Milan Fashion Week Opens with Hopes of Economic Comeback

Gucci Autumn/Winter 2013 | Source: Reuters

Designers kicked off Milan fashion week on Wednesday with bold collections to persuade Italian shoppers that the worst of the economic crisis is over and it is time to hit the stores again. Fashion houses including PPR’s Gucci, Giorgio Armani and Prada are among the top names showing their womenswear 2013-14 autumn-winter collections, taking up the baton from catwalk shows in London. “I have great hopes for this country

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Following the Thread of India’s Artisans

Left: Alberta Ferretti for Kanchipuram silk; Right: Burberry for Maheshwari silk | Photo: Matthew Shave

Today, BoF columnist Bandana Tewari reports on Project Renaissance, a unique collaboration between Indian artisans and international fashion brands organised by Vogue India in celebration of the magazine’s fifth anniversary. MUMBAI, India — Living in India, it’s not difficult to see the magic that lies in the country’s artisanal crafts and textiles. From the foothills of the Himalayas to the tip of Kanyakumari, there is tremendous

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Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments in Milan for Menswear A/W 2013

Prada A/W 2013 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

MILAN, Italy — Sonny Vandevelde was backstage in Milan again this season to give us a behind-the-scenes look into the Milan menswear collections for Autumn/Winter 2013. Accessories were strong, with bold shoes and standout leathergoods from Burberry, Bottega Veneta and Prada. Mrs Prada also advocated a relaxed, but considered geek chic vibe amongst some of the more put together looks in shades of grey, black and beige seen

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Italy’s British outpost, Beautiful youth, Changes at Lucky, Luxury’s big secret, Model lawsuit

Dsquared Autumn/Winter 2013 | Source: NOWFASHION

In Italy, a British Outpost (NY Times) “In other words, Burberry, Dsquared, Cavalli and Gucci are not names you will often read in the same sentence. Yet a pronounced Englishness ran through the collections from each of those houses, making Milan feel temporarily like an extension of the Tuscan region called Chiantishire.” Youth Is Beautiful (IHT) “The passing of the flame from a much older 70-something generation

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Shanghai express, Calm after storm, Kors strengthens, Italy’s shoemakers, Parsons in Paris

Gucci Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Gucci

Frida Giannini: Gucci’s Shanghai express (Telegraph) “Gucci’s first two shops on the Chinese mainland opened in Beijing and Shanghai in 1997, three years after Tom Ford started to transform the brand. Today there are 53 stores across 33 cities, and counting. So it is not surprising that Giannini has decided to spend some time getting to know Shanghai before continuing on to Seoul in South Korea for a store opening

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Market Pulse | Growth, But Perhaps Not As It Used To Be

Savigny Luxury Index October 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) gained 4.2 percent in October, outperforming the MSCI World Index (MSCI) by more than 6 percentage points.  Much anticipated results announcements confirmed that the sector still has strong fundamentals but that the three-year boom is coming to its close. Big news Newsflow pointed to a slowdown in growth for the sector, rather than the meltdown anticipated by the Burberry

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Savvy sisters, Menswear e-tailers, Gucci’s tough trading, Pitti picks, Miyake’s experiments

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen by Amy Troost | Source: WSJ Magazine

Sisters of the Divine (WSJ Magazine) “Watching Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen pose for a photo shoot is like watching a hypnotic piece of performance art. Former child stars, extraordinarily savvy brand nurturers, founders and owners of an estimated $1.5 billion business empire and, now, designers of the critically acclaimed high-end fashion line The Row, the Olsens have spent the great majority of their 26 years either in front

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Chinese artisans, Gucci may join Yoox JV, Dior Homme, Impossible Wardrobe, Casely-Hayford

Burberry Beijing flagship store | Source: Maosuit

The luxury that dare not speak its name (FT) “But China is no longer just the sweatshop of the world that churns out cheap T-shirts and jeans. The high costs in Europe have meant that many artisans have moved to China, while local manufacturers have also benefited from a transfer of knowledge that has taken place since the country became an outsourcing centre more than three decades ago.” PPR May Include Gucci in Luxury

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Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments in Milan for S/S 2013

A new Etro, as defined by florals and Japanese inspired silhouettes | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

MILAN, Italy — We tipped our friend Sonny Vandevelde to give us a behind-the-scenes look into the collections in Milan for Spring/Summer 2013. Japan was clearly on the mind, with unmistakable silhouettes and motifs from the island nation appearing in strong outings from Prada and Etro. Versace and Dolce & Gabbana made their seasonal statements in a flurry of prints, textures and covetable accessories, all in the spirit of their

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Italy’s little guys, Fashion fortunes, Ford goes sporty, Digital revolution, Schuman on backlash

Gucci Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: The Independent

Italy Today: Creative Flow vs. Cash Flow (IHT) “The big labels packed up their logo luggage and sprinted for Asia a while ago now, relying on a more robust market to support a frenzy of new store openings and to buoy their balance sheets. That leaves the little guys — small, young, independent Italian fashion brands with no mono-brand stores of their own — to struggle along.” Sexy and practical: can Gucci revive

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Fashion week in São Paulo, Joe Fresh at J.C. Penney, Flashy deals, Gucci’s win, PPR star

Reinaldo Lourenco June 2012 | Source: The Seattle Times

São Paulo Fashion Week: One of the biggest fashion weeks in the world (Exec) “For many years, quality fashion in Brazil came from the European market. Brazilian magazines used to make​​their fashion editorials based on the international aesthetic. The designers of the time were required to follow trends dictated by the international textile industry. However, there was a need to explore the fashionable Brazilian cultural

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Ending note, J Brand eyes IPO, China slowdown, Ralph signs on for 5 more years, Cost of fast fashion

Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino Couture 2012 | Source: Style.com

Ending on a Grace Note (IHT) “For all the the flesh still flashed on the red carpets, there is a change of mood on the runways. Perhaps the change can best be seen in the long-sleeved dresses with hemlines at the shoe-level that have taken over for the once-prevalent winter bare-the-body look.” J Brand hires bank to explore sale, IPO (Reuters) “Women’s apparel maker J Brand has hired Morgan Stanley to help

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Are Fashion Brands Underestimating the Importance of China E-Commerce?

Gap Store on Tmall | Source: Tmall

BEIJING, China — With its burgeoning middle class and status-conscious consumer culture, China remains the primary engine driving luxury market growth, even in a rapidly weakening global economy. But recent reports from China’s National Bureau of Statistics show that even China’s economy is experiencing what one Chinese cabinet member called a “sharp slowdown.” For fashion brands operating in China, this presents a distinct

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