Italian fabrics in focus, Luxury on Facebook, Men’s at LFW, Milan accomodates Anna, Armani and Prada go Gaga

Italian fabrics by Alessandro Scotti | Source: WSJ

In Italy’s Mills, a New Spin Emerges (WSJ) “Factories in China are proving as adept at copying fabrics as films and handbags… While worried, Mr. Ferla is relying on his quality-focused business strategy.” Luxury Shame Thrives on Facebook (Slate) “According to a new report from research firm Unity Marketing, nearly 80% of ‘affluent luxury consumers’ belong to a social network… Not

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Menswear in online deluge, Armani the Emperor, Robert Polet’s technophilia, Cavalli optimism, Helping Haiti

Fashion goes live on line (AP) "The fall-winter 2010-2011 preview presentations, the first shows of the new decade, got under way over the weekend with a new fashion passion: live online showcasing. Gone are the days when house bouncers, trained to spot potential copycats, blocked any unauthorized person who dared snap a picture during a show." Defiant Armani rules out sale of empire (Financial Times) "Giorgio Armani, the doyen of Italian fashion designers, has ruled out a sale of his global empire and has no plans to step back from day-to-day involvement. Mr Armani sought to quash speculation that he may sell the house to a bigger group, saying he had no need or desire to sell and would always…

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Macy’s announces closures, Prada not for sale, Armani’s first hotel, Thank you Merci, Great Venetia Scott

Macy’s to shut five underperforming stores (Reuters) “Macy’s Inc. said on Tuesday it was closing five of its namesake department stores, affecting about 307 employees, as it pares underperforming locations. Macy’s said it would offer jobs at nearby stores to displaced employees when possible.” Prada: Not for Sale (Business Week) “Prada SpA, the luxury company which has called off four attempts at

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Rue La La sold for $350m, Armani’s succession planning, Hilfiger retail up, TPG’s cool Debenhams profit, Tisci talks

Hilfiger Denim Advert | Source: Muse Amsterdam

Software Maker Buying Web Fashion Discounter (NY Times) “GSI Commerce, which manages the Web sites for major retailers like ToysRUs.com and Zales, announced on Tuesday that it was buying Rue La La, a Boston start-up, in a deal valued at $350 million.” Giorgio Armani organizing staff as successors (Reuters) “Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani, still frail after a bout of hepatitis, hinted on Tuesday of

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Burberry beats forecast, Chinese bling, Beauty holds strong, Armani’s smart phone, HK gets creative

Handbags, leather goods help Burberry top forecasts (Reuters) “British luxury goods group Burberry beat second-quarter revenue forecasts, helped by demand for handbags and leather goods, and signalled an improvement in some second-half revenue trends.” Chinese Are the New Kings of Bling (WSJ) “The latest to pop the champagne corks of conspicuous consumption is China. The government stimulus, rising consumer

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Armani loosens grip, Sheikh eyes Lacroix, Black to Boss, China’s widening wage gap, Saks offers stock

Armani Names Group of Lieutenants But Succession Questions Linger (WSJ) "Giorgio Armani, after recovering from a months-long bout of hepatitis, slightly loosened his grip on his fashion empire Wednesday, naming one of his most-loyal executives as deputy chairman, as part of a management reorganization." View the Armani S/S 10 runway video here. Sheikh's position strengthens in Lacroix auction (FT) "The sheikh of Ajman yesterday emerged as the frontrunner to buy Christian Lacroix, the loss-making French fashion house, after Italy's Borletti Group dropped out of the auction." Hugo Boss signs Graeme Black to drive womenswear (Drapers) "Hugo Boss has named London-based designer Graeme Black as creative consultant for the Boss Black women’s collection." Gucci Snake Bag Draws Ire in China as…

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Armani profits drop, PPR focuses, Puma restructures, Uniqlo thrives, Fashion embraces activism

Armani's 5th Ave. store, courtesy of Armani

Armani profits drop 14% in ‘difficult’ year (FT) “Giorgio Armani, the trend-setting Italian fashion group, reported a 14.6 per cent fall in profits in 2008 in spite of a slight rise in revenues and the opening of 50 new stores, as its owner reflected on a ‘difficult’ year for the industry.” PPR says to focus on cash and cost-cutting (Reuters) “French retail and luxury group PPR on Thursday

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Everybody’s talking about | Fashion phones

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Nokia 7900 Crystal Prism Phone"][/caption] LONDON, United Kingdom - Something is in the air. Earlier this week, we received a mysterious package in the post from Nokia. Inside, we found a 7900 Crystal Prism phone, complete with a Sapphire crystal and engraved design by French graphic designer Frederique Daubal, who has previously collaborated with Paul Smith and Colette, the iconic Paris fashion concept boutique. Not only this, the fashion and technology blogosphere has been abuzz about Tag Heuer's branded mobile phone, priced to compete with the Vertu phones, at 3900 euros (or about $6000). Previously, other fashion brands including Prada, Armani, and Levis have launched mobile phones with much hype and fanfare. To top it all…

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Everybody’s talking about | Men’s underwear

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="David Beckham billboard in Milan, courtesy of Emporio Armani"][/caption] MILAN, Italy - Every once in a while, we notice the media -- all kinds of media from blogs to arty fashion mags to the mainstream press -- talking about the same topic in a contemporaneous burst of discussion. In the past few days, the talk has been about men's underwear. Or rather, the advertising campaigns behind this burgeoning business segment. Not since the 1980's and Bruce Weber's campaigns for Calvin Klein have we seen so much media interest in men's underpants.  Tim Blanks explores the subject at length in VMAN's Fall/Winter 2007 issue in The History of the Male Supermodel. And, according to an article in today's…

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