As seen on screen, Managing materials, Milan bounces back, Vuitton hires to meet demand, Chasing youth in London

NIck Robertson, CEO of ASOS | Source: Retail Week

Fast fashion for fast consumers (FT) “Critics have consistently tried – and failed – to turn [ASOS’s] growth story into something resembling the tale of the emperor’s new clothes. Online fashion would never take off, they said… In 2007, non-UK sales made up 10 per cent of the company’s annual retail sales. Today, it is 44 per cent.” Materials Girls: Designers Trim Hemlines, Costs (WSJ) “Bad weather in major

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Made by Prada, Wearable luxury, Longchamp shines, Building a digital flagship, Japanese patterns

A "Made In Scotland" Prada skirt | Source: NY Times

Throwing Down the Gauntlet (IHT) “‘Made in Italy’ — who cares? It’s not a brand strength if you have to defend your work’ says Ms. Prada…’Mine is a political statement and it comes from a personal appreciation of originality.’” Milan fashion shines in wearable luxury (Reuters) “Italian fashion designers created shimmering, fluid looks for their 2011 spring/summer collections, mixing fringes

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Milan rising, Made in Britain, Gucci’s China success, Gianfranco Ferré near sale, Orla Kiely’s world

Giorgio Armani Spring 2011 Ready to Wear | Source: Style.com

Milan Steps Out of the Back Seat (NY Times) “This has been a brilliant season for Italian fashion, a reminder that Milan can be a stronghold for new and exciting design… It’s hard to remember a season here in the last decade when excellent collections were the norm and not the exception.” Made in Britain: Flying the Flag for UK Manufacturing (Telegraph) “A few fiercely patriotic brands are putting their

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America’s new heritage, Testing the recovery, Cautious spending, Booming accessories, Katie Grand’s next step

L.L. Bean Brushed Lambswool Crew Fair Isle Sweater | Source: L.L. Bean

Is L.L. Bean Driving the Runway? (WSJ) “So-called ‘new heritage’ brands, created by youthful designers and inspired by iconic outdoor apparel companies, are opening their doors with Gold Rush speed.” Italian fashion houses see 2011 as key test for recovery (Reuters) “The luxury industry will only see in 2011 whether a full recovery is under way… with one predicting global sales could double in

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Cambodia’s silk industry, Armani goes Gaga, Functionality vs flash, Forbes’ Luxe index, Return to sophistication

Dying Cambodian silk using flowers, leaves, and bark | Source: Samatoa

Cambodia Slowly Reweaves Its Silk Industry (NY Times) “Far from the glamour at fashion weeks in America and Europe, Cambodia’s silk industry is struggling to regain the foothold it lost during years of political and civil unrest.” Armani Hitches Wagon to Gaga (WSJ) “The 76-year-old designer’s multimillion-dollar partnership with the 24-year-old pop idol has put Mr. Armani ‘in a new creative

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BoF Live | Burberry Prorsum Menswear S/S 2011 from Milan

Burberry Acoustic - Life in Film | Source: Burberry

MILAN, Italy — On Saturday, 19 June at 3pm Milan time, 2pm London time and 9am New York time, The Business of Fashion is pleased to bring you the livestream of the Burberry S/S 2011 menswear collection. BoF is one of the selected sites from around the world — and one of only a few sites based in the UK — to stream the show, which this season sees the launch of Burberry Acoustic, a new ongoing initiative with emerging British music

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Daily Digest | Phoebe Philo’s third act, Bottega Veneta grows up, Liberty to sell freehold, Vogue’s new app, Milan’s directions

Phoebe Philo by Solve Sundsbo | Source: NY Times

Phoebe Philo’s Third Act (T Magazine) “A designer’s debut at a new label is always exciting, especially if it is backed by a luxury colossus, as Céline is by LVMH. But this particular designer is the fashion superstar who made Chloé one of the hottest labels of the early 2000s.” Bottega Veneta Grows Up (WSJ) “As Bottega pursues its strategy to grow from a niche player into a global brand, it has been conducting a

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Gap’s global push, Burani’s end of the road, Swedish super-labels, Milan shortchanged, McQueen mourned

Gap Kids Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Gap Facebook

Gap targets Milan and China as it kickstarts its plans for global expansion (FT) “Gap, the American casual clothing retailer, plans to open a store in Milan, the home of Italian high fashion, later this year, in a further sign of its growing confidence after a multi-year slump.” Mariella Burani Fashion Group Will Be Dissolved (Bloomberg) “Mariella Burani Fashion Group, which makes Vivienne Westwood products under

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H&M Home, Ittierre sues Cavalli, Fashion’s invisible woman, London and Milan economic pinch

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H&M launches home textiles bid (WSJ) As a way to buffer the lackluster fashion market, H&M has launched a textile business which was slated for a 2007 debut. Ittierre to Sue Cavalli (WWD) Ittierre SpA is suing Roberto Cavalli for his comments regarding their ability to turn the company’s bankruptcy around. (Subscription required) Chanel Closing Two Japan Stores (WWD) As the Japanese economy sinks further into

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