Photo Diary | MFW, Days 3-4: Pucci, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Jil Sander, Trussardi, Roberto Cavalli

Pucci S/S 2014 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

MILAN, Italy — As Milan Fashion Week continues, our trusty contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde provides us with behind-the-scenes photos from the Pucci, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Jil Sander, Trussardi, Roberto Cavalli and Emporio Armani shows.

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Photo Diary | Milan Men’s Fashion Week, Days 1-2: Jil Sander, Versace, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, Prada

MILAN, Italy — Today our contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde files backstage imagery from the Jil Sander, Versace, Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood, Prada and Moncler shows, held on days one and two of Milan men's fashion week.

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Bottega Veneta Crosses the $1 Billion Mark

Bottega Veneta A/W 2013 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

MILAN, Italy – With the release of Bottega Veneta’s sales figures for 2012, the PPR-owned Italian maker of discreet high-end leather goods and ready-to-wear publicly joins a small club of luxury companies that have crossed over into $1 billion-plus sales. While several mass luxury brands such as Coach and Michael Kors have surpassed the $1 billion mark in recent years, among high luxury brands only megabrands like Louis

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Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments in Milan for S/S 2013

A new Etro, as defined by florals and Japanese inspired silhouettes | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

MILAN, Italy — We tipped our friend Sonny Vandevelde to give us a behind-the-scenes look into the collections in Milan for Spring/Summer 2013. Japan was clearly on the mind, with unmistakable silhouettes and motifs from the island nation appearing in strong outings from Prada and Etro. Versace and Dolce & Gabbana made their seasonal statements in a flurry of prints, textures and covetable accessories, all in the spirit of their

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Theyskens and Theory, Luxury brands defy malaise, Slow perfume, Pendleton USA, Carmen Busquets invests

Olivier Theyskens for Theory | Source: Spotted Fashion

Theory’s Designer Shapes a New Future (IHT) “Mr. Rosen was asked whether the seemingly sudden decision to hand over creative control of Theory to the young designer was a risky move. ‘To me, it’s not a risk,’ he said. ‘I know Olivier, and I know his understanding of Theory. I think it’s a great opportunity. I didn’t need a reaction from the consumer on Theyskens’ Theory. It’s amazing clothes that will

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Dressing pop stars, Bottega Veneta’s ambition, Burberry reinvests in London, The young Chinese, H&M’s Johansson

Rihanna wears Hervé Léger by Max Azria | Source: Vogue US

Why designers love to dress pop music’s leading ladies (Independent) “A quick glance at red carpeted occasions explains why designers, while still happy to dress actors – from fledgling talent to veritable superstars – might find working with their musical counterparts more inspiring.” Bottega Veneta expands with bags of ambition (FT) “Bottega Veneta, which has built a reputation as a discreet, logo-free

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Tom Ford video, Hermès-LVMH saga, Branded content, Rei’s inspiration, Tomas Maier says ‘Just have less’

Tom Ford's Private Spring '11 Show (Grazia Daily) "If there’s one man who knows how to tantalize an audience, it’s Mr Tom Ford. Because, as a New Year gift, the designer has bestowed upon us super-glossy footage of his highly-secretive, high-security showcase four months after it took place." Regulator to weigh Hermès buyout waiver (Reuters) "France's stock market regulator will examine Hermès request for a waiver on buying out minority shareholders on Thursday as the luxury goods maker tries to fend off a takeover from rival LVMH, according to a person familiar with the matter." 7 Stellar Examples of Branded Content from the Fashion Industry (Mashable) "From online blogzines to Tumblr-powered micro sites, branded content is quickly  becoming a cost…

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Daily Digest | Phoebe Philo’s third act, Bottega Veneta grows up, Liberty to sell freehold, Vogue’s new app, Milan’s directions

Phoebe Philo by Solve Sundsbo | Source: NY Times

Phoebe Philo’s Third Act (T Magazine) “A designer’s debut at a new label is always exciting, especially if it is backed by a luxury colossus, as Céline is by LVMH. But this particular designer is the fashion superstar who made Chloé one of the hottest labels of the early 2000s.” Bottega Veneta Grows Up (WSJ) “As Bottega pursues its strategy to grow from a niche player into a global brand, it has been conducting a

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