talk to have been going vintage when it comes to watches… It’s the inevitable pushback against the highflying hedge-fund era, when the pursuit of luxury meant the quest for highly conspicuous quality and lots of it.” Luxury stocks bounce back as Japan stabilizes (Globe and Mail) “Luxury stocks jumped Monday on growing optimism that the

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Women of Wang, Hermann to Reed Krakoff, Nordstrom to buy HauteLook, CNN fashion, Digital fashion moment

Alexander Wang's dance party | Source: Modelinia

Women of Wang (New York Magazine) “He’s built an approximately $25 million business on cool but benign day-into-night clothes for lithe, pragmatic downtown girls who all appear to work in galleries or PR… anything vaguely “creative.” Wang synthesized the street-style-blog-derived notion of looking like a “model off duty,” a louche fantasy of effortlessly sexy living if ever there was one.” Reed Krakoff Names

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BoF Exclusive | First Look at the brand new Thakoon.com and behind-the-scenes webisode

Webisode sneak peek of Thakoon Pre-Fall 2011 NEW YORK, United States — The landscape of fashion communication and commerce continues to change radically, and not just for big brand innovators like Burberry and Louis Vuitton. For a whole generation of formerly “emerging” designers — including Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang and Thakoon Panichgul — digital innovation is now a central part of their strategies for taking their

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Sparkling BFAs, Neiman Marcus caution, Counterfeit crackdown, Burberry back at LFW, Wonderkid Wang

British Fashion Awards 2009 – The Winners (Independent) “British fashion’s leading lights were rubbing shoulder pads last night at the prestigious annual awards which celebrate home-grown design talent and business success and are voted for by industry leaders, designers and retailers.” Neiman Marcus sees weak luxury demand (FT) “Neiman Marcus, the US luxury retailer, said on Wednesday it was seeing

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Richemont reshuffles, Bally looks East, Bulgari back in black, Ungaro speaks out, Alexander Wang in profile

Richemont’s Rupert to Take Over as CEO; Profit Slumps (Bloomberg) “Richemont SA, the world’s largest jewelry maker, said Chairman Johann Rupert will replace Norbert Platt as chief executive officer in April, taking more control amid the deepest recession since the 1930s… Richemont’s first-half profit fell 60 percent.” In downturn, luxury brand Bally eyes Asia and beyond (Reuters) “Fresh from a makeover,

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New York Fashion Week | Designers serve up dark moodiness and optimistic colour

NEW YORK, United States — From the moment that I landed here in New York, the mood has been decidedly sombre. I bumped into a buyer from a major London fashion boutique at the baggage carousel at JFK who told me that “nobody is coming” to New York this time from the major UK fashion magazines. Budgets have been completely slashed. A few hours later, the CEO of a up-and-coming US fashion business predicted that one third

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