Céline’s balance, Neiman Marcus sales spike, Aspirational shoppers, Nasty Gal, Front row secret

Céline Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

Céline: Dressing for a Balanced Life (IHT) “Three exceptional designers took masculine tailoring as a base for a new female elegance that owes nothing to frills and furbelows. On Sunday, as Phoebe Philo stood, heavily pregnant, to greet a hand-picked audience for what was not more than a Céline showroom collection put on models, it was hard not to think of her as the leading protagonist for this new woman.” Neiman

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E-Commerce Week | The Stage is Set for an E-Commerce Explosion

Fab Screenshot | Source: Fab.com

Yesterday, BoF was first to bring you the news of the recent $18 million investment in Farfetch.com. Today, we continue a week focused on e-commerce by examining the historical challenges faced by online retailers and how recent innovations and infrastructural advances have fundamentally improved the economics of e-commerce, setting the stage for a renaissance in online retail. SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Following the burst of

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Being Orla Kiely, Neiman Marcus confident, Cyber Monday here to stay, BFA winners, H&M and Marni

Orla Kiely | Source: MEN Media

The Pluck of the Irish (WSJ) “Orla Kiely, the Irish designer known for her quirky, signature, retro stem prints, still gets excited when she sees someone wearing her brand. ‘It is nice that people like it enough to buy it,’ she says, sipping black coffee at her London store in Covent Garden, the first one to open in Europe in 2005.” Neiman Marcus CEO: High end shopping with confidence (Reuters) “Neiman Marcus Group Inc

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Accessible Neiman Marcus, NYFW’s many platforms, Luxury deals, Charlotte Olympia, Rosita Missoni speaks

Karen Katz, CEO Neiman Marcus | Source: 123 Nonstop

Neiman Marcus Opens Customer Door Wider (WSJ) “With its extravagant Christmas catalog and the wealthiest customer base in American retailing, Neiman Marcus Group has, for more than a century, earned its snob appeal. But after a recession that cost the company $1 billion in annual revenue, the new chief executive officer, Karen Katz, is on a mission to make the chain a bit more inclusive.” More Than Meets the iPhone Lens

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China’s homegrown luxe, Loro Piana’s lotus love, Social engagement, Neiman Marcus extension, Katrantzou wins

Shang Xia Cashmere | Source: Shang Xia

China’s homegrown luxury: Talking with Jiang Qiong Er (CIB) “What does it mean to create a Chinese luxury brand from scratch? Jiang, artistic director and CEO of Shang Xia… does not bat an eye as she returns her answer: ‘I had a dream to bring about a renaissance of traditional Chinese craftsmanship.’” New Luxury Frontier: A $5,600 Lotus Jacket (WSJ) “Lotus jackets could further burnish the

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Primark on top, Bergdorf’s integrated approach, Last Call at Neiman Marcus, Coach profits up, Sewing futures

Primark Oxford Street | Source: Newscast

Primark is the best summer seller (Independent) “Love it or loathe it, you can’t avoid it – at least not anymore. As we report… Primark became Britain’s biggest clothes retailer by sales volumes over the summer. That is a position that has traditionally been occupied by Marks and Spencer.” How Bergdorf Goodman understands the new luxury purchase funnel (Luxury Daily) “Upscale department store

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Denim ads break taboos, Rules of engagement, NAP snaps up Koodos, Neiman Marcus goes flash, Pop-up phenom

Levis Curve ID Ad | Source: Denimology

No Ifs or Buts: Jeans Ads Get Blunt (WSJ) “In what could be called a race to the bottom, some denim companies are breaking language taboos, not backing away from using crude language to describe the backside.” How to Bring in Luxury Shoppers (JCK) “For a while, it seemed the ‘new normal’ for the luxury market would resemble the old one. Upscale retailers… logged impressive sales jumps in the

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Luxury leads recovery, Asos launches US site, Italians invest in India, Fast Retailing sees decline, Runway top ten

Neiman Marcus, Boston | Source: ICSC

US luxury stores outperform rest of retail sector (FT) “US luxury department stores outperformed the rest of the retail sector during September, underlining the extent to which more prosperous shoppers are leading the recovery in consumer spending.” Asos launches US site (Retail Week) “Asos is promoting the new website, Us.asos.com, by giving US customers free delivery. It plans to launch French and German

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Britain’s shopoholics, Music and fashion viral synergy, Downing talks trends, D&G exits Japan, Beker for The Bay

Wesfield Shopping Centre London | Source: My Fashion Life

‘Shopaholic’ Brits amass £24bn debt during downturn (Guardian) “Despite the financial constraints, women have carried on copying the lifestyles and shopping habits of their idols and ignoring the debt they are racking up in the process.” Music and Fashion: Looking for Viral Synergy (Time) “Such forethought is key in a shoot like this, which is not a commercial nor an artwork nor a fashion shoot nor a

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Ungaro’s fall, Mark Lee confirmed Barneys CEO, Social statements, Western fits for Levi’s China, Tansky’s legacy

Emanuel Ungaro fitting a model | Source: NY Times

The Fall of the House of Ungaro (NY Times) “Ungaro was losing roughly $15 million a year, and [the Ferragamos] signaled to their bankers to look for a buyer. Abdullah was the only serious buyer who turned up. That was in 2005, and as you probably guessed, he had no experience in fashion.” Barneys Appoints New CEO (Market Watch) “Barneys New York, the luxury retailer, with the support of its shareholder Istithmar

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Neimans in the black, Inditex margin spike, India’s talent pinch, Gucci goes green, Sally Singer moves to T

All Saints Summer 2010 | Source: All Saints

Neiman gains from luxe spending but Euro worries persist (Reuters) “The operator of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores said it is monitoring Europe’s debt crisis and has yet to see vendors there pass on gains from a weak euro. Neiman also noted that a weak euro could negatively impact travel to New York.” Inditex Beats Views As 1Q Sales, Margins Jump (WSJ) “Spain’s Inditex, the fast-growing

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Trainers the new denim, Tansky steps down, The ultimate sari, Tavi’s Google mishap, Why clothes matter

Lanvin Mens Trainers Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Nondivision

Luxury brands are looking to trainers for new business (Independent) “Designer denim used to be the go-to strategy of luxury labels to lure in new customers, but now it seems as if trainers are the new jeans.” Neiman Marcus CEO Tansky to Retire (WSJ) “Neiman Marcus Group Inc. said Chief Executive Burton Tansky will retire in October, stepping down just as the luxury-goods department-store chain begins to recover

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McQueen’s guiding light, PVH’s Hilfiger upside, Neiman ekes out profit, Online ad spend overtakes print, Fantasy furs

Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Style.com

A light in the darkness (Style.com) “In Alexander McQueen’s final collection, medieval influences transformed into calm, poetic beauty.” Phillips-Van Heusen May Gain From Buying Hilfiger (Bloomberg) “Phillips-Van Heusen would gain extra profit within a year of a reported potential acquisition of Tommy Hilfiger Corp.” Neiman Marcus posts profit as sales start improving (Reuters) “Neiman Marcus

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