British menswear revival, Simoens and LVMH, Fancy growth, Breaking up, Victoria’s Facebook

British menswear will get the recognition it deserves this summer (Guardian) "It's not long now until British menswear finally emerges from the shadow of womenswear to stage its very own fashion event in London. Goodbye one day of men's fashion tacked to the end of the women's shows, and hello to a three-day blockbuster event all of its own." Arnault to invest in Maxime Simoens (FashionUnited) "LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault is making an investment in newcomer Maxime Simoens. According to WWD, industry sources say that Arnault will take an as yet unknown stake in the 27 year old Frenchman's eponymous brand." Fancy hits 500,000 users with Pinterest-like social shopping service (Gigaom) "Well, Fancy is not Pinterest big by any means but it’s seen its user base double…

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Reviving Sperry, Arnault’s optimism, Simoens departs Leonard, High heels, Vanessa Traina

Sperry Top-Sider Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Bellazoon

Reviving Sperry (Boston) “The 1990s were not kind to the Sperry Top-Sider. The iconic boat shoe blazed to the fashion forefront in the early 1980s after gaining fame and acclaim in ‘The Official Preppy Handbook’ and countless John Hughes films. But by the end of the decade, the New England-based shoe had fallen out of favor, the sartorial equivalent of Wang Chung.” LVMH CEO says sales growth speeds up in Q1

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Why Isn’t the World’s Fashion Capital Producing More Emerging Fashion Businesses?

Cedric Charlier | Source: Courtesy Photo

As fashion month comes to a close in Paris, BoF examines the prospects for the city’s young fashion designers. PARIS, France — In today’s global fashion ecosystem, New York and London are veritable hotbeds of emerging designers. Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler and Joseph Altuzarra in New York and Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders and Christopher Kane in London are just a few of the rising names who have been able to

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