Vogue editor Wintour critiques Letterman's socks (AP) "Wintour, making her first appearance on CBS' "Late Show," made light of her image as an imperious and tough boss, but acknowledged that she is direct with her staff. "Well, I'm very decisive and I try and give very clear direction to the people that I'm working with, and sometimes, unfortunately, they don't hear the answer that they would like to hear," Wintour said." Online sales soar during July (Drapers) "Online sales surged to £4.2bn in July as shoppers showed signs of renewed confidence. According to the latest IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index, July recorded around 15.7% more online sales than June, a 16.8% year-on-year rise." Prada quashes speculation it is seeking a…
The House Dior Built (Wall Street Journal) “After the stock market crash in 1929, a Frenchman lamented that his dream of being an architect would never be fulfilled; his family fortune was devastated. But by 1947 he had built an institution that would affect design for decades to come: The House of Dior.” Fashion faces its coldest Wintour (Telegraph) “Can The September Issue, a hotly-tipped fly-on-the-wall
LONDON, United Kingdom — Bootlegged copies of The September Issue have been circulating amongst fashion insiders in London. The new 90 minute documentary featuring Anna Wintour of American Vogue is not due to hit U.S. and U.K. theatres until later this Summer, but it is already providing much fodder for industry conversations over mid-Summer cocktails and pre-collection appointments. The film revolves around the development,
Liz Claiborne Results Raise Questions About Retailer’s Future (CNN Money) “Liz Claiborne’s future is being questioned after the fashion retailer posted a sharply wider first-quarter loss and sees a similar performance for the current quarter as the company is stymied by a lack of customers, big markdowns and a low cash position while trying to reignite demand through efforts that include a new namesake
Will Fashion Shows Survive The Economy? (WSJ) Runway shows are expensive ventures, and this upcoming Autumn '09 collections, designers may consider cheaper alternatives for presenting their collections. Uniqlo considers UK acquisitions (Drapers) Uniqlo, the Japanese fast fashion chain, is looking for acquisitions in the US and the UK. Beyonce [Hearts] Thierry (WWD) "Thierry Mugler is is diving — or rather, dancing — back into fashion via an ambitious collaboration with Beyoncé Knowles." S.I. Newhouse on Anna Wintour Speculation: “Silliest Rumor I Ever Heard” (WSJ) The recent reports of Carine Roitfeld replacing Anna Wintour at American Vogue are "silly" according to S.I. Newhouse. Runway show, photo courtesy of the New York Times.