Shopping as entertainment, India’s growing appetite for luxury, Rodarte’s sister act, BFA nominees, Tavi’s ‘Rookie’

Zegna virtual store iPad app | Source: NY Times

Next Step for Labels: Cyber-Boutiques (IHT) “The ultimate challenge for all luxury brands is to go digital — without losing their key attributes of individuality and identity. Yet click onto almost every big name fashion Web site and while the product offering might be tempting, the experience is often bland and only two-dimensional. The success of Net-a-porter.com and of its witty masculine version, Mrporter.com, is the

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VF acquires Timberland, Wear and waste, Lululemon’s momentum, Pitti Uomo presents, Alexandre Plokhov’s return

Classic Timberland Boot | Source: Timberland

Timberland to be taken over by VF Corporation in $2bn deal (Independent) “VF Corporation… said outdoor clothing was among the fastest-growing apparel categories… ‘The Timberland brand is synonymous with high quality outdoor footwear and apparel… the company had been number one on its acquisition hit list for years.” Clothes: Too much, too cheap (Independent) “Blame the so-called

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Rodarte steps up, Trunk show revival, Japan’s attitude shift, Prada’s profits soar, Gaultier exhibit in Montreal

Laura and Kate Mulleavy | Source: Displaced Bones

Rodarte Steps Up to a Widening World (IHT) “Over the past year the fashion brand, created in 2005 by the sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, made headlines not only for its distinctive ready-to-wear collections but also for its first foray into costume design… [Now] they have announced that they have been invited by Pitti W, the womenswear portion of Pitti Immagine, to be its special guests at its June capsule collection

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Autumn/Winter 2011 – The Season That Was

John Galliano | Source: The Creator Blog

PARIS, France – The process of writing this season’s wrap-up left a somewhat bitter taste in my mouth. Looking back, several of the most salient themes from this round of fashion weeks involve unsavoury behaviour, gossip and highly unprofessional comments from some of the industry’s most important figures. Whether it was John Galliano’s inexcusable anti-Semitic rant captured on video for the whole world to watch, the scrum of

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The end of discounting, Italy’s brighter outlook, M&A activity to rise, Tweeting brands with respect, Rodarte’s future

Barney's Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Barney's

‘Get-It-Cheap Party’ for Luxury Goods Ends at Saks, Barneys (Bloomberg) “Luxury chains including Barney’s and Saks Inc. are selling costlier goods after scaling back discounts and promotions they offered to attract shoppers in the recession.” Outlook brightens for Italian luxury sector: study (AFP) “Prospects for Italy’s luxury goods sector are looking up thanks to strong sales forecasts in Asia, Latin

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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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How Influential are the New Fashion Youth?

Charles Ghislain in Vogue Italia Source: Vogue Italia

NEW YORK, United States — For decades, a quick route to fashion world prominence involved a designer turning a youth culture trend into a runway-ready collection. Calvin Klein made heroin chic, Jean Paul Gaultier sampled from club culture, Marc Jacobs glammed-up grunge and Hedi Slimane turned Berlin punks into fashion plates. The concept was simple, even if the design work wasn’t: find a scruffy outsider style that remained

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Rodarte’s Target, Cavalli-Clessidra deal collapses, Gucci’s Pop-Up, Adidas profit plunges, Naomi Sims

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Rodarte’s Target (Vogue) “Rodarte will join the ranks of Erin Fetherston, Jovovich-Hawk, Rogan and Jonathan Saunders (among others), as the latest designers to collaborate with American retailer Target as part of its Go International series.” Clessidra Pulls Out Of Deal With Cavalli (WSJ) “Italian private equity fund Clessidra SGR SpA has pulled out of a deal with fashion house Roberto Cavalli after

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Gap revamps, Rodarte reviewed, Fashion fakers, Sir Philip Green interviewed, Graduate Fashion Week winners

oldnavy.com, courtesy of Old Navy

Gap Revamping Old Navy, Seeking To Reclaim Mkt Share (WSJ) “Gap, which is the largest U.S. clothing chain, will remodel 50 Old Navy stores this year after a successful pilot in California, according to Chief Executive Glenn Murphy, speaking at a Piper Jaffray conference in New York Wednesday.” Rodarte: California dreamers put B-movies before business (Times) “Interest in the Mulleavy sisters and their fantastical

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