Long Overlooked, the Flourishing Philippines

Jacket and tie in the Philippines' national colours | Source: Ayala Land, Inc.

The Philippines has long been overshadowed by its larger neighbours and underestimated by international fashion brands. Now the country is reporting faster economic growth than China. BoF reports.

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Middle East back on track, Debenhams refinances, Luxe shoppers return, Off Savile Row, What women want

Dubai Skyline | Source: Ecopolis

Middle East Retail Returns to Growth Track (WWD) “The retail pulse is back in the Middle East. Fashion brands point to positive trends in the region, including the return of tourists, particularly in Dubai.  Wealthy Chinese are streaming in… shoring up a fast-growing destination for Europe’s luxury players even though business isn’t near pre-recession levels.” Debenhams refinances, sees lower interest costs

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Guess’ European push, Shoes on the rise, India in refocus, Debenhams acquires Magasin, Brioni and the RCA

Guess? Autumn/Winter 09 | Source: Guess?

Guess Sets Its Sights on Europe (Business Week) “The iconic maker of fashion jeans and other apparel is expanding fast in Europe with a new retail push and tighter control of its brand.” A Not-So-Guilty Pleasure (NY Times) “For months now, consumers have been hunkering down in an economic storm, buying only what they need to survive, like groceries, diapers, medicine — and shoes.” Luxury brands are back to

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Versace’s fashion disaster, Dollars and scents, Rent-the-Runway, Chatting with Henry Holland, Fast fashion losers

Versace’s Villa Fontalle, on Lake Cuomo | Source: Sotheby’s

How Versace went from rags to riches—and back again (Newsweek) “Donatella Versace, tiny, sculpted and forever blonde, was standing backstage after her menswear show at the Teatro Versace in Milan in June… it all felt feeble, pathetic—a sad, soulless charade to promote something that no longer exists.” Luxury perfume houses are expanding (FT) “Forget the lipstick index as economic indicator; in this

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Garment District woes, Narciso’s solo act, Boris on LFW, Sri Lankan sanctions, Debenhams’ designers

Pushing carts through New York's garment district

NY garment district battling for survival (Reuters) “New York’s reputation as a global fashion capital is under threat with the city’s once bustling garment district facing extinction, experts say.” A Minimalist Gets a Makeover (WSJ) “Under the Bryant Park tents of New York fashion week Tuesday evening, Narciso Rodriguez will show off his typically minimalist evening gowns and day dresses. What the

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