Brazil heats up, Condé Nast’s big guns, After the Brioni deal, Sustainable fashion, Still super at 80

David Remnick, Graydon Carter and Anna Wintour | Source: Ad Age

Exactly How Hot Is Brazil? (IHT) “Compared with the other so-called BRIC countries — Russia, with historic department stores rising from gray streets; India, with its chaotic New Delhi markets; or China with its sprawling, often empty, shopping malls — São Paulo seems like a hive of glamorous commerce… Compared with China, Brazil has had far less attention from the big brands, although their stores are present in São

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Spring/Summer 2012 | The Season That Was

LONDON, United Kingdom — It was a fashion season of extreme weather. After the New York Fashion Week schedule was upended, first by an earthquake and then by the State of Emergency declaration that came courtesy of Hurricane Irene, an unprecedented heat wave in Paris threw buyers, editors and bloggers into a wardrobe tailspin. The American editors were worst off, having packed for the European shows two weeks before Paris with no

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Made in China chic, Guess outlook disappoints, Blurring art and fashion, Anna’s power, Marques’Almeida rising

Anna Wintour | Source: Jak and Jil

‘Made in China’ Chic is making Chinese Proud (Red Luxury) “‘The world has used China as a cheap manufacturing land,’ said Shu Shu Chen, communications director for the Hermes Chinese fashion line Shang Xia. ‘This has been the defining thing for the past 10, 20, 30 years. The time has come to move on from that idea.’… While the Far East has traditionally been associated with cheap labor and shoddy production, its reputation is

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Quotable | Anna Wintour says she wants to enhance and protect Vogue which is a global brand like Nike or Coca-Cola

Anna's Army | Source: WSJ

“With all the new media outlets out there, with all the noise, a voice of authority and calm like Vogue becomes more important than ever. The more eyes on fashion, the more opinions about fashion, the more exploration of fashion around the world, the better it is for Vogue. Vogue is like Nike or Coca-Cola—this huge global brand. I want to enhance it, I want to protect it, and I want it to be part of the conversation.” Anna

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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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On the straight and narrow, Buying runway looks, Puma feels the pinch, Singer talks T, Anna Wintour on McQueen

L-R Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Theyskens’ Theory | Source: Style.com

On the Straight and Narrow (IHT) “It is back to the straight and narrow in New York Fashion Week. No more loose and sloppy casual clothes, easy sportswear or girlish frills. Women — grown-up women — are being asked to smarten up.” Who Buys These Clothes? They Do (WSJ) “Many of the runway styles are actually purchased by a small group of customers, not all of them from the isle of Manhattan. And unlike celebrities

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Japanese web bargains, Lagerfeld goes masstige, Richemont sales jump, PVH raises outlook, Wintour’s web

Louis Vuitton Omotosando | Source: Highsnobiety

Web-Bargain Luxury Comes to Japan (WSJ) “For decades, the model for selling luxury imported goods in Japan has been simple: plush surroundings, attentive service—and the ‘Japan premium’… But the cozy system may be cracking, [thanks in part to] third-party websites to jump in with deep discounts.” Karl Lagerfeld cancels Paris show (Catwalk Queen) “Instead, the designer is working on a new

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Fashion films flourish, Etailers buck decline, Boss factory survives, Wintour honoured, Helmut’s minimalism

Prada's First Spring | Source: Prada

Cinema à la Prada (WSJ) “With the Internet and digital technology, industry executives say short online videos have become an essential part of the fashion marketing tool box, offering customers a new way to interact with a brand and show clothing in motion.” Web-only luxury retailers fared well during the recession (Internet Retailer) “Luxury goods retailers that sell exclusively online increased their sales by

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The Spotlight | Marco Santaniello

Marco Santaniello T-Skirt | Source: Marco Santaniello

MILAN, Italy — And now for a fun BoF Spotlight post to end your week. We couldn’t resist a bit of colour to spice up the Spring that is finally blossoming. Marco Santaniello‘s pop art portraits of fashion models, editors and the ubiquitous bloggerati caught our attention when we stumbled across his Facebook page a couple of months back. Since then, he has continued to churn out images of the industry’s legends and

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Digital retail, Google wins EU ruling, Saks to shutter weak doors, Indian mass fashion, Weight and wellness

Jeremy Renner in Esquire's Augmented Reality Fashion Spread | Source: Esquire

Luxury brands focus on digital retail experience (Marketing) “Brands and high-end retailers, including House of Fraser and Selfridges, are preparing to launch virtual shopping experiences using cutting-edge digital technologies.” Google wins EU ruling in fake luxury goods case (AP) “Google Inc. won a key European Union court ruling Tuesday that says it did not violate luxury goods trademarks by allowing

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Italian fabrics in focus, Luxury on Facebook, Men’s at LFW, Milan accomodates Anna, Armani and Prada go Gaga

Italian fabrics by Alessandro Scotti | Source: WSJ

In Italy’s Mills, a New Spin Emerges (WSJ) “Factories in China are proving as adept at copying fabrics as films and handbags… While worried, Mr. Ferla is relying on his quality-focused business strategy.” Luxury Shame Thrives on Facebook (Slate) “According to a new report from research firm Unity Marketing, nearly 80% of ‘affluent luxury consumers’ belong to a social network… Not

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Wintour calls for French fashion support, Seeking value, Luxottica optimism, Dior looks back, Help for Haiti

Christian Dior Haute Couture 2010 | Source: Telegraph

Wintour Calls for French Fashion Stimulus (WSJ) “In between fashion shows Monday, Anna Wintour, the influential editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, told French officials that the country doesn’t do enough to support its fashion sector… Ms. Wintour encouraged the French government to provide more backing for young designers.” Luxottica Q4 sales down, optimistic on 2010 (Reuters) “Luxottica, the

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Hermès denies rumours, Olsens conquer fashion, Liberty comeback, Wintour’s power, Fashion finger puppets

Jean Paul Gaultier | Source: Courtesy

Hermès Denies Any Gaultier Plans To Quit (Fashion Wire Daily) “Hermès and Jean Paul Gaultier have vehemently denied recent reports on the Internet that the French designer was planning to quit his position as creative director of women’s wear for the luxury label.” Good Things Do Come in Pairs (New York Times) “Very few celebrities are either so fascinating or appalling that they manage to get under our skins, as

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