American Apparel’s ethical conflict, Burberry’s online checkout, Modern milliners, Chloé’s new chief, Vuitton’s Diwali

Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Burberry

American Apparel: The public won’t wear it (Guardian) “[American Apparel] was now a vertically integrated company that seemed dedicated to getting women horizontal.  It turns out that, even in the fashion business, there’s such a thing as too much sex.” Burberry: Runway to Checkout (NY Times) “Burberry plans to offer customers a substantial portion of its Prorsum spring 2011 runway collection — to be

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Nordstrom innovates, Emerging fashion, American Apparel warned, Content is king, Condé Nast courts India

Laura Theiss Autumn/Winter 2010, at Début | Source: Début New York

Nordstrom Links Online Inventory to Real World (NY Times) “The company wove in individual stores’ inventory to the Web site, so that essentially all of the stores were also acting as warehouses for online. Results were immediate… It also means that inventory is moving faster, and often at higher prices.” The Demand for Emerging Fashion: Part I (Huffington Post) “[The first trend] noticed was brand exhaustion

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Future of PR, Social ad spend, Westfield profit, American Apparel subpoena, Valuing interactive magazines

Screenshot of PR Consulting Twitter Feed | Source: PR Consulting

The Future of Public Relations and Social Media (Mashable) “In the past decade, the Internet has had a huge impact on how PR professionals function. As of late, social media is changing the face of PR, as well. We interviewed 14 PR pros on the future of public relations and how they see social media changing the industry.” Social network ad spending to exceed $2 billion in 2011 (Biz Report) “The amount of money

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Quotable | Dov Charney on the Declining Fortunes of American Apparel

Dov Charney, CEO of American Apparel | Source: Guest of a Guest

“A lot of assumptions that I grew up with are no longer reality. Those were things that we could rely on: that lenders will always be there, that they’ll behave ethically and they’ll always have money, that you can trust that as the sun comes up the consumer will be healthy, that we’ll always be close to full employment in developed nations. Now there are no certainties.” Dov Charney, speaking to Bloomberg

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Mango for JC Penney, Lanvin’s wonderland, Hats comeback, American Apparel’s losses, Business mentors

Scarlett Johansson for MNG JCPenney | Source: Nitrolicious

Penney Weaves New Fast-Fashion Line (WSJ) “J.C. Penney Co. is going to try running with a faster crowd.  [Unveiling] an unconventional collaboration with Mango, the closely-held Barcelona chain known for whipping up cutting edge looks that go from design studio to store shelves in as little as four weeks.” Societies May Fall, but Prices Do Not (NY Times) “What surprises most when entering Lanvin’s new three-floor

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Model comeback, American Apparel stock plunges, PPR profit leaps, Bulgari’s modest gain, Buranis arrested

Zimmerman and Jovanovic for Gucci A/W 2010 | Source: Fashion and Runway

Why fashion has fallen out of love with its A-list clotheshorses (Independent) “This time around, the women chosen… are united by their anonymity outside of [fashion]… prompting many insiders to wonder: is fashion’s long-running love affair with celebrity finally over?” American Apparel Shares Plunge as Auditor Steps Aside (WSJ) “American Apparel shares plunged as much as 25% Thursday after the

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Troubled American Apparel, Resort’s commercial power, Mulberry’s Asian growth spurt, Ted Baker upbeat, Craft and clout

American Apparel Summer 2010 | Source: American Apparel

Why American Apparel is going out of fashion (Independent) “After years of headlines about sexually charged advertising and accusations of sexual harassment on the part of the company’s eccentric founder, Dov Charney, American Apparel looks like it is going down the way it came up: in a blaze of controversy.” A Winter Break Is Now the Longest Season in Fashion (NY Times) “A resort collection used to be the

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Lucky’s new focus, PRL profit doubles, Trouble at American Apparel, Denim accessories, Wearable watercolours

Lucky Brand Jean detail | Source: Light Hack

New Lucky Brand CEO Seeks Sharper Focus (WWD) “If the late Gap co-founder Donald Fisher taught Lucky Brand chief executive officer David DeMattei one thing, it’s that retail companies buy inventory and sell inventory… Four months after joining Lucky, DeMattei is applying his 25 years of retail experience gained at Williams-Sonoma, J. Crew, Gap and Banana Republic to turn Lucky around.” Polo Ralph Lauren Profit

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Remembering Malcolm McLaren, LVMH hotel deal, American Apparel scramble, H&M beats forecast, Gilhart’s spirit

Malcolm McLaren, pictured in June 1994 | Source: Times

Causing Outrage: Remembering Malcolm McLaren (NY Times) “Malcolm McLaren… was never really into fashion, though we fashion writers loved to pick his brain. Mr. McLaren saw the big cultural picture of which fashion was a part, and he sensed the small vibrations long, long before they reached the mainstream.” LVMH signs luxury hotel deal with Egypt’s Orascom (FT) “LVMH, the luxury goods company, is to

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The Verdict | Gap’s 1969 Premium Jeans

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Introducing the Gap’s new 1969 Denim VANCOUVER, Canada — Those of you in North America over the past week can’t have missed the media bombardment from the Gap, the ailing San Francisco-based mass fashion retailer, as it announced the launch of its new 1969 premium denim range, with six new fits for women and seven new fits for men. Huge full-page ads featuring Anja Rubik appeared in the Thursday Styles section of the

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Nordstrom profit drops, Escada crumbles, AA ekes out profit, Harrod’s secret, Designers learn the ropes

Nordstrom 2Q Profit Drops 27% But Raises Full-Year View (WSJ) “Nordstrom Inc.’s fiscal second-quarter profit decreased 27 percent as the high-end clothing retailer reported lower same-store sales. But disciplined inventory and expense management helped the company report results in line with Wall Street’s expectations, and Nordstrom became slightly less downbeat about the same-store sales decline this year.”

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Internet private sales, Couture endures, Neiman Marcus still down, Mass fashion retailers struggle

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Designer Bargains, for the Invited (WSJ) “Online retail startups that specialize in “private sales” of discount designer apparel are gaining traction in the U.S. and, armed with fresh venture capital, plan to branch into new businesses.” Couture houses refuse to tumble (Toronto Star) “You can never be too rich, too thin or own too many couture items. High-end buyers continue to pop in to Paris for the

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