Future of Armani, ASOS soars, Intelligent e-commerce, Taobao luxe, Masters of Parsons

Giorgia Armani | Source: Bartarinha

The Future of Armani (WSJ Magazine) “Few people in the fashion world are as entwined with their brands. In most companies, a creative director designs and an executive manages. Armani does both. Many important designers, including Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs, work under contract for brands that aren’t their own. Armani hasn’t designed for anyone else in more than 30 years.” ASOS profit jumps on overseas

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Fashion for kids, PPR sales up, ASOS meets targets, Carr departs Pringle, Nowness in China

Burberry Kids Campaign 2012 | Source: Ms Style and Grace

That Dress Is So Preschool (NY Times) “Now, children are the new accessory, as once-snooty brands line up to please conservative-minded millennials while they use tiny garments to strengthen their brand power in regions like Asia.” Solid Q1 sales growth at French luxury group PPR (Business Week) “Blockbuster growth in luxury sales drove an 11 percent gain in first-quarter revenue at French retail and luxury group

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U.S. retail catch-up, Asos magic, Benetton handover, H&M expansion, Hanneli Mustaparta

American Eagle Outfitters | Source: Store Appeal

U.S. retailers play catch-up in fashion speed race (Reuters) “After years of losing customers to Europe-based retailers that give young shoppers fresh fashions more quickly, U.S. clothes retailers are fighting back.” A Magic Formula: Recession-proof collections from Asos (Independent) “Few brands are posting a rise in sales right now, let alone an increase of almost 50 per cent. But the online fashion and beauty

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

NEW YORK, United States — What makes a successful fashion film? Is it a strong visual concept? Content that can be quickly parsed? A savvy distribution strategy? Humour? Provocation? A famous model or a catchy soundtrack? Creating compelling fashion videos has always been more art than science. But as we set about compiling our ranking of this season’s best films, we saw some interesting commonalities. While Cartier’s 3-minute CGI

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Magazine commerce, Mulberry sales up, Asos growth, Chinese couture, Marc Jacobs’ happiness

GQ and Park & Bond pop-up shop, NYC | Source: Selectism

When mags merge with bags (FT) “GQ is not the only media operation to embrace a more overt commercial role. More and more publications have been trying to establish ecommerce operations in an effort to extend their brands beyond the printed page, and find new sources of revenue in a tough advertising market.” Mulberry enjoys strong festive season, sales up (Reuters) “Luxury fashion company Mulberry Group

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E-Commerce Week | The Rise of New Business Models

Modcloth screenshot | Source: Modcloth

In Part I, we examined the innovations and infrastructural advances that have improved the historically poor economics of e-commerce and set the stage for a renaissance in online retail. Today, we explore some of new and exciting business models taking shape, the companies exploiting them and the challenges they face. SAN FRANCISCO, United States — For years, e-commerce suffered from capital inefficiencies and complexities that

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Miu Miu strikes a chord, ASOS global, Hugo Boss boost, Louboutin vs YSL, Rocking fashion in Berlin

Miu Miu Autumn Winter 2011 Photographed by Bruce Weber | Source: Miu Miu

Prada Woos Young Chinese With Edgier Sister-Brand (WSJ) “Aiming to cash in on China’s bulging population of young fashion-lovers, Prada is turning its focus in the Chinese market to its… Sister-brand… Miu Miu has struck a chord with China’s young luxury shoppers… Who… Don’t remember the era in which the brand was overshadowed by the Prada label.” Global growth drives ASOS sales (FT) “Online

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Rick Owens meets Kris van Assche, ASOS’ future, Madewell remade, Mulberry profits surge, Talking to Tim Blanks

Kris Van Assche by Paolo Roversi | Source: Interiew Magazine

Kris Van Assche By Rick Owens (Interview) “The last two years have marked a subtle turning point for the 35-year-old Van Assche, who has weathered the early storms, turned back the critics, and started to carve out his own territory. But as he confesses to Rick Owens, beneath his organized, controlled surface lies a quiet intensity that continues to fuel his work.” The height of fashion (Marketing Week) “‘If

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The Survivor, Sizing matters, Brands flock to Hong Kong bourse, Asos’ international push, Artfully courting China

Marc Jacobs | Source: Wajima

Marc Jacobs: The Survivor (NY Times) “Call him a genius. Call him a junkie, an original, a shameless copycat, a winsome recluse, a brazen exhibitionist. Marc Jacobs has heard it all. And he has absorbed it all with a hard-won equanimity.” One size does not fit all (FT) “Sizing is a national issue: whether fashion brands are upscaling their definition of a size four for the upscaled US consumer, shrinking their

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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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Asos overseas explosive growth, J.Crew online in UK, Made in France, Ferragamo planning IPO, A Hearst trio

Christian Louboutin's World | Source: Christian Louboutin

Asos overseas sales overtake UK sales for first time (BBC) “Online fashion retailer Asos has said that overseas sales have overtaken those in the UK for the first time. In the three months to the end of March, international sales rose 161% to £48.4m compared with a year ago…  Asos has reported strong results in recent years and is bucking the current downbeat retail trend in the UK.” J.Crew to launch UK online

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A breeze of change, Asos’ Facebook commerce, Givenchy’s new CEO, Kim Jones to Vuitton, Galliano’s goodbye

Dries Van Noten Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Style.com

A Fresh Breeze of Change (IHT) “This gentle zephyr is bringing a new fashion attitude. Out goes outré, excess and over-elaborate shows. In comes the quiet, no-fuss presentation of pleasing clothes. Freshness is the best word to describe what seems of the moment. Add to that ‘decency,’ meaning that any hint of ‘vulgarity chic’ has gone — and you get the new mood.” Fashion Retailer Asos Sets Up

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