Runway ready rooms, Plus-size market minus, Esprit profits plummets, Another fashion week in India

Missoni Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland

Runway-ready rooms (Globe & Mail) “Fashion houses have found a new creative outlet: Hotels. In Europe and the Mideast, designers from Armani to Missoni are delivering chic interiors, stylish experiences and nice bedspreads.” Plus-size fashion market squeezed in recession (AP) “The American waistline may be expanding, but plus-size shoppers are tightening their belts. People just aren’t buying plus-size

…Continue Reading

Missoni at 50, Fast Retailing rises, Seoul menswear, Liberty standalone closes, Hope for Italian menswear

Missoni S/S 09 ad campaign, courtesy of Missoni

Stars in their stripes: Missoni a fashion powerhouse (Independent) “For 50 years, it has dressed the stylish in its striped and zig-zag knits. Missoni is a fashion powerhouse, a family business and, a new exhibition argues, an Italian national treasure.” Fast Retailing Lives Up to Name With Global Gains (WSJ) “Despite the economic gloom brought on by Japan’s shrinking domestic consumption, Fast Retailing Co.

…Continue Reading

Prada’s profit falls, Cartier cuts hours, Gap teams with ASOS, Missoni’s London store, Ballantyne’s new Chairman

Prada S/S 09 Ad campaign, courtesy of Prada

Prada lays foundations for future growth (Financial Times) “Prada, the privately owned Italian fashion house, reported on Tuesday a 22 per cent fall in net profit for 2008 of €99m and sought to position itself for growth when the global economic crisis eases.” Cartier cuts working hours as demand dwindles (Reuters) “Richemont, the world’s second-largest luxury goods group behind LVMH, is cutting working

…Continue Reading