Gap’s broke hipsters, Givenchy CEO, MyWardrobe’s new strategy, Franca power, Iris Apfel

Franca Sozzani by Peter Lindbergh | Source: Interview

Gap’s Targeting of Broke Hipsters May Be Flawed (Bloomberg) “Gap Inc., which drew legions of young adults in the 1990s with classic khakis and swing-dancing ads, is again banking on young, hip customers to resuscitate its sales. Too bad they’re broke now.” LVMH appoints new Givenchy CEO (FT) “Givenchy, the French fashion house owned by LVMH, has announced a new chief executive officer poached from Italian arch

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A rare talent, Fashion saddles up, American Apparel rises, Adidas in China, British style in Paris

Givenchy Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

Why Was the Designer Raf Simons Dismissed? (NY Times) “You don’t find many galvanizing examples of talent in other creative fields — and it’s hard to imagine an executive taking time on his day off to look at someone else’s runway show. But that’s how talented Mr. Simons is.” Sex in the Saddle (IHT) “What is it about women and horses? A trend toward a coltish look — short, taut jackets, curving jodhpur pants and

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Givenchy’s pure couture, Burberry shareholder revolt, Made in Britain, Armani for Japan, Rei Kawakubo’s vision

Givenchy Couture by Riccardo Tisci, Autumn Winter 2011-12 | Source: Givenchy

Givenchy: Pure is Beautiful (IHT) “Mr. Tisci’s vision of asking the impossible from his ateliers is part of the story. But the main thread of his collection is the link to those few, rare customers who are searching for the exceptional. And that suddenly seems like 21st century haute couture.” Burberry faces shareholder revolt over ‘excessive’ executive pay (Guardian) “Burberry faces a revolt over executive pay

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A breeze of change, Asos’ Facebook commerce, Givenchy’s new CEO, Kim Jones to Vuitton, Galliano’s goodbye

Dries Van Noten Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Style.com

A Fresh Breeze of Change (IHT) “This gentle zephyr is bringing a new fashion attitude. Out goes outré, excess and over-elaborate shows. In comes the quiet, no-fuss presentation of pleasing clothes. Freshness is the best word to describe what seems of the moment. Add to that ‘decency,’ meaning that any hint of ‘vulgarity chic’ has gone — and you get the new mood.” Fashion Retailer Asos Sets Up

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Authenticity’s worth, Luxe rebound, Gareth Pugh’s retail debut, Singer shakes it up, Givenchy and Lea T break barriers

Apple's iPhone4 | Source: Apple

Why Do We Care About Luxury Brands? (Wired) “There’s now suggestive evidence that our faith in the authentic – especially when the authenticity is supported by effective marketing campaigns – is a deep seated human instinct, which emerges at an extremely early age.” Champagne corks popping again in luxury business (AFP) “Champagne corks are popping again in the luxury business as “It” bags and

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Riccardo Tisci’s skeletons, Perrone steps down from Brioni, Ferré’s new deadline, Appvertising takes off, Slow fashion

Givenchy Haute Couture Fall 2010 | Source: Style.com

Skeletons, Family and Religion (IHT) “There was little of the sharp tailoring associated with Givenchy, where Mr. Tisci has been the creative director for five years… In an interview, the designer explained his vision.” Perrone Quits as CEO of Italian Suitmaker Brioni (Bloomberg) “Perrone, the 40-year-old grandson of Brioni co-founder Gaetano Savini, was appointed sole CEO in July last year, replacing a

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Lunch with Marc Jacobs, White hot Givenchy, Coach vs. Chicago, Ann Taylor rebounds, Brand new dandies

Marc Jacobs | Source: FT

A New Marc Jacobs? (FT) “‘I can’t do everything, and I’m not good at everything… I feel like what I do creates some sort of direction for the company, and that’s good, and then I can leave it to other people to interpret.’” Why Givenchy is more desirable than ever (NZ Herald) “Givenchy struggled to reinvent itself for over a decade, but today – with Riccardo Tisci at the helm – the

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Tisci’s transgender express, Jones buys Weitzman, Uniqlo sales drop, Burch America’s sweetheart, Katie Eary’s genius

Elie Saab Couture Spring Summer 2010 | Source: Style.com

Tisci’s Trans Europe Express (WWD) “Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci has taken the whole idea of ‘coed fashion shoot’ to another level: The designer is using a transexual among the cast for the house’s fall-winter ad campaign.” Jones Apparel to buy Stuart Weitzman (Reuters) “Jones Apparel Group Inc. said it will buy designer shoe company Stuart Weitzman Holdings for an initial cash payment of

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Chanel’s Future, Chinese luxury tastes, Cautious Green, Givenchy couture, E-tailers struggle for marketshare

Chanel Haute Couture show, courtesy of The New York Times

Chanel, Now and Then (New York Times) Cathy Horyn discusses the future of Chanel with Karl Lagerfeld. Louis Vuitton, Cartier Are Preferred by Chinese, Survey Shows (Bloomberg) “Louis Vuitton and Cartier are the top choices of Chinese consumers for purchases as their thirst for luxury goods remains unabated in the global economic crisis, a survey commissioned by Ruder Finn Asia showed.” Sir Philip Green cautious on

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