Kors crushes earnings, Esprit plummets, Inditex defies crisis, Louboutin woes, Vogue Ukraine

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Lelima

Kors Crushes Earnings: Will the Growth Continue? (Daily Finance) “Shares of design house Michael Kors popped on the open today, with the stock climbing more than 5%. The luxury-goods retailer reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings that beat on both the top and bottom lines.” Clothing retailer Esprit’s shares slide 23 percent as CEO quits (Reuters) “Shares of Esprit Holdings Ltd fell by nearly a quarter on

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Alber’s decade, Louboutin legacy, Behind Pinterest, Mashable rumours, Hilfiger looks back

Alber Elbaz | Source: Hypebeast

Ready To Wear: A decade of elegance for gifted Elbaz at Lanvin (Independent) “How good it was to see Alber Elbaz celebrating his 10th anniversary at the helm of Lanvin. If ever proof were needed that, long term, the loudest noise is made by the most talented designers, and that their skill is more important than any slick marketing and/or money-spinning licensing and accessories, it lies here.” Christian

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Dior on the doorstep, Couture boom, Digital fashion shows, Little litigious shoes, Art and fashion

Christian Dior Couture Spring 2012 | Source: Style.com

Dior Designer: On the Doorstep? (IHT) “The black and white, filmic Christian Dior haute couture show on Monday marked nearly a year since John Galliano left the brand in disgrace. But Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed that there would be no announcement about a new designer this week and that the ‘suspense’ would continue.” How the other half dress: Paris says merci as

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Ferré’s future in question, Loewe woos China, Too much fashion, Louboutin fights back, Rick on Rick

Gianfranco Ferrè | Source: Welt

Ferré Struggles to Find Its Feet (WSJ) “After Mr. Ferré passed away in 2007, the brand’s parent company IT Holding SpA went into government-backed bankruptcy administration in 2009. The brand functioned under bankruptcy receivership until Dubai-based retailer Paris Group bought the Italian label in March. Now, just seven months later, the house’s future is in question again after allegations of mismanagement under the new owners.”

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Fashion Week battles, Burberry valuation plummets, Stella keeps it real, H&M focus, Louboutin retrospective

Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Style.com

Battle of the catwalks as Milan clashes fashion week with London (Telegraph) “Milan has announced that its fashion week next September will overlap those of New York and London, meaning that if no solution can be found, department store buyers and fashion magazine editors would be forced to choose one city over another.” Burberry slumps on fears of end to Asian boom (Guardian) “Shares in the British superbrand Burberry took a

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Ongoing challenges at Gap, Zara in Brazil investigation, Cautious retailers, Big store strategy, Louboutin fights on

Gap cautious on full-year sales outlook (Reuters) “Gap Inc Chief Executive Glenn Murphy said on Thursday that consumer sentiment may deteriorate in the second half of 2011 and was cautious about future sales growth at the apparel retailer… Gap has lost about a quarter of its market value this year as investors questioned the company’s ability to grow sales after several quarters of losing market share.” Zara

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Being Della Valle, Luxury retailers cautious, Reinventing Ben Sherman, Chanel’s Peter Philips, Louboutin fights on

Diego Dalla Valle | Source: Marie Claire

Lunch with the FT: Diego Della Valle (FT) “Tod’s is a success story that continues to show impressive growth: half-year results of the €800m company released this week show sales up by 16.4 per cent from the corresponding period last year and net income up by 26.7 per cent… Tod’s is nothing if not a global concern and, as with most luxury goods companies, eyes are looking hungrily eastwards.” Luxury retailers

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The Prince of Polo, Louboutin’s legal loss, Macy’s Q2 profit surge, KPCB invests in e-tail, Magazine sales drop

David Lauren at IHT Luxury Conference | Source: Samir Husein for IHT

The Prince of Polo (Fast Company) “By associating Ralph Lauren with new digital technology, David has done more than imbue the brand with a current vibe. He has, in the process, made the company a progressive leader among fashion peers. In 2009, David produced an online-only fashion show for Ralph Lauren’s heritage Rugby brand that, for the first time ever, allowed viewers to shop the looks in real time.” Red Faces at Louboutin?

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Department stores’ comeback, Karl for Macy’s, China boosts Adidas, Retail dichotomy, Louboutin victory

Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse | Source: Catwalk Queen

Dowdy Department Stores Start Looking Cool Again (WSJ) “The sector, long derided for dowdy merchandise, maze-like stores and crumbling facades, is making a comeback. Macy’s Inc., Nordstrom Inc. and Kohl’s Corp. are posting solid sales gains even as consumers remain cautious and manufacturing costs rise—and they are poised to continue the streak this fall.” Lagerfeld for the Masses, Again (On the Runway) “Macy’s unveiled its

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