Burberry takes control, Hello Tommy, Superdry boosts profits, H&M revenue weakens, LFW lineup

Burberry Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Burberry

Burberry to buy out Chinese franchises (FT) “[Burberry] said it would buy out its Chinese franchises in a £70m deal that will see it take direct control of its 50 stores on the mainland. The deal came in the same week China reported 10.3 per cent growth in the past quarter.” Hello Tommy (Vogue.com) “Tommy Hilfiger is adding a new lifestyle label to its repertoire, entitled Tommy. Aimed at twentysomething men and

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Acne lands in London, Lebanese luxe, High fashion relents to web, Burberry revenues up, Digital Valentino

Acne Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Acne

The hot spot for cool customers: Swedish label Acne (Independent) “Swedish denim label Acne – it stands for Ambition to Create Novel Expressions – is the latest coup de foudre of the fashion world… And it’s opening its largest store in London this week.” New Beirut Mall Aims to Be Luxury Oasis (WWD) “Beirut is embarking on a new era in retailing with the renovation and debut of the Souks shopping mall, a

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Couture comeback, Beauty moves, Paid bloggers less trusted, Vogue launches iPad app, Hijabista fashion

Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2010 | Source: Ledefile

Bonjour Couture (Vogue.com) “Just as Haute Couture Fashion Week begins the high fashion market has posted some very positive sales news. Top Parisian labels, including Chanel, Dior and Jean Paul Gaultier, have revealed a marked increase in both sales and demand.” Cosmetics from Burberry and Topshop (FT) “Fashion brands are often able to make that transition from clothes to fragrance, but with make-up it is harder.

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Empire state of fashion, Burberry interactive, Coach goes for guys, Bluefly’s viral push, Suits lose their sting

Designers Pitch Brand New York (WSJ) “Young labels like the Row, Jason Wu, Nellie Partow, Waris Ahluwalia and Prabal Gurung are trumpeting their New York roots on apparel and labels in an effort to create a sartorial version of the locavore movement.” Burberry launches interactive ad campaign (Retail Week) “Burberry has developed an interactive digital advertising campaign for its Autumn 10 collection that allows

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The Fashion Trail | A Jil Sander Sorbet and Burberry’s Acoustic Treats

Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Pitti Imaggine

MILAN, Italy — This season, BoF dipped its toes a bit deeper into the waters of the Italian men’s fashion scene, starting with Pitti Uomo and moving on to fashion week in Milan. And, as the fashion circus moves on to Paris tomorrow, my fashion fantasies are still lingering on the outstanding presentation by Raf Simons for Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2011 at the stunning Villa Gamberaia just outside Florence. It might not have

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BoF Live | Burberry Prorsum Menswear S/S 2011 from Milan

Burberry Acoustic - Life in Film | Source: Burberry

MILAN, Italy — On Saturday, 19 June at 3pm Milan time, 2pm London time and 9am New York time, The Business of Fashion is pleased to bring you the livestream of the Burberry S/S 2011 menswear collection. BoF is one of the selected sites from around the world — and one of only a few sites based in the UK — to stream the show, which this season sees the launch of Burberry Acoustic, a new ongoing initiative with emerging British music

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Ralph cashes in, Rykiel eyes USA, Angela Ahrendts’ payout, Guinness buys Blow collection, Searching for Gisele

Ralph Lauren to Sell Portion of Polo Shares (WSJ) “Ralph Lauren, chairman and chief executive of Polo Ralph Lauren Corp., is selling approximately a quarter of his holdings in the company he founded, a move that could raise up to $955 million at Monday’s closing price.” Rykiel Targets America (Vogue) “French fashion label Sonia Rykiel has announced plans to target the US market as it schedules debut showroom

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Burberry profits soar, Maison Vuitton London, Japan’s fast fashion, McQueen honour, Moments in blog history

Burberry profit tops forecast, steps up expansion (Reuters) "Luxury goods group Burberry beat forecasts with a 23 percent rise in annual profit, boosted by sales of coats and leather goods, and said it was stepping up its expansion despite a tough economic backdrop." Louis Vuitton lands in London (Guardian) "Welcome to the new Bond Street palace of Louis Vuitton, which takes the dark art of luxury retail to a new level. For starters – despite the racks of handbags, luggage and clothes – this flagship, which opens to the public on Friday, is not – repeat not – a shop." The Japanese love affair with fast fashion (Philippine Star) "The aggressive marketing and advertising campaigns employed by the fast-fashion brands…

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Armani unveils Dubai hotel, Burberry beauty, Puma’s Q1 earnings soar, Macy’s boosts outlook, The American Woman

Armani Hotel, Burj Dubai | Source: Courtesy Photo

Armani Unveils Hotel in Dubai (WWD) “His first hotel in the world… occupies eight floors of the soaring Burj Khalifa here, a dramatic tower into the sky that is the world’s tallest building. The 160-room hotel, for which almost no expense has been spared, boasts eight restaurants, a spa and three retail outlets.” Burberry forges ahead with beauty range (Independent) “Burberry will launch its line of color

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Coach goes global, High Street retail rebounds, Archs out from Ungaro, ASOS’ lofty goals, Isabel Marant’s SoHo chic

Burberry SS 2010 | Source: Burberry

Coach Doubles Dividend as Earnings Top Estimates (BusinessWeek) “Coach Inc., the largest U.S. maker of luxury leather handbags, doubled its dividend and announced an expansion in Europe … The company said it planned to open at least 14 stores in France … with Printemps, the French department-store chain. Coach has also agreed in principle to create a joint venture with Hackett Ltd. to open stores in the U.K.,

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Band of Outsiders’ big push, Fashion and Finance, EBay ‘Flash’ sales, Smythson’s politics, Hardy Amies bespoke

Leslie Mann wearing Boy | Source: Boy. by Band of Outsiders

Can an Outsider Cash In? (WSJ) “Scott Sternberg, a former Hollywood talent agent, is pushing to turn his small, successful label into a fashion empire. Formerly with Creative Artists Agency, Mr. Sternberg quit his job seven years ago to launch the label Band of Outsiders, spawning a boom in skinny ties and riding the surge in modern prep wear.” Top fashion brands enjoy a new vogue (FT) “Fashion and finance have

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McCarthy’s era at W, Burberry and Vuitton top list, Hermès’ profits fall, Fashion Week in Seoul, Twitter etiquette

Patrick McCarthy | Source: W Magazine

A Collector of Scoops Steps Down (NY Times) “As the editorial director of WWD [and W]…Mr. McCarthy always considered his publications to be the singular powerhouse for scoops, whether a designer was changing jobs or a retailer was headed for bankruptcy. In fact, his reign was so great that it was called ‘the McCarthy era.’” Burberry & LVMH Top List for ‘Mystery’ Luxury Shoppers (Just Luxe)

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Olivier’s originality, Abercrombie keeps discounting, Burberry sues TJX, Céline’s clean slate, Vuitton’s décolleté

Olivier Zahm by Terry Richardson | Source: purple DIARY

The Future Of Fashion: Olivier Zahm (Style.com) “The French editor and founder of the twice-yearly independent publication Purple Fashion has many other passions… but in an increasingly conformist world, Zahm offers an original, entertaining, and astute voice.” Abercrombie Will Keep Discounting (WSJ) “Abercrombie & Fitch said… it will continue its uncharacteristically high levels of discounting

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