Coach shares slump, Couturier virtues, Tod’s in line, Freedom in Paris, Vogue tops ad pages

Valentino couture by Valerio Mezzanotti | Source: NY Times

Coach handbag sales take hit, stock slumps (Reuters) “Coach Inc on Wednesday reported weak holiday-quarter results and unveiled a new strategy for shoes and clothing, spooking investors with the notion that the days of strong demand for its premium leather handbags may be numbered.” And Precisely So (NY Times) “The designers are learning to use the extraordinary skills of a couture atelier to be more self-critical

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Future of fashion week, Rising rents in HK, Hearst upbeat, France’s families, House of Style

Hong Kong shopping district | Source: Purse Rush

Debating Fashion Week’s Role In The Digital Age (Style.com) “‘When I started New York fashion week in 1993, digital cameras did not exist and photographers used actual film,’ Fern Mallis told a crowd of students, bloggers, and aspiring designers last night at the first in a series of conversations presented by Fashion GPS. ‘Today is a different world, everyone is a critic and the only photographer that uses

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The Creative Class | Kate Lanphear, Stylist

NEW YORK, United States — It’s hard to miss Kate Lanphear. With her razor-sharp platinum locks and androgynous, punked out look, inspired by Catholic iconography, skateboarding and Norwegian metal bands, the American Elle style director is a fashion world fixture. Not only is she perched in a top spot at one of America’s largest fashion publications, but she has also become a favourite of the roving corps of street-style

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Joe Zee: Fashion’s chatty ambassador, New wealthy, Ones to watch in China, CFDA nominees, Westwood’s imagery

Louis Vuitton, limited edition 5 Canton Road Shoes | Source: Nitrolicious

Fashion’s Approachable Ambassador (NY Times) “As fashion has evolved from an insular club to mass-market obsession — helped in part by proliferating Web sites, blogs and TV shows like ‘Project Runway’ — Mr. Zee, 42, has come to epitomize a new form of top-of-the-masthead personality. He is not the aloof style arbiter, gazing out silently behind Frisbee-size sunglasses, but a chatty and approachable ambassador of

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Hachette reorganizes, J.Crew cuts jobs, Niche sites buck trend, Luxury cuts costs

Courtney Love cover, courtesy of Elle

Hachette to Break Through ‘Silos’ As It Restructures Women’s Magazines (WSJ) “This week, the New York publisher will take what it says is a big step toward fortifying itself, reorganizing its women’s magazines, which make up the bulk of its business.” J. Crew Group cuts jobs, suspends 401(k) plan (Forbes) J. Crew will cut 95 jobs and 401k plans to help save on costs. Niche Web Sites Buck Media

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Behind Elle’s Angelina Jolie Cover

Angelina Jolie in Elle (US) June 2014 | Photo: Hedi Slimane for Elle

In the next instalment of Cover Stories, we explore the story behind the making of the June cover of American Elle and how the title tapped Hedi Slimane to give Angelina Jolie just the right fashion edge to generate plenty of positive buzz for the magazine, the designer and the actress, just before the debut of her latest film.

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