Elegance in Milan, NAP’s China plans, Split Marc, Behind the story, Hypebeast fundamentals

Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Roberto Cavalli A/W 2012 | Source: Showmoda

Catwalks Echo the Oscar Elegance (IHT) “If there is such a thing as a female dandy, that was the Armani look: long jackets, curving in at the waist, perhaps with a flat fabric flower on the label. Slim pants made up the lower half, until the jackets were cropped shorter for fuller pants.” Net-A-Porter Buys Into China Luxury E-Commerce Market (Jing Daily) “A little over one year since its establishment by Adrienne

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Asian impact in Paris, Currency boost, British menswear, Ungaro unravels, Kim Jones Q&A

L-R Mugler, Issey Miyake, 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2012 | Source: Style.com

Asian Designers Make an Impact in Paris (IHT) “Asian designers, whether home based or in the fashion diaspora, are making an impact in the opening days of the Paris men’s 2012 season. Phillip Lim, the Cambodian-American designer based in New York, was smart to come to Paris to show a 3.1 Phillip Lim collection that was simple but laced with the conceptual.” European Luxury-Goods Stocks May Benefit From Weaker Currencies

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Liz Claiborne’s new name, Indian e-commerce, Marc’s world, Media Land changes, Sarah Mower

NetEase Premier | Source: Jing Daily

For Liz Claiborne, will new name bring better luck? (MSN Money) “When Liz Claiborne sold its namesake brand to J.C. Penney late last year for $288 million, it became obvious that a name change was in order. The company indeed announced Wednesday that starting in May it would become Fifth and Pacific. The name reflects New York (Fifth Avenue) and Pacific (The Pacific Ocean). It is not a bad corporate name, but it doesn’t

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Gucci groove, Alaia’s excellence, Consumption equality, Vuitton vs. Warner Bros, 2011 in review

Azzedine Alaïa | Source: NY Times

How Gucci Got Its Groove Back (Departures) “Today she’s happy being the woman behind the brand, unlike Ford, who was ultimately bigger than Gucci, which is why, in part, he’s no longer there. (Ford declined to comment for this article.) ‘After almost ten years, it’s difficult to divide myself from Gucci,’ she says. ‘I love this company, and I have such respect for its history.’” Azzedine Alaïa, a

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Vuitton anatomy, Arcadia profits plummet, Social trend forecasting, All change in Montréal, ‘Irresponsible’ Miu Miu

Louis Vuitton Maison Sydney | Source: AFR

Anatomy of a maison (AFR) “In the Medieval age, the sight of a towering spire signalled a city of splendour. Today, it is cathedrals of retailing that indicate metropolitan status in the global pecking order. The December 3 opening, not of another Louis Vuitton store – there are already 460 of those worldwide – but of a much grander Louis Vuitton ‘Maison’ (of which there are just 13) proves Sydney must be a very smart town

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LVMH and CSM alliance, Mellon exits Jimmy Choo, Branded luxury jewellery, Big in Japan, Digital catalogs

Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: The Consumerism

LVMH and Central St Martins Partnership (Vogue UK) “Central St Martins new Kings Cross building will feature a state-of-the-art lecture theatre sponsored by LVMH. The luxury conglomerate has also announced plans for a scholarship programme to recruit promising designers from the university for its stable of brands.” Tamara Mellon leaves Jimmy Choo (FT) “Tamara Mellon has stepped down from Jimmy Choo, the footwear and

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Colin’s Column | Fashion Tomes of the Times

Vogue: The Covers | Source: mostmagnific.com

LONDON, United Kingdom — There are two ways in which a fashion magazine can be successful: either by featuring clothes with which the reader can identify or by stimulating the reader’s imagination. It is the old tussle between commerciality and creativity. Except, of course, it isn’t a tussle that existed before fashion magazines became mass market and needed to chase and keep readers who, for most of the twentieth century, never

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Brioni shock, Interpreting sustainable luxury, Slim’s Saks stake, Hong Kong retail precedent, Germany on the radar

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen | Source: The Lux Beat

Brioni Shock (Vogue UK) “Brioni is ending its womenswear line, and its contract with the label’s creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua. Brioni’s manufacturing plant in Italy, which was dedicated to the production of the brand’s womenswear collections, will be shut down in September.” Why luxury goes hand in hand with sustainability (Guardian) “As social and environmental stresses increase

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Ongoing challenges at Gap, Zara in Brazil investigation, Cautious retailers, Big store strategy, Louboutin fights on

Gap cautious on full-year sales outlook (Reuters) “Gap Inc Chief Executive Glenn Murphy said on Thursday that consumer sentiment may deteriorate in the second half of 2011 and was cautious about future sales growth at the apparel retailer… Gap has lost about a quarter of its market value this year as investors questioned the company’s ability to grow sales after several quarters of losing market share.” Zara

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Acne’s Empire, Landmark counterfeit suit, Valentino in demand, Chanel’s scenery, Forever Bip Ling

Thomas Persson photographed by Clement Dauvent | Source: Interview Magazine

Northern Discretion: Thomas Persson of Acne Paper (Interview) “When Acne Paper was founded in 2004 as a literary prong of the multi-faceted Swedish denim empire, it faced a challenge: having to prove its creative independence, and its worthiness beyond being a fancy bit of advertising.” Louis Vuitton, Burberry Win Millions in Landmark Canadian Counterfeit Suit (Forbes) “Louis Vuitton and Burberry have won significant damages in

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Scoring on Twitter, Skirts and suits in Paris, Luxury goes local, Vuitton’s measured growth, China’s top twenty-five

Bernardo Huberman explains HP Labs research | Source: Youtube Got Twitter? You’ve Been Scored (NY Times) “Imagine a world in which we are assigned a number that indicates how influential we are… If your influence score is low, you don’t get the promotion, the suite or the complimentary cookies. This is not science fiction. It’s happening to millions of social network users.” Skirting the Issue of Gender (IHT)

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Galliano under pressure, Kim Jones’ African LV, Of rock and rags, Brazil takes centre stage, London’s luxe MBA

‘Too Much Pressure,’ Galliano Tells Court (WWD) “John Galliano on Wednesday blamed work-related stress and multiple addictions for a series of public outbursts during which he is charged with uttering racist and anti-Semitic insults at a Paris cafe, but told a French court that he remembered nothing about the incidents.” Out of Africa (IHT) “Kim Jones has started his new role as men’s style director at

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The Survivor, Sizing matters, Brands flock to Hong Kong bourse, Asos’ international push, Artfully courting China

Marc Jacobs | Source: Wajima

Marc Jacobs: The Survivor (NY Times) “Call him a genius. Call him a junkie, an original, a shameless copycat, a winsome recluse, a brazen exhibitionist. Marc Jacobs has heard it all. And he has absorbed it all with a hard-won equanimity.” One size does not fit all (FT) “Sizing is a national issue: whether fashion brands are upscaling their definition of a size four for the upscaled US consumer, shrinking their

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