Olympic ambassadors, Condé Nast in Flite, Urban Outfitters surprise, Dafiti investment, Jean Genies

Michael Phelps for Louis Vuitton | Source: Louis Vuitton

Olympians become the new fashion ambassadors (The Guardian) “Their Olympic glory may now be over, but the stars of London 2012 are enjoying a new spotlight – as fashion’s latest darlings… Fashion and sport alliances look likely to continue in this vein in the aftermath of London 2012.” Condé Nast Invests in Digital Advertising Company Flite (Media Decoder) “The company will go from being a client

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Week in Review | London 2012 Olympics, Technology and Fashion Collide, Learning from Piaggi, Hughes and Vidal

Week in Review August 13-17

The Fashion Trail | London 2012 Olympics (Opinion) “Ostensibly, the intention was to show the inextricable links between British fashion and music. But while it may have made for powerful imagery in the pages of Vogue, on the global stage of the Olympic stadium, it simply wasn’t impactful.” In Digital London, Technology and Fashion Collide (Fashion 2.0) “In recent cycles, London’s rising technology and fashion

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The Fashion Trail | London 2012 Olympics

Fashion at the Olympics Closing Ceremony | Source: themoderncool.com

LONDON, United Kingdom — I’ve always loved the Olympics. Ever since the Winter Olympic Games in my hometown of Calgary back in 1988, I’ve been drawn to the sense of global togetherness and sportsmanship, the competition and personal rivalries, and especially the raw athleticism of the remarkable individuals who go for the gold, pursuing their dreams on a world-sized stage. In the run up to the London Games, the British media seemed

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Coach’s competition crisis, Olympic effect, J.Crew in HK, Fashion trucks, Unconventional models

Coach Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: My Daily

Coach Droops As Kors Grabs Handbag Customers In Slowdown: Retail (Bloomberg) “The largest U.S. maker of luxury leather goods is facing rising competition from companies, such as Michael Kors Holdings Ltd, piling into the lucrative handbag category that Coach has dominated for more than a decade.” London awaits Olympic effect on trade (FT) “To many Londoners, however, the city is looking and feeling emptier than

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Appetite for luxury, Forerunner’s $40m fund, Billabong bid, September ad counts, Fashion Olympics

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Grazia

Emerging markets buy into luxury (FT) “Emerging market appetites for high-end handbags, fashionwear, champagne and cognac appeared to be holding up in the first half of the year, according to results from the French luxury goods groups LVMH and PPR.” Forerunner Ventures, an All-Female Firm, Raises $40M Institutional Fund (WSJ) “Despite investing in 21 digital commerce start-ups, some of them prominent, Forerunner

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Olympics economy, Discounting in India, Lucky aggregator, Luxury in the Bronx, YSL backlash

Lucky screen shot | Source: Luckymag.com

Retailers fear Olympics might ring hollow (FT) “Optimism that the games would generate a rise in economic activity, to offset the effects of the recession and the eurocrisis, has given way to scepticism as the opening ceremony creeps closer.” Global luxury brands put up sale signs to woo first-time buyers (Economic Times) “International luxury brands such as Chanel, Christian Dior and Burberry have started

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Raf Simons speaks, Hermès growth slows, China fashion in London, Leather art, Olympic fall guy

Raf Simons on his Dior couture debut (Telegraph) “Speaking in a video posted on Dior’s official YouTube page, Simons explains the concept behind his much-lauded collection and how it felt entering into a house with such rich history in his first interview since the July 2 show.” Hermès sales growth slows as economies falter (Reuters) “French luxury goods maker Hermès said second-quarter sales growth slowed

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The Fashion Trail | Vancouver’s Digital Olympics

Vancouver Red Mittens | Source: Hudson's Bay Company

VANCOUVER, Canada — Every two years that global extravaganza called the Olympic Games alternates between summer and winter sports. Next in line is Vancouver which will host the XXI Olympic Winter Games between 12-28 February 2010, costing the city in excess of $1.5 billion. Over the weekend, Tyler Brûlé reckoned in the Financial Times that Canada is wasting an opportunity to re-brand itself to the world, using the Olympics as a

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