The Creative Class | David Collins, Interior Architect

David Collins | Source: Courtesy photo

Having made his name designing gem-like bars, cafes and apartments, David Collins is increasingly sought-after by some of the leading names in fashion. On the occasion of his just-announced partnership with Jimmy Choo, BoF spoke to David Collins about his journey from Dublin to the top of his profession.

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Tapping into Instagram, Hong Kong’s crown, H&M sales hit, Renzo and Marni, Burton’s OBE

Instagram photos | Source: The New York Times

On Instagram, a Thriving Bazaar Taps a Big Market (NY Times) “Instagram, the picture-sharing application that Facebook bought earlier this year, has not yet figured out a way to make money. But some of its users have.” Hong Kong loses IPO crown (FT) “After three years of ruling the world, Hong Kong’s crown has undoubtedly slipped. This year the city fell to fourth place in the global rankings for initial public

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Draped crusader, Fancy model, Carven out menswear, Hermès crackdown, Sarah Burton OBE

Haider Ackermann by Inez Vinoodh Matadin | Source: Fashion Indie

Haider Ackermann: The Draped Crusader (Independent) “So it is with Haider Ackermann who first showed at the Paris collections 10 years ago now and who has built up a loyal following with the most sartorially forward thinking. Now, though, his runway presentations and the highly singular vision they represent are one of the high points of the French fashion season across the board.” Pinterest Has Users, Fancy Has a

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Colin’s Column | Designer Hokey Pokey

(Clockwise L-R) Ricardo Tisci, Phoebe Philo, Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane, Sarah Burton, Jil Sander

LONDON, United Kingdom — Now that the dust has settled on the last of the four major international runways, it’s time to take stock. Watching the shows, I was reminded of British artist Richard Hamilton’s comment on Pop Art, which he described as “transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced and… big business.” This seems an almost spookily apt description of at least 70 percent of the collections I have seen this season,

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Sarah Burton triumphs, Herrera chic, A&F on Savile Row, Nicole Farhi’s culture, Fashion Star

Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Grazia

Sarah Burton (Interview) “When Sarah Burton was named Creative Director of Alexander McQueen in May 2010, she was charged with a task that many thought impossible…  It was Burton who, despite the circumstances, helped shepherd to completion McQueen’s last collection for Fall 2010, which was in progress when he died.” How Carolina Herrera turned being chic into big business (CNN) “In her ‘uniform’

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Best of British, Quality heritage, Saks beats estimates, Editorial investment, Future of prints

Burberry Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

London fashion week showcases the best of British (Guardian) “This week Stella McCartney and Sarah Burton arrived on a catwalk previously ruled by Burberry and Christopher Kane, and yet it felt more like a celebration than a contest, because the strongest brand in London fashion is London itself.” UK manufacturing skills a lure for luxury brands (Reuters) “Britain’s fashion manufacturing is experiencing a

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Brands push for shop-in-shops, Lion Capital rescues All Saints, Hearst and Apple deal, Gentle Burton, The F-factor

Kiton Concession at Saks Fifth Avenue | Source: Lushbling

Luxury Brands Stake Out New Department Store Turf (WSJ) “As the luxury market rebounds, powerful global brands including Gucci, Prada and Dior are starting to press for more control over the way their products are presented and sold in U.S. department stores. The goal is to chip away at the old sales model used for decades by American department stores and instead operate a store-within-a-store.” All Saints fashion

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McQueen’s royal challenge, Telling and selling, Barneys’ online expansion, Luxottica’s bright spot, Nicola Bulgari talks

Royal Wedding Official Photo | Source: Royal Wedding

The Business Impact of the Royal Wedding (WWD) “Dressing Catherine Middleton for the royal wedding has catapulted the house of Alexander McQueen from niche designer business into household name, giving management the delicate task of balancing its exclusive reputation with the wider commercial potential now within its grasp.” Websites blur line between telling and selling (FT) “A new wave of US e-commerce

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Scents that sold in 2010, Menswear’s back, Tumblr at NYFW, Ones to watch at Pitti, Sarah Burton’s way

Daphne Guinness | Source: Zoo Magazine

Smells like 2010 (NY Times) “It’s long been known that December sales of fragrances can make or break the entire year. Indeed, a perfume’s annual performance can be determined by purchases not only the week before Christmas, but those of the morning of the 25th.” Is Men’s Wear Back? (WWD) “Yes — and you can credit the recession. Behavioral experts say shopping doesn’t come naturally to most men, yet men’s

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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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