Bits & Bytes is a weekly roundup of the most important news in the fast evolving fashion-tech space.
NEW YORK, United States — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. may give Marissa Mayer a $10 billion chance to accelerate her dealmaking.
SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Pinterest Inc. said it raised $225 million in a financing round that values it at $3.8 billion, as the Internet-scrapbooking startup seeks to expand and develop a model for generating revenue.
LONDON, United Kingdom — The fashion universe has always been a bit of a self-contained bubble to outsiders. Those too-tall models in acres of silk? Those outlandish shoes you can't walk in? The dresses that cost as much as a small car? Nice to look at, but hardly a part of most people's lives. The organizers of London Fashion Week, which kicked off Friday, are hoping to change that perception.
SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Facebook Inc.’s success in mobile advertising, which is making it a stronger rival to Google Inc., is also providing a model for other social-networking sites such as Twitter Inc., Pinterest Inc. and Snapchat Inc.
BoF talks to young American designer Peter Som to understand the secret to his remarkable success on content sharing service Pinterest.
SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Online scrapbook Pinterest is rolling out new tools that will show businesses the number of visitors it delivers to their websites, part of the fast-growing start-up's efforts to build a base for the introduction of money-making features.
John Galliano in court to challenge dismissal from Dior and label (Telegraph) “Galliano appeared at a hearing at the conseil de prud’hommes (France’s equivalent to an employment tribunal) in Paris yesterday. His lawyer claimed victory after the court ruled it was qualified to hear the 52-year-old designer’s claims against his dismissal of creative director of Christian Dior in March 2011.”
Metallics, florals and futuristic edge rock London fashion (Reuters) “Rainbow colored metallics, abstract prints and edgy florals sashayed down the runway on day four of London Fashion Week, which featured a star-studded line-up of designers from Peter Pilotto to Christopher Kane and Burberry’s Christopher Bailey.” Relief for luxury groups in French court (FT) “The French luxury goods industry drew a sigh of
The Spotlight | Laurenceairline (Emerging Designers) “Many recent international fashion collections have been ’inspired’ by African culture and crafts. But why have we heard so little about designers originating from Africa itself? Enter Laurenceairline, a small Paris-based menswear label…” Finding Your M.O. | Part 5: How to Choose the Right Investors (Education) “Last month, in Part 3 of this series, I
Haider Ackermann: The Draped Crusader (Independent) “So it is with Haider Ackermann who first showed at the Paris collections 10 years ago now and who has built up a loyal following with the most sartorially forward thinking. Now, though, his runway presentations and the highly singular vision they represent are one of the high points of the French fashion season across the board.” Pinterest Has Users, Fancy Has a
Meet the duo behind London’s coolest label, Meadham Kirchhoff (Independent) “And then there’s Meadham Kirchhoff, consisting of the designers Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff, whose clothes are as desirable as they are marginally deranged, whose hair and make-up is reminiscent of Leigh Bowery’s in his heyday and whose mise-en-scène has been known to transport the audience everywhere from a hyper-real flower
In the Spotlight’s Glare (NY Times) “Much of what has been written about Mr. Elbaz on the occasion of his 10th anniversary as the designer of Lanvin, a milestone that normally might merit a mention somewhere near the classifieds, could illustrate what is a rare example in the catty fashion industry of the Buddhist concept of mudita, or taking pleasure in another person’s good fortune. These days, everyone seems to love him,