Model maker, LVMH dilemma, Coach loses lustre, Reviving UK factories, Fashion wisdom from Dries

Mario Testino | Source: All Art News

Mario Testino interview: the man who makes models super (Observer) “At 57, the world’s most prolific magazine photographer is just getting started. It’s only 15 years, after all, since his career exploded in the wake of his 1997 Vanity Fair shoot with Diana, Princess of Wales. In 2010 he shot the engagement photos of Wills and Kate, and it’s entirely conceivable that, should the time come, he’ll

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Louboutin vs YSL, LVMH calms investors, Bloggers rising, Chanel rescues Barrie, Sarah Doukas

Sasha Wilkins by Rosie Hallam | Source: Financial Times

YSL Files Motion to Dismiss Louboutin Case (The Cut) “The Christian Louboutin versus YSL case has dragged on for well over a year, and now it seems like both parties are finally willing to stick a fork in it… YSL filed a request to drop the rest of its counterclaims against Christian Louboutin, according to a brief issued by YSL’s lawyer, David Bernstein.” LVMH says no major slowdown at Louis Vuitton in Q3

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Market Pulse | Burberry Causes a Downpour

Savigny Luxury Index September 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) lost 6.9 percent in September, underperforming a flat-ish MSCI World Index (MSCI) by nearly seven percentage points.  Burberry’s profit warning sent the sector into turmoil mid-month and no amount of good news from the likes of Prada and Michael Kors could lift investors’ spirits. Big news Burberry announced a substantial slowdown in sales growth, with same store sales

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Marc’s optical illusions, Mispelaere exits DVF, Arnault shake up, Virtual models, Legal accessory

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: NY Times

Marc Jacobs: Optical Allusions (IHT) “The Jacobs theory is to take an opposing stand: Whatever he did last season — layered, textured outfits with romantic big fur hats — goes into reverse for the next collection.” Yvan Mispelaere leaves Diane von Furstenberg (Telegraph) “French-born Mispelaere, who began his tenure at the DVF in April 2010, announced his unexpected departure just 48 hours after showing his last

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Zegna hires Pilati, Richemont Asia sales slow, Dispute escalates, Online trade-offs, Cost of craft

Stefano Pilati by Evan Sung | Source: NY Times

Zegna Hires Designer From Saint Laurent to Bolster Brand (NY Times) “The Italian men’s wear company Ermenegildo Zegna moved on Tuesday to strengthen its core brand and breathe new life into its little-known women’s fashion line by hiring a designer best known for his work at Yves Saint Laurent.” Richemont’s Asia bonanza slows, tourists boost Europe (Reuters) “Richemont, the world’s second-largest

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Apple eyes The Fancy, LVMH in India, Anya’s investors, Techie fashionistas, Chinese superblogger

Joe Einhorn, CEO The Fancy | Source: Forbes

Apple Wants To Buy Pinterest Rival, The Fancy (Business Insider) “Apple is in talks to acquire The Fancy, a fast-growing social commerce site backed by cofounders of Twitter and Facebook, Business Insider has learned. The objective: to secure a role for Apple in the growing e-commerce market.” L Capital in talks with top fashion designers to setup LVMH clone in India (Economic Times) “Private equity firm L

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Market Pulse | Same Story, Different Month

Savigny Luxury Index June 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) inched up 1.0 percent in June, relative to an uplift of 2.8 percent in the benchmark MSCI World Index (“MSCI”).  Newsflow from China continued to worry investors and sector results, although strong, did show signs of a slowdown in growth over the last few months. Big news China’s growth rate slowed for a sixth consecutive quarter to its slackest pace in over three years

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Week in Review | Camille Bidault-Waddington, Fit for Print, Mentorship tips, Fashion criticism

Week in Review July 23-27

The Creative Class | Camille Bidault-Waddington (The Creative Class) “‘I can’t help it. I’ll always have sweaters full of holes and scruffy hair,’ says Camille Bidault-Waddington, ageless in high-waisted denim shorts and an ’80s sweatshirt, as she serves tea in a vintage Royalty mug.” Op-Ed | What’s Fit for Print? (Opinion)  “As with so many commercial endeavours in the world right now, there are more

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Appetite for luxury, Forerunner’s $40m fund, Billabong bid, September ad counts, Fashion Olympics

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Grazia

Emerging markets buy into luxury (FT) “Emerging market appetites for high-end handbags, fashionwear, champagne and cognac appeared to be holding up in the first half of the year, according to results from the French luxury goods groups LVMH and PPR.” Forerunner Ventures, an All-Female Firm, Raises $40M Institutional Fund (WSJ) “Despite investing in 21 digital commerce start-ups, some of them prominent, Forerunner

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Fashion week in São Paulo, Joe Fresh at J.C. Penney, Flashy deals, Gucci’s win, PPR star

Reinaldo Lourenco June 2012 | Source: The Seattle Times

São Paulo Fashion Week: One of the biggest fashion weeks in the world (Exec) “For many years, quality fashion in Brazil came from the European market. Brazilian magazines used to make​​their fashion editorials based on the international aesthetic. The designers of the time were required to follow trends dictated by the international textile industry. However, there was a need to explore the fashionable Brazilian cultural

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Market Pulse | Worry in China, Drama in Europe Weigh on Luxury Sector

Savigny Luxury Index June 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom —  The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) fell 4.2 percent in June, relative to an uplift of 4.0 percent in the benchmark MSCI World Index (“MSCI”).  Worrying news out of China, the continued drama of the European debt crisis and downward revisions in growth estimates for 2012 caused the sector to go out of favour. Big news The month started off with a bang: China announced a slowdown in its factory output for the

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New Couture, Hard luxury, Brothers in innovation, Return of the Czarinas, Jack Wills’ entrepreneur

Alexander McQueen Couture 2012 | Source: Too Clothes Minded

Couture Is Seeding Itself (IHT) “Discreetly, almost imperceptibly, haute couture has re-seeded itself, without any artificial insemination. Across the fashion world, houses built on ready-to-wear are exploring the possibilities of, or just quietly joining, the universe of high fashion.” Fashion follows trend for hard luxury (FT) “As the fashion industry descends on Paris this week for the haute couture shows, one

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The Week in Review | Fashion’s new frontier, Hiut’s artisanal denim, CSM’s Drew Henry

The Week in Review, May 28 - June 1, 2012

Could Africa be the Next Frontier for Fashion Retail? (Global Briefing) “With large international fashion retailers like Mango, Zara, Levi’s and Gap already active in Africa, and ASOS offering free deliveries to the continent, perhaps it’s time to ask the question: could Africa be fashion’s next frontier?” Hiut Denim Unites Artisans with Technology (Intelligence) “In 2011, with the goal of bringing

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