In Digital London, Technology and Fashion Collide

Today BoF founder Imran Amed examines the fruitful interaction between London’s rising technology and fashion scenes for Wallpaper* magazine, where a version of this article first appeared. LONDON, United Kingdom — London is a gilt-edged global hub for art and commerce. An undisputed heavyweight champ. But it is now also a genuine tech contender, a rise up the ranks that has been rapid and more than a little unlikely. When David

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JC Penney plots turnaround, King Karl, Hugo Boss growth slows, Water world, Queen of frocks

Karl Lagerfeld | Source: Trend Gruppen

Why JC Penney Will Come Back (The Motley Fool) “Rome wasn’t built in a day, and no one said JC Penney’s turnaround would happen overnight either. Since Ron Johnson took the helm back in January, shares have been sliced in half and currently sit near 52-week lows.” It’s Karl’s world, we just live in it (The Independent) “Lagerfeld’s output is more diverse than any other

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Crisis management, Online appeal, Missing link in China, Breaking into luxury, Mary’s appeal

Calvin Klein, Jil Sander and Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Style.com

Rising Above the Crisis (IHT) “Eye-popping color, upscale vacation clothes and rich accessories dominate the summer 2013 men’s wear season — yet Italy is said to be in financial meltdown.” Online Appeals to the Male of the Species (NY Times) “With its enviable growth forecast to continue through 2012 and beyond, men’s fashion looks more and more like a bountiful land of opportunity just waiting to be conquered.

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Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments at London Fashion Week A/W 2012

Stretching from its denim roots, Acne's silhouettes of cinched waists and low-slung trousers were targeted at the too-cool-for-school crowd | Photo: Morgan O'Donavan for Dazed Digital

LONDON, United Kingdom — Just when you thought London Fashion Week had reached it’s apogée, along came another stellar season of shows from London-based designers who are setting the pace for fashion around the world with their vibrant digital prints, cutting-edge development techniques, and kooky concoctions and accessories. All the while, our favourite roving backstage photographer, Morgan O’Donovan, was documenting

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Making a point, Wooing China, Trendy stake, Prints revolution, London’s design diversity

Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Prabal Gurung A/W 2012 | Source: Style.com

Sometimes the Point Is Hard to See (NY Times) “What do you want from a designer? You want a look, not a million things. You want a single inspiring look that you didn’t have yesterday. And that’s why Joseph Altuzarra’s tough coats (in all kinds of classic materials) worn with blousy cargo pants tucked into tight, over-the-knee black boots worked.” U.S. designers lag European labels in wooing China (Reuters)

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Benetton ponders delisting, Good life, Bright young things, Diesel collaboration, New extremists

Benetton Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Fashion Latest

Benetton to make decision on delisting (FT) “The Benetton family will decide at a board meeting on Wednesday whether to delist the Italian knitwear group known for its brightly coloured jumpers after the company posted another plunge in profits as it struggles to compete with Inditex and H&M.” Luxury Companies That Can Bring You Closer to the Good Life (Money Morning) “A lot of consumers are hurting right now,

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At Opposite Ends of the Fashion Spectrum, Demi-Couture and Luxury Sportswear Strike a Chord

Left: Mary Katrantzou’s ‘Jewel Tree’ dress, Right: A look from Christopher Raeburn S/S 2012 | Source: Style.com

LONDON, United Kingdom — Luxury casualwear and demi-couture don’t appear to have much in common. You can’t get much further from a hand-embellished crystal crinoline dress than a silk jersey t-shirt or a sporty windbreaker. But in recent seasons, many of fashion’s brightest young talents have been gravitating towards one extreme or the other. Labels like Alexander Wang, The Row and Christopher Raeburn have struck a chord with their

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Autumn/Winter 2011 – The Season That Was

John Galliano | Source: The Creator Blog

PARIS, France – The process of writing this season’s wrap-up left a somewhat bitter taste in my mouth. Looking back, several of the most salient themes from this round of fashion weeks involve unsavoury behaviour, gossip and highly unprofessional comments from some of the industry’s most important figures. Whether it was John Galliano’s inexcusable anti-Semitic rant captured on video for the whole world to watch, the scrum of

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China’s homegrown luxe, Loro Piana’s lotus love, Social engagement, Neiman Marcus extension, Katrantzou wins

Shang Xia Cashmere | Source: Shang Xia

China’s homegrown luxury: Talking with Jiang Qiong Er (CIB) “What does it mean to create a Chinese luxury brand from scratch? Jiang, artistic director and CEO of Shang Xia… does not bat an eye as she returns her answer: ‘I had a dream to bring about a renaissance of traditional Chinese craftsmanship.’” New Luxury Frontier: A $5,600 Lotus Jacket (WSJ) “Lotus jackets could further burnish the

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