Runway ready rooms, Plus-size market minus, Esprit profits plummets, Another fashion week in India

Missoni Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland

Runway-ready rooms (Globe & Mail) “Fashion houses have found a new creative outlet: Hotels. In Europe and the Mideast, designers from Armani to Missoni are delivering chic interiors, stylish experiences and nice bedspreads.” Plus-size fashion market squeezed in recession (AP) “The American waistline may be expanding, but plus-size shoppers are tightening their belts. People just aren’t buying plus-size

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H&M gains, Dior releases trailer, Esprit opens new stores, LV exhibit to open in HK, De La Renta looks to the Gulf

H&M S/S 09 ad campaign, courtesy of H&M

H&M’s 8% April Comparable Sales Gain Breaks Trend (WSJ) “Fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB Friday said April sales in comparable stores rose for the first time since July, indicating that it may be recovering from the global trend of consumers reining in spending amid the economic slowdown.” Dior Jumps on the Viral-Video Bandwagon ( “The House of Dior will release a short film on May 20,

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Raf Simons expands, Clothing prices fall, Esprit tumbles, Lower NY rents, Jay-Z in licensing deal

Velcro High top sneakers by Raf Simmons

Designer Raf Simons Forges Ahead (WWD) Raf Simons reveals plans for his eponymous label as well as a number of other design based ventures. (Subscription required) Clothing prices fall 4.9% in March (Drapers) “Prices fell 4.9% in the clothing and footwear sector during March, according to the British Retail Consortium Nielsen Shop Price Index.” Esprit in free fall after CEO replaced (Forbes) “Esprit sank more than

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Just Cavalli extends license, Esprit appoints CEO, Retailers on the offensive, Shoppers gamble

Just Cavalli S/S 09 Advertising campaign

Just Cavalli Extends License With Ittierre SpA (WWD) “Roberto Cavalli has signed a new five-year license with Ittierre.” (Subscription required) Esprit Appoints Ronald Van der Vis To Replace Krogner As CEO (WSJ) Esprit Holdings Ltd. will name Ronald Van der Vis as their new CEO, replacing Heinz Krogner as the brand’s top man. Big Retailers Revamp for ’09 (WWD) “After a tumultuous fall – defined

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