Hilfiger cool again, H&M looks South, Prada Japan under fire, Selfridges’ augmented reality, Fashion philosophy

Tommy Hilfiger Summer 2010 | Source: Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger Replants His American Flag (NY Times) “Once a preppy kingpin and then a megabrand designer of urban streetwear, with over $1.9 billion in sales… at his peak, Mr. Hilfiger, in the 1990s, was very cool. But then, about 10 years ago, he just wasn’t…When did Tommy Hilfiger become cool again?” H&M Examining Latin America, Australia for Openings (Bloomberg) “Hennes & Mauritz, Europe’s

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Fashion films flourish, Etailers buck decline, Boss factory survives, Wintour honoured, Helmut’s minimalism

Prada's First Spring | Source: Prada

Cinema à la Prada (WSJ) “With the Internet and digital technology, industry executives say short online videos have become an essential part of the fashion marketing tool box, offering customers a new way to interact with a brand and show clothing in motion.” Web-only luxury retailers fared well during the recession (Internet Retailer) “Luxury goods retailers that sell exclusively online increased their sales by

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Ralph Lauren takes on Paris, Uniqlo’s sets 5th Avenue rent record, Outnet demand, Prada lawsuit, Spazio Fendi

Ralph Lauren | Source: American Book Center

Ralph Lauren: New in an Old World (IHT) “Standing shoulder to shoulder at the Élysée Palace, the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and the American legend Ralph Lauren held a mutual admiration society.” New York’s Fifth Ave. Sets Record with Uniqlo Lease (Bloomberg) “New York’s Fifth Avenue is claiming a city retail record: Japanese clothier Uniqlo agreed to pay $300 million over 15 years to bring its affordable

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

LONDON, United Kingdom — The fashion film movement has hit the mainstream, with well-known brands like Prada and Y-3 running integrated, cross-channel campaigns around high-impact digital videos and a dedicated Digital Schedule for fashion films and catwalk streams now in place at London Fashion Week. But there were no signs that the medium was condensing around fixed codes. Quite the opposite. What we saw was the kind of restless innovation and constant evolution that characterises the fluid nature of digital media itself, with an explosion of new films that energised, but also transcended, the seasonal presentation schedule, speaking directly to consumers across the internet as part of in-season digital campaigns. During the Paris menswear collections, Stefano Pilati opened the Yves…

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Japan capitalises on cute, Prada profits up, Safilo reports Q1 loss, Viral video spikes traffic, Twiggy’s journey

Shizuka Fujioka, Yu Kimura and Misako Aoki | Source: Daylife

Japan’s Ambassadors of cute (FT) “Economists are now looking at Japan and going: ‘Well, they don’t have the economic clout they had before, but they have a kind of soft power in view of the incredible global popularity of manga and anime.'” Prada’s core profit up 3 percent in 2009 (Reuters) “Italian fashion house Prada said 2009 core profit rose 2.8 percent to 290 million euros ($389.8 million), boosted by a

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Richemont to buy Net-a-Porter, PVH acquires Hilfiger, Prada’s maltreatment, Liberty bid, GenY luxe life

Chloé Jumpsuit on Net-a-porter.com | Source: Net-a-porter

Net-a-Porter is being acquired for up to £350m by Richemont (Telegraph) “The deal, expected to be completed this week, will see founder Natalie Massenet, a former fashion journalist, become at least £50m richer as Richemont acquires the remaining 70pc of the company it doesn’t already own.” Phillips-Van Heusen Acquires Hilfiger for $3 Billion (NY Times) “Phillips-Van Heusen, the clothing conglomerate that

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Italian fabrics in focus, Luxury on Facebook, Men’s at LFW, Milan accomodates Anna, Armani and Prada go Gaga

Italian fabrics by Alessandro Scotti | Source: WSJ

In Italy’s Mills, a New Spin Emerges (WSJ) “Factories in China are proving as adept at copying fabrics as films and handbags… While worried, Mr. Ferla is relying on his quality-focused business strategy.” Luxury Shame Thrives on Facebook (Slate) “According to a new report from research firm Unity Marketing, nearly 80% of ‘affluent luxury consumers’ belong to a social network… Not

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George Davies GIVes, Prada remains upbeat, Yoox sales up 50 percent, Tamara Salman exits Liberty, CSM fashion stars

George Davies | Source: George Davies

George Davies has further designs on women (Guardian) “The man who invented Next and George at Asda is launching a spring collection with a brand new label. …GIVe – Davies’s fourth attempt to capture the hearts and minds of British women.  With the launch of its spring collection only days away, he cautiously reflects: ‘We are where I hoped we’d be when we set off. Overall, I’m happy.'”

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Istithmar chief exits, Chinese outspend Russians, Indians at home, Prada and Yang Fudong, New to Couture Week

Barney's New York | Source: Arabiya

Istithmar World chief resigns (FT) “The chief executive of Dubai World’s investment arm has resigned as the emirate focuses on unwinding Istithmar World’s debt-laden portfolio of overseas assets amid the restructuring of its holding company.” Chinese outspend Russians in France (Reuters) “Tourists from China spend more in French boutiques than visitors from Russia, and they tend to splash out on

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Mixed luxury recovery, Hermès’ Chinese brand, Milan’s military men, Berlin FW grows, Britain’s best bloggers

Coach Spring Summer 2010 Poppy Collection | Source: Coach

Not quite a luxury resurgence (Marketwatch) “The U.S. economy may be slowly coming out of recession, but it appears we’re still pretty conservative when it comes to buying.” What Hermès’ New Chinese Brand Means for the Luxury Industry (Fashionista) “Three days before Christmas, the savvy folks over at godly luxury company Hermès quietly announced that they would launch a new brand in China called Shang Xia.

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Macy’s announces closures, Prada not for sale, Armani’s first hotel, Thank you Merci, Great Venetia Scott

Macy’s to shut five underperforming stores (Reuters) “Macy’s Inc. said on Tuesday it was closing five of its namesake department stores, affecting about 307 employees, as it pares underperforming locations. Macy’s said it would offer jobs at nearby stores to displaced employees when possible.” Prada: Not for Sale (Business Week) “Prada SpA, the luxury company which has called off four attempts at

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Richemont stake in Prada?, Frugality fatigue, UK’s strong holiday, Vuitton’s savoir-faire, Nicola Formichetti goes Gaga

Prada Autumn/Winter 2009 | Source: Prada

Luxury jewelry maker Richemont eyes Prada stake (New York Post) “Prada is close to a tie-up with Swiss watch and jewelry maker Richemont that could shake up the luxury landscape worldwide, sources told The Post. The Italian fashion house — whose ambitions to expand have been hampered for years by a crippling debt load — is nearing a deal to sell about a third of the cash-strapped label to Richemont.” Luxury

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Rupert helms Richemont, The new front row, Tom Ford’s focus, Prada pushes boundaries, Pratap weaves magic

Johann Rupert, CEO Richemont Group | Source: Connectingwatches

Rupert ready to resume the helm at Richemont (FT) “Johann Rupert said yesterday that he would retake the helm as chief executive of Richemont from April, indicating that the world’s second-largest luxury goods group still expected storms ahead.” Style bloggers take centre stage (FT) “Also on the front row… sits a slender, less familiar figure dressed in grey T-shirt, jewelled necklace and tuxedo

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