The return of Tom Ford, Google targets fashion, Burberry’s better margins, Billy Reid wins, Redefining beauty

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2011 | Source: Vogue.com

Mr. Ford Returns (Vogue.com) “[Tom Ford] is doing things differently this time. He objects to the way the Internet eats up fashion images before the clothes can be bought. He despises sections of the press. Private and formal are terms he favors now. And he’d rather people didn’t ‘Tom’ him anymore. At 49, he lets it be known he prefers “’Mr. Ford.’” Google targets fashion market (Guardian)

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Behind the veil, Richemont’s cash plans, Social commerce, Fashion’s food groupies, David Szeto on the record

Burberry on Twitter | Source: Twitter

Giving a Glimpse of How It Is Done (NY Times) “‘The point is, luxury brands cannot compete on product alone… They all sell beautiful products and follow the same trends, so loyalty is low. Brands are seeking ways to connect to consumers and show how they’re different.’” Richemont’s Focus on Saving Cash Pile Damps Hermès Speculation (Bloomberg) “Richemont said the world’s largest jewelry

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LVMH scores stake in Hermès, Condé Nast Digital loses Style.com, Digital tools, Web traffic leaders, Obama effect

Hermès belt detail | Source: Hollyscoop

LVMH `Playing a Waiting Game’ for Hermès Takeover (Bloomberg) “[LVMH said] it doesn’t intend to launch a tender offer, take control or seek board representation at the maker of Birkin bags after announcing it owns 14.2 percent of Paris-based Hermès, with the option to increase the stake to 17.1 percent.” Conde Nast Digital Loses Style.com (WSJ) “Conde Nast executives say the move is a natural pairing of two

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

LONDON, United Kingdom — According to network technology and services company Cisco, the number of people who watch web videos will surpass 1 billion by the end of 2010. By 2014, web video alone will account for 57 percent of all consumer internet traffic. Already, more than 2 billion videos are played each day on YouTube alone. With staggering statistics like these, it’s no surprise that fashion brands, both large and small, are investing in online video content, while agencies that represent commercial artists are urging their fashion photographers to reposition themselves as image-makers who can direct short films. But what makes a good fashion film? And are these the same primary concerns that go into a good fashion photograph?…

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The Bay’s fashion focus, Omnipresent customers, LVMH rebound, China boosts Burberry, Motoyama wisdom

Mobile diversity | Source: w3

The Bay finds new fashion focus (Vancouver Sun) “Two years after Bonnie Brooks took over the helm of the Canadian heritage department store -several months after it was bought by U.S. real estate magnate Richard Baker – Brooks’s fashion focus has finally arrived.” How mobile has given rise to the omnipresent customer (Luxury Daily) “These new types of customers are no longer confined to a PC or laptop.

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Spring/Summer 2011 | The Season That Was

LONDON, United Kingdom — One never knows exactly what to expect from fashion month. Which designers will soar higher, which will stumble, and which will seemingly rise from the ashes? Four weeks of shows, parties and extravaganzas finally came to an end last Wednesday, and the answers to many of these questions have now been revealed. But of course fashion week isn’t just about shows and parties, it is also the time of year

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Ahrendts earns her stripes, America’s new wave of designers, Edun out of Africa, Pitch and provenance, Return of Roland

Angela Ahrendts | Source: WSJ Magazine

Earning Her Stripes (WSJ Magazine) “From small-town roots in Indiana to the big time as head of Burberry, a $2 billion fashion empire and one of the most widely recognized brands in the world, Angela Ahrendts takes it all in her stride.” The Next Wave (NY Times) “It is not just six names who are making waves in New York, but an entire generation of designers who have the potential to transform what we think of as

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Designers cut prices, Burberry’s next frontier, Colour comeback, Valentino for Gap, London’s night out

Z Spoke by Zac Posen, Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Nitrolicious

Designers Show Off Less-Expensive Clothing (WSJ) “Almost every high-end fashion designer has been forced to cut prices or launch lower-priced collections since the economy tanked… [secondary collections] are creeping out of the showrooms and onto the runways this week.” Burberry’s conquest of cyber space (Telegraph) “We are now as much a media-content company as we are a design company, because

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American Apparel’s ethical conflict, Burberry’s online checkout, Modern milliners, Chloé’s new chief, Vuitton’s Diwali

Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Burberry

American Apparel: The public won’t wear it (Guardian) “[American Apparel] was now a vertically integrated company that seemed dedicated to getting women horizontal.  It turns out that, even in the fashion business, there’s such a thing as too much sex.” Burberry: Runway to Checkout (NY Times) “Burberry plans to offer customers a substantial portion of its Prorsum spring 2011 runway collection — to be

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