Monti’s Qatari deal, Ecommerce froth, Billabong LBO, Bionic mannequins, Outlandish Anna

Hollywood Costume exhibition | Source: BBC News

Italy’s Monti seals investment deal with Qatar (Reuters) “Qatar agreed on Monday to invest as much as 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in Italian companies, aiding efforts by Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti to breathe life into a weak economy.” Most E-Commerce Froth Since 2000 Stirs Up Investor Doubts: Tech (Business Week) “As e-commerce companies prepare for the holiday season, their investors are in

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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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Belle Époque, Chinese market growth, PinPointing, Barneys to close Dallas store, H&M and ADR

Impressionisme et la Mode by Nicolas Krief | Source: NY Times

The Fashion Show From the Belle Époque (IHT) “The Belle Époque has never seemed such an orgy of gorgeousness as it does in “Impressionisme et la Mode” at the Musée d’Orsay. The concept of bringing Impressionist paintings to fashion life with displays of fans and hats, of dresses hooped over their crinolines and of shoes so decorative and tiny that they look like fairy slippers, might be seen as the ultimate in

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The Milano man, Buyers flock to Pitti, Britain Creates, Mr Porter manifesto, Anna Dello Russo

Brioni Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: NY Times

All the World’s a Stage (IHT) “If all the world’s a stage, the Milan designers found a way to put simple, modern clothes into different contexts. And Brioni, since it was bought by the PPR luxury group, has burnished its offerings and apparently lowered the age range.” More foreign buyers at Pitti Uomo (Fashion United) “Despite the numbers, which reveal that the Italian fashion industry will end 2012 in the

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Fashion’s new icons, Masstige in China, Gap’s Shanghai outpost, Polo stock soars, McQueen at the Met

Anna Dello Russo | Source: Anna Dello Russo

The New Icons of Fashion (NY Times) “Ms. Dello Russo and her raffish style-world cohort, who populate the mastheads of the fashion magazines, represent a new breed of Web-based reality star… they are casting a spell, their comings and goings relentlessly tracked by a new generation of aspiring style savants.” What Does ‘Masstige’ Mean For China? (Jing Daily) “If masstige collections are offered supplemental

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