Facebook buys Instagram, Roitfeld’s biannual, Tumi IPO, Youtube fashion, Phillip Lim expands

A mock-up fashion spread in CR by Sebastian Faena | Source: Style.com

Facebook buys Instagram: inflating the new tech bubble? (Telegraph) “Instagram has a significant user base in its own right, of around 30 million registered smartphone owners who have been promised the favourite photo app will retain its own identitiy. But with no particularly unique technology, the cash and stock Mark Zuckerberg will lay down for the firm is eye-popping.” Carine Roitfeld’s Initial Foray (WWD)

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Gucci vs. Guess, H&M hiccup, Too fashion forward, Facebook clears IPO hurdle, Altuzarra’s passion

Guess store Shanghai | Source: Fabeau

Gucci Accuses Guess of Massive Design ‘Knock Off’ Scheme (Bloomberg) “Gucci, a unit of Paris-based, sued in 2009 claiming that Los Angeles-based Guess was selling items in stores and online with logos that are ‘studied imitations of the Gucci trademarks.’ The trademarks include a green and red stripe design, a square G, the designer’s name in flowing script and a diamond pattern with repeating interlocking G’s,

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Behind the brands, Mulberry boost, CFDA rejects offer, Facebook fashion, Ohne Titel

Hermès Canton Road | Source: B on brand

Behind the brands (China Daily) “A survey confirms China’s luxury goods buyers are young and keen on pampering themselves.Gan Tian reports… The focus of this year’s survey is in line with China’s luxury industry profile, where the majorityof buyers are aged between 20 and 30 – significantly younger than their counterparts inWestern countries or nearby Japan.” Mulberry profits boosted by

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Vuitton’s REcreative artists, Labelux acquires Belstaff, Ferragamo IPO a go, J.Crew reports losses, Honouring Hilary

Peeq, shop and play with Sneakpeeq | Source: Sneakpeeq

Calling all aspiring artists: Louis Vuitton launches just the site for you (Telegraph) “REcreative, www.recreativeuk.com, has been devised and developed over the past year… Aspiring artists can upload their work and share it with the online community in the ‘Projects’ section of the site, where leading artists and critics will select their favourite works to highlight.” Labelux boosts fashion M&A

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George goes International, Traditional PR is dead, Facebook commerce, Olsen twin power, Fashion’s racial asymmetry

Influencer Engagement | Source: Endelman Digital

Asda set to explore fashion franchise (Belfast Telegraph) “Supermarket chain Asda has unveiled plans to open its first George stores overseas as it looks to turn the fashion label into a major global brand… Asda said George is now the third best-selling clothes brand by volume in the UK.” Traditional Fashion PR Is Dead, Wanna Survive? (Fashionably Marketing Me) “In order to survive in today’s increasingly

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A breeze of change, Asos’ Facebook commerce, Givenchy’s new CEO, Kim Jones to Vuitton, Galliano’s goodbye

Dries Van Noten Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Style.com

A Fresh Breeze of Change (IHT) “This gentle zephyr is bringing a new fashion attitude. Out goes outré, excess and over-elaborate shows. In comes the quiet, no-fuss presentation of pleasing clothes. Freshness is the best word to describe what seems of the moment. Add to that ‘decency,’ meaning that any hint of ‘vulgarity chic’ has gone — and you get the new mood.” Fashion Retailer Asos Sets Up

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Return of big spenders, Issa’s Royal moment, Facebook commerce, Prada profits triple, Bruce Weber looks back

Jean Schlumberger Leaf ring | Source: Tiffany & Co.

Big spenders returning to the luxury fold (Globe and Mail) “In the depth of the recession, Tiffany & Co. struggled to sell $3,200 diamond earrings and $12,000 bangles, while it fared better with $100 silver necklaces. Today, the situation is reversed, as the high-end retailer grapples with softer sales of jewellery under $500.” Is Issa in Line for Throne? (NY Times) “The label is ‘truly the Diane Von

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Donatella’s wisdom, Betsey Johnson’s makeover, Mortgaging the future, Facebook fashion, Uniqlo’s temples

Donatella Versace | Source: Versace

Donatella Versace is teaching a new generation how to thrive (Independent) “Once a party animal, now the head of a fashion empire, Donatella Versace has lived through both good times and bad. Now she’s teaching a new generation of designers how to thrive.” Betsey Johnson Faces a Makeover (WSJ) “Steven Madden could likely help the $200 million Betsey Johnson label expand, allowing it ‘to put money into

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Game-changing Spring, Monetising Facebook, Mulberry’s growth, Gap’s brand oblivion, Top Chinese designers

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 RTW Runway | Source: Style.com

Spring, Fashion’s Operatic Season (NY Times) “The season was the powerful game changer that retailers and editors have been hoping for — if only to give customers a new reason to shop. The longer skirt lengths and more forgiving jacket cuts with looser shoulders.. are easier to wear, and sell.” How Facebook Can Become Bigger Than Google (Tech Crunch) “Facebook’s alleged revenue has grown from $275 million in 2008

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British billions, Runway to retail, Dazed Digital relaunch, Betsey Johnson goes Facebook Places, Fashion theatre

London Fashion Week tent at Somerset House | Source: FashionSpot

British fashion industry now worth nearly £21bn a year (Guardian) “The research highlights not only the direct impact of the fashion industry, including wholesale, retail and manufacturing, on the economy but also its effect on other industries including financial services and tourism.” From Runway to Retail (WSJ) “After a New York Fashion Week of dramatic and extreme, if gorgeous, clothes strutting down the

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Tom Ford’s glamorous coup, Turning up the value, Playgrounds as runways, Measuring social content, The Céline factor

Tom Ford by Terry Richardson | Source: Tom Ford

Glamorously, Tom Ford Is Back (NY Times) “Explaining why he didn’t allow pictures, Mr. Ford said that fashion had become overexposed in recent years… ‘I want fashion to be fun again… You couldn’t wait to get the clothes and put them on, and I think we’ve lost that.'” Luxury-Goods Firms Turn Up Volume on Value (WSJ) “Luxury-goods retailers are coming to grips with the reality that

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UK bans Diesel ads, India’s luxe kids, Fashionable shorts, Shulman honoured, Facebook fatigue?

Diesel banned from using ‘offensive’ ads (Reuters) “Fashion label Diesel has been banned from using two adverts showing young women which a standards watchdog said were likely to cause serious offence.” Global brands widening product portfolio in kids segment (Economic Times) “Kids are getting spoilt more than ever before with busy parents trying to make up for lack of time and presence through luxury

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Mulberry blooms, Mickey Drexler’s jewel, Bored with frugality, LVMH cautious, Valuing Facebook fans

Mulberry Spring/Summer 2010 featuring the Alexa bag | Source: Mulberry

How Mulberry bagged success in the battle for affordable luxury (Guardian) “Many women spending nearly £1,000 on a handbag may salve their conscience by telling themselves it is an investment. But is it? ‘I am rather keen on the idea,’ chuckles Godfrey Davis, the chief executive of the fast-growing luxury brand Mulberry.” Mickey Drexler Has Yet Another Reason to Be Giving High Fives (Vanity Fair) “The

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