Finding new fashion faces, Touitou sounds off, Time in-store decreases, Record sales at Prada, Waris the polymath

The Clarkes's office collage of client snapshots | Source: WSJ

A Different Kind of Girl Scout (WSJ) “The Clarkes may be located far outside the world’s fashion capitals but they are among the most successful independent scouts, occupying a vital link on the fashion industry food chain. Top agencies in New York and abroad rely on the couple’s uncanny ability to identify beautiful people at gas stations, Dairy Queens and high school gymnasiums and make them into high-fashion

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Contentious coveted domains, Kisses for Couture, Prada IPO in HK, Emmanuelle Alt’s Vogue Paris, Digital King

Coveted vs. Coveted | Source: Signature9

Eminent Domain Name: What To Do When Your Brand Is Coveted (Signature9) “Late last week, Erin Kleinberg, Stephanie Mark and Jake Rosenberg launched a new fashion blog. The design was solid, the content striking and the concept – a peek inside the closets of fashion editors and insiders – met with enthusiasm. The name, however, was met with raised eyebrows.” Onstage or Backstage, a Kiss for Paris (NY Times) “The

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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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