Miu Miu Blows Up Handbags in Inventive Show

Miu Miu A/W 2013 | Source: Associated Press

PARIS, France — Last season's boxy and printed looks were gone for Miu Miu's fall-winter 2013-14 show. In their place was a more inventive collection that featured outerwear as dresses, exaggeratedly sized buttons and giant handbags. Flashes of color in '50s polka dot neckties, stripy tights and Belle Epoque boots in gold and silver, gave the collection for Miuccia Prada's baby sister offshoot a great lift. Wide collars that swept

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Mulberry’s future, J.C. Penney backtracks, The Nonconformist, Philosophy’s Ratabesi, Vogue salute

Mulberry Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Mulberry

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

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Gender imbalance, Rising prices, DLF exits luxury, Bloomingdale’s in Canada, Helmut Lang

Diane von Furstenberg, Nadja Swarovski and the Swarovski award winners | Source: Style.com

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

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The man behind Toms, Michael Kors’ billions, Rise of luxury titles, Sharp suits, Liu Wen express

Blake Mycoskie | Source: The Independent

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

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Burberry’s Tweetwalk, Tom Ford’s off day, eBay gratification, London Fashion Week model crisis, Pretty Prada

Burberry Spring/Sumer 2012 | Source: Design Scene

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,

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Renewing Holt Renfrew, Hilfiger’s new stripes, Jones Group acquires Kurt Geiger, Gucci turns 90, The art of Prada

Z Zegna in Holt Renfrew's S/S 2011 Campaign | Source: Fashionising

For Holt’s, luxury regains its proper place (Globe and Mail) “The full-price model is part of Mr. Derbyshire’s five-year business plan to strengthen Holt’s results following a period of stagnation caused by the economic slump… His efforts seem to be paying off: Privately held Holt’s enjoyed a record profit in 2010 – double that of its next best year, 2006.” Tommy Hilfiger Changes his Stripes (WSJ)

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BoF Exclusive | The New Creative Establishment 2010 — The 50 Most Influential Creative Forces Working in Fashion Today

The New Creative Establishment | Source: INDUSTRIE Magazine

LONDON, United Kingdom — Today, The Business of Fashion brings you an exclusive preview of The New Creative Establishment, a list of the 50 most influential and inspirational creatives working in fashion today, developed by our friends at INDUSTRIE magazine for their second issue which comes out later this month and was inspired by a much-watched list with a similar name published by Vanity Fair called ‘The New

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Luxury spending rebounds, Mr. Miuccia, Della Valle ups Saks stake, Tokyo sets sights on new gen, Return of the it bag?

Roger Vivier Miss Viv | Source: Holt Renfrew

What The Rich Are Buying Now (Forbes) “While most consumers aren’t returning to their pre-recession shopping patterns, there has been a rebound in luxury spending lately. Ultra affluent shoppers … have started to come out of hiding” Miuccia and Me (WSJ) “Bertelli, is the mastermind behind a label most people associate with his wife, Miuccia Prada, the avant-garde designer who has created global

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Escada divests brands, Ferre and Damiani unite, Miuccia on CNN, Evisu hires Scott Morrison

Apriori S/S 09 ad campaign, courtesy of Apriori

Escada sells off Apriori, Cavita and Laurèl (Drapers) “Escada has sold off its Apriori, Cavita and Laurèl womenswear brands which operate under its Primera subsidiary, to German investment firm Mutares.” Ferre and Damiani announce cooperation (Forbes) “The Gianfranco Ferre fashion house, which suffered the death of its founder and the bankruptcy of its holding company in the span of two years, said Tuesday it was

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Prada: A lookbook to inspire

People talk about Miuccia Prada as an intellectual designer. Up there with Martin Margiela, Dries van Noten and Rei Kawakubo, Ms. Prada is a heavyweight in the world of conceptual fashion. Season after season she manages to surprise and inspire the notoriously critical and fickle fashion crowd. What's less cool to talk about is Miuccia Prada's knack for marrying the creative with the commercial. No other designer seems to be as able to take the most high-falutin' catwalk looks and translate them into a commercial product in the showroom. For Prada and her infamous husband Patrizio Bertelli, "commercial" is not a dirty word. Buyers rave about Prada's ability to provide the right balance between the consistent core items that form…

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Crowning glory: The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund

For all of you budding young designers based in America, the CFDA has officially begun its annual search for America's most promising young designers. Each year, the CFDA awards a $200,000 grant to the winner, along with mentoring from a recognised fashion business guru as part of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.  Past winners include the intelligent and talented Doo-Ri Chung (looking super glam in this ad) who is mentored by J.Crew's legendary Mickey Drexler and the refined-beyond-their-years Proenza Schouler design duo, Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez, who were mentored by Burberry's impressive former CEO, Rose Marie Bravo. This is a really great initiative from the CFDA and other venerable fashion names like Barneys New York and Vogue. That said, I…

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