MILAN, Italy – Fashion designers at Milan fashion week delivered a dark palette and masculine styles for autumn-winter wardrobes in a reflection of Italy's bleak economic and political landscape.
Mulberry looks to have its future sewn up (FT) “Bruno Guillon says that what he likes best about British design is its ‘relaxed confidence’. In the coming months, the Mulberry chief executive will need plenty of that himself as the UK-based maker of upmarket handbags grapples with the effects on the fashion industry of global economic weakness.” J.C. Penney ‘Backtracking’ With Discounts, Deutsche Says
Where Are the Women? (Style.com) “On the eve of the Costume Institute’s exhibition celebrating two pioneering female talents—Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada—Nicole Phelps asks why there aren’t more successful young women designers in New York.” LVMH Skips European Austerity Raising Prices for Chinese (Bloomberg) “Chinese tourists traveling to Europe to take advantage of savings as much as 50
Best Foot Forward: The man behind Toms (Independent) “Toms, the brand behind these ethical espadrilles – with its singular tagline ‘one for one’ – has revolutionised fashionable feet, as well as the face of charitable giving in one easy step. Founder Blake Mycoskie’s idea is a simple one: for every pair of shoes sold, another is given to children in the developing world.” Michael Kors’ To Make Billions
Burberry launches 2012 collection on Twitter (Guardian) For the first time, the label “live tweeted” the show on Monday from backstage, posting photographs of each look on Twitter moments before the model stepped on to the catwalk… When you consider that it was not long ago that high street stores smuggled spies into catwalk shows in order to glean clues as to what might be in stores in six months’ time,