Personal stylists go online, Hunt for new talent, Exclusively.in expands, Hermès strategy safe, Tisci’s spirituality

Christian Siriano for Send The Trend | Source: Send The Trend

Because, Obviously, Everyone Needs a Stylist (WSJ) “Now, a crop of new e-commerce sites are trying to cash in on regular consumers’ desires for a Hollywood-type stylist experience of their own. The sites combine the Internet’s powers of customization with the cachet of stylists to attempt to match of-the-moment products to shoppers’ personal preferences.” Fashion hunts for talent in new growth phase

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Ralph’s American dream, Hermès battle continues, Flash sites a boon to new designers, Collecting time, Judith Leiber

Karl Lagerfeld comic, by Johnny Ryan | Source: VICE

Oprah salutes Ralph Lauren and the American dream (LA Times) “So few people, in these starkly striated economic times, during which the barriers between classes have become more insurmountable than ever, get to traverse the chasms of culture and economy that have been leapt by Winfrey and Lauren.” Hermès Ownership Battle Continues (Epoch Times) “The controversial takeover of Hermès by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis

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Valentino’s state of grace, Protecting the Pashmina, Bulgari returns to profit, Hermès sales leap, Yusuke Maegawa

Valentino Spring Summer 2011 | Source: Valentino

Valentino: State of Grace (Interview) “If there is something most significant about Valentino, it’s that women feel beautiful when they’re wearing Valentino. Beauty is at the core of his work—it’s not just an element.” Nepal seeks legal cover for shawl that conquered the world (Independent) “Coveted for its lightness and warmth, the [pashmina] wool… has brought much-needed income to the mountain kingdom of

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Luxury optimism, Long live the it bag, Hermès sells Jean Paul Gaultier stake, Prada’s naysayers, Face of the future

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 Handbags | Source: Louis Vuitton

Luxury goods set for another record year (Reuters) “The outlook for the luxury goods market has improved significantly in recent months, boosted by a stronger-than-expected rebound in the United States and Europe and surging demand in China, consultancy Bain & Co said.” Why those in the know are no longer in with the It Bag (Independent) “The It Bag is dead! Long live the It Bag!… And that is the new

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Chalayan’s surreal world, M&S returns to France, Hermès to sell Gaultier stake, D&G cleared, Knock-off battle

Hussein Chalayan S/S 2011 featured in Glamcult | Source: Hussein Chalayan

Hussein Chalayan: The surreal thing (Independent) “When a designer such as Hussein Chalayan bases his collection on Japan it’s safe to presume that his interpretation will be far from literal: no opulent silk obi sashes tying flat-cut voluminous garments here.” Marks and Spencer to return to France (Telegraph) “The British high street stalwart has today announced that it will be returning to the French

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New life for lace, Magazines become e-tailers, LVMH pursues Hermès, American Apparel losses, Erdem’s obsessions

The new lace, detail | Source: Textile Talk

New Life for the Historic Art of Lace-Making (WSJ) “Lace, suddenly, is everywhere. Looking nothing like your grandmother’s doilies, lace is the fabric of whole dresses and suits for summer, as well as next fall. Lace hasn’t been this popular since Queen Victoria sat on the throne.” Click to Buy That Handbag in Vogue as Magazines Become E-Tailers (Bloomberg) “Vogue and Elle have long influenced what

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LVMH takes over Bulgari, Battle for Hermès goes on, Playing the game, Runway realism, Creative destruction

Bulgari B.Zero1 Collection | Source: Bulgari

LVMH to take over Bulgari in 3.7 billion-euro deal (Reuters) “French luxury group LVMH will take over Italy’s Bulgari in an 3.7 billion-euro all-share deal… Bulgari, established in 1884, agreed to the takeover ‘in order to reinforce, in accordance with its history, values, craftmanship and identity, the long-term development of the Bulgari Group,’ it said. Under the deal, the Bulgari family will become

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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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