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,

…Continue Reading

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

…Continue Reading

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.”

…Continue Reading

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

…Continue Reading

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

…Continue Reading

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

…Continue Reading

Acne’s Empire, Landmark counterfeit suit, Valentino in demand, Chanel’s scenery, Forever Bip Ling

Thomas Persson photographed by Clement Dauvent | Source: Interview Magazine

Northern Discretion: Thomas Persson of Acne Paper (Interview) “When Acne Paper was founded in 2004 as a literary prong of the multi-faceted Swedish denim empire, it faced a challenge: having to prove its creative independence, and its worthiness beyond being a fancy bit of advertising.” Louis Vuitton, Burberry Win Millions in Landmark Canadian Counterfeit Suit (Forbes) “Louis Vuitton and Burberry have won significant damages in

…Continue Reading

CEO Talk | Harry Wang, Chief Executive Officer, Shiatzy Chen

Harry Wang | Source: Shiatzy Chen

PARIS, France — Long before the question arose about who would create the first Chinese luxury brand, Wang Chen Tsai-Hsia set up Shiatzy Chen to explore her tailoring skills and budding interest in serving the local luxury market in Taiwan. Fast forward thirty years, and Ms. Wang now has a business with a turnover of more than $60m and growing, built through hard work, perseverance and — in the Chinese tradition — the support of

…Continue Reading

Prada’s editorial domination, Charney under fire, D&G’s new strategy, Asos apprenticeships, Maison Lemarié

Don Charney under fire | Source: Jezebel

Prada’s Spring Collection Lands 48 Covers (Fashionista) “Last season it was Miu Miu, specifically that one appliqued dress, that kept appearing on cover after cover. This season, Prada’s spring 2011 is sweeping the glossy covers… So far Prada’s colorful stripey bananas collection has seen 48 covers (that we’ve counted) and starred in countless editorials.” He’s Only Just Begun to Fight (NY Times) “To many,

…Continue Reading

Mugler’s digital world, Gilhart on sustainability, Puig in lead for Gaultier, Carine and Karl, Carven’s Henry

Mugler's pre-show and backstage live stream | Courtesy Photo

Mugler’s Digital World (WWD) “‘My job was to resurrect the brand, and to pump it up and bring it to the new decade… I had this amazing history and archive but there was nothing for me to work with to make it contemporary. For me, it was taking those amazing historical ideas and transforming them digitally. I design digitally, I communicate digitally, and I live digitally, and I wanted to incorporate that

…Continue Reading

Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

LONDON, United Kingdom — This season, fashion brands embraced fashion film like never before, integrating digital videos more meaningfully into a wide spectrum of communications strategies, from Nicola Formichetti’s formidable social media machine for the House of Mugler to Tom Ford’s contrarian approach that defied the industry trend towards greater access and immediacy. In past seasons, fashion films have often been geared at

…Continue Reading

Fire and Ice, Leather supply squeeze, Independent jewellers to struggle, D&G line to fold, Pressure cooker

L-R Alexander McQueen, Chanel Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Style.com

Chanel provides the fire, McQueen the ice (Independent) “The mood in fashion is changing. The sight of a waif-like female stepping out in a heavily embellished, barely-there cocktail dress now seems dated. Lagerfeld’s status as the last of the great, traditionally trained couturiers is undisputed. He is also enough of a modernist, however, to respond to the zeitgeist and his reaction made for impressive viewing.”

…Continue Reading

Brands Experiment with Weibo, China’s Answer to Twitter

Gucci brand page on Sina Weibo | Source: Weibo

SHANGHAI, China — In the parallel internet universe behind China’s “Great Firewall,” where search engine Baidu is Google, etailer Dangdang is Amazon, and video sharing site Youku is YouTube, the microblogging service Weibo (pronounced Way-Bwah, literally microblog) — launched in August 2009 by online media giant Sina Corp — has emerged as the country’s answer to Twitter. According to brokerage and investment group CLSA Asia-Pacific

…Continue Reading