Rihanna Honored For Style at CFDA awards

Rihanna at the CFDA Awards | Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK, United States — Fashion rules are made to be broken, Rihanna told a glittering crowd of fashion industry leaders on Monday, and her outfit dramatically conveyed that message: a sheer fishnet gown, sparkling with thousands of embedded crystals, that left little underneath to the imagination.

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BoF Exclusive | CFDA Reveals New Strategy

Jason Wu S/S 2014 at New York Fashion Week | Source: Nowfashion

Last year, the Council of Fashion Designers of America tapped the Boston Consulting Group to help define its mission for the next half-decade. Today, BoF can exclusively reveal the key elements of the CFDA’s new strategy, built around education, partnerships, local manufacturing and, of course, revamping New York Fashion Week.

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How Creatures of the Wind Found Their Ideal Investor

Shane Gabier and Chris Peters | Source: Courtesy photo

Shane Gabier and Chris Peters of Creatures of the Wind told BoF how they managed to do what every emerging fashion label aims for, but very few actually achieve: find an investor with valuable business know-how and a proven track record, without having to compromise their creative freedom.

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The China Edit | Asos China, Chinese Tourists Shaping Retail, Alibaba’s Weibo Deal, Retail Hotpots In Asia Pacific, CFDA Launches ‘Americans in China’

Source: ASOS

The China Edit is a weekly curation of the most important must-read fashion business news and analysis from and about the world’s largest luxury market.

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GAP buys Intermix, Investing in luxury, Burch Lawsuit ends, MBAs in ecommerce, CFDA calling

Intermix store | Source: The Real Deal

Gap to Buy Luxury Retailer Intermix (WSJ) “Gap Inc. is buying women’s fashion boutique Intermix Inc. for $130 million, a deal that will give the mostly casual-clothes retailer an opening to the all-important luxury market.” Is it time to invest in a little luxury? (Telegraph) “Luxury goods companies were the height of investment fashion in the spring, as their profits soared on demand from brand-hungry

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Germans skip luxury, Farhi’s new girl, B2B on the rise, CFDA finalists announced, Rome’s resurgence

ShopToko screen shot | Source: WWD

Prada Skips German Department Stores Missing Luxury Boom (Bloomberg) “In a land known for its thrifty citizens, German department stores are missing out on a shift to luxury. Spending at the outlets, which date back as far as the 19th century, has fallen 3.9 percent since 2009 as the richest shoppers have sought designer gear at single-label stores, driving luxury expenditure up by 16 percent to 12.9 billion euros last

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Tommy’s moment, Monetising mobile, Couture sensibility, Replica trade war, Louise Wilson

Tommy Hilfiger | Source: The Five

Tommy Hilfiger (WSJ) “With his boyish haircut and mischievous grin, it’s hard to believe that Tommy Hilfiger is about to receive the Geoffrey Beene lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.” Monetizing Mobile Requires More Than Just Waiting For Ad Dollars (Tech Crunch) “Mobile is exploding. Over 100 million people in the US have smartphones, consumers are spending over 60

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Jenna Lyons Says You Have To Make Quick Decisions From the Gut

Jenna Lyons at New York Fashion Week | Source: J Crew

NEW YORK, United States — “You have to make quick decisions,” Jenna Lyons, the president and creative director of J.Crew, told BoF. “Ultimately, fashion is all about gut anyway — there’s no science to what this should look like or that should look like or how many times you can redraw that or resketch that or redo that catalogue cover. The fact of the matter is, either it grabs you or it doesn’t.” Indeed, it’s trust in instinct,

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Japan does it better, Luxury bonds, Fashion revolution, CFDA controversy, Custom clothing

The Real McCoy's Tokyo | Source: One and Beyond

Made Better in Japan (WSJ) “Louis Vuitton sales are plummeting, and magnums of Dom Pérignon are no longer being uncorked at a furious pace. That doesn’t mean the Japanese have turned away from the world. They’ve just started approaching it on their own terms, venturing abroad and returning home with increasingly more international tastes and much higher standards, realizing that the apex of bread making may not be

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