Market Pulse | Cashing In

Savigny Luxury Index December 2013 | Source: Savigny Partners

Uncertain expectations over Christmas trading amidst mixed retail signals led many institutional investors to take their profit before closing their books at year-end. Meanwhile, the travel retail channel continues to surge and M&A activity remains buoyant, reports Pierre Mallevays of Savigny Partners.

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Luxury Brands Step Up Battle for Travelling Shoppers

Dior concession at London Heathrow Airport | Source: Heathrow Airport

PARIS, France — Luxury brands are stepping up the battle for travelling shoppers with more outlets at airports and on cruise ships, tapping into one of the fastest growing sections of the market that looks set to keep booming thanks to soaring numbers of Asian tourists.

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Chanel Takes Inspiration From Dallas for Show

Chanel Métiers d'Art in Dallas | Source: Chanel

DALLAS, United States — The inspiration for Chanel's Metiers d'Art traveling fashion show this year will come from Dallas, the Texas city where Coco Chanel was once given a warm welcome that included being picked up at the airport in a white Rolls-Royce and being feted at a Western-themed party complete with a catwalk featuring cows.

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Fashion’s Art Fair Love Affair

Dior Homme campaign S/S 2014 | Photo: Karim Sadli

Today, to coincide with the start of Art Basel Miami Beach, Hettie Judah considers the increasingly intertwined markets for fashion and art. Tomorrow, we examine the anatomy of fashion’s most spectacular artist collaboration to date: Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton.

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

This season, brands embraced strong scripts, serious acting talent and heavy-hitting directors like never before, resulting in a crop of winning fashion films largely driven by the kind of compelling storytelling long missing from the genre. Sit back, relax and enjoy BoF’s Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season.

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Chanel’s Wertheimer Family Seen With $19 Billion Fortune

Chanel A/W 2013 | Sonny Vandevelde

PARIS, France — Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, with his shock of white hair, black glasses and leather gloves, will be the center of attention in Paris next Tuesday when he debuts the luxury-goods company’s latest ready-to-wear collection during the city’s Fashion Week.

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Airport Retail Flying High

Dior concession at London Heathrow Airport | Source: Heathrow Airport

Once a profitable but rarely discussed sideline business, airside retail is now a highly lucrative, core component of a successful luxury strategy and airport operators are innovating to take sales even higher. BoF investigates.

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A $38,000 Handbag? For World’s Ultra-Rich, the Cost of Accessories Can Be Astronomical

Oprah Winfrey | Source: Associated Press

ZURICH, Switerland — In the upscale boutiques of Singapore, New York or Zurich — where Oprah Winfrey claims a sales clerk refused to show her a $38,000 bag — purses priced in the four figures are common.

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Chanel’s Couture Glitters Among Decayed Rubble

Chanel Couture F/W 2103 | Source: Now Fashion

PARIS, France — A once-grand opera house that's now a scene of decaying rubble was the latest remarkable venue for Chanel's haute couture. The setting saw Karl Lagerfeld carry off a dark, expressionist-tinged fall-winter 2013 collection — the glitter of embellished clothes contrasted with the faded romance of grimy curtains, a dark theatre stage and old wooden stalls.

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