Gucci Group shake-up explained, Dior’s new chapter, Paris round up, Hermès profit jumps, Gaga to the rescue

Gucci Spring/Summer 2011 Campaign | Source: Fashion Fame

The reasons behind the major shake up at Gucci Group (CPP Luxury) “International media as well as major luxury players have been taken by surprise this week by several major changes within PPR/Gucci Group and it seems this is just the beginning…. Francois Henri Pinault has radically changed management… responding fast to market conditions.” Dropping Galliano lets Dior open new chapter (Reuters) “Behind

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Big changes at Gucci Group, Behind the Marc, Hermès to LVMH: Cut stake, Rent the Runway, Cast your vote for Calgary

Preparing for the Marc Jacobs show | Source: NY Times

PPR Chief to Run Gucci Himself (NY Times) “The French luxury magnate François-Henri Pinault said… he would personally take charge of Gucci Group as he reorganizes its parent company to focus on the most profitable businesses. Robert Polet, who has headed Gucci since 2004, will be stepping down in a few weeks… Mr. Pinault also said Paul Deneve would replace Valérie Hermann as chief executive of Yves Saint

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Rethinking couture, The battle for Hermès, Obama debate continues, Jimmy Choo profits triple, Rankin’s army

L-R: Valentino, Gaultier, Chanel, Saab, Dior, Armani, Givenchy | Source: FT

All about the Atelier (FT) “It’s possible we’re thinking about this all wrong – this being the now-shrunk-to-three-days-with-only-six-full-fledged-couture-brands couture shows. It’s possible we’re asking the wrong questions. It’s possible that, instead of perennially rending our garments and plunging into the long tunnel of debate over whether couture is relevant in a not-entirely-post-recession 21st century, we should

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Scarves make a comeback, Next counts losses, Hermès wins AMF ruling, Fresh fashion faces, The Sartorialist at work

U, featured on J'aime mon Carre | Source: J'aime mon Carre

Fashion Ties the Knot (WSJ) “Fashion’s most matronly accessory is experiencing a rejuvenation. Silk prints have evolved from hunting scenes to tattoo-like images. Scarves have loosened up… They have moved off the neck to substitute for belts, bandanas, bracelets and even a sling for a broken arm.” Next Counts Cost of Big Freeze (Guardian) “Britain’s second largest clothing chain had fared worse

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Tom Ford video, Hermès-LVMH saga, Branded content, Rei’s inspiration, Tomas Maier says ‘Just have less’

Tom Ford's Private Spring '11 Show (Grazia Daily) "If there’s one man who knows how to tantalize an audience, it’s Mr Tom Ford. Because, as a New Year gift, the designer has bestowed upon us super-glossy footage of his highly-secretive, high-security showcase four months after it took place." Regulator to weigh Hermès buyout waiver (Reuters) "France's stock market regulator will examine Hermès request for a waiver on buying out minority shareholders on Thursday as the luxury goods maker tries to fend off a takeover from rival LVMH, according to a person familiar with the matter." 7 Stellar Examples of Branded Content from the Fashion Industry (Mashable) "From online blogzines to Tumblr-powered micro sites, branded content is quickly  becoming a cost…

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Blurring gender boundaries, LVMH strikes Hermès again, Li & Fung buys Cerruti, Yohji at the V&A, Bibhu Mohaputra

Andrej Pejic | Source: Deviantart.com

Fashion blurs gender boundaries (Telegraph) “Transsexuals, transvestites and models with no clear gender affiliation are all the rage in current advertising campaigns and editorials.” Hermès Shares Jump in Paris After LVMH Increases Holding (Bloomberg) “Hermès International rose as much as 5 percent in Paris trading after larger luxury-goods rival LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA said it increased its stake in

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Ascher London relaunched, Galeries Lafayette to China, Hermès’ suitor, Tiffany ups forecast, Watching Latin America

Ascher printed floral mohair boucle for Cardin 1958 | Source: Telegraph

Ascher London is relaunched (Telegraph) “The once-legendary scarf brand Ascher was famous for its collaborations with the 20th century’s most illustrious artists. Now the founder’s grandson is setting out to revive the tradition.” Galeries Lafayette in Beijing return (FT) “The group said it expected its first store to open in Beijing in 2013… The announcement comes three years after Galeries

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Behind the veil, Richemont’s cash plans, Social commerce, Fashion’s food groupies, David Szeto on the record

Burberry on Twitter | Source: Twitter

Giving a Glimpse of How It Is Done (NY Times) “‘The point is, luxury brands cannot compete on product alone… They all sell beautiful products and follow the same trends, so loyalty is low. Brands are seeking ways to connect to consumers and show how they’re different.’” Richemont’s Focus on Saving Cash Pile Damps Hermès Speculation (Bloomberg) “Richemont said the world’s largest jewelry

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Bonnie Brooks’ quest at The Bay, Tapping the blogosphere, Hermès’ defense, Adidas’ big plans, Kenzo celebrates

The Bay's Bonnie Brooks' lifelong ‘quest to be the best’ (Globe and Mail) "Ms. Brooks is used to thinking big.  [At Lane Crawford], she used some of the same tactics that she’s applying at the Bay to turn it around: introducing an array of with-it brands, ditching old ones and putting a spotlight on high-margin shoes and handbags." How luxury brands can tap the blogosphere’s growing influence (Luxury Daily) "Consumers trust blogs more compared to traditional media than they did five years ago. Brands should actively look for ways to generate positive press by developing relationships with prominent industry bloggers." Hermès needs to style media defense to unsaddle LVMH (Reuters) "Winning the media war against luxury giant LVMH which began…

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