Late Night with Anna Wintour, UK Online sales soar, No partner for Prada, The Sartorialist goes old media

Vogue editor Wintour critiques Letterman's socks (AP) "Wintour, making her first appearance on CBS' "Late Show," made light of her image as an imperious and tough boss, but acknowledged that she is direct with her staff. "Well, I'm very decisive and I try and give very clear direction to the people that I'm working with, and sometimes, unfortunately, they don't hear the answer that they would like to hear," Wintour said." Online sales soar during July (Drapers) "Online sales surged to £4.2bn in July as shoppers showed signs of renewed confidence. According to the latest IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index, July recorded around 15.7% more online sales than June, a 16.8% year-on-year rise." Prada quashes speculation it is seeking a…

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Leibovitz in limbo, Murjani’s move, Condé Nast crackdown, Prada’s transformer, H&M July sales disappoint

Annie Liebovitz, courtesty of Seattle Arts and Lectures

How Could This Happen to Annie Leibovitz? (New York Magazine) Annie Leibovitz’s “debts now total a staggering $24 million, consolidated with one lender with whom she is engaged in a lawsuit and due in September.” Murjanis seen recasting fashion assets in India (Economic Times) “The Murjanis have decided to exit the luxury space and stay focused on the super-premium segment after bearing the brunt of the

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Prada talks to Richemont, Telegraph partners with Net-a-porter, Middle Eastern muse, Lacroix’s story, Roland Mouret

Prada A/W 09 ad campaign, courtesy of Prada

Prada bankers contact Richemont on stake-paper (Reuters) “Bankers for Italy’s Prada fashion house have contacted Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA about the Swiss company taking a stake in it, la Repubblica newspaper said on Saturday. In an unsourced report, the Italian daily said the banks, including Intesa Sanpaolo SpA and UniCredit SpA, would like an industrial partner for Prada with a stake of up to 30.”

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Hermès breeds crocodiles, Prada approached by investors, Jones steadies, Sales dismay indies

Prada A/W 09 fashion show in Milan, courtesy of WSJ

Hermès breeds own crocodiles in Australia for luxury handbags (Times) “Hermès chief executive Patrick Thomas admitted this week his French fashion house has resorted to farming crocodiles in Australia to keep up with the increasing international demand for their world famous crocodile skin handbags, including the popular Birkin design.” Prada Approached on Investment (WSJ) “Prada SpA has been approached by

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Prada’s profit falls, Cartier cuts hours, Gap teams with ASOS, Missoni’s London store, Ballantyne’s new Chairman

Prada S/S 09 Ad campaign, courtesy of Prada

Prada lays foundations for future growth (Financial Times) “Prada, the privately owned Italian fashion house, reported on Tuesday a 22 per cent fall in net profit for 2008 of €99m and sought to position itself for growth when the global economic crisis eases.” Cartier cuts working hours as demand dwindles (Reuters) “Richemont, the world’s second-largest luxury goods group behind LVMH, is cutting working

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Transformer opens in Seoul, Fashion embraces 2.0, Consumer fashion shows, Ditto designs

Prada Transformer opens in Seoul, courtesy of Prada

Prada Transformer Opens in Seoul (Korea Times) “The Prada Transformer will be the venue for events devoted to art, film, fashion and of course, the Prada brand, for the next six months.” A fashion blog leads to the Paris runway (CNN Money) “Savvy new designers are using online stores, social networking sites and other do-it-yourself tactics to break into the fashion business.” New York Fashion Week Hottest

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The rise of the online fashion film

NEW YORK, United States - Quoting Steven Kolb, executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, saying the format of showing the Fall 2009 collections this February is the “number one item on everyone’s agenda right now,” The Wall Street Journal's Heard on the Runway blog recently asked the question: "Will fashion shows survive the economy?" To answer this question, it's important to consider how fashion shows function in today's media landscape. Increasingly, images and video from runway shows, captured by the established media, as well as a new generation of fashion bloggers wielding video-enabled camera phones, reach a global audience of fashion consumers, in close to realtime, on Style.com, YouTube and fashion blogs around the world. As…

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Everybody’s talking about | Fashion phones

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Nokia 7900 Crystal Prism Phone"][/caption] LONDON, United Kingdom - Something is in the air. Earlier this week, we received a mysterious package in the post from Nokia. Inside, we found a 7900 Crystal Prism phone, complete with a Sapphire crystal and engraved design by French graphic designer Frederique Daubal, who has previously collaborated with Paul Smith and Colette, the iconic Paris fashion concept boutique. Not only this, the fashion and technology blogosphere has been abuzz about Tag Heuer's branded mobile phone, priced to compete with the Vertu phones, at 3900 euros (or about $6000). Previously, other fashion brands including Prada, Armani, and Levis have launched mobile phones with much hype and fanfare. To top it all…

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Industry chatter | Prada’s IPO

At a time when all fashion advertisements are beginning to look the same, you can always count on Miuccia Prada to keep things interesting. Her new campaign for Spring/Summer 08 reflects the sweet optimism of her collection shown last September in Milan. It could have come right out of A Midsummer Night's Dream with all its nymphs and fairies. Remarking on Prada's dramatic move away from tougher designs in seasons past, Sarah Mower said "when Miuccia is fed up with being perverse in the anarchic-fierce way, she'll change tack yet again and go against the grain by being so sweetly unchallenging you (almost) can't recognize her."  But are things as rosy for Prada on the IPO front? This was the…

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Rodeo and Robertson: Build it, and they will come

After having checked out some of the more up-and-coming areas of L.A, it was time to visit the king and queen of luxury and fashion here: Rodeo Drive and Robertson Boulevard. The most remarkable thing about both these streets is that the stores really are an extension of the brands themselves. In Paris, London and even New York, most brands are constrained by existing building facades and building codes which they must work around as they design their stores. In Los Angeles, it appears that the brands have complete freedom in design, and therefore, if done well, every aspect from the sparkling exteriors, the natural lighting, the size of logos outside the building, and even the dramatic entrances off the…

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