Inside the Studio | Giles Deacon | Trailer

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LONDON, United Kingdom — The Business of Fashion is pleased to announce the launch of Inside the Studio, a series of in-depth interviews providing a 360 degree view of the world’s top fashion designers and their roles as both creative and business people. Supported by Swarovski and produced by and developed in association with Make Believe, the first interview features renowned fashion designer Giles Deacon who celebrated his

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Ferragamo & Australia, Giles Deacon’s menswear, Mom-and-pop retailers, Ugg sales soar

"Australia", Starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and … Ferragamo  (WSJ) As part of Salvatore Ferragamo's "long standing brand strategy," it has made accessories for the movie Australia starring Nicole Kidman. Giles Hearts Boys, Too (Fashionista) Giles Deacon has launched a menswear range in collaboration with New Look. Retail Rx for a Hip Mom-and-Pop (NY Times) By George, a small retailer in Austin, Texas is emblematic of the challenges for mom-and-pop retailers in the current economic environment. Ugg sales soar at John Lewis (Drapers) At John Lewis, Uggs, the ubiquitous Australian boots, "saw a 300% increase in sales." Scene from Australia, photo courtesy of TV.com.

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Luxury Outlook | Faith Popcorn on the Recession Culture

LONDON, United Kingdom and NEW YORK, United States - Are London fashionistas living in a bubble? There was no sign of global economic turmoil last night as party-goers let loose after a busy day of shows during an even busier night of events. Following strong showings by Giles and Christopher Kane, there was the opening of the fabulous new Dunhill flagship (see here for our review of the sister store in Tokyo), an exhibition of stunning fashion photography by Mary McCartney, and the biggest party of London Fashion Week hosted by Giles Deacon and Swarovski (with a huge Giles cartoon ghost made completely of flowers, pictured above). The mood is certainly more sombre across the pond in New York. And,…

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NRDC spree, Giles style and Levi’s liftoff

The man who wants to fix retail (Fortune) Fortune magazine profiles NRDC's Richard Baker who is on a retail and fashion acquisition spree having bought Lord & Taylor, Fortunoff, and Peter Som and is said to have his eyes on Saks. Giles Style (Scottish Daily Record) Giles Deacon talks to a Scottish paper about the fashion designer of the 21st century -- one who has his feet on the ground and is passionate about gardening and reading. Levi's turns a corner (International Herald Tribune) Armin Broger , President of Levi Straus Europe, is successfully turning around the Levi's business by refocusing its collections and using cities like Antwerp as fashion business laboratories. Peter Som A/W 2008 photo courtesy of Coutorture.

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London Fashion Week | Giles’ disco chamber

The first clue on Wednesday night that the Giles Deacon show was about to undergo a big change was the glam photo of quintuple Grammy-winning Amy Winehouse on the All Access Pass. Continuing on this tack, his tiny, usually sparse, white showspace had been converted into a dark disco chamber, with disco balls hanging every which way, leaving showgoers (who included Lily Allen and Bee Shaffer) bathed in white polkadots. His collection was mixture of mini puffa jackets, blinged-out high heels, suede-fringed dresses and others with typically Giles intricate construction. With all this effort, Giles seemed determined to get the biggest bang for his buck. For the first time, he put on two shows to meet growing demand to take…

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Fashion Rocks: An opportunity to seize

Fashion Rocks bills itself as the most glamorous event on the planet. If there is a night on the London fashion calendar that can compare to the see-and-be-seen status of New York's Costume Institute Gala, this is it. It was originally started by the Prince's Trust, a UK-based charity which endeavours to bring new hope to the lives of underprivileged youth. Proceeds from the event are directed to this worthy cause. The first Fashion Rocks was held at Royal Albert Hall in London in 2003 and teamed famous musicians and fashion designers together, strutting their stuff (quite literally) in a series of fabulous performances, complete with pyrotechnics, choreographed dance ensembles, and of course, some no-bones-about-it fashion glamour. The event was…

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London Fashion Week: The creativity and commerce conundrum

As I looked out on the waiting crowd for Giles Deacon's show last evening, there was something special in the air. Where else could you see wunderkind Gareth Pugh nestled next to Italian eccentric Anna Piaggi and Vogue's Hamish Bowles and a raft of other notable fashion names, all crammed into a tiny space in a small schoolhouse waiting for a fashion show to start? No New York designer of similar repute would even think of forcing the fashion A-list into this cramped setting. But then again, the fashion A-list probably wouldn't even bother turning up to a show in a similarly  uncomfortable setting for a New York designer. London fashion is officially hot again.  And, this time it's not…

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Giles Deacon: From Daks to?

Vanessa Friedman has written an insightful article on the career of Giles Deacon, one of London's most celebrated emerging designers -- though, the 'emerging' title can't be his for much longer, especially now that he has been appointed Creative Director of the British fashion house, DAKS. As I suggested in a previous post, I still wonder whether Giles' destiny is actually to become Creative Director for a Parisian fashion house of international renown. (Suzy Menkes asserted the same point this week in her glowing review of Giles show yesterday in the IHT). It would not be hard to fathom that DAKS is yet another stepping stone in a career that has seen Giles go from Bottega Veneta to Gucci and…

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Jostling for Giles: Giles Deacon, Autumn/Winter 2007

London Fashion Week has come and gone. And, it's a bit like Groundhog Day because this season, yet again, everyone has been eagerly (and vocally) anticipating Giles Deacon's latest turn down the catwalk. You never know what to expect with Giles. Unlike many other designers, he isn't overly focused on his "signature", the technique/look that a designer develops over his or her career to the point of near perfection, for which he or she becomes famous. Sometimes, a signature can lead to being pigeon-holed, but for a man with the creative depth and flexibilty as Giles, this is out of the question. Maybe its because Giles seems to be able to execute so well on so many different styles. One…

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