Year of the Snake, Swatch upbeat, Denim corsets, Non-stop Carine, Chanel at Grand Palais

Beyonce Knowles, Solange and Kim Kardashian at NYFW | Source: Fan Pop

Luxury Labels Are Scaling Up for China’s Year of the Snake (WSJ) “Luxury brands are rolling out a menagerie of merchandise to capitalize on the holiday, which marks Asia’s biggest shopping season. And more Western brands are getting in on the Year of the Snake, pushing snake- and red-themed goods, from Vacheron Constantin’s $150,000 watch with an engraved snake etched onto its face to the serpentine,

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Topshop to sell stake, Bracing for 2013, Co-Creation potential, Ferragamo’s legacy, CR sells out

Topshop Oxford Street store | Source: EKM Power Shop

Green nears Topshop stake sale (FT) “Sir Philip Green, the retail entrepreneur, is close to selling a 25 per cent stake in Topshop and Topman to a US private equity investor, in a move that could value the two jewels in the crown of his Arcadia retail empire at about £1bn.” European luxury goods makers braced for tough new year (Reuters) “European luxury goods makers knocked back predictions of a boost to sales

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DVF’s decade, Burberry profits decline, Burch vs Burch, Roitfeld talks, Vogue Hommes folds

Diane von Furstenberg by Patrick Demarchelier | Source: Interview Magazine

Icon of the Decade | the 1970s Diane von Furstenberg (W Magazine) “At 65, Diane von Furstenberg still embodies sultry beauty and feminine power. She is womanly, sensual, and utterly bien dans sa peau as she lounges on a sofa in her office on West 14th Street in Manhattan, portraits and murals and photographs of her in all her feline splendor staring down from the walls.” Burberry profits cut by move into perfumes (FT)

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Chanel’s legacy, Fast Retailing push, Editor exodus, Roitfeld goes global, Dream shoemaker

Joan Smalls and Kanye West from 'The Little Black Jacket' | Source: Chanel

Chanel’s Little Black Jacket: How Chanel split the fashion atom (Telegraph) “That innocuous cardie turned out to be fashion’s equivalent of the atom. And Coco split it. First, she took its pockets, which were perfectly positioned far enough down the front panels to encourage a woman to thrust her hands in them confidently, and placed them in corresponding places on jackets. Prior to Coco, women did not thrust, and

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Burberry sends shiver, Kick of energy, Coty postpones IPO, Holiday turbulence, Carine Roitfeld

Burberry Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Burberry

Burberry warning sends shiver through luxury sector (Reuters) “British fashion brand Burberry issued a profit warning on Tuesday, the clearest sign yet that slowing economic growth in China and Europe’s debt crisis are bringing a boom in demand for luxury clothes and accessories to a halt.” A Leap in Volume and Length (NY Times) “The spring collections got a kick of energy as other designers also showed

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King of casual, Eastern European labels, Holt’s fashion man, Carine on CR, Designer beats

Mickey Drexler | Source: Social Barrel

Mickey Drexler: King of Casual Chic (WSJ) “With a sobriquet like “Merchant Prince,” you might expect J.Crew Chief Executive and Chairman Millard (Mickey) Drexler to have a biography that extends to at least four pages. Instead, it is precisely four short paragraphs.” East European fashion labels aim for the world stage (Reuters) “Around emerging Europe, where garment assembly for Western brands has

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Chic Grandmother, Coco Noir, Men in shorts, Functional fashion, Designer trainers

Carine Roitfeld by Hedi Slimane | Source: NY Mag

Up close with Carine Roitfeld, the world’s chicest grandmother (Telegraph) “The 57-year-old former editor of Vogue Paris has just become a grandmother – her daughter, Julia, gave birth to a daughter in May. But today there is nothing grandmotherly about her.” Smells like Chanel’s spirit (Independent) “The couturier, who favoured neutrals throughout her career personally and professionally, did

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Facebook buys Instagram, Roitfeld’s biannual, Tumi IPO, Youtube fashion, Phillip Lim expands

A mock-up fashion spread in CR by Sebastian Faena | Source: Style.com

Facebook buys Instagram: inflating the new tech bubble? (Telegraph) “Instagram has a significant user base in its own right, of around 30 million registered smartphone owners who have been promised the favourite photo app will retain its own identitiy. But with no particularly unique technology, the cash and stock Mark Zuckerberg will lay down for the firm is eye-popping.” Carine Roitfeld’s Initial Foray (WWD)

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Redefining luxury, Fashion’s next frontier, Touchy-feely, Paul Smith’s highest honour, Carine Roitfeld Q&A

Bottega Veneta Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Style Frizz

How The Uncertain Economy Is Changing The Definition Of Luxury (Forbes) “With the emergence of new wealthy consumers from the BRIC countries and the economic downturn for most nations outside of the BRIC superfecta in the past few years, luxury has taken on a multitude of new meanings. No longer does it exclusively equate to expensive products that are mostly of French or Swiss origins.” Fashion’s Next Frontier

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Colin’s Column | Fashion Tomes of the Times

Vogue: The Covers | Source: mostmagnific.com

LONDON, United Kingdom — There are two ways in which a fashion magazine can be successful: either by featuring clothes with which the reader can identify or by stimulating the reader’s imagination. It is the old tussle between commerciality and creativity. Except, of course, it isn’t a tussle that existed before fashion magazines became mass market and needed to chase and keep readers who, for most of the twentieth century, never

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Carine Roitfeld marks 30 years, Ted Baker up, Fashion and technology, Queen of the glossies, Pioneering Pernet

"Irreverent" by Carine Roitfeld | Source: NY Times

A Super-Stylish Vampire (IHT) “If the definition of a vampire is a pallid, blood-sucking monster with frightening fangs, Carine Roitfeld, former editor of French Vogue and a pivotal figure in the fashion world, does not seem to fit the bill… ‘Why a book — especially for someone like me who hates looking back?’ Ms. Roitfeld asked herself… ‘It marks 30 years. The end of a chapter is a good moment —

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