Clare Waight Keller in at Chloé, Brand before designer, Supermodels over, Minkoff’s success story, Mom knows best

Clare Waight Keller | Source: Annoldroyd

Hannah MacGibbon out, Clare Waight Keller in at Chloé (Telegraph) “Chloé have announced via their Twitter feed and a statement on their website, that Hannah MacGibbon is set to leave the label she has headed up since 2008, to be replaced by ex-Pringle of Scotland designer Clare Waight Keller.” In fashion, the brand plays on (LA Times) “A trend toward the further depersonalizing of brands [is] in the future.

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Eyes on Poland, MacGibbon stays on at Chloé, Google battle continues, LVMH beats estimates, Madame Grès revival

Louis Vuitton boutique Warsaw, opened 2010 | Source: Luxguru

Poland: luxury’s next promised land (FT) “Euromonitor has a report out, and this one’s a doozy: it says Poland is the world’s fourth fastest growing luxury market… ‘Between 2005 and 2010, the [Polish] luxury goods market grew by 50 per cent in real terms, [while] China achieved real growth of 59 per cent over the same period.’” Hannah MacGibbon staying at Chloé (Telegraph) “The gossip mill would

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Women designers at the fore, Surge in luxe demand, Optimism returns, Online ad spend, Paris’ mature tone

Stella McCartney Spring 2011 Look Book | Source: Stella McCartney

Women Designers and the Quiet Revolution (Guardian Weekend) “From Phoebe Philo at Céline to Stella McCartney to Hannah MacGibbon at Chloé, women designers are at the forefront of fashion right now… When women design clothes for women, they do it differently. For women, clothes are not just seen, they are felt from the inside.” Luxury stores caught out by surge in demand (FT) “[Louis Vuitton] is not the only

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American Apparel’s ethical conflict, Burberry’s online checkout, Modern milliners, Chloé’s new chief, Vuitton’s Diwali

Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Burberry

American Apparel: The public won’t wear it (Guardian) “[American Apparel] was now a vertically integrated company that seemed dedicated to getting women horizontal.  It turns out that, even in the fashion business, there’s such a thing as too much sex.” Burberry: Runway to Checkout (NY Times) “Burberry plans to offer customers a substantial portion of its Prorsum spring 2011 runway collection — to be

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What millennial girls want, vs, Toledano out at Chloé, Prada countersues, Tiffany launches handbags

Proenza Schouler Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Proenza Schouler

What Do Girls Want? (NY Times) “You can understand why brands like Chanel want to limit their Web exposure, but what happens to interest if the immediate outlet is blocked? This is not a generation that will wait to get a number for admission.”’s Faces Off With Vogue (WWD) “Right after Labor Day,, once the online home of W and Vogue but now a brand in its own right, will face some stiff

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Breaking News | Paulo Melim Andersson out at Chloé

In fashion's latest revolving designer door saga (we've already seen this play out at Vionnet, Ungaro, Nina Ricci, etc.), Chloé has removed Paulo Melim Andersson as Creative Director. Andersson stepped into the role after Phoebe Philo left the Parisian fashion house two years ago. He has been replaced by Hannah MacGibbon who previously worked under Philo. Melim Andersson's ouster should come as no surprise to fashion industry insiders, many of whom have been whispering about significant drops in retail sales and wholesale orders ever since Andersson unveiled his first Chloé collection, which was  a dramatic departure from the floaty feminine styles that propelled the brand back onto the fashion radar. Are we going back to the girly Chloé girl then?…

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Links of the week: Tom Ford, Fashion 2.0, Kate Moss for Top Shop and Chloe’s future

Top fashion business links for the week of 30 April, 2007: New York Times - No Store is a Hero to its ValetEither the New York Times really has it in for Tom Ford (perhaps he spurned and interview request or declined an editors request for a discount?) or there is a real issue with Tom Ford's new eponymous business. First, Cathy Horyn criticized Ford's new business for being too niche and too grand (after Ford had provided her with a private tour - you can't buy this woman's vote) and today, in its Critical Shopper feature, Horacio Silva pans the store for confusing "exclusionary for exclusive." - Brave New Internet World - How the Internet is changing the…

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