5 Lessons from Lulu Kennedy

For nearly 15 years, Lulu Kennedy has helped to guide young British designers like Roksanda Ilincic, Jonathan Saunders and JW Anderson through the critical early stages of building their labels. Now, with her own label, Lulu & Co, set to show on schedule at London Fashion Week for the first time, Kennedy shares five lessons for emerging designers.

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5 of Fashion’s Top Global Talent Spotters and Matchmakers

Floriane de Saint Pierre, Christopher Kane, Carla Sozzani at Hyères 2011 | Photo: Saskia Lawaks

Today, BoF highlights five of the world’s top talent spotters and matchmakers, behind-the-scenes influencers who are each experts in identifying and developing the best design and business talent in the global fashion industry.

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Fabulous London, Chinese consumers, Westwood austerity, Mr JW Anderson, Fairy Godmother

Clements Ribeiro, Todd Lynn, Marios Schwab A/W 2012 | Source: Showmoda

Fun, Funky and Fabulous (IHT) “With male dancers sweeping up models from their chairs and depositing them on the dinner tables, and a magician performing sawing-the-woman party tricks, Stella McCartney’s evening dress show lived up to London fashion’s reputation as fun, funky and fabulous.” UK must do more to welcome Chinese: Fashion chief (Reuters) “British Fashion Council Chairman Harold Tillman said on Friday

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E-commerce on the rise in China, Ferragamo up, Sports and music buzz, Introducing Snapette, Fairy Godmother

Taobao | Source: Jing Daily

Online shopping is growing rapidly in China (BBC News) “Across China, online companies large and small are learning how to be effective e-commerce players – or fail like US goliath eBay, which was trounced by upstart Taobao back in 2006. In 2010, China’s online shopping industry had a turnover of $80bn, and grew 87% year-on-year. China’s 420 million internet users spend around a billion hours each day online

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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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Designer brands go pint size, UK’s online Xmas boom, Japanese designers eye China, Lulu & Co., Denis Gagnon exhibit

The Place Shopping Centre in Beijing | Source: Meiguoxing

Designer Labels Go Pint Size (NY Times) “Gucci, Fendi and Stella McCartney are among the latest designers to add luxury children’s collections to their company’s stable, a small step for high-end fashion but among the first signs of growth since the recession.” Online Christmas sales seen up 16 percent (Reuters) “Britons will spend 6.4 billion pounds online this Christmas, up 16 percent on last year and bucking

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