Chanel rising, Luxury stocks out of favour, Valentino’s growth spurt, Custo Brasil, Paid promotion

Valentino Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Nowfashion

Chanel Rises Above Its Excess (NY Times) “Three great couture houses showed their 21st-century visions in the closing days of the Paris summer 2013 collections. Yet it was not the much-anticipated Saint Laurent show that won the regeneration game, nor even the recurrent inventions at Chanel. Valentino, in a graceful, calm and beautifully crafted show on Tuesday, hit the sweet spot between heritage and contemporary.”

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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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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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J.Crew influencers, Gap lifts profits, Prada’s independence, Handbag appeal, Jourdan Dunn

Rodarte Autumn/Winter 2012 backstage | Source: Fashionising Pictures

J.Crew Taps Street Style, Industry Insiders, and Tumblr’s Founder (Fashionista) “You won’t see any big-name models in J.Crew’s fall 2012 ad campaign–but that doesn’t mean you won’t recognize any of the faces. The mega-retailer has tapped a handful of successful fashion industry types (who just, you know, happen to be model-good-looking) to star in its latest ad campaign.” Gap lifts profit view, Aeropostale

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Future of fashion week, Rising rents in HK, Hearst upbeat, France’s families, House of Style

Hong Kong shopping district | Source: Purse Rush

Debating Fashion Week’s Role In The Digital Age (Style.com) “‘When I started New York fashion week in 1993, digital cameras did not exist and photographers used actual film,’ Fern Mallis told a crowd of students, bloggers, and aspiring designers last night at the first in a series of conversations presented by Fashion GPS. ‘Today is a different world, everyone is a critic and the only photographer that uses

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Vintage couture, Winning with Weibo, Myntra money, Uniqlo’s mass pinning, Viva Fashion

Thom Browne Spring 2013 | Source: Glamour Goddess

Vintage for Today? (IHT) “‘New vintage — for today,’ said Mr. Lagerfeld, referring to a flow of high-waisted, wide pants that might have come from hazy photographs of a mademoiselle in Deauville but were, in fact, invented in one of the designer’s gouache drawings” Fashion Industry Aims To Corner the Chinese Market With Weibo (Fashionista) “If you’ve heard of Weibo, you’ve probably heard it described

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Betsey bankruptcy, Chanel creativity, Claiborne sales up, Burberry reigns in Taipei, Cool Sewell

Betsey Johnson | Source: The Plaza

Betsey Johnson Declares Bankruptcy (Forbes) “A spokesperson at Betsey Johnson has confirmed that the 34-year-old fashion line has filed for bankruptcy protection. The filing will likely result in the dismissal of 350 employees and the closure of most of the brand’s 63 stores.” Chanel sticks to being creative (Daily Yomiuri) “In the 64th installment in a series on the world’s high-end brands, Bruno Pavlovsky,

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Céline’s balance, Neiman Marcus sales spike, Aspirational shoppers, Nasty Gal, Front row secret

Céline Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

Céline: Dressing for a Balanced Life (IHT) “Three exceptional designers took masculine tailoring as a base for a new female elegance that owes nothing to frills and furbelows. On Sunday, as Phoebe Philo stood, heavily pregnant, to greet a hand-picked audience for what was not more than a Céline showroom collection put on models, it was hard not to think of her as the leading protagonist for this new woman.” Neiman

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Luxury’s moment, Chanel blue sky, Fashion wisdom, Osklen’s brand Brazil, Runway pause

Céline Spring/Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear | Source: Grazia

Worst of times prove best for luxury brands (CNN) “Luxury brands, including fashion label Burberry and vehicle manufacturer Rolls-Royce, have all enjoyed bumper years, recording slump-busting profits that may raise eyebrows among consumers forced to tighten their non-snakeskin belts. Such income surges will dispel doubts raised when markets first began to falter over the resilience of the high-end market.”

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Merchant prince, Clothes without frivolity, Spartoo’s growth, Coco’s story, Quiet entrepreneurship

Mickey Drexler | Source: W Magazine

Lunch with the FT: Mickey Drexler (FT) “My lunch with Millard S. Drexler, the 67-year-old chief executive of J. Crew, the American clothing brand made world famous by its First Client Michelle Obama, turns out not to be a lunch. Or to be more specific: not just a lunch. It’s lunch, followed by a short walk, a couple of emails and two phone conversations… Typically I find that chief executives of $1.7bn companies such as

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Chanel’s stride, A second life in China, Milano Unica’s appeal, Malandrino deal, Wise investor

Chanel Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Style.com

Chanel Never Breaks Stride (NY Times) Suffice to say, the Chanel show had everything, from novel materials to feathered chiffon prints to jackets with ties formed by the linings. (“It’s a stupid idea,” Mr. Lagerfeld said, with a shrug, “but stupid ideas can be good ideas.”) Above all, the Chanel show had no feeling of being stuck. The shapes were agile and youthful, for going places, and that’s really all that matters. Aging

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Colin’s Column | Something Is Rotten in the State of Fashion

Chanel Couture | Source: The New York Times

LONDON, United Kingdom — Death and disgrace do not often darken the world of fashion. In the case of the first, a designer normally dies long after retirement and his demise is of only local interest. In the case of the second, it rarely happens and can usually be covered up by one means or another. But in the last eighteen months there have been two tragedies that can neither be covered up, nor ignored. They are, of course, the

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