Next steps at Balenciaga, Rugby no more, M&S profits fall, Amazon ups the ante, New male

Nicolas Ghesquière by Alessandro Garofalo | Source: Style.com

What Next For Balenciaga? (Vogue UK) “CEO Isabelle Guichot has confirmed that she has ‘a shortlist’ of potential candidates to succeed creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, following yesterday’s confirmation that he would be parting ways with the brand. The designer has acted at the helm of Balenciaga for 15 years.” Ralph Lauren kicks its ‘preppy look’ Rugby label into touch (Independent)

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JC Penney plots turnaround, King Karl, Hugo Boss growth slows, Water world, Queen of frocks

Karl Lagerfeld | Source: Trend Gruppen

Why JC Penney Will Come Back (The Motley Fool) “Rome wasn’t built in a day, and no one said JC Penney’s turnaround would happen overnight either. Since Ron Johnson took the helm back in January, shares have been sliced in half and currently sit near 52-week lows.” It’s Karl’s world, we just live in it (The Independent) “Lagerfeld’s output is more diverse than any other

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Market Pulse | No Sparkle Despite Shiny Results

Savigny Luxury Index April 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) continued its sluggish performance this month, ending almost flat (SLI components actually fell an average of nearly 2 percent when expressed in local currency) compared to a drop of 0.7 percent in the benchmark MSCI World Index (MSCI).  Newsflow was good overall, with strong results and two successful IPOs, but dampened somewhat by concerns about growth prospects. Big news

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Aquascutum insolvency, Zadig deal, Burberry slows, Hugo Boss in China, Marchesa expands?

Aquascutum Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Rag Pony

Aquascutum collapses into administration (FT) “Aquascutum has collapsed into administration, putting about 250 jobs at risk and threatening the possible demise of a classic British clothing brand. FRP Advisory has been appointed administrator to the 160-year-old company, owned by fashion entrepreneur Harold Tillman.” TA Associates fashions 30 per cent deal for Zadig & Voltaire (AltAssets) “The US-based firm’s

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Show fatigue, NYFW schedule conflicts, Good start for Boss, Model education, Jet set designer

Meadham Kirchhoff Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Fashion156

Out of fashion: Designers finding new ways to sell their style (Independent) “As the autumn 2012 collections are unveiled, more and more designers are questioning the format; seeking something new in an age where digital culture means every image is beamed straight to an audience at home and cloistered, exclusive runways are no longer the most practical way of promoting their labels.” New York Fashion Week Parades 328

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PPR acquires Brioni, H&M and Versace, Boss ups targets, iPad catalog experience, Alber Elbaz’s real drama

Brioni Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Luxos

PPR set to buy men’s wear brand Brioni (FT) “PPR, the French luxury goods group, has confirmed it will acquire Brioni, the Italian high end men’s wear group that has dressed Vladimir Putin and the fictional character James Bond in several movie outings. In a statement on Tuesday, PPR said it would be buying 100 per cent of the family owned group for an undisclosed sum… PPR is reorienting and expanding its

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Lacroix’s next move, Hugo Boss optimism, Ethical fashion’s impact, Pose raises funds, Katie Hillier’s secrets

La Source by Anne Deniau | Source: NY Times

What Christian Lacroix Did Next (NY Times) “‘This is my couture,’ says Christian Lacroix, before his latest creations took to the stage in “La Source,” a magical realist ballet created in the 19th century and rarely seen since then. These fantastical costumes, mixing folkloric outfits with diaphanous pastel dresses, scattered with sparkling crystal, are for just one among a series of theatrical events across Europe that Mr. Lacroix

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Introducing Park & Bond, Rising gold prices, Cultivating Chinese brands, Hugo Boss margins up, Carine’s teaser

Park & Bond | Source: Park & Bond

Gilt Groupe Targets Guys for New Luxury Retail Site Park & Bond (Forbes) “Internet retailer Gilt Groupe is straying from its tried-and-true flash sales model to launch Park & Bond, a full-priced menswear site without the limited-time component that’s been responsible for Gilt’s rapid growth since it was founded in 2007… But in order to really flex the buying muscle of its 400,000 male customers Gilt is going to

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Uniqlo’s surprise, PPR beats expectations, Confident Boss, Hilfiger makes Asian inroads, Destination Guangzhou

Jun Takahashi | Source: Forbes

The Experimental Designer Who Will Replace Jil Sander At Uniqlo (Forbes) “In some ways Takahashi is a surprising choice — he’s not exactly a household name outside of Japan, and his clothes veer toward the avant garde… But Takahashi is Japanese, and he has worked with big commercial companies before — he designs a running line for Nike. Furthermore, he’s one of the most innovative, interesting designers working

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Miu Miu strikes a chord, ASOS global, Hugo Boss boost, Louboutin vs YSL, Rocking fashion in Berlin

Miu Miu Autumn Winter 2011 Photographed by Bruce Weber | Source: Miu Miu

Prada Woos Young Chinese With Edgier Sister-Brand (WSJ) “Aiming to cash in on China’s bulging population of young fashion-lovers, Prada is turning its focus in the Chinese market to its… Sister-brand… Miu Miu has struck a chord with China’s young luxury shoppers… Who… Don’t remember the era in which the brand was overshadowed by the Prada label.” Global growth drives ASOS sales (FT) “Online

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Kate Moss and Topshop part ways, Gucci’s digital flagship, Bulgari recovers, Boss sales rebound, Kolkata fashion weeks clash

Kate Moss for Topshop, Autumn 2009 | Source: Topshop

Kate Moss and Topshop to end design deal (BBC) “A three-year design partnership between Kate Moss and Topshop is to end later this year. When the supermodel unveils her autumn and winter range in October – it will be her 14th and last collection for the chain.” Gucci opens its new luxury digital flagship store (Fashion and Runway) “Following an 18 month architectural renovation under the direction of Gucci

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PPR’s growth stategy, Hugo Boss recovers, Ittierre refinancing, Survival of the finest, Singapore Fashion Festival

Helly Hansen Hiking Gear | Source: Helly Hansen

PPR’s retail recovery could speed up sale process (Reuters) “A shopping revival should help French group PPR more easily dispose of its retail units and fulfill its long-held ambition of refocusing on the luxury and outdoor sectors…One attractive target for PPR could be the Norwegian outdoor clothing brand Helly Hansen, owned by Swedish private equity firm Altor since 2006.” Hugo Boss looks forward to growth

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