Rodarte steps up, Trunk show revival, Japan’s attitude shift, Prada’s profits soar, Gaultier exhibit in Montreal

Laura and Kate Mulleavy | Source: Displaced Bones

Rodarte Steps Up to a Widening World (IHT) “Over the past year the fashion brand, created in 2005 by the sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, made headlines not only for its distinctive ready-to-wear collections but also for its first foray into costume design… [Now] they have announced that they have been invited by Pitti W, the womenswear portion of Pitti Immagine, to be its special guests at its June capsule collection

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Berlin’s best, Fashioning free phones, Seeking China’s Lagerfeld, Gaultier’s treasure, Valentino in the black?

Marcel Ostertag Spring/Summer 2011 at BFW | Source: WSJ

La Mode Berlin (WSJ) “The city’s edgy, sexy vibe was evident on Wednesday as German designers kicked off Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week, which runs through Saturday. Getting on the world’s fashion map isn’t easy, but Berlin is trying.” American Eagle Promotes Apparel With Free Phones (WSJ) “Teen retailers in particular have struggled against gadget makers for control of younger buyers’

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Burton takes reins at McQueen, Gaultier exits Hermès, Theyskens for Theory, Vuitton ads banned, Giles talks Ungaro

Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen A/W 2010 | Sources: Telegraph, Style.com

Sarah Burton confirmed as Creative Director at Alexander McQueen (Telegraph) “A statement from Alexander McQueen and its ‘parent’ company, Gucci Group, announced that Burton will supervise the creative direction and development of all collections of the brand going forwards.” New Designer at Hermès (NY Times) “After seven years, Jean Paul Gaultier is giving up his ready-to-wear duties at Hermès and will be

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Hermès denies rumours, Olsens conquer fashion, Liberty comeback, Wintour’s power, Fashion finger puppets

Jean Paul Gaultier | Source: Courtesy

Hermès Denies Any Gaultier Plans To Quit (Fashion Wire Daily) “Hermès and Jean Paul Gaultier have vehemently denied recent reports on the Internet that the French designer was planning to quit his position as creative director of women’s wear for the luxury label.” Good Things Do Come in Pairs (New York Times) “Very few celebrities are either so fascinating or appalling that they manage to get under our skins, as

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JPG to leave Hermès?, Liberty in talks with Target, Escada’s white knights, End of discounting

Jean Paul Gaultier Said to be Leaving Hermès (Fashion Week Daily) “Change is brewing at Hermès, and it’s starting with Jean Paul Gaultier. The designer is said to be resigning from the company; his last collection for the house is due to bow in Paris this October.” Liberty linked to Target collaboration (Drapers) “Liberty, the iconic London department store, is reported to be in talks with US value chain

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Luxe Redux, Gaultier is inspired, Jil Sander for Uniqlo, Standouts spur spending

Jean-Paul Gaultier Couture A/W 09, courtesy of Coutorture

Luxe Redux (Reuters) “Lavish. Silent. Undisturbed. Visiting luxury boutiques these days can seem like stepping into a time capsule, and in a sense, you are, as retail and marketing plans and products conceived during the bully days of early 2008 are still on display and feel, in this post-luxury age, as anachronistic and appealing as Zeppelin travel after the Hindenburg disaster.” Let crisis inspire haute couture, says

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Luxury strategy revisited, Interview: Bernard Arnault, Gaultier goes 2.0, Britain’s fashion graduates

"Love of Pink" perfume ad, courtesy of Lacoste

Luxury marketing plays by a different set of rules (FT) “The present economic crisis has forced all companies to question their strategies and practices, and this has never been more crucial than for luxury brands and marketing.” Bernard Arnault: How to manage the transition into quality (FT) “Bernard Arnault, chairman of Möet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the largest luxury company in the world, does not like the word

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McQueen for Target, E-commerce slows, Clothes in a downturn, Gaultier’s president

Alexander McQueen to collaborate with Target (Drapers) Alexander McQueen creates a range for Target geared towards a "slightly older customer." Online Retailers: Slower Growth Expected This Holiday Season (WSJ) Online retailers are resilient when it comes to the economy, but they’re not immune," according to Scott Silverman, Shop.org's executive director. What Moves During An Economic Downturn (JC Report) "One might assume that demand for timeless basics would be on the rise in such uncertain times, many retailers report that it's the exact opposite." Jean Paul Gaultier Said to Tap New President (WWD) Veronique Gautier is said to be the new president of Jean Paul Gaultier. Alexander McQueen, photo courtesy of Alexander McQueen.

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