A rare talent, Fashion saddles up, American Apparel rises, Adidas in China, British style in Paris

Givenchy Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

Why Was the Designer Raf Simons Dismissed? (NY Times) “You don’t find many galvanizing examples of talent in other creative fields — and it’s hard to imagine an executive taking time on his day off to look at someone else’s runway show. But that’s how talented Mr. Simons is.” Sex in the Saddle (IHT) “What is it about women and horses? A trend toward a coltish look — short, taut jackets, curving jodhpur pants and

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Lifeline for Hong Kong, Hermès grows, PVH shines, American Apparel fire sale, Savage Beauty to London?

Gucci on Canton Road, Hong Kong | Source: Sky Scrapercity

China’s Shoppers Sling a Gucci ‘Lifeline’ to Faltering Hong Kong (Bloomberg) “A stream of customers in Tsim Sha Tsui’s Canton Road yesterday carrying bags of Vivienne Westwood, Gucci and Burberry brand products and speaking in Mandarin, showed that a $350 billion decline in the value of stocks in China since mid-April has failed to kill off the tourist trade. Their spending may help to limit what Morgan Stanley and Daiwa

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Prada’s editorial domination, Charney under fire, D&G’s new strategy, Asos apprenticeships, Maison Lemarié

Don Charney under fire | Source: Jezebel

Prada’s Spring Collection Lands 48 Covers (Fashionista) “Last season it was Miu Miu, specifically that one appliqued dress, that kept appearing on cover after cover. This season, Prada’s spring 2011 is sweeping the glossy covers… So far Prada’s colorful stripey bananas collection has seen 48 covers (that we’ve counted) and starred in countless editorials.” He’s Only Just Begun to Fight (NY Times) “To many,

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Hedi ponders a comeback, Stores close in Japan, Sportswear rising, American Apparel trouble, Fashion goes pop

Hedi Slimane | Source: YMFY

Hedi Slimane: ‘Maybe I have to start designing again’ (Guardian) “Hedi Slimane won’t talk about fashion. Specifically, he is not to be asked when he will make his return to fashion design. Slimane’s assistant has insisted as much via email, and she is telling me again as we walk down a Brussels backstreet to meet him. ‘He gets asked every day,’ she says. ‘Every day.’” In

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Lunch with Phoebe Philo, Luxe rebound, Holiday E-commerce, American Apparel’s new hire, Campaign for wool

Phoebe Philo | Source: Courtneycorner

Lunch with the FT: Phoebe Philo (FT) “Everyone was looking at me, and competition is fiercer because of what happened with the economy, but I also felt: it’s really not relevant to me what Céline has been or where it has been. It will be whatever I make it for the time I’m there.” Luxury fashion enjoys a rebound, takes no risks (Reuters) “While buyers are slowly returning to the shops in Western Europe and the

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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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