‘Big O’ birthdays, Hermès growth in 2012, ‘Cyber Week’ record, BRIC designers, Saunders fever

François Lesage | Source: Simple Virtues

‘Big O’ Birthdays for Generations of Designers (IHT) “The loss last week of François Lesage, the beating heart of Parisian embroidery, at age 82, marks fashion history. A mighty tree in the landscape of haute couture has fallen… Fashion has a way of holding up a mirror to the wider world. But in the fading days of 2011, the bellwether is not about changes in style. It’s about designers themselves and a

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Chinese luxury brands, Oscar de la Renta’s F-Commerce, Adidas raises outlook, Fitted Fashion, Prabal darling

Shanghai Tang Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Shanghai Tang

Can China Produce A Luxury Brand? (Forbes) “China is more known as a luxury consumer rather than a producer. And while it is a manufacturing hub for many global labels and retailers, it has yet to produce its own luxury brand in the manner of Hermes or Louis Vuitton. True, it took centuries for Hermes and Louis Vuitton to become what they are today, but these questions begged to be asked: Are there Chinese labels that are

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In Manolo’s shoes, Prada’s great expectations, No logo, China leads luxury spending, Steve Jobs: Fashion inspiration

Manolo Blahnik | Source: Briseis

In His Shoes (NY Times) “This is the tale of the little stiletto that could, a shoe that in the long-ago days of the luxury-goods boom scampered to the top of a rarefied heap. It was just a handful of years ago that the name of Manolo Blahnik, a 68-year-old London cobbler born in the Canary Islands, was familiar only to hard-core fashion hunters and residents of ZIP code 10021.” Prada forecasts China sales to triple in

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China vs. USA, Masculine sensuality, Thrill of discovery, E-commerce reinvented, ANDAM goes to Vaccarello

Gucci Spring/Summer 2011 | Source: Gucci

China vs. America: Who Loves Shopping More? (Forbes) “Americans are portrayed as the world’s ultimate consumers… But a new survey says that consumers in China were more than twice as likely as Americans to not only enjoy clothes shopping, but to love it… They’re consuming in a particularly conspicuous, showy fashion.” In Paris, Sensuality Saves the Day (NY Times) “Maybe it’s too many hours on Twitter

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Scoring on Twitter, Skirts and suits in Paris, Luxury goes local, Vuitton’s measured growth, China’s top twenty-five

Bernardo Huberman explains HP Labs research | Source: Youtube Got Twitter? You’ve Been Scored (NY Times) “Imagine a world in which we are assigned a number that indicates how influential we are… If your influence score is low, you don’t get the promotion, the suite or the complimentary cookies. This is not science fiction. It’s happening to millions of social network users.” Skirting the Issue of Gender (IHT)

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Mining luxury in Mongolia, Surfer dudes in Paris, Made in China, Uniqlo and Jil Sander to part ways, Cardin’s world

The Luxury Frontier (WSJ) “What happens when a country previously hindered by vastness and foreign rule awakens to wealth on its doorstep? With Louis Vuitton on one corner and one of the world’s largest gold deposits down the road, the previously nomadic society of Mongolia is putting down some rich roots.” Paris Men’s: Dude Surfers (On the Runway) “The Paris men’s shows could always surprise with a great

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Moneyed Milano, Branding the baby, China to cut luxury duties, CreateThe buys Morpheus, Brian Duffy’s genius

Bottega Veneta Mens Spring 2010 | Source: Style.com

In the Money! (IHT) “The changes are more profound than just strong sales figures, which, in the end, will be counterbalanced by weak numbers from other regions and financial fears about the euro zone. Italian fashion is undergoing the change from successful family-owned brands to multinational conglomerates.” Branding the Baby (WSJ) “Although there were a few early adopters, such as Armani and Stella

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China’s new woman, Gilt teams with GQ, The role of Resort, SuperGroup bid speculation, Gaultier lands in Montreal

Chinese supergroup Wonder Girls for Chloé | Source: Luxuo

In China, Women Begin Splurging (WSJ) “‘Many people are inclined to believe that gentlemen are generously purchasing luxury gifts for women in China, but our observation is that the great majority [of the buyers] are women who have achieved great success in their business and are now rewarding themselves with the finer things in life.’” GQ, Gilt Groupe Team Up on E-Commerce Site (Ad Week) “Gilt

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Little luxuries, Prada’s rich valuation, Off-price Chinese portals, Gilt’s Park & Bond, The best of Tumblr

Lanvin Petite | Source: Courtesy of Lanvin

Little Luxuries: Designer Apparel for Children is the Next Big Thing (Forbes) “Move over fast fashion collaborations, another way haute designers will reach more consumers this year is by crafting luxury clothing for the scooter set… Back to school will bring even more designer collections to the playground.” Can Prada get away with a luxury valuation? (CTV News) “The price range looks rich. The question is

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The Survivor, Sizing matters, Brands flock to Hong Kong bourse, Asos’ international push, Artfully courting China

Marc Jacobs | Source: Wajima

Marc Jacobs: The Survivor (NY Times) “Call him a genius. Call him a junkie, an original, a shameless copycat, a winsome recluse, a brazen exhibitionist. Marc Jacobs has heard it all. And he has absorbed it all with a hard-won equanimity.” One size does not fit all (FT) “Sizing is a national issue: whether fashion brands are upscaling their definition of a size four for the upscaled US consumer, shrinking their

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Scarves on the rise, An artisanal gap, Social networking for Chinese elite, Brazil drives growth, Thinking Pink

Liberty’s Scarf Styling Video: Film one, the halter top. It’s a Turban, It’s a Dress: It’s a Scarf (NY Times) “For so long, fashion was about the ‘it’ bag and the ‘it’ shoe. [But] it’s definitely about an ‘it’ scarf now’… In kaleidoscopic colors and patterns — tribal motifs, overblown peonies, cheetah spots, abstract skulls and awning stripes — they’re eye candy for a new

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Lunch with Carine, Jimmy Choo sold to Labelux, Transeasonal Inditex, Digital China, Denim for deep pockets

Jimmy Choo Spring/Summer 2011 | Source: El Sinfonie Rojo

Lunch with the FT: Carine Roitfeld (FT) “Roitfeld, 55, has built a career on being cool. She made her mark as a stylist in the 1990s, when she and the photographer Mario Testino created risqué campaigns for Gucci… [As the editor of French Vogue] she became one of the most powerful women in the fashion industry, famous for edgy, sometimes controversial and frequently erotic photo shoots.” Jimmy Choo sold to Labelux

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Waiting for the dress, I.T.’s Asian dominance, Chinese luxury heights, Puma raises target, Social opportunities

Waiting for the Dress (NY Times) “Many believe that Ms. Middleton’s dress, like the bouffant gown Princess Diana wore in 1981, will be a game changer, inspiring replicas or adaptations at every level of the marketplace, some within weeks or even days of its debut.” I.T Is About Brand Management (WSJ) “Sham Kar Wai started selling clothes in 1988 because he couldn’t find the British punk fashion that he liked

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