Colin’s Column | Does the Format of International Talent Competitions Give English Speakers an Unfair Advantage?

Diane von Furstenberg, Donatella Versace, Franca Sozzani and Victoria Beckham at the International Woolmark Prize | Photo: Dave Benett

On the occasion of the 2013 International Woolmark Prize, Colin McDowell says it’s time to evolve international talent searches to eliminate disadvantages for non-English speakers.

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Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments at Milan Fashion Week A/W 2012

A swan song for Raf Simons at Jil Sander | Photo: Morgan O'Donovan for Dazed Digital

MILAN, Italy — The tone was immediately set for an emotional Milan Fashion Week when Jil Sander announced that this would be Raf Simons’ last season as its creative director. Mr Simons made way for the return of Jil Sander herself to the label she has left twice before. Thus, Mr Simons’ swan song was all the more poignant, a tour-de-force collection tinged with emotion, that made this the singular defining moment of the

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Addressing Fashion’s Communications Conundrum

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show | Source: Victoria's Secret

NEW YORK, United States — In recent years, the main fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris have attracted unprecedented interest from end consumers, with brands live streaming their shows and bloggers reporting from the runway in realtime on their sites and social channels like Twitter and Instagram. But in most cases, the actual clothes showcased during fashion week aren’t available to consumers until many months after

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Donatella talks to Riccardo Tisci, Social media’s new wave, PPR on the prowl, India’s wealthy ways, Fairytale dresses

Riccardo Tisci photographed by Steven Klein | Source: Interview Magazine

Riccardo Tisci By Donatella Versace (Interview) “Like any competitive industry, fashion understands the market need for a constant infusion of fresh blood and untapped talent. But among the crop of sartorial prodigies to have emerged in recent years, none has ascended from young upstart to master of the universe as rapidly as 36-year-old Italian designer Riccardo Tisci.” Social Media: The Second Generation (WWD)

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Donatella’s wisdom, Betsey Johnson’s makeover, Mortgaging the future, Facebook fashion, Uniqlo’s temples

Donatella Versace | Source: Versace

Donatella Versace is teaching a new generation how to thrive (Independent) “Once a party animal, now the head of a fashion empire, Donatella Versace has lived through both good times and bad. Now she’s teaching a new generation of designers how to thrive.” Betsey Johnson Faces a Makeover (WSJ) “Steven Madden could likely help the $200 million Betsey Johnson label expand, allowing it ‘to put money into

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Gap profits spike, Christopher and Donatella, Gloomy retail outlook, Kenzo not for sale, Osman in Motion

GAP S/s 2010 Ad Campaign | Source: Denimology

Gap Profit Up 40 per cent As Old Navy Drives Sales (WSJ) “Gap Inc. (GPS) reported a 40% increase in profits for the first quarter, as sales were boosted by strong performance at the company’s budget brand, Old Navy. Sales at that division rose 6.8% to $1.3 billion, accounting for nearly 40% of Gap Inc.’s total.” Versace and Kane: An Odd Mix That Works (NYT) “They are an odd couple, Mr. Kane and Ms.

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Giles Grows, EU tackles internet sales, UK retail rises, Barneys pulls back, Donatella blogs

Giles Deacon to quadruple sales (Drapers) Giles Deacon has announced a business partnership with Castor Srl which will help him to achieve the business aspirations he first mentioned to us in our Inside the Studio video series in February. (Watch video here) EBay May Sell More Luxury Goods Under Draft EU Rules (Bloomberg) "EBay Inc.'s traders may have fewer restrictions on selling luxury goods under European Union regulators' plans to break down barriers to Internet sales." April clothing sales strongest since 2006 (Drapers) "Retail like-for-like sales rose 4.6% in April, with clothing showing the strongest growth since late 2006, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC)." Barneys aiming to close 2 stores (Reuters) "As the impact of the global recession…

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