Queen of clean, Disposable designers, J Brand acquired, Going global, Wang in at Balenciaga

Jil Sander by Peter Lindbergh | Source: WSJ

The Queen of Clean (WSJ) “Sander is one of the few who has managed to return to her namesake company—not just once, but twice. ‘The first time I left was difficult,’ Sander admits. ‘But it was even more sad the second time. I sold my shares and cut completely.’ In her new setup, as creative director, Sander is an employee of a publicly traded company: She doesn’t own any shares; she does not sit

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NAP’s major magazine, Redcats sale, Blogging to fashioning, Wang rumours, Model rights

Redcats screenshot | Source: Redcats

Net-a-Porter CEO: It’s no secret we’re launching a major fashion magazine (Wired) “Online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter is planning to launch a printed magazine within the next 12 months, according to CEO Mark Sebba, speaking at the Business Leaders Network’s Making it Mobile event.” PPR, U.S. private equity firm talk on Redcats: sources (Reuters) “The Redcats mail order unit of French retail and

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Week in Review | Next Industrial Revolution, Motivating and Retaining Talent, Facebook and Fashion

Week in Review November 5-9

The Long View | Chris Anderson Says the ‘Maker’ Movement is the Next Industrial Revolution (The Long View) “Since the birth of the personal computer and the Web, people have used relatively simple and accessible new technologies to create, connect and collaborate in ways that were previously unimaginable. For one thing, simple blogging tools and social media platforms have fundamentally democratised mass media, ending the

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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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Ghesquière’s futuristic fashion, Chris Burch departs, Philophiles, Upcycling and ethics, Lanvin celebration

Balenciaga Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

Balenciaga: A Fantastic Futurist (NY Times) “The show was Balenciaga’s version of workplace clothes for the 21st century. And from the service personnel at the entrance, in sweaters slashed with a graphic line, to the I.T. department, in serviceable jumpsuits, the result was a faultless parade from a fantastic futurist.” Chris Burch Steps Down As Co-Chair of Tory Burch (The Cut) “We can confirm that Chis Burch has

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Looking back with caution, Don’t forget the clothes, H&M’s profits fall, Haulers drive marketing, Cool McQueen

L-R Rick Owens, Balmain, Balenciaga | Source: Style.com

Raid the Archives With Caution (NY Times) “Mr. Ghesquiere can come away refreshed from the Balenciaga archive, but for most designers the postwar couture is an element in the cut-and-paste process that largely defines current fashion. Designers saw the Madame Grès exhibition here this summer; they know Balenciaga’s volumes and bullring pomp by heart. But they always have to do something extreme to make you think it’s

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Top editors, Balenciaga’s star, Primark’s performance stuns, ‘Style & Design’ suspended, Fashion looks back

Anna Wintour, Cindi Leive and Roberta Myers

2009′s Most Powerful Fashion Magazine Editors (Forbes) “This year, moving pictures mattered to U.S. magazine editors like never before.” Gucci Group sees Balenciaga as a rising star (Forbes) “Balenciaga, the trendy fashion house favoured by actresses such as Charlotte Gainsbourg, is the fastest growing brand within the Gucci Group and meeting all pre-crisis targets, its head said on Monday.” Primark

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Everybody’s talking about | Fashion copycats

At what point does referencing and inspiration turn into blatant copying? It's a question that is increasingly on the minds of designers -- particularly young designers and small brands -- who don't have the legal muscle (read: cold hard cash) and time to defend the integrity of their designs. In other creative disciplines like music, writing and visual art, it is much easier to defend copying. In fashion, referencing, inspiration, and trends form the backbone of our industry (just check out this long list of adventures in fashion copyright). So, where do we draw the line? Case 1:  Steve MaddenSometimes it's quite straightforward to see what is going on.  A post on Manolo's shoe blog alerted us to this blatant…

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Paris Fashion Week | The new establishment

It's been a blisteringly busy Paris fashion week here at the BoF, but we've been taking everything in and can finally share some of our views on all the action -- and the business implications. This season, we were most interested in Balenciaga and Givenchy -- the new Paris establishment -- and the series of brand revivalists - including Stuart Vevers at Loewe, Estaban Cortazar at Ungaro and Alessandra Facchinetti at Valentino. Today, the new establishment. Tomorrow, the brand revivalists. After what was widely considered a tour-de-force from Nicolas Ghesquiere  last season, the anticipation was building for a Balenciaga for A/W 2008. He did not disappoint, picking up on last season's modern, sculpted silhouette (which, incidentally has also popped up…

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