Fashion’s new icons, Masstige in China, Gap’s Shanghai outpost, Polo stock soars, McQueen at the Met

Anna Dello Russo | Source: Anna Dello Russo

The New Icons of Fashion (NY Times) “Ms. Dello Russo and her raffish style-world cohort, who populate the mastheads of the fashion magazines, represent a new breed of Web-based reality star… they are casting a spell, their comings and goings relentlessly tracked by a new generation of aspiring style savants.” What Does ‘Masstige’ Mean For China? (Jing Daily) “If masstige collections are offered supplemental

…Continue Reading

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

…Continue Reading

Designers cut prices, Burberry’s next frontier, Colour comeback, Valentino for Gap, London’s night out

Z Spoke by Zac Posen, Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Nitrolicious

Designers Show Off Less-Expensive Clothing (WSJ) “Almost every high-end fashion designer has been forced to cut prices or launch lower-priced collections since the economy tanked… [secondary collections] are creeping out of the showrooms and onto the runways this week.” Burberry’s conquest of cyber space (Telegraph) “We are now as much a media-content company as we are a design company, because

…Continue Reading

Profiling value retailers, Selfridges and D&G fall out, Men’s suits’ sweet spot, Sales up at Gap, Street style e-commerce

H&M Autumn/Winter 2010 Looks | Source: Style Pantry

Profiling the Value Retailers (WWD) “Stores, like people, have personalities. Whether that personality determines the customer, or the customer the personality, is one of those chicken versus egg questions that’s a matter of perennial debate (well, at least among retail nerds).” Selfridges and Dolce & Gabbana in ‘giant falling out’ (Telegraph) “From next spring, the chain’s department stores

…Continue Reading

H&M’s summer dip, Amazon fashion, Gap’s China strategy, Social media strategy, Inez and Vinoodh at 25

H & M Summer 2010 | Source: H & M

H&M flags discounts, Q2 profit in line, shares dip (Reuters) “Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz said a two-month sales dip brought on by cold weather could force it to make deeper discounts for the next three months as it met forcasts for second-quarter profit.” Why Amazon Needs to Stay Out of Fashion Retail (BNET) “Do we really need another place to buy clothes online? Amazon is apparently so

…Continue Reading

Gap profits spike, Christopher and Donatella, Gloomy retail outlook, Kenzo not for sale, Osman in Motion

GAP S/s 2010 Ad Campaign | Source: Denimology

Gap Profit Up 40 per cent As Old Navy Drives Sales (WSJ) “Gap Inc. (GPS) reported a 40% increase in profits for the first quarter, as sales were boosted by strong performance at the company’s budget brand, Old Navy. Sales at that division rose 6.8% to $1.3 billion, accounting for nearly 40% of Gap Inc.’s total.” Versace and Kane: An Odd Mix That Works (NYT) “They are an odd couple, Mr. Kane and Ms.

…Continue Reading

Gap’s global push, Burani’s end of the road, Swedish super-labels, Milan shortchanged, McQueen mourned

Gap Kids Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Gap Facebook

Gap targets Milan and China as it kickstarts its plans for global expansion (FT) “Gap, the American casual clothing retailer, plans to open a store in Milan, the home of Italian high fashion, later this year, in a further sign of its growing confidence after a multi-year slump.” Mariella Burani Fashion Group Will Be Dissolved (Bloomberg) “Mariella Burani Fashion Group, which makes Vivienne Westwood products under

…Continue Reading

Changes at Holt Renfrew, Neimans sees results, Gap International down, Applied DNA, Kleibacker remembered

Holt Renfrew Flagship, Toronto | Source: 3G Lighting

Changes at the top for Holts (Globe and Mail) “Upscale fashion retailer Holt Renfrew & Co. has replaced its president Caryn Lerner with company insider Mark Derbyshire, making the leadership change just as it is gearing up for a more prosperous economic environment.” Neiman Marcus key sales figure climbs in December (Business Week) “Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus Inc. said Thursday that sales at its namesake

…Continue Reading

J Brand Jeans | In Search of The Perfect Fit

J Brand's perfect fit jeans | Source: J Brand

NEW YORK, United States — As the holiday shopping season draws near, we’re watching the market for premium denim with particular interest. According to a recent article by Eric Wilson in The New York Times: “The $300 pair of designer jeans is now, courtesy of the recession, the $200 pair of designer jeans.” With this recent “market correction,” Los Angeles-based J Brand has become one of the hottest

…Continue Reading

Gucci downplays logos, FTC targets bloggers, The new American shopper, Gap in China, EU retail regulations

Gucci Autumn/Winter 09 | Source: Gucci

For the Downturn, Gucci Downplays the Logos (Business Week) “The fashion house is going both upscale and down, but its signature Gs are relegated to the back room.” New F.T.C. Rules Have Bloggers and Twitterers Mulling (NY Times) “Beginning Dec. 1, bloggers, Twitterers and many others who write online product reviews must disclose the receipt of free merchandise or payment for the items they write about.”

…Continue Reading

Footwear players want EU protection, Retailers look to Spring, Holiday optimism, Moss Bros loss, Gap founder dies

Pile of shoes | Source: e-boost consulting

Italian and Spanish footwear manufacturers to fight for EU protection (Drapers) “Anti-dumping measures have been in place since 2006 to protect the European Union’s footwear manufacturers from import surges. A decision to maintain tariffs, amounting to 16.5 percent on Chinese footwear and 10 percent on shoes from Vietnam and strongly opposed by UK retailers, would be likely to worsen East-West trade relations.”

…Continue Reading

The Verdict | Gap’s 1969 Premium Jeans

http://www.youtube.com/gap"

Introducing the Gap’s new 1969 Denim VANCOUVER, Canada — Those of you in North America over the past week can’t have missed the media bombardment from the Gap, the ailing San Francisco-based mass fashion retailer, as it announced the launch of its new 1969 premium denim range, with six new fits for women and seven new fits for men. Huge full-page ads featuring Anja Rubik appeared in the Thursday Styles section of the

…Continue Reading

Gap’s re-invention, Liz Claiborne losses, Fashion’s Night Out, UK high street rescue, Fashion becomes ‘useful’

Born to Fit, the new facebook page launched by Gap

Covering Many Bases for a Brand of Blue Jeans (WSJ) “The British say “Mind the gap,” but in this country it has been a while since shoppers minded what Gap was selling. The Gap division of Gap Inc. was struggling even before the recession, which has persuaded consumers to cut back significantly on clothing purchases.” Liz Claiborne Loss Widens More Than Analyst Estimates (Bloomberg) “Liz Claiborne

…Continue Reading