Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments in Milan for S/S 2013

A new Etro, as defined by florals and Japanese inspired silhouettes | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

MILAN, Italy — We tipped our friend Sonny Vandevelde to give us a behind-the-scenes look into the collections in Milan for Spring/Summer 2013. Japan was clearly on the mind, with unmistakable silhouettes and motifs from the island nation appearing in strong outings from Prada and Etro. Versace and Dolce & Gabbana made their seasonal statements in a flurry of prints, textures and covetable accessories, all in the spirit of their

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Anya’s story, Tourist spending boost, Paul Smith’s megastore, McQ runway to reality, The ‘It’ bag

Anya Hindmarch | Source: Styleite

Bags to riches: Anya Hindmarch interview (Telegraph) “Anya Hindmarch, an attractive woman and designer of desirable handbags and accessories, but one imbued with a political conviction as profound as the determination that has made her head of an expanding international business, with 54 shops worldwide and an annual turnover well in excess of £20 million.” International shoppers boost UK retail industry (Retail Weekly)

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Ralph Lauren takes on Paris, Uniqlo’s sets 5th Avenue rent record, Outnet demand, Prada lawsuit, Spazio Fendi

Ralph Lauren | Source: American Book Center

Ralph Lauren: New in an Old World (IHT) “Standing shoulder to shoulder at the Élysée Palace, the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and the American legend Ralph Lauren held a mutual admiration society.” New York’s Fifth Ave. Sets Record with Uniqlo Lease (Bloomberg) “New York’s Fifth Avenue is claiming a city retail record: Japanese clothier Uniqlo agreed to pay $300 million over 15 years to bring its affordable

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Fendi wins damages, Saks lightens the mood, Ginza loses its lustre, LVMH and Parsons, Drape and shape

"Think About" Campaign | Source: Saks Facebook

Burlington Coat Factory Ordered To Pay Damages To Fendi (Business Insider) “Federal Judge Leonard Sand in New York ruled Monday that Burlington Coat Factory knowingly violated Italian fashion company Fendi’s trademarks, and awarded the luxury brand treble damages.” A Campaign to Leaven the Mood (NY Times) “The Saks campaign is indicative of a trend on Madison Avenue to evoke elements of the dire days of the

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Fendi’s future, Investors for Replay, Marzotto’s new venture, Jaeger’s expansion, Visionary Grace Coddington

The Future of Fendi: Hotels, Men’s line and F project (CPP-Luxury) “Michael Burke, CEO of FENDI confirmed in a recent interview the relaunch in 2010 of the men’s line which was stopped earlier this year,” as well as the extension of the F Factory and a new hotel concept. Replay majority stake bought by new investors (Drapers) “An acquisition vehicle has bought a majority 60% stake in Fashion Box SpA

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Copycat Culture | The Shape of Things

Chanel No. 5 | Source: Chanel

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Sometimes, a mere glimpse of a product’s silhouette is enough to tell which designer or fashion house created it: the Chanel No 5 perfume bottle, the toe of a Berluti shoe, the unique shape of the Fendi baguette. Today, there is renewed interest in these kinds of classic products as shape and design have made a return in making a product desirable, especially now when consumers don’t want their

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Michael Burke on Luxury, Menswear second lines, Clements Ribeiro returns, Protests threaten Bread & Butter

Craft Punk exhibit in Miami, courtesy of Fendi

Why Luxury needs a recession (Business 24-7) “Michael Burke, President and CEO of Italian fashion house Fendi, has always maintained that luxury should not be affordable. ‘It cannot be, it shouldn’t be for everybody,’ he insists. ‘The way the products are made, the quality and the works… luxury is not for instantaneous gratification. One should aspire for it.’” Distinctive Men’s

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Saks’ pricing, Runway change, Indian retail squeeze, Show must go on in New York

From left to right: Sean Connery in a Louis Vuitton ad; Hunter wellies; a model at Prada's recent menswear show; a Coach bag; a sketch from Rebecca Taylor's fall 2009 collection, Photo courtesy of The Wall Street Journal

Saks Upends Luxury Market With Strategy to Slash Prices (WSJ) Saks’ deep discounting before the holiday season will have a long-term effect on the consumer psychology. Fashion Walks a Fine Line (WSJ) During New York Fashion week, you’ll see dour and spunky on the runways, the magic blend that will court customers. Retailers feel credit squeeze in India (FT) “India’s biggest discount retailer said that

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