The Fashion Trail | A Jil Sander Sorbet and Burberry’s Acoustic Treats

Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Pitti Imaggine

MILAN, Italy — This season, BoF dipped its toes a bit deeper into the waters of the Italian men’s fashion scene, starting with Pitti Uomo and moving on to fashion week in Milan. And, as the fashion circus moves on to Paris tomorrow, my fashion fantasies are still lingering on the outstanding presentation by Raf Simons for Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2011 at the stunning Villa Gamberaia just outside Florence. It might not have

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Raf Simons expands, Clothing prices fall, Esprit tumbles, Lower NY rents, Jay-Z in licensing deal

Velcro High top sneakers by Raf Simmons

Designer Raf Simons Forges Ahead (WWD) Raf Simons reveals plans for his eponymous label as well as a number of other design based ventures. (Subscription required) Clothing prices fall 4.9% in March (Drapers) “Prices fell 4.9% in the clothing and footwear sector during March, according to the British Retail Consortium Nielsen Shop Price Index.” Esprit in free fall after CEO replaced (Forbes) “Esprit sank more than

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The Swiss Textiles Award | Fashion’s crystal ball

ZURICH, Switzerland - The Swiss Textiles Award is not the richest fashion design prize available -- the 300,000 euro prize from Mango takes that category. But, over the past 5 years it has emerged as perhaps the most influential award of its kind, and the only one to operate with a global remit. In 2003, a little-known Belgian designer named Raf Simons won the prize and went on to wow fashion critics, who were now playing close attention to his work. Cathy Horyn had this to say of his Simons' men's 2005 Spring/Summer collection, shown in Paris in July 2004: What Mr. Simons did in an instant was to render the day, and most of the previous one of the…

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