Best of British, Quality heritage, Saks beats estimates, Editorial investment, Future of prints

Burberry Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

London fashion week showcases the best of British (Guardian) “This week Stella McCartney and Sarah Burton arrived on a catwalk previously ruled by Burberry and Christopher Kane, and yet it felt more like a celebration than a contest, because the strongest brand in London fashion is London itself.” UK manufacturing skills a lure for luxury brands (Reuters) “Britain’s fashion manufacturing is experiencing a

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Spring/Summer 2012 | The Season That Was

LONDON, United Kingdom — It was a fashion season of extreme weather. After the New York Fashion Week schedule was upended, first by an earthquake and then by the State of Emergency declaration that came courtesy of Hurricane Irene, an unprecedented heat wave in Paris threw buyers, editors and bloggers into a wardrobe tailspin. The American editors were worst off, having packed for the European shows two weeks before Paris with no

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CEO Talk | Steven Kolb, Chief Executive Officer, Council of Fashion Designers of America

Steven Kolb | Photo: Carly Otness/BFAnyc.com

PARIS, France — The fashion world is in a tizzy. Ever since the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (CNMI) laid down the gauntlet, scheduling next autumn’s Milan Fashion Week from September 19th to 24th, a massive rift has emerged amongst the fashion fraternity. New York Fashion Week, organised by the Council for Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), is scheduled to start on the 13th of September and conclude on the 20th. London

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Colin’s Column | Top Collections from London Fashion Week

Burberry SS 2012 Details Screenshot | Source: American Vogue.com

Legendary fashion writer and BoF contributing editor Colin McDowell has been attending and reviewing fashion shows for more than 30 years. Who better to give us the lowdown on one of the best London Fashion Weeks in recent memory? LONDON, United Kingdom — Each season, despite challenges, London continues to raise the stakes, in terms of both creativity and, dare I say it, commercial potential. Here, I’ve assembled my top choices of

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Gucci turns 90, Milanese glamour, Chinese boom, Yoox targets China, Cash injection for JustFabulous

Gucci Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Style.com

Gucci at 90: ‘Hard Deco’ (IHT) “The Gucci designer Frida Giannini, celebrating the brand’s 90th year, certainly sent out a polished and upscale collection, with shiny metallic surfaces and a focus on jazzy evening outfits — even if they were inspired by the 1920s, when flappers danced up to the edge of the Great Depression.” Milan fashion picks glam over gloom (Reuters) “Designers have prepared a

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London’s originality, All things digital at LFW, Chinese designers left behind, Polo’s all time high, Man Repeller

L-R Aquascutum, Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda Ilincic Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Style.com

Screen vs. Clean: When Print Meets Purity (IHT) “To call your own fashion show a car crash would seem a risky business. But what about an inspiration of a crushed metallic Cadillac on a field of vividly colored flowers among the exotic fish in the Pacific Ocean? Fantastic, fabulous and totally original!” How London Fashion Week Is Going Digital (Mashable) “London Fashion Week is showcasing an increased commitment to all

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London’s dark edge, No slowdown in luxury, Exclusive allure, Drab male models, Daphne Guinness at FIT

L-R J.W. Anderson, Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicoll | Source: Style.com

Tipping Toward the Dark Side (IHT) “Significantly, British designers, whose colorful digitalized prints of the last couple of seasons so influenced the New York shows, have taken a sharper turn. Although not angry or belligerent in the Punk mode, an angular geometry is the new influence, with craftsmanship as the subtext. The flowery prettiness once endemic to British design has been swept away by designers using both

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Mary Katrantzou’s digital beauty, A Purple world, Fashion East spawns Lulu & Co, Macy’s Net jumps, McQueen’s spell

Mary Katrantzou Autumn/Winter 2011 Runway | Source: IHT

‘English,’ With Irony (IHT) “Yet although there have been the usual glancing references to tweed, cable knits, plaids and country clothes, the real story lies with a young, techno-savvy generation. The prints that grow more sophisticated each season are light-years from the classic patterns of roses ’round the door. But they are only a click away from a student with a smartphone and digital skills.” Olivier

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As seen on screen, Managing materials, Milan bounces back, Vuitton hires to meet demand, Chasing youth in London

NIck Robertson, CEO of ASOS | Source: Retail Week

Fast fashion for fast consumers (FT) “Critics have consistently tried – and failed – to turn [ASOS’s] growth story into something resembling the tale of the emperor’s new clothes. Online fashion would never take off, they said… In 2007, non-UK sales made up 10 per cent of the company’s annual retail sales. Today, it is 44 per cent.” Materials Girls: Designers Trim Hemlines, Costs (WSJ) “Bad weather in major

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LFW delivers drama, America’s got talent, China’s blingdom, Gilt considers IPO, Fashion and immigration

L-R Issa, Topshop Unique, and House of Holland | Source: IHT

Catherine Versus Kate (IHT) “The marriages this year of Kate and Kate — the future Princess Catherine and the rock-on model Kate Moss — are stirring excitement in Britain… [LFW] is doing its best to deliver. As the liveliest city in the lineup of autumn 2011 show locations, there are designers to suit every need, from royal wedding to Goth glamour.” America’s got talent (FT) “The British may be invading the

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Fashion cycle reboot, Reiss’ personal tailoring, ASOS American invasion, Twitter luxe, Menswear’s new names

Céline Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Céline

The new fashion forward (Telegraph) “Such is the insanely accelerated speed of the fashion world that the clothes appearing in shops now already seem not to be the latest thing, their significance lost, having long ago been… sucked dry through overexposure.” Personal tailoring for everyone (Telegraph) “With 84 stores in Britain (it also has branches in the USA, China and the Gulf), the scheme has the

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London’s bold fashions, Burton’s McQueen challenge, Customer focus, Social shopping, Denim’s Italian roots

Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2011 | Source: Style.com

Bold London fashion seeks way out of recession (Reuters) “London Fashion Week is emerging from the shadow of a recession that has hung over the industry the last few seasons, with confident designers presenting bold creations.” McQueen Moves On to a New Season (WSJ) “Now, as Ms. Burton gears up to unveil her first full women’s wear collection in Paris on Oct. 5, the label faces a tough question: What does it

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