Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

NEW YORK, United States — “Are we failing to fulfil the potential of fashion film?” asked Quynh Mai’s Op-Ed for BoF earlier this year, citing misallocated budgets, uncompelling content, poor distribution strategies and established power structures that favour still photographers. Indeed, it’s fair to say that, while seasonal fashion shorts have become an essential part of the marketing toolbox for megabrands and emerging labels

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Redcats sale near, Prada exodus, Consumer confidence in China, Tiger burning, Tim Walker

Puma shipping container store | Source: Gliving

PPR nears sale of Redcats catalogue arm (FT) “PPR is to announce the sale of all or part of its Redcats catalogue business before the end of the month, moving closer to its goal of becoming a pure clothing and accessories company.” Third of Prada managers leave after IPO (FT) “Prada the Italian luxury goods group, lost a third of its top managers in the nine months following its initial public offering last year

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Market Pulse | Burberry Causes a Downpour

Savigny Luxury Index September 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) lost 6.9 percent in September, underperforming a flat-ish MSCI World Index (MSCI) by nearly seven percentage points.  Burberry’s profit warning sent the sector into turmoil mid-month and no amount of good news from the likes of Prada and Michael Kors could lift investors’ spirits. Big news Burberry announced a substantial slowdown in sales growth, with same store sales

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Week in Review | Tectonic shifts in Paris, Thamanyah by Ahmed Abdelrahman, Blogger transparency, MFW Photo diary

Week in Review September 24-28

Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane and the Tectonic Shifts of the Paris Fashion Establishment (Insight & Analysis) “With fabled fashion innovators Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane scheduled to make their respective ready-to-wear debuts at Dior and Saint Laurent, two of French fashion’s most iconic houses, the stage is set for a historic Paris Fashion Week.” The Spotlight | Thamanyah by Ahmed Abdelrahman (Emerging Designers)

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Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments in Milan for S/S 2013

A new Etro, as defined by florals and Japanese inspired silhouettes | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

MILAN, Italy — We tipped our friend Sonny Vandevelde to give us a behind-the-scenes look into the collections in Milan for Spring/Summer 2013. Japan was clearly on the mind, with unmistakable silhouettes and motifs from the island nation appearing in strong outings from Prada and Etro. Versace and Dolce & Gabbana made their seasonal statements in a flurry of prints, textures and covetable accessories, all in the spirit of their

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Prada bucks slowdown, Let there be light, Logo fatigue, Aeffe adds Ungaro, Made in India

Prada Made in India collection | Source: High Snobette

Will Prada Finally Succumb to Global Luxury Slowdown? (CNBC) “Italian fashion house Prada has been a bright spot in a slowing global luxury retail space, and its latest earnings report underscores the resilience. The company delivered another set of solid earnings on Tuesday — first-half net profit surged 60 percent to 286 million euros ($372 milion), thanks to demand from Asian spenders.” Let There Be Light (IHT)

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Halston anew, Made in Italy, Gilt looks to IPO, Prada’s honesty, PPR’s Laurent Claquin

Halston Autumn/Winter 2012 campaign | Source: Halston

Halston design house gets major alteration under new owner (LA Times) “The storied New York design house Halston once dressed celebrities the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Bianca Jagger andLiza Minnelli. Its founder, Roy Halston, partied with Andy Warhol at Studio 54 and designed Jackie Kennedy’s famous pillbox hat. But after decades of corporate turmoil, the label that once epitomized 1970s glamour in the Big Apple is

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Market Pulse | Back in the Tourist Business

Savigny Luxury Index August 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) gained 5.5 percent in August, outperforming the benchmark MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by over four percentage points.  Strong results by sector leaders confirmed continued growth in Asia and increased tourist spending in Europe, thanks in part to a weaker euro. Big news Richemont, Hermès, Prada, Tod’s, Michael Kors and Ferragamo all confirmed a healthy outlook for 2012, driven

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J.Crew influencers, Gap lifts profits, Prada’s independence, Handbag appeal, Jourdan Dunn

Rodarte Autumn/Winter 2012 backstage | Source: Fashionising Pictures

J.Crew Taps Street Style, Industry Insiders, and Tumblr’s Founder (Fashionista) “You won’t see any big-name models in J.Crew’s fall 2012 ad campaign–but that doesn’t mean you won’t recognize any of the faces. The mega-retailer has tapped a handful of successful fashion industry types (who just, you know, happen to be model-good-looking) to star in its latest ad campaign.” Gap lifts profit view, Aeropostale

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Week in Review | Laurenceairline, Choosing the Right Investors, Apple Fancy, Adieu Anna Piaggi

Week in Review August 6-10

The Spotlight | Laurenceairline (Emerging Designers) “Many recent international fashion collections have been ’inspired’ by African culture and crafts. But why have we heard so little about designers originating from Africa itself? Enter Laurenceairline, a small Paris-based menswear label…” Finding Your M.O. | Part 5: How to Choose the Right Investors (Education) “Last month, in Part 3 of this series, I

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Prada revenues jump, Bill Blass shake up, Magazine newsstand sales drop, Lucky clicks, Elin Kling

Jeffrey Monteiro | Source: CDN

Prada first-half revenue buoyed by robust Asian growth (Reuters) “Italian fashion house Prada, which competes with Louis Vuitton and PPR’s Gucci, posted a 36.5 percent jump in first-half revenue, buoyed by strong growth in Asia, with sales driven mainly by its Prada and Miu Miu brands.” Bill Blass Fires Designer. Again. (On the Runway) “Jeffrey Monteiro and the rest of the women’s design team at Bill Blass

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Germans skip luxury, Farhi’s new girl, B2B on the rise, CFDA finalists announced, Rome’s resurgence

ShopToko screen shot | Source: WWD

Prada Skips German Department Stores Missing Luxury Boom (Bloomberg) “In a land known for its thrifty citizens, German department stores are missing out on a shift to luxury. Spending at the outlets, which date back as far as the 19th century, has fallen 3.9 percent since 2009 as the richest shoppers have sought designer gear at single-label stores, driving luxury expenditure up by 16 percent to 12.9 billion euros last

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Market Pulse | Worry in China, Drama in Europe Weigh on Luxury Sector

Savigny Luxury Index June 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom —  The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) fell 4.2 percent in June, relative to an uplift of 4.0 percent in the benchmark MSCI World Index (“MSCI”).  Worrying news out of China, the continued drama of the European debt crisis and downward revisions in growth estimates for 2012 caused the sector to go out of favour. Big news The month started off with a bang: China announced a slowdown in its factory output for the

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