Bespoke inflation, Chinese seek experiences, Barneys’ latest hire, H&M and Elin, Missoni’s Museum of Everything

Indochino Bespoke Suit | Source: Gear Patrol

Why Dressing Well Is Costing More (WSJ) “The culprit is the rising price of fabric. Cotton prices climbed a record 91% in 2010, and the price of crossbred wool hit a 14-year high in October, up 50% over 15 months… But higher material costs are only part of the story: Increasing demand caused by rising affluence is another.” New Experience Economy to Drive China Luxury in 2011 (Red Luxury) “Consumer demand

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Fashion’s cost crunch, NewGen winners, H&M soars on Lanvin, Givhan to Newsweek, Pierre Hardy’s fun house

Zara Catalogue A/W 2010 | Source: Zara

Cost, demand pressures face fashion retailers (Reuters) “The rising cost of cotton and labour and sluggish European demand are set to squeeze fashion retailers, results from world number one Inditex and others in the industry showed on Wednesday.” London’s NewGen 2011 Winners Announced (Style.com) “London is famously supportive of its young designers, and today, the British Fashion Council announced the 18 who

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Black Friday brightens mood, Price hikes, Lanvin performs well for H&M, WSJ vs. T, The making of Alexa Chung

Henri Bendel Holiday 2010 Catalogue | Source: Henri Bendel

US department stores gain Black Friday traffic (Reuters) “U.S. shoppers spent 6.4 percent more this Black Friday weekend than last year and hit department stores and clothing shops, rather than focusing on discounters as they had done in recent years.” Christmas shoppers stung by early price hike (Telegraph) “An investigation has revealed Christmas shoppers are being stung by rises of up to 26 per cent on gifts

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Lanvin’s fast fashion couture, Coach conquers Europe, Footwear News power list, Uniqlo sales dip, WWD at 100

H&M Champs Elysées | Source: Superfuture

Fast Fashion Meets Couture in Paris (IHT) “H&M has a particular reason to welcome the [Lanvin] collection to Paris: a new 2,800-square meter… store on the Champs-Élysées, designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel — the first time a ‘fast fashion’ chain has followed the architectural route.” Coach Gallops Into Europe (IHT) “Mr. Frankfort, chairman and CEO of the American accessories

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

LONDON, United Kingdom — According to network technology and services company Cisco, the number of people who watch web videos will surpass 1 billion by the end of 2010. By 2014, web video alone will account for 57 percent of all consumer internet traffic. Already, more than 2 billion videos are played each day on YouTube alone. With staggering statistics like these, it’s no surprise that fashion brands, both large and small, are investing in online video content, while agencies that represent commercial artists are urging their fashion photographers to reposition themselves as image-makers who can direct short films. But what makes a good fashion film? And are these the same primary concerns that go into a good fashion photograph?…

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Horyn says Paris hits redial, Forever 21 in UK, Luxury fast fashion, Serving affluents online, Saving Asian craft

Balanciaga Spring 2011 Runway | Source: Style.com

In Paris, Designers Hit the Redial Button (NY Times) “Nicolas Ghesquiere was showing Balenciaga at the Crillon, Balmain was at the Grand, and an American, Zac Posen, was making his debut here, in the very place where Yves Saint Laurent used to show. So why did the day feel like a broken record?” Forever 21 to launch in the UK (Telegraph) “Forever 21, America’s answer to Primark and New Look, will be opening

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Questioning fashion copyrighting, Chinese forays, Lanvin for H&M, Esprit’s decline, Revamping John Lewis

Canal Street AF1, created to drive counterfeit awareness | Source: Kicks on fire

Copyrighting Fashion: Who Gains? (NY Times) “Paradoxically, the payoff from free copying has been enormous.  The fashion cycle turns faster, and the industry gets richer – and creates new designs more frequently. So why on earth would anyone want to change that?” Luxury brands wrest back China market, eye smaller cities (Reuters) “Many piled into China over the last decade, pairing with re-sellers and joint

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Britain’s bad habit, Online fast fashion, India’s opportunity, Garment district perennial, A return to craft

Industrial sewing machine, detail | Source: Act Now

Britain’s appetite for fast fashion is pushing workers into starvation (Guardian) “Ethical trade has to be to ensure that workers are being paid a living wage… [including] food for her family and cover housing, education and health needs – Asian garment workers are currently being paid about half of what they need to do this.” Fashion chains H&M and Zara launch online operations (Guardian) “Several

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Burberry takes control, Hello Tommy, Superdry boosts profits, H&M revenue weakens, LFW lineup

Burberry Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Burberry

Burberry to buy out Chinese franchises (FT) “[Burberry] said it would buy out its Chinese franchises in a £70m deal that will see it take direct control of its 50 stores on the mainland. The deal came in the same week China reported 10.3 per cent growth in the past quarter.” Hello Tommy (Vogue.com) “Tommy Hilfiger is adding a new lifestyle label to its repertoire, entitled Tommy. Aimed at twentysomething men and

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H&M’s summer dip, Amazon fashion, Gap’s China strategy, Social media strategy, Inez and Vinoodh at 25

H & M Summer 2010 | Source: H & M

H&M flags discounts, Q2 profit in line, shares dip (Reuters) “Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz said a two-month sales dip brought on by cold weather could force it to make deeper discounts for the next three months as it met forcasts for second-quarter profit.” Why Amazon Needs to Stay Out of Fashion Retail (BNET) “Do we really need another place to buy clothes online? Amazon is apparently so

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Hilfiger cool again, H&M looks South, Prada Japan under fire, Selfridges’ augmented reality, Fashion philosophy

Tommy Hilfiger Summer 2010 | Source: Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger Replants His American Flag (NY Times) “Once a preppy kingpin and then a megabrand designer of urban streetwear, with over $1.9 billion in sales… at his peak, Mr. Hilfiger, in the 1990s, was very cool. But then, about 10 years ago, he just wasn’t…When did Tommy Hilfiger become cool again?” H&M Examining Latin America, Australia for Openings (Bloomberg) “Hennes & Mauritz, Europe’s

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Remembering Malcolm McLaren, LVMH hotel deal, American Apparel scramble, H&M beats forecast, Gilhart’s spirit

Malcolm McLaren, pictured in June 1994 | Source: Times

Causing Outrage: Remembering Malcolm McLaren (NY Times) “Malcolm McLaren… was never really into fashion, though we fashion writers loved to pick his brain. Mr. McLaren saw the big cultural picture of which fashion was a part, and he sensed the small vibrations long, long before they reached the mainstream.” LVMH signs luxury hotel deal with Egypt’s Orascom (FT) “LVMH, the luxury goods company, is to

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