Berlin Fashion Week rising, Westwood tax penalty, Analysing fast fashion, Absorbed in images, Rei Kawakubo

Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Autumn/Winter 2011-12 | Source: Vivienne Westwood

The Quiet Rise of Berlin Fashion (WSJ) “Twice a year, with a series of high-profile fashion shows, the couture quartet of New York, Paris, Milan and London issues style edicts for the next season: hemlines are up, charcoal is the new black. But another capital has long held its own quiet but powerful sway in the fashion world: Berlin… With a few stops and sputters, German fashion has since picked up speed and garnered attention for

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Haute Joaillerie’s ball, Chinese luxury tax, Fresh fashion from Berlin, 1970s style dudes, Philip Treacy talks

Boucheron Autumn Winte 2006/7 Photographed by Peter Lindbergh

Magic of the Sea (IHT) “…It is the Parisian jewelers who are having a ball, inspired by a resurgence in global demand and by their new importance on the haute couture fashion calendar… Place Vendôme, home of sparkling brands, have thrown open their doors… To those who want to see the new trends in Haute Joaillerie.” Debate: Luxury Goods Tax (China Daily) “The consumption of luxury goods is already high

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The crowdsourcing debate, Suits in Paris, Couture alive and well, Prada to decide on IPO, Berlin Fashion Week wrap-up

(L-R) Comme des Garçons, Lanvin, and Dries Van Noten | Source:

Fashion Crowdsourcing Panel at DLD (DLD Conference) “The Fashion Panel was all about the use of crowdsourcing for fashion brands. Vanessa Friedman moderated the talk with Natalie Massenet from the online luxury fashion retailer Net-A-Porter, who shortly before won the Aenne Burda Award, the Creative Adviser of H&M, Margareta van den Bosch and Scott Galloway, Professor of Marketing at NYU. The main discussion focussed on

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Berlin’s best, Fashioning free phones, Seeking China’s Lagerfeld, Gaultier’s treasure, Valentino in the black?

Marcel Ostertag Spring/Summer 2011 at BFW | Source: WSJ

La Mode Berlin (WSJ) “The city’s edgy, sexy vibe was evident on Wednesday as German designers kicked off Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week, which runs through Saturday. Getting on the world’s fashion map isn’t easy, but Berlin is trying.” American Eagle Promotes Apparel With Free Phones (WSJ) “Teen retailers in particular have struggled against gadget makers for control of younger buyers’

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Suzy Menkes on the Growing Influence of Fashion Blogs

BERLIN, Germany — A big thank you to PREMIUM and Mary Scherpe of Stil in Berlin for inviting me to join an esteemed panel of German fashion experts — Christoph Amend of Zeit Magazin, Marcus Luft of Gala and  Too Posh to Push, and Sven Schoene of PR Agency K-MB — to discuss the future of fashion media on the first day of Berlin Fashion Week. The panel began with the esteemed Suzy Menkes, who wasn’t able to participate in

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Burani to license Valli, Menkes on Couture, Berlin Fashion Week, Jewelry cutbacks, Lacroix nears closure

Giambattista Valli A/W 09, courtesy of coutorture

Burani to License Giambattista Valli Fashions (WSJ) “Italy’s Mariella Burani Fashion Group said it has signed a five-year contract to make and distribute the ready-to-wear collection of Italian fashion designer Giambattista Valli, a deal aimed at growing both companies as the luxury goods industry suffers through the economic crisis.” Haute Couture Faces Uncertain Times (IHT) “In the closeted world of satin

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Vacancies on Madison Avenue, Mango’s sales up, Response to NYFW move, Berlin Fashion Week

Scene on Madison Avenue, photo courtesy of the New York Times.

On Madison Avenue, Shops Pack Their Hand-Tooled Bags (New York Times) “New York’s most elegant shopping corridor, the Gold Coast of Madison Avenue, from 57th Street to 72nd Street, is pockmarked with vacancies as retailers flee sky-high rents.” Mango’s sales rise 8% (Drapers) Beating the downward retail trend, Mango’s sales rise 8 percent. Industry Reacts to Lincoln Center Move (WWD) Lincoln Center’s

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