Italian Luxury Goods Makers Unite to Promote Milan Fashion Week

Gildo Zegna, Patrizio Bertelli, Mario Boselli and Diego della Valle | Source: BoF

MILAN, Italy — Prada SpA, Tod’s SpA and more than a dozen Italian luxury goods makers pledged to work together to promote Milan fashion week amid concern it’s losing out to New York, London and Paris.

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Milan Seeks to Shed Malaise, Woo Italian Designers Back

Source: Associated Press

MILAN, Italy — Burberry has packed up for London, abandoning Milan after a decade of menswear fealty. Giorgio Armani has scolded Italian designers who regularly show in other fashion capitals. And Donatella Versace even called for a fashion summit in a bid for unity.

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Milan Fashion Week Opens with Hopes of Economic Comeback

Gucci Autumn/Winter 2013 | Source: Reuters

Designers kicked off Milan fashion week on Wednesday with bold collections to persuade Italian shoppers that the worst of the economic crisis is over and it is time to hit the stores again. Fashion houses including PPR’s Gucci, Giorgio Armani and Prada are among the top names showing their womenswear 2013-14 autumn-winter collections, taking up the baton from catwalk shows in London. “I have great hopes for this country

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Prada bucks slowdown, Let there be light, Logo fatigue, Aeffe adds Ungaro, Made in India

Prada Made in India collection | Source: High Snobette

Will Prada Finally Succumb to Global Luxury Slowdown? (CNBC) “Italian fashion house Prada has been a bright spot in a slowing global luxury retail space, and its latest earnings report underscores the resilience. The company delivered another set of solid earnings on Tuesday — first-half net profit surged 60 percent to 286 million euros ($372 milion), thanks to demand from Asian spenders.” Let There Be Light (IHT)

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CEO Talk | Steven Kolb, Chief Executive Officer, Council of Fashion Designers of America

Steven Kolb | Photo: Carly Otness/BFAnyc.com

PARIS, France — The fashion world is in a tizzy. Ever since the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (CNMI) laid down the gauntlet, scheduling next autumn’s Milan Fashion Week from September 19th to 24th, a massive rift has emerged amongst the fashion fraternity. New York Fashion Week, organised by the Council for Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), is scheduled to start on the 13th of September and conclude on the 20th. London

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Fashion Week battles, Burberry valuation plummets, Stella keeps it real, H&M focus, Louboutin retrospective

Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Style.com

Battle of the catwalks as Milan clashes fashion week with London (Telegraph) “Milan has announced that its fashion week next September will overlap those of New York and London, meaning that if no solution can be found, department store buyers and fashion magazine editors would be forced to choose one city over another.” Burberry slumps on fears of end to Asian boom (Guardian) “Shares in the British superbrand Burberry took a

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Milan’s driving ambition, LVMH controls Bulgari, Magazine commerce, Who Is On Next, Tweet or be discreet?

Yelling ‘Fire’ on a Crowded Runway (NY Times) “Without question, we can count on Miuccia Prada, Raf Simons at Jil Sander, Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi and, at times, Tomas Maier of Bottega Veneta to say something with fashion, and not just offer approachable clothes. But there should be many more designers in Milan with that driving ambition. Otherwise, the future of fashion will be in jeopardy.” LVMH says it controls 98.09

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Gucci turns 90, Milanese glamour, Chinese boom, Yoox targets China, Cash injection for JustFabulous

Gucci Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Style.com

Gucci at 90: ‘Hard Deco’ (IHT) “The Gucci designer Frida Giannini, celebrating the brand’s 90th year, certainly sent out a polished and upscale collection, with shiny metallic surfaces and a focus on jazzy evening outfits — even if they were inspired by the 1920s, when flappers danced up to the edge of the Great Depression.” Milan fashion picks glam over gloom (Reuters) “Designers have prepared a

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Milan looks back, Trouble deepens for Galliano, All Saints on the block, Luxottica’s growth, Jason Wu’s ladylike empire

John Galliano arrives at the 3rd Arrondissement police station | Source: Daily Mail

In Milan, Trying to Leap the Obstacles (NY Times) “Maybe reality is always too unreal without time to reflect, but the problem now seems acute for designers. Many say they don’t have time to design in the traditional sense: exploring new fabrics and shapes. Some have unusual corporate pressures. Their instinct, then, is not to look around them but to adapt the myths of the last few hundred years, be they Mods, flappers or

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Innovation on the surface, Galliano crisis at Dior, Ferré expansion, Training tailors, Middle East impact

L-R Bottega Veneta, Jil Sander, Marni | Source: Style.com

Surface Attraction (IHT) “Sculpted shapes, clean lines and modernist architecture — why is the fashion ‘streamlining’ of today any different from its previous incarnations of the 1930s to the 1990s?… The answer lies on the surface. A combination of hyper-modern fabrics and imaginative decoration is giving 21st-century style a third dimension.” Galliano counter-sues over racist allegations (FT)

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Jack & Laz open up, Prada’s eternal innocence, Custom tailoring revival, Bulgari MBA, Pierre Rougier’s PR power

CFDA Winners Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler | Source: Fashionista

Chloe Sevigny interviews Proenza Schouler (Interview Magazine) “It has been nearly nine years since Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez-both 23 and fresh out of design school… Their almost instantaneous rise through the realms of the fashion world as Proenza Schouler-seemingly so unscripted that they hardly had a business model when they began-is the stuff of lightning New York success stories.” Prada

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Sleek luxe in Milan, Kiddie couturiers, Saks turns a profit, Chatting with Della Valle, Event producers in focus

Gucci Autumn/Winter 2011 details | Source: Style.com

Sleek and Luxe (IHT) “‘I wanted to play with color, a little of the 1970s and a lot of irony,’ said Ms. Giannini backstage, after the parade of fabulous Ms. Fox furs in turquoise, purple, rust and lilac wrapped around the shoulders above slim leather dresses or those sporty jackets with pleated culotte skirts that looked a lot like Yves Saint Laurent archives updated.” The Kiddie Couturiers (NY Times)

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