LVMH takes over Bulgari, Battle for Hermès goes on, Playing the game, Runway realism, Creative destruction

Bulgari B.Zero1 Collection | Source: Bulgari

LVMH to take over Bulgari in 3.7 billion-euro deal (Reuters) “French luxury group LVMH will take over Italy’s Bulgari in an 3.7 billion-euro all-share deal… Bulgari, established in 1884, agreed to the takeover ‘in order to reinforce, in accordance with its history, values, craftmanship and identity, the long-term development of the Bulgari Group,’ it said. Under the deal, the Bulgari family will become

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Gucci Group shake-up explained, Dior’s new chapter, Paris round up, Hermès profit jumps, Gaga to the rescue

Gucci Spring/Summer 2011 Campaign | Source: Fashion Fame

The reasons behind the major shake up at Gucci Group (CPP Luxury) “International media as well as major luxury players have been taken by surprise this week by several major changes within PPR/Gucci Group and it seems this is just the beginning…. Francois Henri Pinault has radically changed management… responding fast to market conditions.” Dropping Galliano lets Dior open new chapter (Reuters) “Behind

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A breeze of change, Asos’ Facebook commerce, Givenchy’s new CEO, Kim Jones to Vuitton, Galliano’s goodbye

Dries Van Noten Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Style.com

A Fresh Breeze of Change (IHT) “This gentle zephyr is bringing a new fashion attitude. Out goes outré, excess and over-elaborate shows. In comes the quiet, no-fuss presentation of pleasing clothes. Freshness is the best word to describe what seems of the moment. Add to that ‘decency,’ meaning that any hint of ‘vulgarity chic’ has gone — and you get the new mood.” Fashion Retailer Asos Sets Up

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Game-changing Spring, Monetising Facebook, Mulberry’s growth, Gap’s brand oblivion, Top Chinese designers

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 RTW Runway | Source: Style.com

Spring, Fashion’s Operatic Season (NY Times) “The season was the powerful game changer that retailers and editors have been hoping for — if only to give customers a new reason to shop. The longer skirt lengths and more forgiving jacket cuts with looser shoulders.. are easier to wear, and sell.” How Facebook Can Become Bigger Than Google (Tech Crunch) “Facebook’s alleged revenue has grown from $275 million in 2008

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Women designers at the fore, Surge in luxe demand, Optimism returns, Online ad spend, Paris’ mature tone

Stella McCartney Spring 2011 Look Book | Source: Stella McCartney

Women Designers and the Quiet Revolution (Guardian Weekend) “From Phoebe Philo at Céline to Stella McCartney to Hannah MacGibbon at Chloé, women designers are at the forefront of fashion right now… When women design clothes for women, they do it differently. For women, clothes are not just seen, they are felt from the inside.” Luxury stores caught out by surge in demand (FT) “[Louis Vuitton] is not the only

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Horyn says Paris hits redial, Forever 21 in UK, Luxury fast fashion, Serving affluents online, Saving Asian craft

Balanciaga Spring 2011 Runway | Source: Style.com

In Paris, Designers Hit the Redial Button (NY Times) “Nicolas Ghesquiere was showing Balenciaga at the Crillon, Balmain was at the Grand, and an American, Zac Posen, was making his debut here, in the very place where Yves Saint Laurent used to show. So why did the day feel like a broken record?” Forever 21 to launch in the UK (Telegraph) “Forever 21, America’s answer to Primark and New Look, will be opening

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Futuristic fashion shows, The Brioni woman, Digital Vuitton, Paris’ dilemma, Roitfeld talks Vogue

Is a Runway Show Really Necessary? (IHT) "In [the film's] bravura, its beauty and its possibility of going viral to hundreds of million of people... this grand slam in the virtual world poses a question that is increasingly being asked by both designers and executives: Is a fashion show really necessary?" Imagining the Brioni Woman (WSJ) "Mr. Dell'Acqua's task is to inject his romantic, feminine-but-not-frilly aesthetic into a label whose womenswear has in the past seemed severe... The designer is taking a surprising approach for a brand associated with chairmen of the board." Louis Vuitton ramps up social media, mobile engagement efforts (Luxury Daily) "Luxury icon Louis Vuitton is accelerating efforts to engage its legion of fans through social media…

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Paris Fashion Week | The Culture of Luxury

Christian Lacroix | Source: NY Daily News

One long-time designer is conspicuously absent from the Paris Fashion Week schedule for Spring/Summer 2010. Indeed, Christian Lacroix’s Haute Couture show in July (pictured above) was billed as possibly his last fashion show ever. But, while rumours continue to swirl of would-be white knight investors to save Lacroix — the latest is Hassan bin Ali al-Nuaimi, a nephew of the ruler of Ajman — BoF investigates the wider

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Friday Column | Credit Crunch Fashion

PARIS, France — Sitting through the Paris collections, I was struck by how unappealing much of it seemed. I find that the editors who attend shows season after season get caught up in analysing a brand in terms of its recent history. Has it moved on, they ask? Where is it going? The ultimate compliment they pay is: “I’d wear that.” Now that I’m slightly removed from the day-to-day of it all, I tend to sit

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