H&M earnings drop, Made in Britain, Vente-Privée slows, Strike a Pose, Kirkwood wins

H&M Spring/Summer 2013 Collection | Source: H&M

Expansion costs hit H&M earnings (Reuters) “Hennes & Mauritz, the world’s No.2 fashion retailer, posted an unexpected drop in quarterly earnings, hit by competition in tough European markets and the cost of its expansion drive to take on bigger rival Inditex.” British-made fashion is back in business (Guardian) “The unique selling point of these products is, of course, that they are Made in Britain,

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Week in Review | Fashion’s Unsung Internet Forums, On Holidays, BoF’s Community Survey

Week in Review December 7-11

Op-Ed | Fashion’s Unsung Internet Forums (Opinion) “Much has been written about the rise of independent fashion blogs as both influential voices and viable businesses. But much less discussed are fashion-focused discussion sites, or forums, the Internet’s original hubs for independent fashion commentary.” Market Pulse | On Holidays (Market Pulse) “Neither the Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) nor the MSCI World Index

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H&M’s new concept stores, Miss Wu, Happy returns, Gieves & Hawkes new hire, PPR and Kane rumours

Amancio Ortega | Source: Reporte Indigo

H&M to launch new concept stores in Spring (Reuters) “World number two fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz will launch an eagerly-awaited new chain of stores targeting women shoppers in the Spring, it said on Wednesday.” Jason Wu’s New Contemporary Label Miss Wu Is Already a Hit (Daily Beast) “Miss Wu is a departure for the designer, now 30, who emigrated from Taiwan at age 9, launched his namesake label in

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Tapping into Instagram, Hong Kong’s crown, H&M sales hit, Renzo and Marni, Burton’s OBE

Instagram photos | Source: The New York Times

On Instagram, a Thriving Bazaar Taps a Big Market (NY Times) “Instagram, the picture-sharing application that Facebook bought earlier this year, has not yet figured out a way to make money. But some of its users have.” Hong Kong loses IPO crown (FT) “After three years of ruling the world, Hong Kong’s crown has undoubtedly slipped. This year the city fell to fourth place in the global rankings for initial public

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Highland Chanel, H&M recycling plan, ASOS on track, Material Wrld funding, Saskia de Brauw

Chanel pre-fall, Linlithgow Palace | Source: Wallpaper*

Chanel’s Scottish Touch Warms Up the Scottish Highlands (IHT) “The Chanel show that Karl Lagerfeld put on last week at Linlithgow Palace, near Edinburgh, was spectacular in every sense of the word. The burning braziers, sending quivering light over old stone, and the dinner held in a tented space, arising like magic on the hillside, were outshone only by an exceptional collection.” H&M Launches First Global

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Week in Review | Against Fast Fashion Collaborations, Joe Fresh’s approach, Leutton Postle

Week in Review November 12-16

Op-Ed | Making The Case Against Fast Fashion Collaborations (Opinion) “These underlying commercial motives are often obscured, however, by a ubiquitous but pernicious phrase: ‘the democratisation of fashion.’ Whoever coined the term is surely the marketing genius of the 21st century. On the face of it, who can argue that ‘the democratisation of fashion’ isn’t a good thing?” Joseph Mimran’s Fresh Approach (Intelligence)

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Op-Ed | Making The Case Against Fast Fashion Collaborations

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M | Source: H&M

Today, with the Maison Martin Margiela for H&M capsule collection set to arrive in stores later this week, guest contributor Eugene Rabkin, editor-in-chief of StyleZeitgeist magazine, makes the case against fast fashion collaborations. NEW YORK, United States — It’s been eight years since Karl Lagerfeld for H&M, the first collaboration between a high fashion designer and a mass retailer on a limited-edition capsule

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

NEW YORK, United States — “Are we failing to fulfil the potential of fashion film?” asked Quynh Mai’s Op-Ed for BoF earlier this year, citing misallocated budgets, uncompelling content, poor distribution strategies and established power structures that favour still photographers. Indeed, it’s fair to say that, while seasonal fashion shorts have become an essential part of the marketing toolbox for megabrands and emerging labels

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Belle Époque, Chinese market growth, PinPointing, Barneys to close Dallas store, H&M and ADR

Impressionisme et la Mode by Nicolas Krief | Source: NY Times

The Fashion Show From the Belle Époque (IHT) “The Belle Époque has never seemed such an orgy of gorgeousness as it does in “Impressionisme et la Mode” at the Musée d’Orsay. The concept of bringing Impressionist paintings to fashion life with displays of fans and hats, of dresses hooped over their crinolines and of shoes so decorative and tiny that they look like fairy slippers, might be seen as the ultimate in

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Battle royale in Paris, H&M expansion plans, Sashay away, India’s new stars, Germano Celant

Hedi Slimane vs Raf Simons by William Rankin | Source: NY Times

Battle of the Champions (IHT) “The fight between Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent — or, more accurately, the clash of two new titanic designers — is the story of this fashion season… The fact that the two maisons are owned by rival luxury conglomerates — LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton for Dior and PPR for YSL — only adds to the sense that this in an epic contest.” Sweden’s H&M says Q3 dented by

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Best of British, H&M’s sales hit, Rethinking luxury, Made in America, Being Sarah Mower

Sir Paul Smith by Rankin | Source: Hunger TV

Paul Smith: still the best of British (Telegraph) “‘Quirky and cool’ work well to encapsulate his output, from his first boutique in Nottingham in 1970 selling standard shirts with colourful stitching around the buttonholes, to a business empire that today stretches to 75 countries, with a turnover of £400 million.” H&M August sales hit by warm weather (Reuters) “World no.2 fashion retailer Hennes

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Monetising in 2020, High Street brands in China, H&M sales rise, Most wanted, L.A. state of mind

Google London office | Source: Doseng

How Will The Web Monetize In 2020? (TechCrunch) “The web is on the cusp of massive change: By 2020, the number of global internet users is expected to quadruple to 4 billion, and most of these new users will come online using multiple devices.” High Street fashion brands look to China for profits (BBC News) “Luxury labels have thrived in China and now their cheaper High Street counterparts are betting that young,

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China’s second tier, H&M sales up, Lanvin goes mobile, Copping’s circle, Advanced Style

H&M Holiday Campaign | Source: Fashion Gone Rogue

Big brands lead charge (China Daily) “Major brands from across Europe are looking toward China’s second- and third-tier cities as the country’s domestic market continues to grow outside of Beijing and Shanghai. With a foothold already established in China’s biggest cities, multi-national European brands as diverse as Ikea and Louis Vuitton are moving inland in search of new customers.” Warm weather

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