Gucci Group shake-up explained, Dior’s new chapter, Paris round up, Hermès profit jumps, Gaga to the rescue

Gucci Spring/Summer 2011 Campaign | Source: Fashion Fame

The reasons behind the major shake up at Gucci Group (CPP Luxury) “International media as well as major luxury players have been taken by surprise this week by several major changes within PPR/Gucci Group and it seems this is just the beginning…. Francois Henri Pinault has radically changed management… responding fast to market conditions.” Dropping Galliano lets Dior open new chapter (Reuters) “Behind

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Cambodia’s silk industry, Armani goes Gaga, Functionality vs flash, Forbes’ Luxe index, Return to sophistication

Dying Cambodian silk using flowers, leaves, and bark | Source: Samatoa

Cambodia Slowly Reweaves Its Silk Industry (NY Times) “Far from the glamour at fashion weeks in America and Europe, Cambodia’s silk industry is struggling to regain the foothold it lost during years of political and civil unrest.” Armani Hitches Wagon to Gaga (WSJ) “The 76-year-old designer’s multimillion-dollar partnership with the 24-year-old pop idol has put Mr. Armani ‘in a new creative

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Giles officially at Ungaro, Tommy weighs in at PVH, Prada boosted by retail, Rethinking the 70s, Gaga’s fashion effect

Calvin Klein Collection Summer 2010 | Source: PVH

Giles Deacon confirmed as Creative Director of Ungaro (Vogue.com) “The new appointment is bound to bring a close to an unsettled atmosphere at the French house that has reigned since Emanuel Ungaro himself retired in 2004.” (RSS and email subscribers: watch exclusive BoF interview here) Phillips-Van Heusen beats, but Tommy weighs in Q2 (Reuters) “Analysts had been expecting a bigger boost from Tommy Hilfiger, the

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BoF Exclusive | Zaldy Goco talks about designing for Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga, Part II

Michael Jackson by Zaldy | Source: Zaldy Goco

Yesterday, we learned about the beginnings of Zaldy Goco’s work in the music and fashion industries. Today, in part two, we speak to him about his close collaboration with Michael Jackson for the This is It concert extravaganza. NEW YORK, United States — When Zaldy Goco answered the phone last April and learned that Michael Jackson’s creative team wanted him to develop some costume ideas for the King of Pop’s long-awaited comeback

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BoF Exclusive | Zaldy Goco talks about designing for Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga, Part I

Lady Gaga by Zaldy | Source: Fan site

To further explore the powerful synergy between the fashion and music industries, BoF brings you an exclusive two-part interview with fashion designer Zaldy, known for his close connection to the music industry’s biggest stars. NEW YORK, United States — Zaldy Goco is one of those rare creative talents who moves seamlessly between music and fashion. For almost two decades, the New York-based fashion designer has been working

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The Holy Trinity: Fashion, Music and Film

LONDON, United Kingdom — Last night on X-Factor, one of the most popular shows in British television history, Lady Gaga laid down the digital pop star gauntlet again, dressed in Gareth Pugh's fantastical creations from Spring/Summer 2007 while performing Bad Romance, the first release from her second album The Fame Monster. The song originally debuted at the seminal show of the Spring/Summer 2010 collections staged by Alexander McQueen. As was widely reported at the time, when Ms. Gaga announced the song's debut to her more than 1 million Twitter followers, it promptly crashed the SHOWStudio site which was live-streaming the McQueen show. Since then, Gaga has performed Bad Romance at the American Music Awards, the Ellen Degeneres Show, the Jay…

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The Business of Gaga, PPR’s planned acquisition spree, Tailoring art direction, Luxury pricing, Steve J and Yoni P

The Business Of Lady Gaga (Forbes) "In the cacophony of the music business, Gaga has broken through the clutter with muzzle velocity, becoming a superstar in scarcely a year. Her first album, The Fame, is the best-selling debut album of 2009. Her single Just Dance has been viewed 87 million times on YouTube. Gaga's tracks have clocked 20 million downloads this year. One of them, Poker Face, is the most downloaded tune in the history of U.K. digital music." Heir to Gucci Empire Reveals Plan to Double Bet on Fashion (Wall Street Journal) "A 12-person team within PPR has drawn up two lists. The first enumerates a new set of 20 possible industry buyers for the three retail businesses up…

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