London’s originality, All things digital at LFW, Chinese designers left behind, Polo’s all time high, Man Repeller

L-R Aquascutum, Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda Ilincic Spring/Summer 2012 | Source:

Screen vs. Clean: When Print Meets Purity (IHT) “To call your own fashion show a car crash would seem a risky business. But what about an inspiration of a crushed metallic Cadillac on a field of vividly colored flowers among the exotic fish in the Pacific Ocean? Fantastic, fabulous and totally original!” How London Fashion Week Is Going Digital (Mashable) “London Fashion Week is showcasing an increased commitment to all

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The Prince of Polo, Louboutin’s legal loss, Macy’s Q2 profit surge, KPCB invests in e-tail, Magazine sales drop

David Lauren at IHT Luxury Conference | Source: Samir Husein for IHT

The Prince of Polo (Fast Company) “By associating Ralph Lauren with new digital technology, David has done more than imbue the brand with a current vibe. He has, in the process, made the company a progressive leader among fashion peers. In 2009, David produced an online-only fashion show for Ralph Lauren’s heritage Rugby brand that, for the first time ever, allowed viewers to shop the looks in real time.” Red Faces at Louboutin?

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American made, My-wardrobe’s global push, Social goals, Hermès battle heats up, Unwelcome success

Brookks Brothers: Made in America | Source: Brooks Brothers

Made in America: A hook for wealthy shoppers (Ottawa Citizen) “The Made-in-America label has undergone a deluxe makeover. Everyone from Brooks Brothers to the Olsen twins is using it to hawk luxury goods… ‘There is a customer that appreciates that the product is made in the United States and is willing to pay for the difference.’” My-wardrobe boosts foreign dress effort (FT) “‘The past 12

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Fashion’s new icons, Masstige in China, Gap’s Shanghai outpost, Polo stock soars, McQueen at the Met

Anna Dello Russo | Source: Anna Dello Russo

The New Icons of Fashion (NY Times) “Ms. Dello Russo and her raffish style-world cohort, who populate the mastheads of the fashion magazines, represent a new breed of Web-based reality star… they are casting a spell, their comings and goings relentlessly tracked by a new generation of aspiring style savants.” What Does ‘Masstige’ Mean For China? (Jing Daily) “If masstige collections are offered supplemental

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Ralph cashes in, Rykiel eyes USA, Angela Ahrendts’ payout, Guinness buys Blow collection, Searching for Gisele

Ralph Lauren to Sell Portion of Polo Shares (WSJ) “Ralph Lauren, chairman and chief executive of Polo Ralph Lauren Corp., is selling approximately a quarter of his holdings in the company he founded, a move that could raise up to $955 million at Monday’s closing price.” Rykiel Targets America (Vogue) “French fashion label Sonia Rykiel has announced plans to target the US market as it schedules debut showroom

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Lucky’s new focus, PRL profit doubles, Trouble at American Apparel, Denim accessories, Wearable watercolours

Lucky Brand Jean detail | Source: Light Hack

New Lucky Brand CEO Seeks Sharper Focus (WWD) “If the late Gap co-founder Donald Fisher taught Lucky Brand chief executive officer David DeMattei one thing, it’s that retail companies buy inventory and sell inventory… Four months after joining Lucky, DeMattei is applying his 25 years of retail experience gained at Williams-Sonoma, J. Crew, Gap and Banana Republic to turn Lucky around.” Polo Ralph Lauren Profit

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Levi’s hipsters, PRL shares soar, JCrew’s Jenna Lyons, McQueen’s genius, Prabal Gurang pays his dues

House of Holland for Levi's Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Levi's

Levi’s Shoots for the High-End Hipster (WSJ) “The 157-year-old company is trying to reinvent itself as not just a purveyor of basics but as an edgier brand suitable for the fashion cognoscenti.” Polo Ralph Lauren: The Winning Streak Continues (Smart Trend) “Shares of Polo Ralph Lauren traded near a new 52-week high yesterday, touching a price of $90.89. Approximately 758,000 shares traded hands yesterday vs.

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Zac Posen redux, Polo Ralph Lauren warns of Asia hit, Burani insolvency, W Hotels fashion fix, Kell on earth

Zac Posen Backstage | Source: NY Times

The Trials of a Former Boy Wonder (NY Times) “There was a time when brashness was a refreshing change in New York fashion, which had been dominated by a handful of aging mega-brands until Mr. Posen planted his flag in the biggest, most expensive tent in Bryant Park. But his extravagant success came so quickly…  that his setbacks echo all the more loudly.” Polo Ralph Lauren profit rises as it warns of Asia hit

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