Second lines come first, Hermès loses fight, Charlier’s back, DiorMag launch, Rewriting Gucci

See by Chloe Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: IHT

In France, Second Lines Finally Can Come First (IHT) “For French brands, there is always a sneaking feeling that a second line is second best. The Milan designers rejoice that Just Cavalli or Emporio Armani are on the runway… But French ‘subsidiaries’ are either non-existent, hidden or given slightly pejorative names, like ‘diffusion’ line.” France’s Hermès loses China trademark fight

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Raf Simons to Leave Jil Sander; Namesake Designer Set to Return

Jil Sander and Raf Simons | Source: InStyle and Grazia Daily

MILAN, Italy — The ongoing musical chairs amongst creative directors at major European fashion houses took an interesting, unexpected turn on Thursday, as Jil Sander announced that Raf Simons’ would leave Jil Sander, while rumours swirled that Jil Sander herself, the founder of the brand, was set to return after having fallen out with previous management twice in the past. Mr. Simons, the rumour mill said, was set to replace

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Dior sans couturier, Rio 2012 and fashion, Burberry boost, Twilight zone, Rising star Umit Benan

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2010 | Source: Tendances

How long can Dior thrive without a couturier? (France 24) “Ten months after John Galliano was sacked over a racist outburst, Dior has yet to name a new chief designer — but sales are booming. Which begs the question: how long can the French fashion house thrive without a couturier at the helm?” Rio 2012: what can the fashion industry do to become more sustainable? (Guardian) “This new ‘fast

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The Moral of Dior, Russian market slows, Haute denim, ASVOFF winner, Getting to know Simon Spurr

Lady Dior Handbag Spring/Summer 2011 | Source: Art8amby

The moral of Dior’s numbers (FT) “The Christian Dior results are in and, contrary to what some people had predicted in March when John Galliano, Dior designer, was fired for saying bad stuff, they are good. In fact, they are very good.  Revenue for the first nine months is up 21 per cent (at constant exchange rates) to €705m against the same period in 2010 and retail revenue rose by 27 percent.” Weak economy reins in Russia’s

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Spring/Summer 2012 | The Season That Was

LONDON, United Kingdom — It was a fashion season of extreme weather. After the New York Fashion Week schedule was upended, first by an earthquake and then by the State of Emergency declaration that came courtesy of Hurricane Irene, an unprecedented heat wave in Paris threw buyers, editors and bloggers into a wardrobe tailspin. The American editors were worst off, having packed for the European shows two weeks before Paris with no

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Christopher Bailey: Tech Mate, Galliano’s final exit, Future of Dior, Impact of influence, Gaga walks for Mugler

Christopher Bailey by Nick Knight | Source: American Vogue

Christopher Bailey: Tech Mate (American Vogue) “Let us consider Christopher Bailey, the man at the helm of Burberry, a pioneer of all things digital in the fashion industry…a company that he and CEO Angela Ahrendts sketched out on a napkin at lunch in 2006. As Bailey was re-creating the look and feel of Burberry, Ahrendts went to work on the business, turning an overgrown licensing operation into a global retail company

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Richemont’s earnings leap, Zegna’s future rests in Asia, Tod’s profit up, Dior’s fashion film play, JF&Son world view

Vacheron Constantin Timepiece detail | Source: Vacheron Constantin

Richemont’s Earnings Rise 88 percent (Reuters) “Cartier watchmaker Richemont said strong demand for pricey timepieces in Asia and the Americas boosted first-half profit, which beat expectations, adding the brisk pace of growth continued in October.” Ermenegildo Zegna: Fashionably Alive (The Economist) “Zegna has not been left unscathed by globalisation, an economic downturn and the capriciousness of fashion:

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Wintour calls for French fashion support, Seeking value, Luxottica optimism, Dior looks back, Help for Haiti

Christian Dior Haute Couture 2010 | Source: Telegraph

Wintour Calls for French Fashion Stimulus (WSJ) “In between fashion shows Monday, Anna Wintour, the influential editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, told French officials that the country doesn’t do enough to support its fashion sector… Ms. Wintour encouraged the French government to provide more backing for young designers.” Luxottica Q4 sales down, optimistic on 2010 (Reuters) “Luxottica, the

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Cyber Monday success, UK clothing sales drop, Haute Couture’s future, Lynch for Dior, Vente-Privée and Gilt Groupe

www.vente-privee.com | Source: Vente-Privée

Cyber Monday: busiest online shopping day ever (Telegraph) “In recent years the first Monday of December has become the busiest day for online shopping, with consumers scouting for the best deals over the weekend before making their decision on the Monday. Between the hours of 1pm and 2pm alone, Brits spent a combined total of £33 million, a year-on-year increase of 21 percent.” Clothing sales hit in November (Drapers)

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