Power Moves | Thierry Andretta Leaves Lanvin, Michèle Huban to Take the Reins

PARIS, France — Thierry Andretta has stepped down as the managing director of Lanvin, a position he held since 2009. Michèle Huban, Lanvin’s current chief operating officer, will assume Andretta’s duties. Andretta joined the brand in 2008 as an executive vice president and was instrumental in the expansion of Lanvin’s global retail footprint. During his tenure, Andretta also made Lanvin’s leather goods business a strategic focus, with the aim of extending the level of distinction that creative director Alber Elbaz brought to the label’s womens ready-to-wear collections into accessories. A Lanvin spokesperson cited ‘personal reasons’ as the cause of Andretta’s departure. But according to market sources, there had been disagreements between the executive and the brand’s majority owner, Shaw-Lan Wang,…

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Photo Diary | PFW, Days 1-2: Damir Doma, Dries van Noten, Balmain, Rick Owens, Lanvin

Mugler A/W 2013 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

PARIS, France — Straight from Paris, BoF’s contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde brings us backstage imagery from the Anthony Vaccarello, Damir Doma, Dries van Noten, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Gareth Pugh, Mugler, Manish Arora, Balmain, Rick Owens and Lanvin shows, held on the first and second days of Paris Fashion Week.

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Coach’s competition crisis, Olympic effect, J.Crew in HK, Fashion trucks, Unconventional models

Coach Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: My Daily

Coach Droops As Kors Grabs Handbag Customers In Slowdown: Retail (Bloomberg) “The largest U.S. maker of luxury leather goods is facing rising competition from companies, such as Michael Kors Holdings Ltd, piling into the lucrative handbag category that Coach has dominated for more than a decade.” London awaits Olympic effect on trade (FT) “To many Londoners, however, the city is looking and feeling emptier than

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China’s second tier, H&M sales up, Lanvin goes mobile, Copping’s circle, Advanced Style

H&M Holiday Campaign | Source: Fashion Gone Rogue

Big brands lead charge (China Daily) “Major brands from across Europe are looking toward China’s second- and third-tier cities as the country’s domestic market continues to grow outside of Beijing and Shanghai. With a foothold already established in China’s biggest cities, multi-national European brands as diverse as Ikea and Louis Vuitton are moving inland in search of new customers.” Warm weather

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Africa in vogue, Ferragamo Q1 up, Fairchild buys NowManifest, Coco cruise, Loving Alber

Janet Kataah Museveni for L'Uomo Vogue | Source: NY Times

Rebranding Africa (IHT) “Africa is in the news — but not just for the sad and familiar reasons of conflict and suffering. The continent is entering the fashion arena, with the quality of its handwork, artistic creativity and its potential for economic growth bringing Africa literally in vogue.” Italy’s Ferragamo Q1 net rises 10 pct (Reuters) “Italian luxury shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo said on Monday its

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

NEW YORK, United States — What makes a successful fashion film? Is it a strong visual concept? Content that can be quickly parsed? A savvy distribution strategy? Humour? Provocation? A famous model or a catchy soundtrack? Creating compelling fashion videos has always been more art than science. But as we set about compiling our ranking of this season’s best films, we saw some interesting commonalities. While Cartier’s 3-minute CGI

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Autumn/Winter 2012 | The Season That Was

Future of the Fashion World's Front Row | Source: Jessica Michault Twitter

PARIS, France — What does it take to create a true fashion moment? This season, the answer would seem to be either the high-profile dismissal of a longstanding creative director just days before his fashion show, or a massive budget to create a larger-than-life fashion spectacle that not only captures the imagination of show-going industry insiders, but generates striking imagery which plays out on livestreams, social media, and

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Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments at Paris Fashion Week

Rick Owens' beautiful draped silhouettes and soft colours | Photo: Morgan O'Donovan for Dazed Digital

PARIS, France — Ahh, Paris. The spiritual home of fashion where the wonderful diversity of creative ideas and fashion dreams comes together in a veritable cornucopia of collections that close off fashion month. We’ve selected ten fashion moments from the Autumn/Winter 2012 collections in Paris, with photographs by Morgan O’Donovan, whose camera was focused on all the goings on backstage — before, during and after the runway shows.

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Alber’s decade, Louboutin legacy, Behind Pinterest, Mashable rumours, Hilfiger looks back

Alber Elbaz | Source: Hypebeast

Ready To Wear: A decade of elegance for gifted Elbaz at Lanvin (Independent) “How good it was to see Alber Elbaz celebrating his 10th anniversary at the helm of Lanvin. If ever proof were needed that, long term, the loudest noise is made by the most talented designers, and that their skill is more important than any slick marketing and/or money-spinning licensing and accessories, it lies here.” Christian

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Ghesquière’s futuristic fashion, Chris Burch departs, Philophiles, Upcycling and ethics, Lanvin celebration

Balenciaga Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

Balenciaga: A Fantastic Futurist (NY Times) “The show was Balenciaga’s version of workplace clothes for the 21st century. And from the service personnel at the entrance, in sweaters slashed with a graphic line, to the I.T. department, in serviceable jumpsuits, the result was a faultless parade from a fantastic futurist.” Chris Burch Steps Down As Co-Chair of Tory Burch (The Cut) “We can confirm that Chis Burch has

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