Op-Ed | Preventing Another Rana Plaza

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In the wake of Rana Plaza, it’s clear that voluntary self-inspection of garment factories by brands and retailers is not enough to avoid terrible human tragedy. Workplace health and safety standards must be set and enforced by the workers themselves, argues Tansy E Hoskins.

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The Long View | When Computers Know How You Feel

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The rise of emotionally-aware or ‘affective’ computing is set to change the way machines understand and interact with people. BoF speaks with Rana el Kaliouby, co-founder and chief technology officer of MIT-spinoff Affectiva, to understand what’s possible and the implications for the business of fashion.

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Armani Rumoured to Be Looking Into Luxury Hotel in London Landmark

MILAN, Italy -- According to reports, Italian fashion house Armani is hoping to turn an iconic London landmark, the Admiralty Arch, into a luxury, £100 million hotel. According to The Daily Mail, the ceremonial entrance from Trafalgar Square to the Mall that leads to Buckingham Palace will be transformed into a 100-room hotel designed floor to ceiling by Giorgio Armani himself if the deal goes through. After opening properties in Dubai and Milan, Armani has long talked about opening a London outpost of Armani Hotels, toying briefly with the tony neighborhood of Knightsbridge, home to luxury properties like Bulgari, the Berkeley and Mandarin Oriental. Early indications are that the hotel will be outfitted in sleek marble for the property’s 80…

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Colin’s Column | Paris Couture Week, Continued

PARIS, France — The weather was vile, the taxi shortage extreme. The gutters ran with filthy water from melting snow. We slid and slithered in ankle deep slush. In short, Paris was not at its best. But this was Couture Week (well, three days, which is symptomatic of how fashion ‘weeks’ have shrunk, but old habits — and titles — die hard in fashion circles) and we felt privileged to be there. But is everything shown in Paris during

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Tight belts in Italy, Cyber Monday, Mulberry strategy, Moncler image, Acclaimed Erdem

Versace Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Hypebeast

Tight belts take edge off Italian luxury (FT) “Italians have long balked at paying full price for the luxury goods they consider to be their birthright. But as austerity measures hit hard in the home of Prada, Versace and Armani, the quest for bargains and invitations to warehouse sales with rock-bottom prices has reached a new level of frenzy.” Online shoppers ready for busiest day (FT) “Online retailers are

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