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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Ferragamo at the Louvre, D&G trial, Cos’ achievement, Margiela rumours, Ambassador Anna?

Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: My Face Hunter

Ferragamo Takes Stage at the Louvre (IHT) “For the first time in its long history of grandeur, gore and artistry, the Louvre will host a catwalk fashion show on Tuesday. Designers have shown their wares in the museum courtyard with its glass pyramid, but this show from Salvatore Ferragamo will be inside the building, taking place on a 120-meter runway, about 400 feet, under the Denon wing’s colonnade.” Designers Dolce,

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CFDA honours, Luxury rising, H&M diversifies, Blogging pros and cons, Sacred Vreeland

Ashely and Mary Kate Olsen at the 2012 CDFA Awards | Source: Styleite

Fashion Awards, on Speed Dial (NY Times) “The CFDA show, at Lincoln Center, may have been the fastest in memory, helped by the fact that John Waters, the director and writer, gave awards to both the actor Johnny Depp and Rei Kawakubo, the designer of Comme des Garcons, who were missing in action.” Luxury goods sales to rise 7 pct per year (Reuters) “Global sales of luxury goods should rise 7 percent a year through

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Poland’s new wealthy, Gap rebounds, H&M sourcing woes, Social retailing, Bengali style setters

Warsaw skyline | Source: Travelpod

A market for the newly wealthy (FT) “Luxury is a relative concept. In Poland just over two decades ago, it was the height of luxury to have a steady supply of toilet paper, a washing machine and a few US dollars to buy some stick deodorant at a Peweks hard currency shop.” Gap Channels Best Quarter With Banana Republic’s Mad Men (Bloomberg) “Clothing based on the 1960s ‘Mad Men’ styles of Don Draper and

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U.S. retail catch-up, Asos magic, Benetton handover, H&M expansion, Hanneli Mustaparta

American Eagle Outfitters | Source: Store Appeal

U.S. retailers play catch-up in fashion speed race (Reuters) “After years of losing customers to Europe-based retailers that give young shoppers fresh fashions more quickly, U.S. clothes retailers are fighting back.” A Magic Formula: Recession-proof collections from Asos (Independent) “Few brands are posting a rise in sales right now, let alone an increase of almost 50 per cent. But the online fashion and beauty

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Lunch with Alexandra Shulman, Fashion pinch, H&M spike, Jaeger sold, Australia dropouts

Alexandra Shulman | Source: Mih Jeans

Lunch with the FT: Alexandra Shulman (FT) “But she is a big deal, and this is a big year for her and for Vogue. It’s Shulman’s 20-year anniversary as editor, this month she’s publishing her first novel, Can We Still be Friends, and Vogue is staging its first festival.” Discount fashion chains feel the pinch (FT) “In a market under pressure there are winners and losers. Fashion-conscious consumers are still making

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Dolce & Gabbana’s world, Luxury rises in the East, Ethical H&M, Wizards of Cos, Jenny Lauren

The Sicilian Baroque collection by Jason Lloyd-Evans | Source: Telegraph

The gilded world of Dolce and Gabbana (Telegraph) “The idea that Dolce & Gabbana, both the company and its clothes, are the ‘child’ of the two men who created it recurs repeatedly… By 2002 the company/child they could have ‘killed’ in the fallout had already grown into one of Italian fashion’s most momentous commercial juggernauts.” Luxury goods: style rises in the east (FT)

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Gucci vs. Guess, H&M hiccup, Too fashion forward, Facebook clears IPO hurdle, Altuzarra’s passion

Guess store Shanghai | Source: Fabeau

Gucci Accuses Guess of Massive Design ‘Knock Off’ Scheme (Bloomberg) “Gucci, a unit of Paris-based, sued in 2009 claiming that Los Angeles-based Guess was selling items in stores and online with logos that are ‘studied imitations of the Gucci trademarks.’ The trademarks include a green and red stripe design, a square G, the designer’s name in flowing script and a diamond pattern with repeating interlocking G’s,

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