Couture dream, Lion Capital’s defence, Supergroup sales jump, Valentino runway debut, Sole man

Lanvin by But Sou Lai | Source: NY Times

The Inside Story of a Couture Dream in the Making (IHT) “Few dare to focus on a blank page, even if it has a gilded trim, or to imagine that a cover could be made from gros grain, with the texture of a couture dress and no sign of a title — until you find the names embossed on the gilding: ‘Lanvin’ and ‘Alber Elbaz.’… ‘I didn’t want to make it a retrospective, the beginning of the

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

Lanvin Spoof Video | Source: NEW YORK, United States — At BoF, we’ve been ranking the top fashion films of the season since 2009, when the genre was still just coming into existence. But even back then, set against the staggering rise of online video consumption and the growing importance of engaging young digital consumers, the medium’s tremendous potential was clear. Fast-forward to the Autumn of 2011 and YouTube-friendly short

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Getting The Luxury Fashion Business Model Right

Elle Macpherson at Louis Vuitton A/W 2010 | Source: Fashionising

Today, BoF exclusively brings you Savigny Partners’ blow-by-blow analysis of the rapidly shifting luxury fashion business model which is undergoing transformation due to underlying shifts in consumer values, technology and globalisation LONDON, United Kingdom — Luxury fashion is a very exciting business which can generate substantial returns if you get the formula right. Not only is there the ability to charge up to ten times

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Black Friday brightens mood, Price hikes, Lanvin performs well for H&M, WSJ vs. T, The making of Alexa Chung

Henri Bendel Holiday 2010 Catalogue | Source: Henri Bendel

US department stores gain Black Friday traffic (Reuters) “U.S. shoppers spent 6.4 percent more this Black Friday weekend than last year and hit department stores and clothing shops, rather than focusing on discounters as they had done in recent years.” Christmas shoppers stung by early price hike (Telegraph) “An investigation has revealed Christmas shoppers are being stung by rises of up to 26 per cent on gifts

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Questioning fashion copyrighting, Chinese forays, Lanvin for H&M, Esprit’s decline, Revamping John Lewis

Canal Street AF1, created to drive counterfeit awareness | Source: Kicks on fire

Copyrighting Fashion: Who Gains? (NY Times) “Paradoxically, the payoff from free copying has been enormous.  The fashion cycle turns faster, and the industry gets richer – and creates new designs more frequently. So why on earth would anyone want to change that?” Luxury brands wrest back China market, eye smaller cities (Reuters) “Many piled into China over the last decade, pairing with re-sellers and joint

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Mango for JC Penney, Lanvin’s wonderland, Hats comeback, American Apparel’s losses, Business mentors

Scarlett Johansson for MNG JCPenney | Source: Nitrolicious

Penney Weaves New Fast-Fashion Line (WSJ) “J.C. Penney Co. is going to try running with a faster crowd.  [Unveiling] an unconventional collaboration with Mango, the closely-held Barcelona chain known for whipping up cutting edge looks that go from design studio to store shelves in as little as four weeks.” Societies May Fall, but Prices Do Not (NY Times) “What surprises most when entering Lanvin’s new three-floor

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CEO Talk | Pierre Mallevays, Founder and Managing Partner, Savigny Partners

Pierre Mallevays, Founder and Managing Director, Savigny Partners | Source: Savigny Partners

Today, BoF brings you an exclusive interview with a key adviser to the private family trust which, as announced today, made an investment in Lanvin, one of the hottest fashion brands in the world. PARIS, France — Over the past few years, under the creative stewardship of industry darling Alber Elbaz, Lanvin has risen to heights that most fashion brands can only dream of, with nearly unanimous positive reviews from buyers and

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Paris menswear comes to a close, ASOS profit soars, Retro revival, Vintage inspiration debate

Lanvin, Dior, and Paul Smith S/S 10, courtesy of men.style.com

Paris menswear week winds down with Dior, Lanvin (AP) “The French capital’s spring-summer 2010 menswear displays wound down Sunday with a harder-than-usual silhouette from romantic label Lanvin, a retro rocker at British dandy Paul Smith and a sheer, shorn look at Dior Homme.” ASOS says trading robust as profit doubles (Reuters) “British Internet fashion retailer ASOS Plc posted an expected 93 percent rise

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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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Versace loses CEO, Lanvin posts profit, Portfolio.com returns, New Look’s new front man

Donatella Versace and Giancarlo di Risio, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal

Bucked by Designer, Versace CEO Eyes Exit (WSJ) “Gianni Versace SpA Chief Executive Giancarlo Di Risio is expected to resign, a person familiar with the matter said, after months of clashes with lead designer Donatella Versace over how to cut costs at the Italian fashion house.” Lanvin Posts Profit, Sales Gain 29 Percent (WWD) “Lanvin, fueled by the creativity of Alber Elbaz, can face the economic crisis “in

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Lanvin in London, Delhi’s Emporio Mall, Newspaper crisis, Cartier’s massive Middle East boutique

Lanvin's London store, courtesy of FashionIndie

The New Lanvin Store Opens In London (Fashion Indie) Lanvin, the uber luxe womenswear line designed by Alber Elbaz, opens a new store London store. A marriage made in marble: Fashion local and global (IHT) In Delhi, “the Emporio Mall is an Indian temple to haute luxury.” US newspaper crisis deepens (FT) The New York Times and the Washington Post are in deep cost-cutting mode. Cartier Launches its Biggest Boutique in

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Recessionary designs, Rochas’ clothes, Gap’s boss takes pay cut, Hermes holds steady…

Lanvin A/W '09, courtesy of the New York Times

Two Words for Fall: Toughen Up (New York Times) The recession could turn out to make designers better. Do You Want Clothes to Go With That Perfume? (WSJ) At Rochas, there are now clothes that come with its legendary scent. Gap boss takes pay cut (Drapers) “Gap’s chairman and chief executive Glenn Murphy will take a 15% salary cut as part of plans to cut costs.” Hermès Net Up 0.8 Percent (WWD) Hermès post steady sales

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