London Fashion Week Kicks Off With Digital Drive

London Fashion Week at Somerset House | Source: Tumblr

LONDON, United Kingdom — The fashion universe has always been a bit of a self-contained bubble to outsiders. Those too-tall models in acres of silk? Those outlandish shoes you can't walk in? The dresses that cost as much as a small car? Nice to look at, but hardly a part of most people's lives. The organizers of London Fashion Week, which kicked off Friday, are hoping to change that perception.

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Week in Review | Next Industrial Revolution, Motivating and Retaining Talent, Facebook and Fashion

Week in Review November 5-9

The Long View | Chris Anderson Says the ‘Maker’ Movement is the Next Industrial Revolution (The Long View) “Since the birth of the personal computer and the Web, people have used relatively simple and accessible new technologies to create, connect and collaborate in ways that were previously unimaginable. For one thing, simple blogging tools and social media platforms have fundamentally democratised mass media, ending the

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BoF Interviews Facebook’s Tracy Yaverbaun at Decoded London

LONDON, United Kingdom — Last week, London’s digital fashion community gathered at the Decoded Fashion conference to debate and discuss the ongoing shifts in consumer technology and social media which are reshaping the fashion and luxury industry as we know it. At the heart of the digital revolution engulfing fashion is Facebook. It’s been a big year for the world’s biggest social network. First came the

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Olympics economy, Discounting in India, Lucky aggregator, Luxury in the Bronx, YSL backlash

Lucky screen shot | Source: Luckymag.com

Retailers fear Olympics might ring hollow (FT) “Optimism that the games would generate a rise in economic activity, to offset the effects of the recession and the eurocrisis, has given way to scepticism as the opening ceremony creeps closer.” Global luxury brands put up sale signs to woo first-time buyers (Economic Times) “International luxury brands such as Chanel, Christian Dior and Burberry have started

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Vintage couture, Winning with Weibo, Myntra money, Uniqlo’s mass pinning, Viva Fashion

Thom Browne Spring 2013 | Source: Glamour Goddess

Vintage for Today? (IHT) “‘New vintage — for today,’ said Mr. Lagerfeld, referring to a flow of high-waisted, wide pants that might have come from hazy photographs of a mademoiselle in Deauville but were, in fact, invented in one of the designer’s gouache drawings” Fashion Industry Aims To Corner the Chinese Market With Weibo (Fashionista) “If you’ve heard of Weibo, you’ve probably heard it described

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Burberry tech team, Atwood acquired, Tourist shoppers, Facebook’s Open Graph, Xander Zhou

Burberry’s Angela Ahrendts: High tech’s fashion model (Fortune) “Ahrendts has been boldly reinventing Burberry’s image and operations since she arrived at the British company six years ago. Her moves have paid off handsomely: Annual sales of some $3 billion are more than double 2007 levels, and the stock has returned nearly 300% since Ahrendts’ arrival.” Jones Group tries on new shoes

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Glare on Alber, Yoox and PPR in JV talks, Gap inches back, Facebook float, Pinterest’s riches

Alber Elbaz | Source: Hypebeast

In the Spotlight’s Glare (NY Times) “Much of what has been written about Mr. Elbaz on the occasion of his 10th anniversary as the designer of Lanvin, a milestone that normally might merit a mention somewhere near the classifieds, could illustrate what is a rare example in the catty fashion industry of the Buddhist concept of mudita, or taking pleasure in another person’s good fortune. These days, everyone seems to love him,

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The Bottom Line | Pinterest vs. Facebook

Pinterest vs Facebook | Source: Bottica.com

LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s now common knowledge that social curation site Pinterest — which attracted its first 10 million users faster than any other website in history — is the fastest growing social platform today, with 18.7 million users as of March, according to comScore. But what does this mean for social giant Facebook, fashion businesses and the bottom line? According to research provided exclusively to BoF, it turns out

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Vogue’s global pledge, LVMH suffers setback, Facebook prices shares, Love of lace, Marc Jacobs

Vogue Editors | Source: Front Row Mode

Vogue promises to ban underage or ill models (Guardian) “The editors of the 19 editions of Vogue magazine worldwide have added their voices to efforts to tackle eating disorders and the use of underage girls in the modelling industry.” LVMH suffers partial setback in eBay court challenge (Reuters) “French luxury goods company LVMH suffered a setback in its attempts to stamp out counterfeit trading on eBay, as a

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