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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Seoul magnet, Simons in Dior hat, Burke to Bulgari, Karl’s Indian ode, Refinery29 culture

Bernard Arnault | Source: WWD

S.Koreans go mass-market, online for luxury goods (Reuters) “Sixty years ago, war-torn South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Now it is the world’s 13th largest economy and a magnet for luxury goods, prying open the wallets of its wealthy people as well as tourists. Indeed, the country’s appetite for high-end labels has led to the christening of a Louis Vuitton handbag as the

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Dior by Demarchelier, Prada profits surge, Tiffany sales slow, Patricia Field’s way, Sean McGirr rising

Dior Couture by Patrick Demarchelier | Source: Mama's Rolling Stone

Opening the Doors of Dior (NY Times) “Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dior: the names of the most famous Paris houses sort of dance off the tongue. Their histories defeat the idea that younger generations might be bored with old things. And a stream of books and films helps to assure that they won’t be. “Dior Couture” (Rizzoli), by the photographer Patrick Demarchelier, is far and away the most gorgeous book on the house…What

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Sweep of imagination, Inside Dior, China’s creative appeal, Tablets as buying machines, Monetising fashion blogs

Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Style.com

Dries Van Noten: Illuminating a Cityscape (IHT) “Dries Van Noten’s show Wednesday was a magnificent sweep of imagination and invention compressed into elegant, modern clothes. There is no doubt that Paris, which comes last on the international calendar, holds the creative corner… What is required to succeed here is an exceptional vision and the ability of an established designer to change without breaking an

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Marc Jacobs and Dior rumours, Carine talks to Karl, Bespoke fabrics, J.Crew upsets Canada, FNO’s pointlessness

Carine Roitfeld by Karl Lagerfeld | Source: Interview Magazine

Marc Jacobs To Dior? (Huffington Post) “The question of who will take the top job at Dior has remained since Galliano’s ousting. But WWD writes that meetings between Dior representatives from LVMH, the luxury conglomerate that owns the Christian Dior label as well as Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and a host of other top brands, and Jacobs’ legal representatives are set to take place this week in Paris.” Carine

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Global Briefing | How to Seize the China Opportunity, Beyond Store Openings

BEIJING, China — According to Bain & Company, a consulting firm, China is currently the world’s second largest consumer of luxury goods, ahead of Japan and second only to the United States. McKinsey forecasts that by 2015, China will account for around 20 per cent, or 180 billion renminbi (US$27 billion) of global luxury sales. With numbers like these, it’s no surprise that a major land grab is underway amongst fashion brands

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BoF Exclusive | Does Azzedine Alaïa have the antidote to a relentless fashion system?

Azzedine Alaïa | Source:

The relentless pace of the fashion industry has almost certainly contributed to the retirement, the downfall, and possibly even the death of some of the industry’s greatest creative talents. But is anyone asking questions that might lead to change? Today on the eve of his off-schedule show in Paris, BoF brings you an exclusive interview between our friends at 032c and the revered couturier Azzedine Alaïa, son of Tunisian farmers

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Fashion as art, Indian idiosyncrasies, Asian labels under threat, Dior’s confused couture, Annabel Luton

The Glove by Daphne Guiness and Shaun Leane | Source: Industrie

Gone Global: Fashion as Art? (IHT) “At any given moment there are at least a dozen museums across the world offering major fashion displays — not to mention exhibits in galleries or even department stores… Fashion exhibitions are thus the height of fashion — and omnipresent.” India’s Not Quite On The Brandwagon (Forbes) “The Indian luxury sector represents a dormant volcano for the international

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Gucci Group shake-up explained, Dior’s new chapter, Paris round up, Hermès profit jumps, Gaga to the rescue

Gucci Spring/Summer 2011 Campaign | Source: Fashion Fame

The reasons behind the major shake up at Gucci Group (CPP Luxury) “International media as well as major luxury players have been taken by surprise this week by several major changes within PPR/Gucci Group and it seems this is just the beginning…. Francois Henri Pinault has radically changed management… responding fast to market conditions.” Dropping Galliano lets Dior open new chapter (Reuters) “Behind

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Tommy’s Paris flagship, My-wardrobe lands investment, Grown-up models, Mittelmoda awards, Dior blooms

Tommy Hilfiger Summer 2010 | Source: Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger Announces the Opening Champs Elysees Store (PR Newswire) “The Champs Elysees store will serve as a true flagship for our brand in France and will further anchor our significant retail presence in Europe… It is an important milestone in our continued efforts to establish anchor stores in every major city around the world.” Balderton invests $9m in My-wardrobe (FT) “My-wardrobe is also looking

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Enticing Chinese consumers, US brands weary, Fuzzy recovery, Oscar talks Twitter, M. Givenchy looks back

Coach Kristin bag, detail | Source: Coach

Leading fashion brands entice China’s nouveau riche (Guardian) “Thanks to its booming economy, numerous high-profile fashion houses have announced their intention to expand operations on the Chinese mainland… Burberry has confirmed that it will add 66 stores to its current 44 Chinese outlets by 2012.” U.S. luxury brands may slow European growth (Reuters) “European expansion plans for top U.S. luxury

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Paris menswear comes to a close, ASOS profit soars, Retro revival, Vintage inspiration debate

Lanvin, Dior, and Paul Smith S/S 10, courtesy of men.style.com

Paris menswear week winds down with Dior, Lanvin (AP) “The French capital’s spring-summer 2010 menswear displays wound down Sunday with a harder-than-usual silhouette from romantic label Lanvin, a retro rocker at British dandy Paul Smith and a sheer, shorn look at Dior Homme.” ASOS says trading robust as profit doubles (Reuters) “British Internet fashion retailer ASOS Plc posted an expected 93 percent rise

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Rodeo and Robertson: Build it, and they will come

After having checked out some of the more up-and-coming areas of L.A, it was time to visit the king and queen of luxury and fashion here: Rodeo Drive and Robertson Boulevard. The most remarkable thing about both these streets is that the stores really are an extension of the brands themselves. In Paris, London and even New York, most brands are constrained by existing building facades and building codes which they must work around as they design their stores. In Los Angeles, it appears that the brands have complete freedom in design, and therefore, if done well, every aspect from the sparkling exteriors, the natural lighting, the size of logos outside the building, and even the dramatic entrances off the…

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