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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Esprit’s China push, Neiman trades down, Moufarrige out, Madonna for D&G, Dsquared2’s humble roots

Esprit Fall/Holiday 2009 | Source: Esprit

HK’s Esprit buys $500M JV stake in China push (Reuters) “Hong Kong fashion retailer Esprit Holdings is buying out its partner in a Chinese retail joint venture for HK$3.88 billion ($500 million) as part of a drive to expand in the world’s third largest economy. The deal will see Esprit take full control of the 10-year-old venture, while China Resources Enterprise, which is selling the stake, will focus on its core

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Social Media Reality Check

Fashion blog traffic to Nov 2009 | Source: Alexa

NEW YORK, United States — Ever since the dynamic and erudite young fashion blogger Tavi appeared at the runway shows in New York this past September, the fashion industry has partaken in a veritable social media orgy. Article after article rightfully declared the 13 year-old blogger and her talented fashion blogger brothers and sisters — BryanBoy, Susie Bubble and others — the new fashion stars. During New York Fashion

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Everybody’s talking about | Men’s underwear

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="David Beckham billboard in Milan, courtesy of Emporio Armani"][/caption] MILAN, Italy - Every once in a while, we notice the media -- all kinds of media from blogs to arty fashion mags to the mainstream press -- talking about the same topic in a contemporaneous burst of discussion. In the past few days, the talk has been about men's underwear. Or rather, the advertising campaigns behind this burgeoning business segment. Not since the 1980's and Bruce Weber's campaigns for Calvin Klein have we seen so much media interest in men's underpants.  Tim Blanks explores the subject at length in VMAN's Fall/Winter 2007 issue in The History of the Male Supermodel. And, according to an article in today's…

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