Sonam Kapoor, Bollywood’s Fashionable Sweetheart

Sonam Kapoor styled by Nikhil Mansata | Photo: R Burman for BoF

BoF columnist Bandana Tewari speaks to 28 year-old actor Sonam Kapoor — daughter of legendary Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor and a member of the recently launched BoF 500 — about the power of entertainment and Bollywood’s unique ability to move the Indian fashion market.

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Following the Thread of India’s Artisans

Left: Alberta Ferretti for Kanchipuram silk; Right: Burberry for Maheshwari silk | Photo: Matthew Shave

Today, BoF columnist Bandana Tewari reports on Project Renaissance, a unique collaboration between Indian artisans and international fashion brands organised by Vogue India in celebration of the magazine’s fifth anniversary. MUMBAI, India — Living in India, it’s not difficult to see the magic that lies in the country’s artisanal crafts and textiles. From the foothills of the Himalayas to the tip of Kanyakumari, there is tremendous

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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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The iPad’s success, India vows opennness, Burberry beats forecasts, Levi’s profits up, America’s original voice

iPad2 | Source: The Reader's Eye

iPads Now Driving More Web Traffic Than iPhones (Mashable) “Smartphones and tablets — particularly the iPad — are becoming an increasingly significant source of web traffic in the U.S. According to web analytics firm comScore, smartphones and tablets accounted for 6.8% of all web traffic in the U.S. in August… Shopping is also a popular pastime. In August, 56% of tablet owners looked up product or price information from

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Donatella talks to Riccardo Tisci, Social media’s new wave, PPR on the prowl, India’s wealthy ways, Fairytale dresses

Riccardo Tisci photographed by Steven Klein | Source: Interview Magazine

Riccardo Tisci By Donatella Versace (Interview) “Like any competitive industry, fashion understands the market need for a constant infusion of fresh blood and untapped talent. But among the crop of sartorial prodigies to have emerged in recent years, none has ascended from young upstart to master of the universe as rapidly as 36-year-old Italian designer Riccardo Tisci.” Social Media: The Second Generation (WWD)

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Rick Owens’ dark empire, Golden shears, India’s models face racism, Jane Pratt’s comeback, Generation creativity

Rick Owens | Source: Vice Magazine

Rick Owens: The prince of dark design (Independent) “In a fashion climate ruled by luxury-goods conglomerates and an excess of merchandise that is both overwhelming and, increasingly, banal, Owens’ less-than-conventional career trajectory – his business turned over more than $50m last year – is an inspiration. ” The Golden Shears – the Oscars of the tailoring world (FT) “Sometimes we can be so

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Tribes versus trends, Tokyo stores reopen, India’s luxury real estate crunch, Inditex profit up, John Lobb bespoke

Ann Demeulemeester Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: The Cutting Class

The Tribes of Westwood, Owens and Demeulemeester (The Cutting Class) “While some designers tend to beat to the drum of being on-trend, others have already cultivated their own communities and are even referencing it within their collections. In the recent Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens and Vivienne Westwood collections you feel that they are speaking in a language that their customers already know and understand.”

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Luxury leads recovery, Asos launches US site, Italians invest in India, Fast Retailing sees decline, Runway top ten

Neiman Marcus, Boston | Source: ICSC

US luxury stores outperform rest of retail sector (FT) “US luxury department stores outperformed the rest of the retail sector during September, underlining the extent to which more prosperous shoppers are leading the recovery in consumer spending.” Asos launches US site (Retail Week) “Asos is promoting the new website, Us.asos.com, by giving US customers free delivery. It plans to launch French and German

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Paris and Milan stay safe, Gucci repositioning, Indian luxury lags, L Capital invests, Counterintuitive Krakoff

Ferragamo Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Ferragamo

Fashion Opts for Safety in Paris, Milan (Bloomberg) “Even amid signs that demand for luxury clothing and accessories is returning, makers of the goods will ‘play it safe’ for spring-summer 2011, according to Sue Evans, senior editor of catwalks at fashion forecaster WGSN.” Gucci Unpacks ‘La Dolce Vita‘ (WSJ) “During the consumer-spending slump, aspirational purchases slowed sharply, and

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Nordstrom innovates, Emerging fashion, American Apparel warned, Content is king, Condé Nast courts India

Laura Theiss Autumn/Winter 2010, at Début | Source: Début New York

Nordstrom Links Online Inventory to Real World (NY Times) “The company wove in individual stores’ inventory to the Web site, so that essentially all of the stores were also acting as warehouses for online. Results were immediate… It also means that inventory is moving faster, and often at higher prices.” The Demand for Emerging Fashion: Part I (Huffington Post) “[The first trend] noticed was brand exhaustion

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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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