Luxury growth slows, Artful fashion, Burberry fragrance in-house, DIY platform, Oliver Peoples

Louis Vuitton Shenzhen, China | Source: Richards Basmajian

Luxury goods to slow as Chinese spend less (FT) “Growth in the luxury goods market will slow this year as Chinese consumers spend less at home and give fewer gifts as they await the imminent change in Beijing’s government, according to the consultancy Bain & Co.” Artful Fashion Meets Fashionable Art at Fairs (IHT) “As art fairs and festivals bring a cosmopolitan crowd to London and Paris, a different question

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Amazon mantra, Stake in Osklen sold, Burberry confirms slowdown, Uniqlo’s fight, The Shot

Amazon screen shot | Source: Amazon.co.uk

Fashion tests Amazon mantra of low prices (FT) “Amazon’s well-drilled executives can usually be relied on to repeat the company’s mantra of eliminating costs and waste to offer consumers lower prices. Cathy Beaudoin gets to be different… So instead, in a striking departure from Amazon’s usual talking points, she says: ‘Price is not really a differentiation for us … We maintain the pricing integrity that our

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Week in Review | YSL’s wake up call, Burberry causes a downpour, Looking back at Paris Fashion Week

A Wake-Up Call for YSL’s PR Team (Opinion) “A few weeks ago, Yves Saint Laurent’s PR team wrote to BoF, asking that we edit a tweet. We had shared one of the striking new Saint Laurent campaign images with our followers, referring to the campaign as ‘Saint Laurent Paris.’ Brands often write to thank us for sharing their advertising campaigns with our community, but this was the first time that a brand had written asking us to

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Geometry trend, Turkey’s fight for prestige, Burberry on top, Digital impetus, Hellen Van Rees

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Nowfashion

A Game of Checkers (IHT) “The Louis Vuitton show hit its graphic target on Wednesday, marking a sparky and spectacular moment on the last day of the monthlong international season. The show underscored one of the strongest themes for summer 2013: geometry, redrawing in straight lines the shapely female body.” Turkey fights for a new prestige (FT) “The story of Turkey today is of a country seeking new customers and

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Market Pulse | Burberry Causes a Downpour

Savigny Luxury Index September 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) lost 6.9 percent in September, underperforming a flat-ish MSCI World Index (MSCI) by nearly seven percentage points.  Burberry’s profit warning sent the sector into turmoil mid-month and no amount of good news from the likes of Prada and Michael Kors could lift investors’ spirits. Big news Burberry announced a substantial slowdown in sales growth, with same store sales

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Week in Review | Looking back at London, Managing investors, Future of retail, LFW Photo diary, Diana Vreeland

Week in Reivew 17-21 September

Colin’s Column | Looking Back at London (Opinion) “Are we talking about London Fashion Week or a festival of childish self-indulgence? For me, fashion design is about cut, shape, body and proportion, as it always has been. But sadly, many of the recent London shows featured banal shapes hidden under a riot of digitally created patterns, sometimes in the crudest of colours. Finding Your M.O. | Part 8: Managing Your

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Colin’s Column | Looking Back at London

Backstage at Erdem’s Spring/Summer 2013 Show | Photo: Morgan O’Donovan for LFW Daily

LONDON, United Kingdom — Are we talking about London Fashion Week or a festival of childish self-indulgence? For me, fashion design is about cut, shape, body and proportion, as it always has been. But sadly, many of the recent London shows featured banal shapes hidden under a riot of digitally created patterns, sometimes in the crudest of colours. Just imagine if there was an embargo on the use of colour and pattern and designers

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Sporty styles, ASOS’ steady growth, Inditex grows profit, Burberry ethics row, Chanel pays out

Roksanda Ilincic, Mulberry, Simone Rocha Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Nowfashion

Sporty? It’s the Olympics, Stupid! (IHT) “This year has been a game changer in British attitudes toward sports, leaving behind the typical ironic and laconic talk about being ‘good losers’ and instead rejoicing in gold medal glory. So it is with fashion. While New York designers appear to be moving away from their American sportswear roots, the London summer 2013 collections are embracing dynamic

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Burberry’s Bet on Retail Entertainment

Burberry Regent Street flagship | Source: Burberry

LONDON, United Kingdom — Much has already been written about the opening of Burberry’s new flagship on London’s Regent Street — the sophisticated digital technology, the impressive multimedia event space, and all that Burberry product, housed in 27,000 square feet of selling space, about the same size as the landmark Apple Store just up the street. The flagship is said to be a “test hub and template” for future Burberry stores

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A metallic edge, Luxury relief, Fancy’s next move, Alistair Carr to McQ, VFiles launch

Burberry Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Examiner

Metallics, florals and futuristic edge rock London fashion (Reuters) “Rainbow colored metallics, abstract prints and edgy florals sashayed down the runway on day four of London Fashion Week, which featured a star-studded line-up of designers from Peter Pilotto to Christopher Kane and Burberry’s Christopher Bailey.” Relief for luxury groups in French court (FT) “The French luxury goods industry drew a sigh of

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Week in Review | Tory Burch thinks long term, Andrew Rosen philosophy, Rag & Bone’s focus

Week in Review September 10-14

CEO Talk | Andrew Rosen, Chief Executive Officer, Theory (CEO Talk) “American fashion mogul Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory and Helmut Lang and an investor in several of New York’s most exciting labels, including Proenza Schouler and Rag & Bone, learned the ropes from his father, Carl Rosen, a successful garmento and former chief executive of Seventh Avenue dressmaker Puritan Fashions.” First Person | Tory Burch Says

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NYFW ends on high note, Crafts lookout, M&A delay, Designing a catwalk show, Real Ted Baker

Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2013 by Jennifer S. Altman | Source: NY Times

Freed From the Constraints of Plaids and Stripes (NY Times) “Let’s get the mundane business out of the way: the Proenza designers stepped things up. They set off some new technical fireworks with woven leather (in a wonky geometric pattern) and silk-jacquard tweeds based on Gerhard Richter’s abstract paintings. They sharpened their low-riding silhouette.” European luxury groups on the lookout for crafts (Reuters)

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Web icons, Lavish rat race, Burberry’s digital flagship, Menswear momentum, Topshop direct

Street style photography in Paris | Source: Style Clicker

Who Am I Wearing? Funny You Should Ask. (NY Times) “Was it only a couple of years ago that these showily outfitted swans — stylists, bloggers, fashion editors and style-struck students — click-clacked on the pavements, showing off a mash-up of vintage clothes, fast fashion and high-end labels in what used to be seen as a commerce-free zone? Today many of them are Web icons, trotting out their finery for scores of fans.”

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