Designer to the Stars Fausto Puglisi Aims Out of This World

Fausto Puglisi bowing at Emanuel Ungaro show | Source:

MILAN, Italy — Fausto Puglisi's elaborately embroidered dresses have been worn by Madonna and will be featured alongside titans of Italian fashion at London's Victoria & Albert museum this year, but his ambitions for his young brand are as grand as his designs.

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The Creative Class | Vincent Darré, Artistic Director and Interior Designer

Vincent Darré | Photo: David Atlan

Fashion’s eccentric punk polymath, Vincent Darré, talks to BoF about his under-age education at famous Paris nightclub Le Palace, working with Karl Lagerfeld, designing furniture and his new gig at L’Officiel magazine.

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Prada bucks slowdown, Let there be light, Logo fatigue, Aeffe adds Ungaro, Made in India

Prada Made in India collection | Source: High Snobette

Will Prada Finally Succumb to Global Luxury Slowdown? (CNBC) “Italian fashion house Prada has been a bright spot in a slowing global luxury retail space, and its latest earnings report underscores the resilience. The company delivered another set of solid earnings on Tuesday — first-half net profit surged 60 percent to 286 million euros ($372 milion), thanks to demand from Asian spenders.” Let There Be Light (IHT)

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M-Commerce surging, Pandora’s downfall, Forever21 to China, Ungaro departure, Poshmark app

Tory Burch’s tiered sales offer | Source: WWD

Mobile, Tablets Lead Holiday Charge (WWD) “Holiday shopping has given new meaning to the term ‘click and order.’ In addition to a rise in the number of consumers and the average amount spent per buyer… Overall increases in online spending were fueled by other factors such as a surge in mobile and tablet commerce transactions, luxury brands that typically don’t discount, tiered sale offerings that offer

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Hermès’ victory, Giles and Ungaro part ways, Responsible luxury, NYFW standouts, Social media drives sales

Hermès Scores Victory in Battle With LVMH (NY Times) “Hermès won a major victory Thursday in its battle to torpedo a potential takeover by its larger rival LVMH after a court cleared the French luxury group’s plans to create a holding company that will lock in descendants of the founding family for 20 years.” Ungaro Departure (Vogue UK) “Giles Deacon has left his position as creative director of Emanuel Ungaro… Deacon’s

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A designer’s second act, Target loses focus, Online retail trends, Aronsson in at Ungaro, Innovation now

Christian Lacroix's Theodora Collection for Sicis, detail | Source: eRoom

Wanted: a Second Chance (WSJ) “It’s the fear of every high-achieving professional: excelling, reaching the pinnacle of your field—and, the next day, having to start over… Many designers say the key to their reinvention came from using skills, interests and contacts from their earlier lives—without stopping for regrets. ‘Nothing’s a bad experience and nothing is a waste of time.’” More

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Richemont reshuffles, Bally looks East, Bulgari back in black, Ungaro speaks out, Alexander Wang in profile

Richemont’s Rupert to Take Over as CEO; Profit Slumps (Bloomberg) “Richemont SA, the world’s largest jewelry maker, said Chairman Johann Rupert will replace Norbert Platt as chief executive officer in April, taking more control amid the deepest recession since the 1930s… Richemont’s first-half profit fell 60 percent.” In downturn, luxury brand Bally eyes Asia and beyond (Reuters) “Fresh from a makeover,

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Global fashion, Upbeat LVMH, Maria Luisa at Printemps, Ungaro disaster, FCUK Japan, African editorial

International Flags | Source: Rick Smith

Multinationalism in Fashion’s Tribes (New York Times) “On the face of it, the recent G-20 meeting had nothing on Paris Fashion Week. In terms of a concentration of nations and cultures, there are few rivals to this weeklong summit for which the wildly disparate tribes of fashion converge from all corners of the world. By contrast, even New York’s Fashion Week looks like a county fair.” LVMH, Dior executives upbeat on top brands

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American brand of segmentation, Ungaro drops prices, ASOS sales up, Lord and Taylor cuts jobs

Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers and Wrangler, photo courtesy of the International Herald Tribune

U.S. brands’ many routes to Europe (IHT) Some American brands believe in a one size fits all mentality when it comes to selling to Europe, but others such as Tommy Hilfiger take a more segmented approach. Emanuel Ungaro Drops Pre-Fall Prices by 15% (WSJ) “Emanuel Ungaro is pricing its pre-fall collection about 15% below last year’s.” ASOS bucks gloomy retail trend again (Guardian) Due to the popularity of black

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