Stella’s drive, Cucinelli upbeat ahead of IPO, Gucci’s depth, Menswear charms, Shoe sculptor

Stella McCartney by Damon Winter | Source: New York Times

What Drives Stella McCartney (NYT) “She may be one of the most interesting designers in the world today, but when she started out, the fashion world didn’t have many nice things to say about Stella McCartney… Where she has succeeded since then is in designing for exactly who she is. Now 40 years old, she has developed a witty, down-to-earth approach to dressing women like her.” Cucinelli Upbeat Ahead of IPO (WWD)

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Rodarte’s beautiful journey, Kors continues ascent, Gucci vs Guess, Suzy speaks, Streetstyle girls

Rodarte Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

Youth Takes Many Paths (NY Times) “Laura and Kate Mulleavy have had a pretty weird journey since they left their home in Pasadena, Calif., to bring their Rodarte label to New York. It has been a kind of road trip, a theme they have actually sounded in a few collections And, because they haven’t really told us where they are going (maybe they don’t even know), things have a way of getting out of control.” Luxury demand

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Gucci groove, Alaia’s excellence, Consumption equality, Vuitton vs. Warner Bros, 2011 in review

Azzedine Alaïa | Source: NY Times

How Gucci Got Its Groove Back (Departures) “Today she’s happy being the woman behind the brand, unlike Ford, who was ultimately bigger than Gucci, which is why, in part, he’s no longer there. (Ford declined to comment for this article.) ‘After almost ten years, it’s difficult to divide myself from Gucci,’ she says. ‘I love this company, and I have such respect for its history.’” Azzedine Alaïa, a

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Michael Kors IPO, Gucci sales hold firm, Tailoring to Asia, Frisoni thrives at Vivier, All that glitters

Michael Kors by Mikael Jansson | Source: Interview

Michael Kors Seeks to Raise $792.3 Million in U.S. IPO (Bloomberg) “Michael Kors Holdings Ltd., the luxury-clothing company, is seeking to raise as much as $792.3 million in a U.S. initial public offering as the company’s founder and the biggest investor trim their stakes… Michael Kors, the designer who founded the company in 1981, is planning to cut his stake as retailers of luxury goods outperform mid-priced

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Colin’s Column | Fashion Tomes of the Times

Vogue: The Covers | Source: mostmagnific.com

LONDON, United Kingdom — There are two ways in which a fashion magazine can be successful: either by featuring clothes with which the reader can identify or by stimulating the reader’s imagination. It is the old tussle between commerciality and creativity. Except, of course, it isn’t a tussle that existed before fashion magazines became mass market and needed to chase and keep readers who, for most of the twentieth century, never

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M&A in the cards for Fast Retailing, Calvin Klein in China, Gareth Pugh for MAC, 90 years of Gucci, Cardin’s career

Pierre Cardin | Source: D La Repubblica

Fast Retailing May Buy Bigger Rival in U.S., Europe on Yen (Bloomberg) “Fast Retailing Co., Asia’s largest clothing chain, may buy a bigger rival in the U.S. or Europe after the yen’s advance to a postwar high against the dollar boosted the Japanese company’s purchasing power… The billionaire aims to take advantage of the yen’s climb to expand outside Japan, where an unexpectedly long summer damped demand for fall and

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Gucci’s Florentine museum, Economic clouds at PFW, Cavalli sees luxury slowdown, Hearst digital sales, Gareth Pugh

Gucci Museo | Source: Oyster Magazine

Gucci Feeds Its Florentine Roots (IHT) “The museum, housed in a 14th-century building in the Piazza della Signoria, is designed to honor the company’s leather goods legacy and to bring it into the 21st century by juxtaposing the innovation of bamboo-handled bags or luxe sports equipment with modern art… The idea of facing off past with present — under the slogan “forever now” — was the brainchild of Frida Giannini, the

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Gucci turns 90, Milanese glamour, Chinese boom, Yoox targets China, Cash injection for JustFabulous

Gucci Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Style.com

Gucci at 90: ‘Hard Deco’ (IHT) “The Gucci designer Frida Giannini, celebrating the brand’s 90th year, certainly sent out a polished and upscale collection, with shiny metallic surfaces and a focus on jazzy evening outfits — even if they were inspired by the 1920s, when flappers danced up to the edge of the Great Depression.” Milan fashion picks glam over gloom (Reuters) “Designers have prepared a

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Burberry’s Tweetwalk, Tom Ford’s off day, eBay gratification, London Fashion Week model crisis, Pretty Prada

Burberry Spring/Sumer 2012 | Source: Design Scene

Burberry launches 2012 collection on Twitter (Guardian) For the first time, the label “live tweeted” the show on Monday from backstage, posting photographs of each look on Twitter moments before the model stepped on to the catwalk… When you consider that it was not long ago that high street stores smuggled spies into catwalk shows in order to glean clues as to what might be in stores in six months’ time,

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Chinese models rising, Linen’s humble roots, Frida Giannini looks back, Luxury swimwear, Kanye’s stilettos

Lane Crawford Autumn Winter 2011 | Source: Lane Crawford

Are Chinese Models Putting An End To Asia’s Colonial Mentality? (Forbes) “If we were to take our cues from the fall 2011 advertising campaign of luxury retailer Lane Crawford, it would seem that we Asians have come to love our own. The campaign features a stunning all-Chinese cast wearing the latest threads from New York, Milan, London and Paris… Is the Chinese luxury consumer now aspiring to be like the Chinese

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Renewing Holt Renfrew, Hilfiger’s new stripes, Jones Group acquires Kurt Geiger, Gucci turns 90, The art of Prada

Z Zegna in Holt Renfrew's S/S 2011 Campaign | Source: Fashionising

For Holt’s, luxury regains its proper place (Globe and Mail) “The full-price model is part of Mr. Derbyshire’s five-year business plan to strengthen Holt’s results following a period of stagnation caused by the economic slump… His efforts seem to be paying off: Privately held Holt’s enjoyed a record profit in 2010 – double that of its next best year, 2006.” Tommy Hilfiger Changes his Stripes (WSJ)

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Brands Experiment with Weibo, China’s Answer to Twitter

Gucci brand page on Sina Weibo | Source: Weibo

SHANGHAI, China — In the parallel internet universe behind China’s “Great Firewall,” where search engine Baidu is Google, etailer Dangdang is Amazon, and video sharing site Youku is YouTube, the microblogging service Weibo (pronounced Way-Bwah, literally microblog) — launched in August 2009 by online media giant Sina Corp — has emerged as the country’s answer to Twitter. According to brokerage and investment group CLSA Asia-Pacific

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