MILAN, Italy — Loro Piana, an Italian luxury textiles maker and fashion house, is so particular about its materials that it bought its own natural reserve in the mountains of Peru to protect the vicuna, an endangered species that yields a precious wool.
Our roving photographer Sonny Vandevelde brings us backstage imagery from the final days of Milan Fashion Week, with striking photos from the Versace, Sportmax, Blumarine, Marni, Gianfranco Ferre and Armani shows.
China First: Coaxing or Kowtowing? (Luxury Society) "Last Wednesday, Burberry joined the ranks of such other megabrands in this quest to show China not only that they mean business but that they are putting the country first... Offering a technologically enhanced ‘debut’ geared toward China’s youth is also a strategic one, considering that 73% of luxury buyers in China are under the age of 45." Aquilano and Rimondi out at Gianfranco Ferré (Fashion Etc) "When questioned about the designers' fates at the label's Fall 2011 show in February, Paris Group's Abdulkader Sankari and his son Ahmed are said to have cut Aquilano and Rimondi loose in the face of weak sales figures. 'Sales didn’t go well at all and the…
Surface Attraction (IHT) “Sculpted shapes, clean lines and modernist architecture — why is the fashion ‘streamlining’ of today any different from its previous incarnations of the 1930s to the 1990s?… The answer lies on the surface. A combination of hyper-modern fabrics and imaginative decoration is giving 21st-century style a third dimension.” Galliano counter-sues over racist allegations (FT)
The story of Ugg (Telegraph) “Clumpy or comfortable, hideous or heaven-sent, few shoe styles have proved as divisive as Uggs. The boots – originating from Australia – have outlasted all forecasts of their demise, and rocketed to ubiquity as one of the footwear industry’s biggest success stories of the past decade.” Offer Submitted on Gianfranco Ferré (Fashionologie) “Gianfranco Ferré might have