CEO Talk | Harold Tillman, Chairman, The British Fashion Council

Harold Tillman, former chairman of The British Fashion Council

LONDON, United Kingdom — Long before he was appointed Chairman of The British Fashion Council, Harold Tillman had already shown a commitment for supporting British Fashion, and young designers in particular. He famously gave Paul Smith his first job. And, in my first meeting with him back in 2006, Mr. Tillman and I vigorously debated and discussed the common challenges faced by the city’s designers and what could possibly be

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Pringle’s new fairytale, Creative commerciality, Fashion’s Night Out, London’s homecoming, Burberry gets social

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A lady from Chanel who wants to drive Pringle off the golf course (Guardian) “American Mary-Adair Macaire aims to restore the struggling Scottish knitwear firm’s name for elegance.” From the Garage to the Runway (WSJ) “Little more than a year ago, 27-year-old Hannah Marshall spent most days at a garage in rural Essex, two hours outside London, working in a makeshift studio to create tight, sexy-sinister

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Garment District woes, Narciso’s solo act, Boris on LFW, Sri Lankan sanctions, Debenhams’ designers

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NY garment district battling for survival (Reuters) “New York’s reputation as a global fashion capital is under threat with the city’s once bustling garment district facing extinction, experts say.” A Minimalist Gets a Makeover (WSJ) “Under the Bryant Park tents of New York fashion week Tuesday evening, Narciso Rodriguez will show off his typically minimalist evening gowns and day dresses. What the

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Bonkers London Fashion Week, Christopher meets Donatella, TK Maxx prospers, Polyvore investors, Grocery chic

London Fashion Week going to be bonkers (Telegraph) Sarah Mower reports that “the British Fashion Council’s biggest problem is finding enough room on the schedule to accommodate everyone hammering on the door. But as problems go, it’s a nice one to have.” Donatella Versace on fashion and celebrity (Times) Christopher Kane interviews Donnatella Versace and learns that she finds “the excessive emphasis on finance

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Autumn/Winter 2009 | The season that was

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PARIS, France — As the Autumn/Winter 2009 collections draw to a close, it’s time to share some impressions of the fashion week season that was. Yes, there were some amazing fashions to behold, in particular Lanvin (which unfortunately I did not see in person), Junya Watanabe and Rick Owens in Paris, Christopher Kane and Erdem in London, and Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler in New York. There were also some delightful new

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CEO Talk | Sara Ferrero, Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Group

Sara Ferrero, CEO of Joseph Group

LONDON, United Kingdom — Sara Ferrero is one of those once rare but increasingly common fashion executives who spent the early part of their careers outside the fashion industry. After six years at McKinsey & Company, the management consultancy, she entered the fashion business at Furla, the Italian accessories brand. Under her leadership, Furla’s retail sales tripled to over 360 million euros in less than five years.

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H&M Home, Ittierre sues Cavalli, Fashion’s invisible woman, London and Milan economic pinch

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H&M launches home textiles bid (WSJ) As a way to buffer the lackluster fashion market, H&M has launched a textile business which was slated for a 2007 debut. Ittierre to Sue Cavalli (WWD) Ittierre SpA is suing Roberto Cavalli for his comments regarding their ability to turn the company’s bankruptcy around. (Subscription required) Chanel Closing Two Japan Stores (WWD) As the Japanese economy sinks further into

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London Fashion Week | Missing shoppers, bad bears, and good frocks

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LONDON, United Kingdom — Last night, at a cocktail party to celebrate the opening of the Azzaro pop-up store on London’s Mount Street, I bumped into Robert Bensoussan, the highly-regarded former CEO of Jimmy Choo. The place was rammed with guests. Economic armageddon was nowhere in sight. But, more often than not, came up talk of the economy. Bensoussan told me he had been in New York visiting stores and had never seen so

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Inside the Studio | Giles Deacon | Chapter I

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“Unstructured exploration…” In the years before he became an overnight household name in the United Kingdom, when Linda Evangelista walked down his runway for free, Giles Deacon spent more than 10 years exploring — not the world, but rather the people and environment in which he lived. The first chapter of Giles’ story explains how he came to be a fashion designer and launch his own label, GILES. It reveals

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