Prada’s China Party, Denim couture, Social networks versus social tribes, Luxottica’s record, Giles goes West

Prada Prods China’s Elite (WSJ) “For Prada, in particular, the Chinese market is critical. The company is expected to announce this week plans for an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Its valuation would likely be higher in Hong Kong than in other market.” Chanel swaps pearls and operatic grandeur for T-shirts and flats (Guardian) “‘This is the way young women dress nowadays,’

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The crowdsourcing debate, Suits in Paris, Couture alive and well, Prada to decide on IPO, Berlin Fashion Week wrap-up

(L-R) Comme des Garçons, Lanvin, and Dries Van Noten | Source: Style.com

Fashion Crowdsourcing Panel at DLD (DLD Conference) “The Fashion Panel was all about the use of crowdsourcing for fashion brands. Vanessa Friedman moderated the talk with Natalie Massenet from the online luxury fashion retailer Net-A-Porter, who shortly before won the Aenne Burda Award, the Creative Adviser of H&M, Margareta van den Bosch and Scott Galloway, Professor of Marketing at NYU. The main discussion focussed on

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Fashion’s self-obsession, Burberry bid talk, Prada IPO delayed (again), Fashion-Business faux pas, Open Vogue

Vionnet, Then and Now | Source: PSFK

Is  Fashion In Danger Of Going The Same Way As The Ad Industry? (PSFK) “Sharing the inner workings of the business and marketing of fashion is pop culture these days, behind the scenes interviews, makings of, documentaries, buy from the runway etc. Cleverly marketing the marketing of fashion in consumer culture, or, an industry talking to itself?” Burberry bid talk continues despite price label (FT) “Could the

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Return of big spenders, Issa’s Royal moment, Facebook commerce, Prada profits triple, Bruce Weber looks back

Jean Schlumberger Leaf ring | Source: Tiffany & Co.

Big spenders returning to the luxury fold (Globe and Mail) “In the depth of the recession, Tiffany & Co. struggled to sell $3,200 diamond earrings and $12,000 bangles, while it fared better with $100 silver necklaces. Today, the situation is reversed, as the high-end retailer grapples with softer sales of jewellery under $500.” Is Issa in Line for Throne? (NY Times) “The label is ‘truly the Diane Von

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Sarah Burton’s McQueen, Miu Miu comes of age, Prada considers HK listing, Warnaco acquires retail, Real women

Miu Miu Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Miu Miu

Sarah Burton steals the show in Paris (Guardian) “It was undoubtedly the most anticipated debut at Paris fashion week… In an extraordinarily beautiful show, Burton succeeded in both being faithful to the late designer’s distinctive design ethos while taking the label into a new era.” In Bloom: Miu Miu Comes of Age (WSJ) “After living in Prada’s shadow for years, the label is finding that its

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Made by Prada, Wearable luxury, Longchamp shines, Building a digital flagship, Japanese patterns

A "Made In Scotland" Prada skirt | Source: NY Times

Throwing Down the Gauntlet (IHT) “‘Made in Italy’ — who cares? It’s not a brand strength if you have to defend your work’ says Ms. Prada…’Mine is a political statement and it comes from a personal appreciation of originality.’” Milan fashion shines in wearable luxury (Reuters) “Italian fashion designers created shimmering, fluid looks for their 2011 spring/summer collections, mixing fringes

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Cheap chic showdown, Volatile celebrity brands, Giving respect, Prada profits soar, Remembering Lee McQueen

Primark Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Via Woman

The future of cheap chic (Guardian) “It was a sign of the times: fashion so cheap it became ‘disposable’… But the days of the £4 jeans and £2 T-shirt could be numbered, with analysts and retailers now warning that the era of constantly reducing prices is coming to an end.” Celebrity Fashion Lines (Forbes) “Celebrity clothing brands are particularly volatile, because their success is closely tied

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What millennial girls want, Style.com vs Vogue.com, Toledano out at Chloé, Prada countersues, Tiffany launches handbags

Proenza Schouler Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Proenza Schouler

What Do Girls Want? (NY Times) “You can understand why brands like Chanel want to limit their Web exposure, but what happens to interest if the immediate outlet is blocked? This is not a generation that will wait to get a number for admission.” Style.com’s Faces Off With Vogue (WWD) “Right after Labor Day, Style.com, once the online home of W and Vogue but now a brand in its own right, will face some stiff

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Street style icons, Home grown Chinese luxury, Prada’s first-half boost, Next warns of slowdown, Masterful Crisp

On the Street: Fabrizio, Milano on The Satorialist | Source: The Satorialist

Seen on the Street: Strangers as Style Icons (WSJ) “We’ve had the age of supermodels as fashion icons and the age of celebrities. Now comes the age of attractive strangers… BeautifulStranger, The Sartorialist and other photo websites are turning fashion’s focus from models to regular people.” Chinese luxury wannabes try to shake off “Made in China” image (Reuters) “‘I threw away

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Couture jewelry, New Creative Director at Lacroix, Armani slumps, Prada’s secret Chinese shareholder, Rocha II

Chaumet Tiara | Source: Chaumet

Jewelry With Stories to Tell (IHT) “You don’t need 3-D glasses for the sculpted shapes to stand out and the colors to pop. But the high jewelry that had an open day during last week’s haute couture season is finely tuned to the latest fashion.” Christian Lacroix’s New Creative Director is Up for the Challenge (Fashionista) “Besides Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, there is no designer in the world with a more

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Prada aims high, Takashimaya shutters USA, Managing content, Rise of shopping tours, Menswear’s radical shift

Thom Browne Spring/Summer 2011 Detail | Source: Style.com

Prada Is Aiming at a Valuation of More Than $4.9 Billion (Bloomberg) “Prada is aiming for a valuation of over 4 billion euros ($4.95 billion), while bankers estimate the Italian fashion label is worth between 3 billion euros and 4 billion euros.” Takashimaya Says It Will End U.S. Operations (Bloomberg) “Takashimaya Co., a Japanese department-store operator, said it plans to terminate its U.S. operations to

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All Saints smashes targets, Weaker euro bolsters luxury, Prada IPO talks, Euroluxe in USA, HauteLook’s $31m

All Saints Summer 2010 | Source: All Saints

All Saints smashes sales targets after low-key New York launch (Retail Week) “All Saints has put British fashion firmly on the global map after it racked up sales of nearly $1m (£680,000) in its first week of trading on New York’s Broadway. ” Weak euro helps European luxury through crisis (Reuters) “Italian jeweler Bulgari (BULG.MI), fashion house Valentino and French handbag maker Longchamp are among those who

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Giles officially at Ungaro, Tommy weighs in at PVH, Prada boosted by retail, Rethinking the 70s, Gaga’s fashion effect

Calvin Klein Collection Summer 2010 | Source: PVH

Giles Deacon confirmed as Creative Director of Ungaro (Vogue.com) “The new appointment is bound to bring a close to an unsettled atmosphere at the French house that has reigned since Emanuel Ungaro himself retired in 2004.” (RSS and email subscribers: watch exclusive BoF interview here) Phillips-Van Heusen beats, but Tommy weighs in Q2 (Reuters) “Analysts had been expecting a bigger boost from Tommy Hilfiger, the

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