Singapore to the fore, Twitter’s ambition, Fashion disaster, Gender bender, A children’s story

Louis Vuitton Singapore | Source: Luxuo

Singapore to the fore (FT) “‘Until two to three years ago, not much had happened in Singapore’s [fashion and retail] scene,’ says Jean-Baptiste Debains, Asia-Pacific president of Louis Vuitton… But now Singapore, once regarded as Asian fashion’s frumpy step-sister, a place where steamy weather and limited retail options bred a populace most comfortable in beachwear, has seen an unprecedented flurry of

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Catwalk to cover, Sowind reaps PPR benefits, Tel Aviv fashion week, D&G back in court, Maria Cornejo strategy

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2004 | Source: Fashionist

They Shoot Fashion, Don’t They? (Huffington Post) “The fascination with the spectacle of fashion that McQueen (amongst other designers) brought to the catwalk arena lies at the purposeful core and messages of the exhibition. If one may doubt the intentions behind exhibiting clothes and photos related to the current phenomenon that is the catwalk fashion show, the clever irony of such a display is certainly not lost on

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Prada’s sweetness, Worldwide demand for Nike, Milan’s first concept store, D&G to close, Kanye’s clothes

Prada Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: NY Times

The Roman Spring of Ms. Prada (On the Runway) “Miuccia Prada spent her summer vacation in northern Argentina. Karl Lagerfeld was at home in St.-Tropez, ducking camera-snapping tourists. Somehow, though, their spring collections brought us all to Italy, or at least our idea of an Italian holiday. Neither show was a movie-still occasion, but the cottony, upswept hair and glitter-coated eyelids at Fendi might make you think of a

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BoF Exclusive | Dolce & Gabbana Talk Digital

MILAN, Italy — The Business of Fashion is pleased to share the first ever in-depth video interview with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, discussing the digital strategies that in 5 short years have transformed D&G from a “closed” brand to an “open” brand, where digital is now intertwined into the DNA, providing realtime, behind-the-scenes access via three separate Twitter accounts, a Facebook fan page

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Chalayan’s surreal world, M&S returns to France, Hermès to sell Gaultier stake, D&G cleared, Knock-off battle

Hussein Chalayan S/S 2011 featured in Glamcult | Source: Hussein Chalayan

Hussein Chalayan: The surreal thing (Independent) “When a designer such as Hussein Chalayan bases his collection on Japan it’s safe to presume that his interpretation will be far from literal: no opulent silk obi sashes tying flat-cut voluminous garments here.” Marks and Spencer to return to France (Telegraph) “The British high street stalwart has today announced that it will be returning to the French

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Fire and Ice, Leather supply squeeze, Independent jewellers to struggle, D&G line to fold, Pressure cooker

L-R Alexander McQueen, Chanel Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Style.com

Chanel provides the fire, McQueen the ice (Independent) “The mood in fashion is changing. The sight of a waif-like female stepping out in a heavily embellished, barely-there cocktail dress now seems dated. Lagerfeld’s status as the last of the great, traditionally trained couturiers is undisputed. He is also enough of a modernist, however, to respond to the zeitgeist and his reaction made for impressive viewing.”

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The Fashion Trail | In Italy, Digital Strategies are only Screen Deep

Hogan A/W 2011 Presentation | Source: The Business of Fashion

MILAN, Italy — In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, luxury fashion brands found themselves scrambling to develop strategies for the so-called “new normal.” Logos and conspicuous consumption were out, it was said. Customers were now looking for understated luxury, value and discretion. And so, in uncanny lock-step syncopation, brands from Louis Vuitton to Gucci to Dolce & Gabbana began a strategic march to

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Retail versatility, Vuitton tops ranking, D&G mentorship, Lincoln Center vs. Bryant Park, Mulberry’s Emma Hill

Prabal Gurung Spring/Summer 2011 Runway | Source: Style.com

Stores Cheer Versatile Designs (WSJ) “Nearly two years after the bottom fell out of the luxury business, retailers are selectively increasing their spending budgets, targeting fashions their core customers will splurge on and key pieces that the still-wary aspirational consumers will find compelling to buy.” Louis Vuitton tops fashion brand rankings (Just Style) “The LVMH-owned label maintained its 16th place in

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Profiling value retailers, Selfridges and D&G fall out, Men’s suits’ sweet spot, Sales up at Gap, Street style e-commerce

H&M Autumn/Winter 2010 Looks | Source: Style Pantry

Profiling the Value Retailers (WWD) “Stores, like people, have personalities. Whether that personality determines the customer, or the customer the personality, is one of those chicken versus egg questions that’s a matter of perennial debate (well, at least among retail nerds).” Selfridges and Dolce & Gabbana in ‘giant falling out’ (Telegraph) “From next spring, the chain’s department stores

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Florence flexes fashion muscle, Sporty takes over, Missing the boat, Dolce & Gabbana turn 20, The Boys Club

Florence Reasserts Itself as a Fashion City-State (NY Times) “Long before Milan became a fixture on the fashion calendar, shows in Italy were held in Rome. Florence eventually stole Rome’s thunder; then Milan, in turn, swiped the shows from Florence. Now there is a move afoot to restore the primacy of this Renaissance city.” Sporty Takes Over Traditional Men’s Wear (IHT) “The crowd of excited, energized young men

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Masculinity rules, India innovates and China makes, Tiffany expansion, The Bay makes Room, Styletrek coming soon

Dolce and Gabbana Summer 2010 | Source: Dolce and Gabbana

Keeping it Masculine (WSJ) “Men have more style than ever to choose from. Luxury labels from France’s Hermés to American icon Ralph Lauren are opening stores dedicated to men…  — Gucci, Prada, Dior, Chanel, Burberry — dress men too.” India Innovates, China Makes, America Buys (WSJ) “Anyone whose daily commute includes the clogged roads of Mumbai would be temporarily enthralled by the

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

LONDON, United Kingdom — The fashion film movement has hit the mainstream, with well-known brands like Prada and Y-3 running integrated, cross-channel campaigns around high-impact digital videos and a dedicated Digital Schedule for fashion films and catwalk streams now in place at London Fashion Week. But there were no signs that the medium was condensing around fixed codes. Quite the opposite. What we saw was the kind of restless innovation and constant evolution that characterises the fluid nature of digital media itself, with an explosion of new films that energised, but also transcended, the seasonal presentation schedule, speaking directly to consumers across the internet as part of in-season digital campaigns. During the Paris menswear collections, Stefano Pilati opened the Yves…

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