Sleek luxe in Milan, Kiddie couturiers, Saks turns a profit, Chatting with Della Valle, Event producers in focus

Gucci Autumn/Winter 2011 details | Source: Style.com

Sleek and Luxe (IHT) “‘I wanted to play with color, a little of the 1970s and a lot of irony,’ said Ms. Giannini backstage, after the parade of fabulous Ms. Fox furs in turquoise, purple, rust and lilac wrapped around the shoulders above slim leather dresses or those sporty jackets with pleated culotte skirts that looked a lot like Yves Saint Laurent archives updated.” The Kiddie Couturiers (NY Times)

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Moda Operandi launches, Chinese luxe investors, PVH ups forecast, Blurring fashion and art, Diego’s Colosseum

Backstage at Thakoon | Source: Thakoon

A Faster Trip From Runway to Shopping Cart (WSJ) “Collections of dozens of high-end design houses in New York, London, Milan and Paris will be opened up to individual shoppers, who will be able to place orders on a site called Moda Operandi, or modaoperandi.com.” Chinese firms eye luxury’s battered stars (Reuters) “Luxury Western brands selling designer handbags and handmade suits to China’s

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Pop-up retail goes mobile, Upmarket apps, Della Valle ups Saks stake, Back to basics, Season’s top new models

RRR, available on Facebook | Source: Rachel Rachel Roy

Pop-up mobile for luxury retail (Mobiluxe) “One of the inherent values of the mobile medium for marketers is the very personal nature of the smartphone device itself… This creates a plethora of unique engagement opportunities for luxury brands… [to] re-create the feeling of uniqueness historically inherent in shoppers’ experience with the brand.” Apps Go Upmarket (Ad Week) “A new report from the Luxury

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Luxury spending rebounds, Mr. Miuccia, Della Valle ups Saks stake, Tokyo sets sights on new gen, Return of the it bag?

Roger Vivier Miss Viv | Source: Holt Renfrew

What The Rich Are Buying Now (Forbes) “While most consumers aren’t returning to their pre-recession shopping patterns, there has been a rebound in luxury spending lately. Ultra affluent shoppers … have started to come out of hiding” Miuccia and Me (WSJ) “Bertelli, is the mastermind behind a label most people associate with his wife, Miuccia Prada, the avant-garde designer who has created global

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Della Valle bets on Safilo, UK retail gains, Upsetting the fashion cycle, Karen Walker expands, John Rocha in profile

YSL sunglasses | Source: Saint Laurent

Safilo “good investment” – Italy’s Della Valle (International Business Times) “The Della Valle family’s stake in Italian debt-laden eyewear maker Safilo is a “good investment” and the company could do “great things” with a local rival, Diego Della Valle said in a Saturday newspaper interview.” Retail like-for-likes rise 2.8 percent in September (Drapers)

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