Berlin’s luxe address, Hong Kong retail, Sell outs, Fendi fountain restoration, Vogue Thailand

Kaufhaus des Westens, Berlin | Source: Bloomberg

Berlin’s Ku’Damm in Style as West Draws Hip Shops (Business Week) “The decision by fashion brands such as Hermes and Louis Vuitton to focus on west Berlin has shifted attention away from Friedrichstrasse, the eastern strip that attracted most retail investment after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.” Hong Kong retail: as the rich go to Paris, the rest go mid-market (FT) “The very wealthy Chinese appear to be

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Colin’s Column | Paris Couture Week, Continued

PARIS, France — The weather was vile, the taxi shortage extreme. The gutters ran with filthy water from melting snow. We slid and slithered in ankle deep slush. In short, Paris was not at its best. But this was Couture Week (well, three days, which is symptomatic of how fashion ‘weeks’ have shrunk, but old habits — and titles — die hard in fashion circles) and we felt privileged to be there. But is everything shown in Paris during

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Wu-ing Obama, Kenzo’s comeback kids, Woodland fable, Oscar’s ceremony, Juergen Teller

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon | Source: Asia Pacific Arts

Picking a Winner Amid a Field of Bold Theories (NY Times) “There are a number of theories as to why Michelle Obama, who has generally spread her fashion love around to many designers, would select the same one for both of her inaugural gowns. An obvious one is that she likes a Jason Wu dress.” Leon And Lim: Kenzo’s Cool Comeback Kids (The Daily Beast)  “The new Kenzo customer continues to evolve under the pair’s

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The Best of BoF | Top Articles of 2012

Best of BoF 2012

LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s that time again when we take a look back at the people, places and innovations that have defined the year in the business of fashion. And what a year it’s been. From the debuts of new heavyweight designers at megabrands Dior and Yves Saint Laurent to the flurry of digital innovations and the rising markets of India, China and Brazil, we’ve covered it all. It was also a particularly special year for

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Week in Review | Fashion Tomes of the Times, Planning Your Time, PPR buys Qeelin stake

Week in Review December 10-14

Finding Your M.O. | Part 13: Planning Your Time (Education) “In 2000, I graduated from business school and joined McKinsey & Company as a generalist consultant. My very first project was an organisational design project for a multinational corporation and I was tasked with conducting an analysis of how the company’s CEO was allocating his time.” Colin’s Column | Fashion Tomes of the Times (Opinion) “The making

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Highland Chanel, H&M recycling plan, ASOS on track, Material Wrld funding, Saskia de Brauw

Chanel pre-fall, Linlithgow Palace | Source: Wallpaper*

Chanel’s Scottish Touch Warms Up the Scottish Highlands (IHT) “The Chanel show that Karl Lagerfeld put on last week at Linlithgow Palace, near Edinburgh, was spectacular in every sense of the word. The burning braziers, sending quivering light over old stone, and the dinner held in a tented space, arising like magic on the hillside, were outshone only by an exceptional collection.” H&M Launches First Global

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Waiting for Wang, Hugo Boss’ fast lane, D&G tax trial, Master of Couture, Chanel in Scotland

Hugo Boss Black Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Hugo Boss

Balenciaga Taps Alexander Wang (IHT) “Alexander Wang on Monday became the first designer of Asian descent to enter the highest ranks of Parisian high fashion when he was named creative director of the storied house of Balenciaga.” Hugo Boss dresses in the fast lane (FT) “In the four years he has been in charge Mr Lahrs has reduced development times for collections, moved from two to four collections per year and

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Mellon moves, Holt Renfrew’s new chain, Cowboy to couture, Wool at the top, Antoine Arnault

Tamara Mellon by Denny Chitis | Source: NY Times

Tamara Mellon’s Next Step (NY Times) “Last November, when Tamara Mellon suddenly left Jimmy Choo, the shoe company she helped build into a global juggernaut, taking with her a reported payout of roughly $135 million, she did so without much explanation. The only thing close to an official statement was a message, sent out to her roughly 12,000 followers on Twitter, thanking them for their support and signing off with,

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Week in Review | Chanel CEO Talk, Spotlight on Jin Kay, Building the Team, 3D Printing, BoF’s Landmark Week

Week in Review October 22-26

CEO Talk | Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion, Chanel (CEO Talk) “Of all the luxury fashion brands in the world, Chanel is perhaps the most famous, as well as the most secretive. I sat down with Bruno Pavlovsky who leads Chanel’s global fashion business to learn more about the workings of this most successful yet secretive of brands, how it maintains impeccable consistency across all of its activities, and why Chanel still

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CEO Talk | Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion, Chanel

Bruno Pavlovsky by Karl Lagerfeld | Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

LONDON, United Kingdom — Of all the luxury fashion brands in the world, Chanel is perhaps the most famous, as well as the most secretive. Indeed, even inside the fashion industry, few have heard of its only shareholders, the discreet Wertheimer family, descendents of Pierre Wertheimer, an early business partner of Coco Chanel herself. In contrast, other luxury megabrands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Cartier are part of

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

NEW YORK, United States — “Are we failing to fulfil the potential of fashion film?” asked Quynh Mai’s Op-Ed for BoF earlier this year, citing misallocated budgets, uncompelling content, poor distribution strategies and established power structures that favour still photographers. Indeed, it’s fair to say that, while seasonal fashion shorts have become an essential part of the marketing toolbox for megabrands and emerging labels

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Louboutin vs YSL, LVMH calms investors, Bloggers rising, Chanel rescues Barrie, Sarah Doukas

Sasha Wilkins by Rosie Hallam | Source: Financial Times

YSL Files Motion to Dismiss Louboutin Case (The Cut) “The Christian Louboutin versus YSL case has dragged on for well over a year, and now it seems like both parties are finally willing to stick a fork in it… YSL filed a request to drop the rest of its counterclaims against Christian Louboutin, according to a brief issued by YSL’s lawyer, David Bernstein.” LVMH says no major slowdown at Louis Vuitton in Q3

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Week in Review | The Season that Was, Byronesque launches, Acquiring customers, Brazil’s fashion calendar

Week in Review October 8-12

Spring/Summer 2013 | The Season That Was (Intelligence) “Whereas previous fashion seasons were dominated by designer departures, meltdowns and final exits, this season the narrative focused on two of the fashion world’s most celebrated designers, Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane, and their respective ready-to-wear debuts at two of the industry’s most important houses, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.” Byronesque

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