Akris’ discreet charm, PPR invests in The Fancy, Richemont cautious, Nordstrom disappoints, Versace’s bright idea

Albert Kriemler of Akris | Source: Estilo Moda

The Discreet Charm of Akris (WSJ) “Perhaps it is Kriemler’s understated, reluctant approach to anything overt or loud—fashionable or otherwise—that attracts women as powerful and talented as Condoleezza Rice, Angelina Jolie, Susan Sarandon and Nicole Kidman to his clothes… Kriemler works extensively with artisans from Akris’s hometown of St. Gallen. The town is renown in the business for its skilled

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Fashion showmanship, Luxury sales firm, Superdry soars again, Hong Kong haberdashers, CDFA goes to Paris

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2005 | Source: Hapsical

Tents, but No Circus (NY Times) “But what the increasingly industrialized Fashion Week now signally lacks is a certain giddy excitement, the fanfare and promise of genius that were common in the days when you could still get close enough to it all to see the greasepaint and smell the sweat… Ms. Roitfeld claimed flatly that fashion is not much fun anymore. ‘It’s less light-hearted, less spontaneous,’ Ms.

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Luxury in Chengdu, Tory Burch sets stage for IPO, Unstable spending, Nordstrom’s alias, Andrej Pejic’s story

Marion Cotillard for Lady Dior | Source: Luxuo

Chasing Luxury Dreams – A Tale from Chengdu (Forbes) “It’s one thing that the Chinese government spearheads infrastructure projects such as massive railway development; it’s another thing that it promotes luxury consumption. Yes, that is exactly what the government of Chengdu, a second-tier city in south-west China, has proudly done… According to Chengdu Retail Industry Association, Chengdu is home to 80 percent of international

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Michael Kors’ huge valuation, Surface to New York, Nordstrom profit up, Kirkwood heels, Fabergé’s relaunch

Surface to Air Paris Store | Source: High Snobiety

Michael Kors sells minority stake in deal that values brand at $2.5B (New York Post) “The New York fashion label — whose black-clad founder and namesake also moonlights as a tough judge on the “Project Runway” TV reality series — has sold a minority stake to a group of investors in a deal that values the brand at a whopping $2.5 billion.” Surface to Air Comes to New York (IHT) “In a sense, the business model of Surface to Air was

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Autumn/Winter 2011 – The Season That Was

John Galliano | Source: The Creator Blog

PARIS, France – The process of writing this season’s wrap-up left a somewhat bitter taste in my mouth. Looking back, several of the most salient themes from this round of fashion weeks involve unsavoury behaviour, gossip and highly unprofessional comments from some of the industry’s most important figures. Whether it was John Galliano’s inexcusable anti-Semitic rant captured on video for the whole world to watch, the scrum of

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Women of Wang, Hermann to Reed Krakoff, Nordstrom to buy HauteLook, CNN fashion, Digital fashion moment

Alexander Wang's dance party | Source: Modelinia

Women of Wang (New York Magazine) “He’s built an approximately $25 million business on cool but benign day-into-night clothes for lithe, pragmatic downtown girls who all appear to work in galleries or PR… anything vaguely “creative.” Wang synthesized the street-style-blog-derived notion of looking like a “model off duty,” a louche fantasy of effortlessly sexy living if ever there was one.” Reed Krakoff Names

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Nordstrom innovates, Emerging fashion, American Apparel warned, Content is king, Condé Nast courts India

Laura Theiss Autumn/Winter 2010, at Début | Source: Début New York

Nordstrom Links Online Inventory to Real World (NY Times) “The company wove in individual stores’ inventory to the Web site, so that essentially all of the stores were also acting as warehouses for online. Results were immediate… It also means that inventory is moving faster, and often at higher prices.” The Demand for Emerging Fashion: Part I (Huffington Post) “[The first trend] noticed was brand exhaustion

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J.Crew’s leading man, Logo-less luxe, Hermès goes street, Nordstrom matches view, Diane Pernet’s world

J.Crew Takes a Leading Role in Men's Fashion (Bloomberg) "The men's fashion landscape has long been dominated on one side by luxury brands... [or alternatives] that no longer seem au courant.  J.Crew has emerged in this void as the merchant of a new style that bridges work and leisure, youth and age, vintage and contemporary, gay and straight." Will Chinese Shoppers Embrace Luxury Goods–Sans Logo? (Forbes) "Although luxury shoppers in established, recession-stung markets may gradually be lured back into stores by understated items...will this trend appeal to potential buyers in emerging — and lucrative — markets like China, where garish still equals good?" Hermès launches street style website (MyFashionLife) "Dedicated solely to its signature square scarves, the new website, called…

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Nordstrom Rack hits NYC, Jane Shepherdson’s magic touch, More than clicks, Designer dreams, Cruisin’ with Karl

Nordstrom Rack Campaign Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Nordstom

Discount Store Is New York Beachhead for Nordstrom (NY Times) “After more than a century, Nordstrom, the upscale department store chain from Seattle, will make its Manhattan debut… But don’t expect $4,000 dresses. Expect 25,000 pairs of discounted shoes, and an automated checkout line more at home in a supermarket than a purveyor of luxury goods.” Jane Shepherdson: why we want what she’s wearing (Times Online)

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