Milan rising, Made in Britain, Gucci’s China success, Gianfranco Ferré near sale, Orla Kiely’s world

Giorgio Armani Spring 2011 Ready to Wear | Source: Style.com

Milan Steps Out of the Back Seat (NY Times) “This has been a brilliant season for Italian fashion, a reminder that Milan can be a stronghold for new and exciting design… It’s hard to remember a season here in the last decade when excellent collections were the norm and not the exception.” Made in Britain: Flying the Flag for UK Manufacturing (Telegraph) “A few fiercely patriotic brands are putting their

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Provenance? There’s an App for That

NEW YORK, United States — Large luxury goods makers have long emphasised the cultural heritage of their brands and the provenance of their products. But in search of business efficiencies, these same luxury companies — who must ultimately answer to shareholders — increasingly source materials and labour outside their home markets, especially for their more affordable lines, creating a disconnect between consumer perception and manufacturing reality. As consumers increasingly scrutinise luxury goods purchases, and craftsmanship, authenticity and heritage take centre stage in major advertising campaigns for brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton, this disconnect has become more pronounced. Indeed, earlier this year, the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency banned two Louis Vuitton ads for misleading the public into thinking that the…

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Paris and Milan stay safe, Gucci repositioning, Indian luxury lags, L Capital invests, Counterintuitive Krakoff

Ferragamo Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Ferragamo

Fashion Opts for Safety in Paris, Milan (Bloomberg) “Even amid signs that demand for luxury clothing and accessories is returning, makers of the goods will ‘play it safe’ for spring-summer 2011, according to Sue Evans, senior editor of catwalks at fashion forecaster WGSN.” Gucci Unpacks ‘La Dolce Vita‘ (WSJ) “During the consumer-spending slump, aspirational purchases slowed sharply, and

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Kate Moss and Topshop part ways, Gucci’s digital flagship, Bulgari recovers, Boss sales rebound, Kolkata fashion weeks clash

Kate Moss for Topshop, Autumn 2009 | Source: Topshop

Kate Moss and Topshop to end design deal (BBC) “A three-year design partnership between Kate Moss and Topshop is to end later this year. When the supermodel unveils her autumn and winter range in October – it will be her 14th and last collection for the chain.” Gucci opens its new luxury digital flagship store (Fashion and Runway) “Following an 18 month architectural renovation under the direction of Gucci

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Inside Brazil’s Booming Fashion Industry

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — You hear about it at dinner parties and fashion events. It’s been the subject of countless magazine stories and news reports. Something special is going on in Brazil. And today, the momentum has nothing to do with cultural clichés like soccer and samba. Brazil is claiming its place on the global stage and interestingly, fashion is playing a major role in the country’s ascendence. Significantly, the tremendous

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Neimans in the black, Inditex margin spike, India’s talent pinch, Gucci goes green, Sally Singer moves to T

All Saints Summer 2010 | Source: All Saints

Neiman gains from luxe spending but Euro worries persist (Reuters) “The operator of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores said it is monitoring Europe’s debt crisis and has yet to see vendors there pass on gains from a weak euro. Neiman also noted that a weak euro could negatively impact travel to New York.” Inditex Beats Views As 1Q Sales, Margins Jump (WSJ) “Spain’s Inditex, the fast-growing

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Alber on fashion’s future, Fashion Films abound, Gucci Couture, Coach and Target settle suit, Sex and the Middle East

Alber Elbaz | Source: Alive not dead

The Future Of Fashion, Part Six: Alber Elbaz (Style.com) “The word poetic invariably attaches itself to descriptions of the clothes Elbaz designs for Lanvin, but you get the feeling that behind the famous floppy bow tie, there is a hard-won sense of resolve. During our conversation… he spoke frankly about the problems the industry faces.” Fashion Films Become the Hottest New Accessories (IHT) “‘Catwalk

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Hedi Slimane on fashion’s future, HoF eyes expansion, Blogger power evolves, Herrera goes global, Gucci heritage

Burberry Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Burberry

The Future Of Fashion, Part Three: Hedi Slimane (Style.com) “[Slimane] has been both an insider (as, among other things, the highly influential designer of Dior Homme from 2000 to 2007) and an outsider… Here, he discusses today’s ‘costly and overwhelming fashion avalanche’.” House of Fraser eyes Middle East expansion (FT) “House of Fraser is set to announce plans to expand into the Middle East,

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PPR to focus on fashion, Elusive e-commerce, Gucci Indian JV stalls, Ralph in Greenwich, Personalised luxury

Tiffany's Online Shop | Source: Tiffany & Co.

PPR to sell lower-margin retail units (FT) “PPR, the French retail conglomerate headed by billionaire François-Henri Pinault, plans to dispose of retail businesses that generate 70 per cent of group sales to focus on clothing and accessories brands within its luxury Gucci Group and Puma, the sports wear company.” Online Luxury Retail Remains Elusive (Business Week) “There are still some brands that sell absolutely

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BoF Twitter Poll | Gucci Eyeweb versus Burberry’s Art of the Trench

BoF Twitter Poll Gucci Eyeweb versus Burberry Art of the Trench | Source: BoF

LONDON, United Kingdom — In recent weeks, two major luxury fashion brands have taken the plunge and launched social networks built around their brands and products. It’s not a new idea by any means, and indeed I wrote a piece on this very idea for the Financial Times almost two years ago. But, that doesn’t make it any less notable because, as far as I can tell, it is the first time top fashion brands have used social

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Gucci downplays logos, FTC targets bloggers, The new American shopper, Gap in China, EU retail regulations

Gucci Autumn/Winter 09 | Source: Gucci

For the Downturn, Gucci Downplays the Logos (Business Week) “The fashion house is going both upscale and down, but its signature Gs are relegated to the back room.” New F.T.C. Rules Have Bloggers and Twitterers Mulling (NY Times) “Beginning Dec. 1, bloggers, Twitterers and many others who write online product reviews must disclose the receipt of free merchandise or payment for the items they write about.”

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Polo profits drop, Chinese luxury grows, Shoppers seek the unique, BFC joins trade organisation, Gucci trademark

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Polo Ralph Lauren sales and profits fall (Drapers) “Polo Ralph Lauren has notched up first quarter sales of $1bn (£588.6m), an 8 percent fall on the same period last year.” Luxury Brands Gain Momentum in China Despite the Slowdown (Seeking Alpha) “Even as luxury goods consumption has fallen worldwide, China’s appetite for high-end retail has shown a strong momentum.” Shoppers see a value in unique

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Rodarte’s Target, Cavalli-Clessidra deal collapses, Gucci’s Pop-Up, Adidas profit plunges, Naomi Sims

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Rodarte’s Target (Vogue) “Rodarte will join the ranks of Erin Fetherston, Jovovich-Hawk, Rogan and Jonathan Saunders (among others), as the latest designers to collaborate with American retailer Target as part of its Go International series.” Clessidra Pulls Out Of Deal With Cavalli (WSJ) “Italian private equity fund Clessidra SGR SpA has pulled out of a deal with fashion house Roberto Cavalli after

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