Branding Dita, Radical LVMH rumours, Reinventing retail, Couture maestro, Androgynous models

Dita Von Teese by Emily Berl | Source: NY Times

The Branding of Dita Von Teese (NY Times) “Certainly she has bewitched the fashion world, gathering admirers like Christian Louboutin, Marc Jacobs (whose front row she has graced) and Jean Paul Gaultier, on whose runway she once performed an exotically elegant strip tease. She has appeared in a MAC cosmetics Viva Glam campaign. Her act, provocative in an airbrushed sort of way, has emboldened Cointreau, the upscale spirits

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Marc’s optical illusions, Mispelaere exits DVF, Arnault shake up, Virtual models, Legal accessory

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: NY Times

Marc Jacobs: Optical Allusions (IHT) “The Jacobs theory is to take an opposing stand: Whatever he did last season — layered, textured outfits with romantic big fur hats — goes into reverse for the next collection.” Yvan Mispelaere leaves Diane von Furstenberg (Telegraph) “French-born Mispelaere, who began his tenure at the DVF in April 2010, announced his unexpected departure just 48 hours after showing his last

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Arnault’s empire, Talbots buy-out, US retail sales up, Hong Kong slows, Kawakubo’s achievement

Bernard Arnault | Source: Courtesy Photo

The empire of desire (Economist) “Mr. Arnault is the chairman, chief executive and controlling shareholder of Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), the world’s largest luxury group. Over the past quarter-century he has transformed a small, nearly defunct clothing manufacturer into a conglomerate that controls more than 60 luxury brands.” Talbots Accepts Lower Sycamore Bid in $369 Million Takeover (Bloomberg)

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British menswear revival, Simoens and LVMH, Fancy growth, Breaking up, Victoria’s Facebook

British menswear will get the recognition it deserves this summer (Guardian) "It's not long now until British menswear finally emerges from the shadow of womenswear to stage its very own fashion event in London. Goodbye one day of men's fashion tacked to the end of the women's shows, and hello to a three-day blockbuster event all of its own." Arnault to invest in Maxime Simoens (FashionUnited) "LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault is making an investment in newcomer Maxime Simoens. According to WWD, industry sources say that Arnault will take an as yet unknown stake in the 27 year old Frenchman's eponymous brand." Fancy hits 500,000 users with Pinterest-like social shopping service (Gigaom) "Well, Fancy is not Pinterest big by any means but it’s seen its user base double…

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Reviving Sperry, Arnault’s optimism, Simoens departs Leonard, High heels, Vanessa Traina

Sperry Top-Sider Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Bellazoon

Reviving Sperry (Boston) “The 1990s were not kind to the Sperry Top-Sider. The iconic boat shoe blazed to the fashion forefront in the early 1980s after gaining fame and acclaim in ‘The Official Preppy Handbook’ and countless John Hughes films. But by the end of the decade, the New England-based shoe had fallen out of favor, the sartorial equivalent of Wang Chung.” LVMH CEO says sales growth speeds up in Q1

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LVMH sees 2012 growth, Clothes make the man, Flash dance, Polo puzzle, Bill Cunningham

Bernard Arnault | Source: The Richest

LVMH Profit Meets Estimates, Sees 2012 Growth (Bloomberg) “LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (MC), the world’s largest maker of luxury goods, reported full-year profit that met analysts’ estimates and said it’s “well- equipped” to maintain growth in 2012. Net income rose 1 percent to 3.07 billion euros ($4 billion) in 2011, the Paris-based maker of Zenith watches said today.” In cities, clothes maketh the man (China

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Arnault’s evolving empire, SuperGroup hits back, Luxury stocks rising, Consumer choice, The Duchess sells

Bernard Arnault | Source: Fashion Pile

Bernard Arnault Rethinks the Cult of Fashion Gurus (Newsweek) “Arnault suggests it’s time for change, time to recast his global, glittering, status-laden empire as something else. The watchwords are: intimate, Old World, artful. And the timing feels right… After all, Arnault has learned that rock-star designers come and go. ‘A good product,’ he says, ‘can last forever.’” SuperGroup rebuts

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Fast fashion falters, Zappos delivers happiness, Arnault does DC, McQueen’s haunting world, Lunch with Pinault

Tony Hsieh | Source: Inc.

Fast fashion: Is the party over? (Telegraph) “Following on from H&M’s shock results in the final quarter of 2010 which saw profits fall 11 per cent, fashion comparison website Stylecompare.co.uk has today reported that year-on-year sales of ‘low end’ retailers fell by 21 per cent, as consumers flock to ‘mid range’ and eco brands for their fashion fixes.” Why Is This Man Smiling? (NY

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Big changes at Gucci Group, Behind the Marc, Hermès to LVMH: Cut stake, Rent the Runway, Cast your vote for Calgary

Preparing for the Marc Jacobs show | Source: NY Times

PPR Chief to Run Gucci Himself (NY Times) “The French luxury magnate François-Henri Pinault said… he would personally take charge of Gucci Group as he reorganizes its parent company to focus on the most profitable businesses. Robert Polet, who has headed Gucci since 2004, will be stepping down in a few weeks… Mr. Pinault also said Paul Deneve would replace Valérie Hermann as chief executive of Yves Saint

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Olivier Zahm gets personal, Crowdsourcing gains steam, Brand master Arnault, Adidas guidance, Window warriors

Olivier Zahm Self-Portrait | Source: purple DIARY

For Fashion’s Bad Boy, No Secrets (NY Times) “[With Purple] and often salacious photographic blog, purple-diary.com, Mr. Zahm, a former art critic, has become a demi-celebrity in the fashion world. He likens himself to Andy Warhol, who managed a similar feat with Interview.” Discount luxury e-tailer BrandAlley to launch a crowdsourced platform (Independent) “Discount luxury e-tailer BrandAlley is launching a new

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Cotton crisis, Hermès’ message to Arnault, NYC fashion campaign, SVG’s Permira gains, Drawing fashion

Cotton Ball Illustration | Source: Cotton in Sector

Cotton Clothing Price Tags to Rise (NY Times) “Cotton inventories had been low because of weak demand during the recession. This summer, new cotton crops were also depleted because of flooding in Pakistan and bad weather in China and India, all major cotton producers.” Luxury group Hermès tells LVMH to back off (Business Times) “‘The family has clearly and unanimously said: If you want to be friendly, Mister

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Luxury spending rebounds, Mr. Miuccia, Della Valle ups Saks stake, Tokyo sets sights on new gen, Return of the it bag?

Roger Vivier Miss Viv | Source: Holt Renfrew

What The Rich Are Buying Now (Forbes) “While most consumers aren’t returning to their pre-recession shopping patterns, there has been a rebound in luxury spending lately. Ultra affluent shoppers … have started to come out of hiding” Miuccia and Me (WSJ) “Bertelli, is the mastermind behind a label most people associate with his wife, Miuccia Prada, the avant-garde designer who has created global

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Fashion’s Billionaires, Hong Kong refocuses, CIT leaves clients scrambling, Kellwood teeters

Bernard Arnault, Fracois Pinault and Ralph Lauren, courtesy of Forbes

Fashion’s Billionaires (Forbes) “If hemlines suggest whether the stock market goes up or down, most economic indicators say it’s likely we’ll be looking at longer skirts for the foreseeable future. But even if the economy doesn’t show us more leg for a while, the fortunes of fashion billionaires–who decide what we wear, where we buy it and what bag and shoes goes with it–should remain

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