Tight belts in Italy, Cyber Monday, Mulberry strategy, Moncler image, Acclaimed Erdem

Versace Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Hypebeast

Tight belts take edge off Italian luxury (FT) “Italians have long balked at paying full price for the luxury goods they consider to be their birthright. But as austerity measures hit hard in the home of Prada, Versace and Armani, the quest for bargains and invitations to warehouse sales with rock-bottom prices has reached a new level of frenzy.” Online shoppers ready for busiest day (FT) “Online retailers are

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Colin’s Column | Looking Back at London

Backstage at Erdem’s Spring/Summer 2013 Show | Photo: Morgan O’Donovan for LFW Daily

LONDON, United Kingdom — Are we talking about London Fashion Week or a festival of childish self-indulgence? For me, fashion design is about cut, shape, body and proportion, as it always has been. But sadly, many of the recent London shows featured banal shapes hidden under a riot of digitally created patterns, sometimes in the crudest of colours. Just imagine if there was an embargo on the use of colour and pattern and designers

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Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments at London Fashion Week S/S 2013

Peter Pilotto delivered wave after wave of their instantly recognisable prints | Photo: Morgan O’Donovan for LFW Daily

LONDON, United Kingdom — London Fashion Week, which concluded on Tuesday evening, has become known for its directional designers and digital prints. Along with our favourite roving backstage photographer, Morgan O’Donovan, we’ve selected ten memorable fashion moments from the London collections. Morgan O’Donovan is a contributing photographer at The Business of Fashion

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Colin’s Column | Top Collections from London Fashion Week

Burberry SS 2012 Details Screenshot | Source: American Vogue.com

Legendary fashion writer and BoF contributing editor Colin McDowell has been attending and reviewing fashion shows for more than 30 years. Who better to give us the lowdown on one of the best London Fashion Weeks in recent memory? LONDON, United Kingdom — Each season, despite challenges, London continues to raise the stakes, in terms of both creativity and, dare I say it, commercial potential. Here, I’ve assembled my top choices of

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New life for lace, Magazines become e-tailers, LVMH pursues Hermès, American Apparel losses, Erdem’s obsessions

The new lace, detail | Source: Textile Talk

New Life for the Historic Art of Lace-Making (WSJ) “Lace, suddenly, is everywhere. Looking nothing like your grandmother’s doilies, lace is the fabric of whole dresses and suits for summer, as well as next fall. Lace hasn’t been this popular since Queen Victoria sat on the throne.” Click to Buy That Handbag in Vogue as Magazines Become E-Tailers (Bloomberg) “Vogue and Elle have long influenced what

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Hakaan takes ANDAM, Erdem’s accidental beauty, Luxe prices rise, Chinese in Tokyo, Forever 21′s big bet

Erdem Moralioglu | Source: Independent

And The ANDAM Winner Is… (Style.com) “Turkish designer Hakaan Yildirim is the newest winner of ANDAM’s €220,000 prize… It was only last February, before his first London show, that English fashion scribes were wondering in print: ‘Who is Hakaan?’” Erdem Moralioglu: A man for all seasons (Independent) “His printing technique involves the designer playing around creatively on his computer for

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A Quiet Canadian Fashion Revolution in London

Celebrating Canadians in Fashion at the Canadian High Commission in London

LONDON, United Kingdom — On recent trips home to Canada, much to my dismay, I have struggled to find local fashion stories to share on BoF. Yes, Canada has a history of superstar models, and occasionally there is a retailer like Brian Hill of Aritzia or a young designer like Rad Hourani who captures my attention, but for the most part, getting a good Canadian fashion story has proven to be a challenge. As it turns out, I was

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Erdem wins BFC Fashion Fund, Chinese brands, Harrods not for sale, Ungaro saga continues, British invasion

Shanghai Tang | Source: Butterboom

Flower dressing: why Erdem is a winner (Times) “Meet Erdem, candidate for the title of World’s Most Modest Designer — no, really — and, I can reveal today, winner of the first British Fashion Council andVogue Designer Fund… In the end, we decided that Erdem had it all: creativity, the potential for longevity and a well-thought-out strategy.” The rise of Chinese luxury brands (CNN) “Mainland Chinese tourists

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