At Opposite Ends of the Fashion Spectrum, Demi-Couture and Luxury Sportswear Strike a Chord

Left: Mary Katrantzou’s ‘Jewel Tree’ dress, Right: A look from Christopher Raeburn S/S 2012 | Source: Style.com

LONDON, United Kingdom — Luxury casualwear and demi-couture don’t appear to have much in common. You can’t get much further from a hand-embellished crystal crinoline dress than a silk jersey t-shirt or a sporty windbreaker. But in recent seasons, many of fashion’s brightest young talents have been gravitating towards one extreme or the other. Labels like Alexander Wang, The Row and Christopher Raeburn have struck a chord with their

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Barneys’ new team, M-commerce on the rise, Saks warns of market turmoil, J.Crew arrives in Canada, Lisoka

Barneys' new team photographed by Jason Schmidt | Source: NY Mag

Barneys’ Fall Line (NY Magazine) “Like many of its clients, Barneys has had its ups, its downs, and its great many in-betweens, and it is, at right this very moment, engaged in that most New York of pursuits: a reinvention… Last summer, Mark Lee was hired as Barneys’ new CEO. His reputation is as golden as it gets in the fashion world: He’s spent his career in Europe occupying high-level positions at important fashion

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McQueen’s royal challenge, Telling and selling, Barneys’ online expansion, Luxottica’s bright spot, Nicola Bulgari talks

Royal Wedding Official Photo | Source: Royal Wedding

The Business Impact of the Royal Wedding (WWD) “Dressing Catherine Middleton for the royal wedding has catapulted the house of Alexander McQueen from niche designer business into household name, giving management the delicate task of balancing its exclusive reputation with the wider commercial potential now within its grasp.” Websites blur line between telling and selling (FT) “A new wave of US e-commerce

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Formichetti’s brand of genius, Next step for Carine, D&G’s tax woes, Liz Taylor: Fashion icon, Architectural dialogue

At Mugler, Genius and Its Limits (NY Times) "Mr. Formichetti’s show was not a work of genius, but it was a show about genius in the present moment — its limits, its futility. If Paris couture is about history, craft and masters, the new Mugler is about nonspecialists, quick communication and downgrading the role of technique and craft, at least in the heavy, earnest sense." Carine's Next Step (Vogue UK) "Carine Roitfeld has finally confirmed her next move post-French Vogue - the former editor is teaming up with Barneys to become the store's guest editor and stylist for autumn/winter 2011-12. Roitfeld will style and edit the American store's advertising campaign (photographed by Mario Sorrenti), catalogue, newsletters, as well as the…

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Fashion flocks to Tumblr, Arora at Paco Rabanne, Barneys’ talks change, Arnault’s olive branch, Lunch with Massenet

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http://vimeo.com/17599877 Why Fashion’s Top Brands Are Flocking to Tumblr (Mashable) “According to Tumblr… approximately 180 of the top 1,000 Tumblr blogs are fashion-related. And fashion-related Tumblr posts are reblogged on a much greater scale than general Tumblr posts… suggesting that ‘there’s a huge capacity for fashion content to go viral on Tumblr.’” Manish Arora Confirmed as Paco Rabanne

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Bespoke inflation, Chinese seek experiences, Barneys’ latest hire, H&M and Elin, Missoni’s Museum of Everything

Indochino Bespoke Suit | Source: Gear Patrol

Why Dressing Well Is Costing More (WSJ) “The culprit is the rising price of fabric. Cotton prices climbed a record 91% in 2010, and the price of crossbred wool hit a 14-year high in October, up 50% over 15 months… But higher material costs are only part of the story: Increasing demand caused by rising affluence is another.” New Experience Economy to Drive China Luxury in 2011 (Red Luxury) “Consumer demand

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Risking Barneys’ cool, Moncler fights fakes, Gilt goes full price, Yoox to open in China, First look at Tom Ford

Judy Collinson with Julie Gilhart | Source: Rodim

Will Top Firings Change Barneys’ Cool? (On the Runway) “Increasing Barneys’ profitability was a prime objective… The recession forced retailers to become leaner and more competitive, in particular with online sales, and that urgency will be critical to Barneys’ cool.” Moncler fights against fakes (Fashion United) “The Italian Fashion Chamber is joining Moncler and also stepping up against fakes…

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