Burberry beats forecast, Chinese bling, Beauty holds strong, Armani’s smart phone, HK gets creative

Handbags, leather goods help Burberry top forecasts (Reuters) “British luxury goods group Burberry beat second-quarter revenue forecasts, helped by demand for handbags and leather goods, and signalled an improvement in some second-half revenue trends.” Chinese Are the New Kings of Bling (WSJ) “The latest to pop the champagne corks of conspicuous consumption is China. The government stimulus, rising consumer

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London Fashion Week | Burberry’s Unforgettable Fashion Frisson

LONDON, United Kingdom — In February of 2004, writing about London Fashion Week in the Guardian newspaper, Charlie Porter declared: "It's that old London fashion week conundrum all over again — wondering what's the point, and failing to find an answer." A month earlier, Porter said that London Fashion Week was in crisis mode. Looking back, it's easy to understand Porter's lack of optimism. That February, London hosted 40 shows in a 5-day schedule. This was a decline from 50 shows in September of 2003. Style.com only reviewed 13 of the on-schedule shows in London, or about 33 percent. As a proxy for quality, this ratio did not bode well for London's position amongst the major fashion capitals. Major editors…

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Burberry’s blowout, Ford’s funding, Luxury rents drop, Clements Ribeiro’s comeback, Luxury expands in Calgary

London Fashion Week: Burberry (Telegraph) "A shower of silver sequins rained down on 1,500 guests in a vast white tent in the grounds of the Chelsea College of Art & Design last night (Tuesday), creating a starry climax to the Burberry Prorsum show at London Fashion Week." Burberry Jumps After Ahrendts Says U.K. ‘On Fire’ (Bloomberg) "Burberry Group Plc rose as much as 5.8 percent in London trading after Chief Executive Officer Angela Ahrendts said the clothing maker’s U.K. business has been “on fire” as demand for luxury goods improves." Tom Ford Seeking At Least $50 Million (PEHUB) "Tom Ford International is on the hunt for financial backers, two sources familiar with the situation told peHUB. The New York-based fashion…

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Pringle’s new fairytale, Creative commerciality, Fashion’s Night Out, London’s homecoming, Burberry gets social

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A lady from Chanel who wants to drive Pringle off the golf course (Guardian) “American Mary-Adair Macaire aims to restore the struggling Scottish knitwear firm’s name for elegance.” From the Garage to the Runway (WSJ) “Little more than a year ago, 27-year-old Hannah Marshall spent most days at a garage in rural Essex, two hours outside London, working in a makeshift studio to create tight, sexy-sinister

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Jil Sander’s Uniqlo, China’s next step, Contemporary craze, Burberry’s Stacey Cartwright, Cheap goes chic

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Jil Sander’s new range for Uniqlo (Guardian) “Jil Sander has been off the fashion scene for a while, but now the queen of understatement is taking on a new project – high-class design for the masses – with the Japanese brand Uniqlo.” China Inc: Not just a maker but new owner of fashion (Reuters) “After decades of Made-in-China garments, China’s fashion industry is keen to move on from being just a mass

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The Burberry story, Gianfranco Ferre revamps, Retailers think small, Luxury sales down, A new generation

Burberry Black Label A/W 2010, courtesy of Burberry

Best of British: Why Burberry has the fashion business all wrapped up (Times) “It fought the fakers, weathered an image crisis and resisted recession to become the darling of the FTSE 100. On the eve of Burberry’s return to London Fashion Week, Susannah Frankel checks out how a trenchcoat company became the British design phenomenon of the decade.” Gianfranco Ferre defies crisis with major revamp (Reuters)

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Copying Rick Owens, Burberry looks to USA, Versace quits Ittierre, Girl Next Door, Topman inspires

Imitate That Zipper! (New York Times) "In recent months, a veritable industry has sprung up around [Rick] Owens, who may be fashion’s most imitated designer. Rival houses are racing to produce their own distillations of his angular flaps, zigzagging zippers, gossamer T-shirts and biker jackets pliant as second skins." Burberry May Speed U.S. Growth Amid Deals on NYC, Indiana Space (Bloomberg) Burberry may accelerate plans to open U.S. stores as premium shop space becomes available at cheaper prices. “Spaces we thought may not have been available a couple of years ago are available now,” said Stacey Cartwright, CFO. Versace ends licence deal with IT Holding unit (Reuters) "Italian fashion house Versace has ended its licensing deal with IT Holding unit…

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Louis Vuitton film award, Boris in ELLE, Burberry comes home, Fashionair talent hunt

Vuitton to Sponsor Film Award (WWD) "Louis Vuitton said Monday it would bestow $25,000 prizes to the two student filmmakers who make the best two-minute works on the theme of “life as a journey." Dishevelled London mayor graces fashion cover (AFP) "London's famously dishevelled mayor, Boris Johnson, will grace the cover of fashion bible Elle next month in what many will see as a surprising partnership to mark 25 years of London Fashion Week." Burberry has come home (Telegraph) "The launch of this collection will be a massive event, the highlight of London Fashion Week. Not only is it the 25th anniversary of LFW and the British Fashion Council, it is also the first time since Bailey joined the brand…

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Burberry sales slow, H&M down, End of throwaway fashion, WGSN in India, Hilfiger to lead incubator

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Burberry’s Sales Growth Slows in First Quarter (WSJ) “U.K. luxury fashion group Burberry PLC Wednesday reported a further slowdown in sales growth in its fiscal first quarter as the economic downturn continued to hold back demand, but the company remains confident it can deliver growth over the long term.” Click here for a behind the scenes look at the most recent Burberry campaign featuring Emma Watson. H&M

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Jimmy Choo for H&M, Burberry sees stabilization, Tod’s to experience growth, Pitti Uomo quiet

Jimmy Choo for H&M, courtesy of H&M

Jimmy Choo to Design for H&M (WSJ) “Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB on Wednesday unveiled the name of its next designer collection team-up: British accessory brand Jimmy Choo.” Burberry Chief Says Luxury Demand Is ‘Stabilizing’ (Bloomberg) “Burberry Group Plc Chief Executive Officer Angela Ahrendts said luxury demand is leveling out as the market slowdown nears its first

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Richemont appoints Wikstrom, Burberry expands in the Americas, J. Crew drops, Della Valle and Saks

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Richemont Creates Post To Turn Around Ailing Brands (WSJ) “The world’s second-largest luxury company by sales named Martha Wikstrom, 52, head of a portfolio comprising most of Richemont’s less-prominent brands, including Alfred Dunhill and Lancel, which market so-called soft luxury goods such as leather and fashion.” Burberry eyes expansion in U.S. (Guardian) “While other retailers apply the brakes on

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Burberry to London, M&A steers clear of luxury, Versace contemplates a new future, Aquascutum talks to YGM

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Burberry Prorsum to show at London Fashion Week (Catwalkingqueen) “Christopher Bailey will bring the label’s 2010 spring collection to town to celebrate the 25th anniversary of LFW and the British Fashion Council. This will be followed by a special event hosted at Burberry’s brand spanking new headquarters.” M&A passes luxury brands by (FT) “The downturn in the luxury goods industry is the worst in

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American Apparel settles, Burberry posts loss, DHL invests in fashion, M&S crashes, Getting creative in tough times

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Take the money and run: Allen wins $5m for stolen image (Guardian) “Several million dollars richer, and with his reputation more or less intact, Woody Allen successfully reached a last-minute settlement in a bruising legal battle with one of America’s most headline-prone high-street brands.” (Click here for Dov Charney’s statement and here for BoF’s previous article on Shockvertising) Burberry Posts

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