Engaging millennials, J.Crew settlement crumbles, I.T. to buy Bape, Kane wins BFC/Vogue prize, Bill Cunningham


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmogH4tp0Vw Engaging The Millennial: Augmented Reality And The Wired Generation (Luxist) “Millennials have grown up linked by BlackBerries, Androids, IPhones, computers, IPods, and video games. This is the generation of Wii, Facebook, Twitter, free downloads, access to just about everything. How do luxury brands engage these mindsets?” J. Crew $10 Million Settlement of TPG Buyout Suit

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Gap profits spike, Christopher and Donatella, Gloomy retail outlook, Kenzo not for sale, Osman in Motion

GAP S/s 2010 Ad Campaign | Source: Denimology

Gap Profit Up 40 per cent As Old Navy Drives Sales (WSJ) “Gap Inc. (GPS) reported a 40% increase in profits for the first quarter, as sales were boosted by strong performance at the company’s budget brand, Old Navy. Sales at that division rose 6.8% to $1.3 billion, accounting for nearly 40% of Gap Inc.’s total.” Versace and Kane: An Odd Mix That Works (NYT) “They are an odd couple, Mr. Kane and Ms.

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J.Crew on Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom’s sees results, British creativity, Liberty’s call, Chistopher Kane in bloom

J. Crew Spring/Summer 2010 Preview | Source: J. Crew

J. Crew Is Going Global on Net-A-Porter (Stylelist) “Now, the classic American outfitter, currently available only in North America and Japan, has entered into an agreement with Net-A-Porter to be sold globally starting in May.” Nordstrom’s Profit More Than Doubles (WSJ) “Upscale department-store chain Nordstrom Inc. reported a 152 percent increase in profits during the quarter ended Jan. 30, underscoring

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London Fashion Week | Burberry’s Unforgettable Fashion Frisson

LONDON, United Kingdom — In February of 2004, writing about London Fashion Week in the Guardian newspaper, Charlie Porter declared: "It's that old London fashion week conundrum all over again — wondering what's the point, and failing to find an answer." A month earlier, Porter said that London Fashion Week was in crisis mode. Looking back, it's easy to understand Porter's lack of optimism. That February, London hosted 40 shows in a 5-day schedule. This was a decline from 50 shows in September of 2003. Style.com only reviewed 13 of the on-schedule shows in London, or about 33 percent. As a proxy for quality, this ratio did not bode well for London's position amongst the major fashion capitals. Major editors…

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Bonkers London Fashion Week, Christopher meets Donatella, TK Maxx prospers, Polyvore investors, Grocery chic

London Fashion Week going to be bonkers (Telegraph) Sarah Mower reports that “the British Fashion Council’s biggest problem is finding enough room on the schedule to accommodate everyone hammering on the door. But as problems go, it’s a nice one to have.” Donatella Versace on fashion and celebrity (Times) Christopher Kane interviews Donnatella Versace and learns that she finds “the excessive emphasis on finance

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London Fashion Week | Creativity in a time of crisis

Beth Ditto, courtesy of NME and LOVE

LONDON, United Kingdom — With the economy in the doldrums and the raging debate about “how long this will last” in full throttle, we have been distracted from the creative heart that is the fashion industry. Thank goodness for Katie Grand, Todd Lynn and Christopher Kane. In a recent interview with Ponystep about the launch of LOVE magazine, Grand reveals herself to be true to her creative sensibilities, especially given

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Luxury Outlook | Faith Popcorn on the Recession Culture

LONDON, United Kingdom and NEW YORK, United States - Are London fashionistas living in a bubble? There was no sign of global economic turmoil last night as party-goers let loose after a busy day of shows during an even busier night of events. Following strong showings by Giles and Christopher Kane, there was the opening of the fabulous new Dunhill flagship (see here for our review of the sister store in Tokyo), an exhibition of stunning fashion photography by Mary McCartney, and the biggest party of London Fashion Week hosted by Giles Deacon and Swarovski (with a huge Giles cartoon ghost made completely of flowers, pictured above). The mood is certainly more sombre across the pond in New York. And,…

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London Fashion Week | Kane and able

Everyone is packing up and leaving for Milan, but our thoughts are still on a strong London Fashion Week, albeit one without the major American buyers who have stayed away due to the rise of the pound -- or more accurately, the fall of the dollar. We liked the bold graphism of Duro Olowu, the long (but apparently unwalkable) silhouette of Marios Schwab, the fuzzy prints at Erdem, and the spaceage knits of Louise Goldin. But our  highlight again was Christopher Kane, a man continues to live up to the very high expectations placed on him by an industry desperate to find London's next great designer -- someone in the league of Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Vivienne Westwood. The…

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London Fashion Week: The creativity and commerce conundrum

As I looked out on the waiting crowd for Giles Deacon's show last evening, there was something special in the air. Where else could you see wunderkind Gareth Pugh nestled next to Italian eccentric Anna Piaggi and Vogue's Hamish Bowles and a raft of other notable fashion names, all crammed into a tiny space in a small schoolhouse waiting for a fashion show to start? No New York designer of similar repute would even think of forcing the fashion A-list into this cramped setting. But then again, the fashion A-list probably wouldn't even bother turning up to a show in a similarly  uncomfortable setting for a New York designer. London fashion is officially hot again.  And, this time it's not…

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Kaning it, London Fashion Week

He Kaned it. Christopher Kane, who only hit the London Fashion Week radar one year ago after winning the best collection award from Harrod's during the St Martins MA graduate show in February, that is. His collection was a true tour de force, hitting all the right notes, and that included the music from his show going from soft Sunday afternoon in the park to a sexy club on a cheeky Thursday night. How could anyone make golf ball size swarvoski crystals work? Christopher Kane did. I watched the video here: Christopher Kane, Autumn/Winter 2007. Here are some photos I took at his graduate collection show last year.

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