Week in Review | Men are the New Women, Mall Culture Rises in Brazil, Worry in China, Drama in Europe

Week in Review July 2-6

From Pitti to Paris, Men are the New Women (Intelligence) “Men are the new women,” or so went the refrain of the fashion pack who have travelled from London to Florence to Milan to Paris over the last three weeks, taking in the menswear collections for Spring/Summer 2013. Forget the Beach, Mall Culture Rises in Brazil (Global Briefing) “In emerging markets like India and China, luxury shopping malls have often struggled to

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Market Pulse | Worry in China, Drama in Europe Weigh on Luxury Sector

Savigny Luxury Index June 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom —  The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) fell 4.2 percent in June, relative to an uplift of 4.0 percent in the benchmark MSCI World Index (“MSCI”).  Worrying news out of China, the continued drama of the European debt crisis and downward revisions in growth estimates for 2012 caused the sector to go out of favour. Big news The month started off with a bang: China announced a slowdown in its factory output for the

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Low rent counterfeits, Brazil’s dichotomy, Cucinelli IPO, Power publicists, Prabal’s faraway past

New Order Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Retro and Rich

Counterfeit Gap joins the counterfeit Gucci (LA Times) “The economy is one reason for the trend. ‘The recession has more people trading down,’ said Susan Scafidi, academic director of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham University’s law school. ‘Even lower-priced brands feel like a stretch in this economy, and people are more likely to trade down to counterfeits.’ There are several other factors

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Brazil heats up, Condé Nast’s big guns, After the Brioni deal, Sustainable fashion, Still super at 80

David Remnick, Graydon Carter and Anna Wintour | Source: Ad Age

Exactly How Hot Is Brazil? (IHT) “Compared with the other so-called BRIC countries — Russia, with historic department stores rising from gray streets; India, with its chaotic New Delhi markets; or China with its sprawling, often empty, shopping malls — São Paulo seems like a hive of glamorous commerce… Compared with China, Brazil has had far less attention from the big brands, although their stores are present in São

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Galliano under pressure, Kim Jones’ African LV, Of rock and rags, Brazil takes centre stage, London’s luxe MBA

‘Too Much Pressure,’ Galliano Tells Court (WWD) “John Galliano on Wednesday blamed work-related stress and multiple addictions for a series of public outbursts during which he is charged with uttering racist and anti-Semitic insults at a Paris cafe, but told a French court that he remembered nothing about the incidents.” Out of Africa (IHT) “Kim Jones has started his new role as men’s style director at

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Scarves on the rise, An artisanal gap, Social networking for Chinese elite, Brazil drives growth, Thinking Pink

Liberty’s Scarf Styling Video: Film one, the halter top. It’s a Turban, It’s a Dress: It’s a Scarf (NY Times) “For so long, fashion was about the ‘it’ bag and the ‘it’ shoe. [But] it’s definitely about an ‘it’ scarf now’… In kaleidoscopic colors and patterns — tribal motifs, overblown peonies, cheetah spots, abstract skulls and awning stripes — they’re eye candy for a new

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Inside Brazil’s Booming Fashion Industry

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — You hear about it at dinner parties and fashion events. It’s been the subject of countless magazine stories and news reports. Something special is going on in Brazil. And today, the momentum has nothing to do with cultural clichés like soccer and samba. Brazil is claiming its place on the global stage and interestingly, fashion is playing a major role in the country’s ascendence. Significantly, the tremendous

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