Benetton ponders delisting, Good life, Bright young things, Diesel collaboration, New extremists

Benetton Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Fashion Latest

Benetton to make decision on delisting (FT) “The Benetton family will decide at a board meeting on Wednesday whether to delist the Italian knitwear group known for its brightly coloured jumpers after the company posted another plunge in profits as it struggles to compete with Inditex and H&M.” Luxury Companies That Can Bring You Closer to the Good Life (Money Morning) “A lot of consumers are hurting right now,

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Gap profits spike, Christopher and Donatella, Gloomy retail outlook, Kenzo not for sale, Osman in Motion

GAP S/s 2010 Ad Campaign | Source: Denimology

Gap Profit Up 40 per cent As Old Navy Drives Sales (WSJ) “Gap Inc. (GPS) reported a 40% increase in profits for the first quarter, as sales were boosted by strong performance at the company’s budget brand, Old Navy. Sales at that division rose 6.8% to $1.3 billion, accounting for nearly 40% of Gap Inc.’s total.” Versace and Kane: An Odd Mix That Works (NYT) “They are an odd couple, Mr. Kane and Ms.

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Andrew Rosen Midtown man, Recession-proof Lululemon, McQueen briefs, Indian fashion, Osman’s rising star

Vivienne Westwood's 'dress for a rebellious princess' | Source: Telegraph

Made in Midtown: Meet Andrew Rosen, Theory (Huffington Post) “As an inveterate horseman, Andrew Rosen knows the power of bloodlines– and in his, fashion run deep. His grandfather Arthur, a dress-maker, launched Puritan Manufacturing Co. in Boston nearly a century ago. ‘I remember as a young boy running around the factories and the warehouses, playing in-between all the clothes,’ he says.” Lululemon

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London Fashion Week | The Osman touch

Osman Yousefzada is one London designer who has shown a knack for building his business without an active investor on board. Not only is he consulting for a high profile British luxury chain, he is collaborating with Mango to release a capsule collection of little black dresses which will hit Mango stores worldwide in March, after an exclusive selling period at Selfridges in London. These projects help Osman by injecting cash to finance production and operating costs for the business. Mango also hosted Osman's show today in its Oxford Street flagship, causing quite a stir as regular shoppers mixed in with London's fashion flock. The choice of location works for both parties because Osman gets free space and solid evidence…

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Sample Sales: A method to the madness

The end of fashion week/market week/selling season for A/W 2007 can only mean one thing:  private sales from emerging fashion designers from London, Paris and New York. Malini Murjani, the New York based handbag designer known for her exotic skins and ethnic chic,  is holding a private trunk show next week for her exclusive private client list. Check out her website. It is hot. Afshin Feiz recently held a trunk show in London. As of next season, Afshin, who is based in Paris and has been showing in New York up until now, will have his London debut, joining the ranks of many upcoming designers who see London as a potential launchpad. Osman Yousefzada, is one such designer. He has…

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Ogling Osman, London Fashion Week

Osman Yousefzada's A/W Collection bowed this evening in Selfridge's 7th floor car park. For one thing, that must have made it easier for his sponsor, Saab, to get their sleek cars into the venue for the eyes of ogling fashionistas. A lot easier, say, than a 7th floor art gallery or church or museum. Somehow, the edgy venue and refined collection came together very well in a sort of  modern elegance, best exemplified by a hooded-dress that looked stunning from behind. There were also Lily Cole's legs in a short sea grey skirt with ruffly pleats. A stream a immacuately cut dresses and trousers followed, each with hints of embellishment (okay, sometimes they were more than hints) and draping. While…

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