African investment, Gap quells fears, Abercombie boost, Philanthropic fashion, Working woman

Ituen Basi, Summer 2013, Lagos Fashion & Design Week | Source: NY Times

Fashion Weighs a Deeper Investment in Africa (IHT) “Designers from Vivienne Westwood to Jean Paul Gaultier have long drawn on the vibrancy of African culture in their clothing lines. But now the industry is taking a tentative look at whether it makes sense to put down larger stakes as the African economy begins to take its place alongside the world’s other promising emerging markets.” Gap raises full year profit view,

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

NEW YORK, United States — What makes a successful fashion film? Is it a strong visual concept? Content that can be quickly parsed? A savvy distribution strategy? Humour? Provocation? A famous model or a catchy soundtrack? Creating compelling fashion videos has always been more art than science. But as we set about compiling our ranking of this season’s best films, we saw some interesting commonalities. While Cartier’s 3-minute CGI

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The Long View | Jeffrey Sachs on the Global Economy and Rebalancing an Unequal World

NEW YORK, United States — In the world of development economics, Jeffrey Sachs is a veritable rock star. He is the director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet professor of sustainable development, professor of health policy and management at Columbia University and special advisor to United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon. For over 25 years, he has advised international governments in the developing world — from Africa to

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The Fashionable Rise of Tumblr

Tumblr Page Views | Source: comScore Inc.

NEW YORK, United States — According to comScore, microblogging platform Tumblr hit an “inflection point” sometime last June. Page views on Tumblr.com — which lets users create mixed-media blog posts with the kind of extreme simplicity and immediacy not found in traditional blogging platforms — began to surge. By October 2010, page views in the U.S. were up a staggering 1,540 percent from the year before. According to the New

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Ahrendts earns her stripes, America’s new wave of designers, Edun out of Africa, Pitch and provenance, Return of Roland

Angela Ahrendts | Source: WSJ Magazine

Earning Her Stripes (WSJ Magazine) “From small-town roots in Indiana to the big time as head of Burberry, a $2 billion fashion empire and one of the most widely recognized brands in the world, Angela Ahrendts takes it all in her stride.” The Next Wave (NY Times) “It is not just six names who are making waves in New York, but an entire generation of designers who have the potential to transform what we think of as

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In Ethical Fashion, Desirability is Sustainability

NEW YORK, United States — Over the past ten years, the eco-fashion movement has been gathering steam. Following the lead of pioneering brands like Stella McCartney and NOIR, which were founded on the basis of ethical principles near the turn of the millennium, there are now entire fashion exhibitions, forums and blogs all focused on so-called sustainable fashion. Ethical fashion is also high on the agenda of the major luxury goods groups. In April 2009, having already partnered with Stella McCartney to launch her eponymous label, PPR announced its support of HOME, an environmental call-to-action by filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand. François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer, said at the time that PPR’s support aimed to use “images and commentary to…

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Middle East focus, Gianfranco Ferré auction begins, Reviving Edun, Gucci Group lawsuit, Goyard’s bible

DLF's Emporio Mall, New Delhi | Source: defence.pk

India, Brazil on hold, luxury targets Middle East (Economic Times) “Luxury groups discouraged by thickets of red tape and taxes are putting on ice ambitions to expand into India and Brazil and focusing instead on the Middle East, their No.2 priority after fast-growing China.” Auction of Fashion House Gianfranco Ferré to Begin (WSJ) “The auction of bankrupt Italian fashion house Gianfranco Ferré SpA kicks off

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Harrods poised for expansion, BCBG arrives in London, Back to roots, Searching for Halston, Age of Edun

The Classic Green Awning, Harrods | Source: Harrods

Harrods’ new owners announce upgrade plans (Telegraph) “Qatar Holding is expected to back an expansion programme into new areas ­including China.  Harrods could become a global franchise as new owner… announces plans to ‘upgrade’ the luxury retailer.” BCBG opens in London (Elle.com) “BCBG Max Azria is the latest U.S. label to open its doors in the UK. Following October’s launch of

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