Luxury spending rebounds, Mr. Miuccia, Della Valle ups Saks stake, Tokyo sets sights on new gen, Return of the it bag?

Roger Vivier Miss Viv | Source: Holt Renfrew

What The Rich Are Buying Now (Forbes) “While most consumers aren’t returning to their pre-recession shopping patterns, there has been a rebound in luxury spending lately. Ultra affluent shoppers … have started to come out of hiding” Miuccia and Me (WSJ) “Bertelli, is the mastermind behind a label most people associate with his wife, Miuccia Prada, the avant-garde designer who has created global

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Chanel Learns to Think Like a Media Company

“Vol de Jour” by Karl Lagerfeld | Source:

NEW YORK, United States — In recent seasons, while a deep economic downturn has threatened the long-term survival of many magazines, a number of major fashion brands have been creating their own editorial content, and perhaps no brand has done more of this than Chanel. Back in November, Olivier Zahm posted an image of several layouts from 31 Rue Cambon, announcing “the first Chanel magazine which I have art directed and

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Rumour Mill | Karl Lagerfeld to leave Chanel?

Karl who?

PARIS, France – We don’t actively engage in the rumour mill here on BoF, but when the whispers involve Karl Lagerfeld, Olivier Theyskens and Alber Elbaz in a Lanvin and Chanel merry-go-round, it seems worthwhile to engage in a bit of Friday afternoon fashion speculation. Today, Diane Pernet has published a bombshell post outlining this scenario: “This is not a fact until you officially read it somewhere else but rumour

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Kors continues to expand, Mumbai left behind, Fashion finds a new segment, A moment with Karl

Michael Kors S/S 09 ad campaign, courtesy of Michael Kors

Michael Kors: an upbeat, uptown guy in a downturn (The Times) “Michael Kors, one of fashion’s great survivors, is still selling in Manhattan and Palm Beach, despite the Madoff effect, and London is set to follow” Delhi gets fashion pie, Mumbai the crumbs! (The Times of India) Could India finally be getting it’s fashion act together or is it just another acronym to add to India’s fashion scene?

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Online balancing act, End of the runway, Label survival, Nike’s restructuring plans

Fendi Website, photo courtesy of the Wall Street Journal

Karl Lagerfeld Discusses Luxury Internet Sales with European Commission (WSJ) “The explosion of online retailing leaves fashion houses with a difficult balancing act between exclusive image and exposure.” Fashion Sees The End Of The Runway (Forbes) “The catwalk’s diminishing presence doesn’t come as a major surprise considering how much the role of the runway has changed over the years.” Inside a

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Karl Lagerfeld: Creative destruction

What drives me crazy about most fashion industry coverage is that it is often limited to soundbites, tainted with marketing spin, and driven by editorial objectives. This perpetuates the notion of the superficial designer and undervalues the contributions made by truly innovative creative geniuses like Karl Lagerfeld. It is rare to have an unedited, in-depth conversation with anyone influential in this business-- let alone Karl Lagerfeld. But, not only did PBS interviewer Charlie Rose have this rare opportunity, he seized it with gusto in this clip I recently found on YouTube. Together with Harriet-Mays-Powell, Fashion Editor of New York Magazine, he deftly takes Mr. Lagerfeld through a wide ranging one hour conversation (no easy task!) which goes from his design…

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