Valli’s Paris emporium, DVF does China, Gilt-edged friendship, eBay buys Brands4friends, Seamless Sabyasachi

Giambattista Valli Store, Paris | Source: Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli: “True Luxury Is When Others Come To You” (Style.com) “There’s something about Giambattista Valli’s clothes that is so fundamentally optimistic, they’ve got you at hello,” said Style.com’s Tim Blanks—and last week, the designer opened his first Paris boutique, in the centuries-old Galerie de la Madeleine.” Diane Von Furstenberg and China: A Perfect Fit? (NY Times) “Today, there are roughly three

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H&M scion forges ahead, Equestrian luxury, Galliano menswear, Scant succession planning, DVF’s story

Keeping Fast Fashion Fresh, and Profitable (IHT) "It is not often that the Grand Palais... hosts a giant Ferris Wheel, a spinning swing, a shimmering mini Eiffel Tower, and a parade of scantily clad models showing lingerie on a catwalk resembling the Champs-Élysées. In the center of this adult amusement park stood Karl-Johan Persson, 34, in his new role as chief executive of H&M Hennes & Mauritz." Hermès and Gucci Press Equestrian Advantage (NY Times) "The heart of the sponsorships is not commerce but the soul of the brands. Hermès has never deviated from its noble, officer-and-gentleman image. But this is a good time to reinforce that classy conception, at a moment when luxury has become associated with a period…

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Legal Patterns | On Fashion Copycats

Left: Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2009, right: Mercy Spring 2008 | Source: National Post

Today we introduce Legal Patterns, a new series of articles on BoF exploring fashion and the law. Just as design patterns form the foundation of good fashion design, legal frameworks enable fashion businesses to defend their financial interests and protect their designs. BRUSSELS, Belgium — In the fashion industry, the copycatting of designs is a not a simple issue. Accusations fly in all directions: luxury houses accuse

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DVF as fashion business expert, US copyright laws, Fashion uniforms, Net-a-Porter’s new iPhone app

Diane Von Furstenberg

Tightening Belts? She’s the Expert (New York Times) Stephanie Rosenbloom sits down with Diane Von Furstenberg. Proposed new law sparks rift in US fashion industry (Business World) “A proposed new law that would extend copyright protection to clothing has designers in an uproar and threatens to widen a rift in the American fashion industry.” The chambermaid wears Prada (FT) “Designing uniforms for restaurant

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Bulgari sees gain, Fashion copycats, Selfridges gets personal, Phillip Lim optimistic, The story of Gisele

Bulgari S/S 09 ad campaign, courtesy of Bulgari

Bulgari sees improvement in April after Q1 loss (Reuters) “Italy’s Bulgari posted improved sales in its own stores in April after a first-quarter net loss, hurt by the financial crisis sapping demand for luxury jewellery, watches and perfumes.” Fashion icon pays up in copycat spat (Toronto Star) “A struggling Toronto fashion label is getting an undisclosed financial settlement from fashion icon Diane von

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