More closures for Seibu, US confidence rises, Berlin booms, The royal treatment, Couture’s strange beauty

Seibu Yurakucho | Source: theworldmodspb

Seven & I to Shut Seibu Department Store on Sales (Bloomberg) “Seven & I Holdings Co., Japan’s largest retailer, will shut a Seibu outlet on Dec. 25, its third department-store closure in two years as demand slumps for clothes and luxury goods… Department store operators Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. and J. Front Retailing Co. have also shut stores amid falling wages and rising job losses.” U.S. consumer

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Chanel Learns to Think Like a Media Company

“Vol de Jour” by Karl Lagerfeld | Source: Chanel.com

NEW YORK, United States — In recent seasons, while a deep economic downturn has threatened the long-term survival of many magazines, a number of major fashion brands have been creating their own editorial content, and perhaps no brand has done more of this than Chanel. Back in November, Olivier Zahm posted an image of several layouts from 31 Rue Cambon, announcing “the first Chanel magazine which I have art directed and

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Permira holds Boss, Chanel wins suit, Vuitton’s new ads, Recession’s reality on Rodeo, Christmas trading

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Permira to keep Hugo Boss, ProSieben for years (Reuters) “Permira doesn’t plan to exit from media company ProSiebenSat.1 and fashion label Hugo Boss for a couple of years, the German head of the private equity company told Reuters.” Chanel wins counterfeit case but is forced to pay damages (Telegraph) “A seamstress who took Chanel to court for stealing her small firm’s crochet pattern has lost her

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Mittal saves Escada, Victoria’s Secret to Europe, Upmarket eBay, Asia boosts Hermès, Chanel goes to court

Megha Mittal to buy luxury fashion house Escada (Reuters) “‘Today the insolvency administrator of ESCADA AG signed a sale and transfer agreement with one of the Mittal Family Trusts,’ the company said in a statement late on Thursday after the preliminary creditors’ committee approved the deal.” Victoria’s Secret unveils plans for launch in UK and Europe (Retail Week) “US fashion and beauty giant

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Copycat Culture | The Shape of Things

Chanel No. 5 | Source: Chanel

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Sometimes, a mere glimpse of a product’s silhouette is enough to tell which designer or fashion house created it: the Chanel No 5 perfume bottle, the toe of a Berluti shoe, the unique shape of the Fendi baguette. Today, there is renewed interest in these kinds of classic products as shape and design have made a return in making a product desirable, especially now when consumers don’t want their

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Chanel’s Future, Chinese luxury tastes, Cautious Green, Givenchy couture, E-tailers struggle for marketshare

Chanel Haute Couture show, courtesy of The New York Times

Chanel, Now and Then (New York Times) Cathy Horyn discusses the future of Chanel with Karl Lagerfeld. Louis Vuitton, Cartier Are Preferred by Chinese, Survey Shows (Bloomberg) “Louis Vuitton and Cartier are the top choices of Chinese consumers for purchases as their thirst for luxury goods remains unabated in the global economic crisis, a survey commissioned by Ruder Finn Asia showed.” Sir Philip Green cautious on

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Rumour Mill | Karl Lagerfeld to leave Chanel?

Karl who?

PARIS, France – We don’t actively engage in the rumour mill here on BoF, but when the whispers involve Karl Lagerfeld, Olivier Theyskens and Alber Elbaz in a Lanvin and Chanel merry-go-round, it seems worthwhile to engage in a bit of Friday afternoon fashion speculation. Today, Diane Pernet has published a bombshell post outlining this scenario: “This is not a fact until you officially read it somewhere else but rumour

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Resilient Hermès, Analysts predict 2010 recovery, Most powerful luxury brands, Fashion’s blue book

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Hermès Q1 sales get lift from bags, currencies (Reuters) “Hermès proved again it was resisting the crisis better than many of its rivals with a 3.2 percent rise in first-quarter sales, helped by exchange rates and resilient demand for its handbags.” Have a look at this video from the CBC’s Fashion File to see the underlying craftsmanship that has served the brand well during the downturn. Financial Analysts

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Digital Scorecard | Chanel’s Unsharable Masterpiece

PARIS, France — Yesterday, Chanel launched its long awaited Chanel No.5 short film Train de Nuit, featuring Audrey Tautou, who is no stranger to the storied French couture brand. Often compared to Mademoiselle Chanel herself, Tautou has now twice taken on the role of the famous coutourière, most recently in Coco Avant Chanel, a film exploring her early life and times. Within seconds of seeing the opening shot of the 2 minute short film, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who previously worked with Tautou on the award-winning film Amélie, the viewer is struck by Tautou's alluring presence, as she rushes to catch the Orient Express which takes her from 1955 Paris to modern-day Istanbul in mere seconds. This is the Internet…

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Friday Column | How to Survive the Recession

Hollywood stars take on the red carpet

LONDON, United Kingdom – According to analysts, we’ve just come through the worst holiday selling season in 40 years. If that’s not bad enough, Chanel announced that it is laying off 200 people in Paris. Chanel! That surprised everyone I spoke to in the industry. For one thing, Chanel is not masstige — it wasn’t catering to the masses, the part of the market said to be most impacted by the recession. For another thing,

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Wal-Mart wins, Blass’ swan song, Veggies in skin care, Chanel cuts jobs

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Retail Winners and Losers This Holiday Season (Seeking Alpha) “Wal-Mart is the only real retail winner during the 2008 holiday shopping season, which is presaging more retail bankruptcies in the year ahead,” reports Seeking Alpha. A long swan song for the Blass House (IHT) It was the beginning of the end when Bill Blass sold his eponymous label in 1999. Veggies invading the skin care market (IHT) The supermarket produce

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Blass closes, Nike paces ahead, Max Azria runway shows, Chanel cancels Mobile Art

Bill Blass Couture to Close (WSJ) Once the go-to house for American socialites and Hollywood elite, Bill Blass Couture will close. Nike picks ups its pace  (Just-style) Strong performance in international markets has helped the sportswear giant achieve a 9% profit increase in the second quarter.  Max Azria: The Show(s) Must Go On (WSJ) Although the BCBG Max Azria Group has taken a financial hit like so many other fashion companies,

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The rise of the online fashion film

NEW YORK, United States - Quoting Steven Kolb, executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, saying the format of showing the Fall 2009 collections this February is the “number one item on everyone’s agenda right now,” The Wall Street Journal's Heard on the Runway blog recently asked the question: "Will fashion shows survive the economy?" To answer this question, it's important to consider how fashion shows function in today's media landscape. Increasingly, images and video from runway shows, captured by the established media, as well as a new generation of fashion bloggers wielding video-enabled camera phones, reach a global audience of fashion consumers, in close to realtime, on Style.com, YouTube and fashion blogs around the world. As…

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