Giles officially at Ungaro, Tommy weighs in at PVH, Prada boosted by retail, Rethinking the 70s, Gaga’s fashion effect

Calvin Klein Collection Summer 2010 | Source: PVH

Giles Deacon confirmed as Creative Director of Ungaro (Vogue.com) “The new appointment is bound to bring a close to an unsettled atmosphere at the French house that has reigned since Emanuel Ungaro himself retired in 2004.” (RSS and email subscribers: watch exclusive BoF interview here) Phillips-Van Heusen beats, but Tommy weighs in Q2 (Reuters) “Analysts had been expecting a bigger boost from Tommy Hilfiger, the

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The Fashion Trail | Postcript on Pitti

Giles Deacon At Pitti | Source: The Business of Fashion

FLORENCE, Italy — In the world of menswear, January is a full-on month of trade fairs and fashion shows. The super-charged schedule of activities begins with Pitti Uomo, continues on to Milan where mega Italian brands like Gucci, Prada and Armani unveil their collections, and concludes with a bang in Paris, where established Parisian fashion houses like Lanvin and Dior Homme show alongside a cornucopia of international designers

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Fashion’s family values, Céline’s new sensation, Jimmy Choo’s fragrance, Paper endures, Giles in Paris

Reiss A/W 09 | Source: Reiss

When a Bottom Line Isn’t Just About Profit (New York Times) “As the fashion industry struggles with a global economic downturn and a rapidly changing consumer landscape, qualities that are at the heart of family and owner/founder businesses, like a consistent vision and a long-term approach, seem to be helping those companies ride out the storm.” Fashion house Celine says 2009 year of transition (Reuters)

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Young designers make it work, Made in Italy, Boutiques struggle, Deacon at the V&A, Ossie Clark to close

Prabal Gurung and Joseph Altuzarra

Out on Their Own, and Making It Work (New York Times) “Ever since Prabal Gurung left his employer in the garment district, last winter, and sank his savings into his own label – at the worst possible time – he has been more aware of the silly and duplicitous nature of fashion. It may just be him, or the economy, but he doesn’t think so.” Italy Fashion Manufacturers Welcome “Made In Italy”

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Giles Grows, EU tackles internet sales, UK retail rises, Barneys pulls back, Donatella blogs

Giles Deacon to quadruple sales (Drapers) Giles Deacon has announced a business partnership with Castor Srl which will help him to achieve the business aspirations he first mentioned to us in our Inside the Studio video series in February. (Watch video here) EBay May Sell More Luxury Goods Under Draft EU Rules (Bloomberg) "EBay Inc.'s traders may have fewer restrictions on selling luxury goods under European Union regulators' plans to break down barriers to Internet sales." April clothing sales strongest since 2006 (Drapers) "Retail like-for-like sales rose 4.6% in April, with clothing showing the strongest growth since late 2006, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC)." Barneys aiming to close 2 stores (Reuters) "As the impact of the global recession…

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Inside the Studio | Giles Deacon | Chapter III

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“The Surprise of Collaboration…” Not everyone thinks of fashion designers as business people, but fashion ultimately requires designers, especially independent designers like Giles Deacon, to stay in touch with the realities of managing a business every day. In the third and final chapter of Giles’ story, we learn how collaborations with major partners like New Look, as well as creatives like LOVE

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Inside the Studio | Giles Deacon | Chapter II

"A Designer Who Has Always Drawn…" Giles Deacon began drawing at the age of three, so it's not surprising that illustration forms a fundamental part of his creative process. The second chapter of Giles' story uncovers the organised randomness behind Giles' arresting design concoctions, often starting with a sketch. He explains how designs like the now iconic Pacman dress from Spring/Summer 2009 and the much talked-about Bambi dress from Spring/Summer 2008, which landed on the front cover of the New York Times, were conceived and developed. RSS and email subscribers, click here to watch the video. Inside the Studio | Giles Deacon was generously supported by Swarovski

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Giles Deacon | A Designer Who Has Always Drawn

Giles Deacon for Smythson

LONDON, United Kingdom — When Giles Deacon developed a set of chic correspondence cards, each with a signature Giles sketch, in collaboration with Smythson earlier this year, the first batch sold out in just one day — on both sides of the Atlantic. For all you hard core Giles fans, the cards appear to have been re-ordered and are now available for sale again. Even better, here at BoF we were lucky to have had a special sketch from

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Inside the Studio | Giles Deacon | Chapter I

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“Unstructured exploration…” In the years before he became an overnight household name in the United Kingdom, when Linda Evangelista walked down his runway for free, Giles Deacon spent more than 10 years exploring — not the world, but rather the people and environment in which he lived. The first chapter of Giles’ story explains how he came to be a fashion designer and launch his own label, GILES. It reveals

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