Jil Sander’s return, Shopping R29, Spending clouds, Dolce & Gabbana couture, Fashion and art

Refinery29 Screen Shot | Source: Refinery29

Jil Sander Gets Her Groove Back (On the Runway) “‘Don’t ask me why,’’ Jil Sander said with a laugh on Tuesday, when asked why she had decided, at age 68, to leave a comfortable retirement and return to the fashion fray.” Refinery29 Launching R29 Shop (WWD) “Up until now, Refinery29’s business model has relied heavily upon advertising to drive revenue, with approximately 80 percent of it coming from ads

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Preserving Calvin Klein, Macy’s upbeat, Cucinelli rises, Fashion incubator, Ford’s satisfaction

Francisco Costa by Danny Clinc | Source: NY Times

Francisco Costa (Interview) “For the last nine years, or 18 seasons, as women’s creative director at Calvin Klein Collection, 47-year-old Francisco Costa has simultaneously managed to preserve one of the most iconic brands in fashion—one that has proven to the world that Americans can be spare, chic, and sexy right alongside their European counterparts.” Macy’s maintains outlook, disappointing Street

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Burberry Bespoke, Hermès’ growth continues, Digital exclusivity, Macy’s makeover, 20 years of Dazed & Confused

Screen Shot Burberry Bespoke | Source: Burberry Bespoke

Mink or Fox? The Trench Gets Complicated (WSJ) “Signaling how interactive the online shopping experience has become, Burberry, the British fashion label, is offering a way for customers to design and order custom trench coats online. Called Burberry Bespoke, the program is a full-scale attempt at “mass customization,” a long-time goal of retailers and unusual for a designer fashion house. Customers select the cut

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The Prince of Polo, Louboutin’s legal loss, Macy’s Q2 profit surge, KPCB invests in e-tail, Magazine sales drop

David Lauren at IHT Luxury Conference | Source: Samir Husein for IHT

The Prince of Polo (Fast Company) “By associating Ralph Lauren with new digital technology, David has done more than imbue the brand with a current vibe. He has, in the process, made the company a progressive leader among fashion peers. In 2009, David produced an online-only fashion show for Ralph Lauren’s heritage Rugby brand that, for the first time ever, allowed viewers to shop the looks in real time.” Red Faces at Louboutin?

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Department stores’ comeback, Karl for Macy’s, China boosts Adidas, Retail dichotomy, Louboutin victory

Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse | Source: Catwalk Queen

Dowdy Department Stores Start Looking Cool Again (WSJ) “The sector, long derided for dowdy merchandise, maze-like stores and crumbling facades, is making a comeback. Macy’s Inc., Nordstrom Inc. and Kohl’s Corp. are posting solid sales gains even as consumers remain cautious and manufacturing costs rise—and they are poised to continue the streak this fall.” Lagerfeld for the Masses, Again (On the Runway) “Macy’s unveiled its

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DIY Fashion, Flash sale bubble, Coach eyes Chinese men, Macy’s online surge, Remembering Tommy Nutter

Make your own jeans | Source: Makeyourownjeans.com

Designed by You, Made by … Who? (NY Times) “Do-it-yourself Web sites are making it easy for fashion buffs to design and order custom outfits: all you need is an Internet connection and a credit card. But are the sites any good? Can design-your-own jeans rival designer jeans? Is the shoe of your dreams mere mouse clicks away?” The investor’s dilemma: etail vs the brand (Material World) “An announcement of a

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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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J.Crew’s $3b buyout, Haves and have-nots, Lagerfeld for Macy’s, Guess beats expectations, Miyake’s magic

J.Crew agrees to $3bn takeover (FT) “J.Crew, the US retailer with a preppy style, has agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners in a $3bn deal… The two funds have agreed to pay $43.50 per share in cash for J Crew.” Divergent paths for US consumers as holidays near (AFP) “Americans appear to be shaking off the gloom heading into the holiday season with recession no longer hanging

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Defying convention, Macy’s new collaboration, Limited Brands looks abroad, Online video, Fashion conservatism

Tilda Swinton in Zero Maria Cornejo | Source: Style Frizz

Styles and Strategy That Defy Convention (WSJ) “Investors have their own expectations, and their cash often puts them in the driver’s seat. It’s a common theme in fashion—designers [who part] with the investment partners whose visions didn’t end up coinciding with the designers.” Macy’s Gets Fast Fashion (NY Times) “Any retailer on earth would just about die to create the kind of consumer craze

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