‘Sleeping Beauty’ Brands: Myth or Magic Formula?

'The Sleeping Beauty' by John Maler Collier, 1921

Arnaud de Lummen has built a successful business resurrecting dormant fashion brands and selling them to investors. But many attempts at brand revivals have met with mixed results. What does it take to successfully resuscitate a dormant brand? And is it worth it?

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Dior, Versace, Schiaparelli Energize Paris Couture

Source: Associated Press

PARIS, France — Naomi Campbell not only owns the clothes she wears, but by her sheer magnetic presence commands the entire runway when she walks it. Donatella Versace knows this well, casting the age-defying 43-year-old to start Paris haute couture week with a bang of indomitable energy.

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Lacroix to Design Couture Collection for Schiaparelli

Christian Lacroix | Photo: Christophe Roué

PARIS, France — Ever since fashion entrepreneur Diego Della Valle acquired the rights to couturier Elsa Schiaparelli’s name in 2007, the fashion world has waited with bated breath for news of the label’s relaunch, which was formally confirmed last year. Today, following speculation in Women’s Wear Daily that Marco Zanini, creative director of Rochas, would be tapped as creative director, Schiaparelli revealed that the French

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Hedi Slimane’s debut, Givenchy rewinds, Reviving Schiaparelli, Hakaan mystery, Silver muses

Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Nowfashion

Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent debut (Telegraph) “What was most suprising was that it was so unsurprising. It was exactly as expected: lots of masculine/feminine trouser suits, some beautiful wafty dresses and poet’s blouses (most of which we’ve seen before on Kate Moss and Stevie Nicks, although perhaps not always in quite such luxe fabrications) and a cool soundtrack, edited for the show by Daft Punk.

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Raf’s Dior romance, Schiap’s house, Digital luxury, Eyeing Dr. Martens, The Kooples uncouples

Dior Haute Couture | Source: Hello

Simons Starts Triumphantly at Dior (On the Runway) “The hardest thing to realize in fashion is that the future lies in the past. The second hardest thing is to forget the past. That precise turn of mind is what Raf Simons showed on Monday as he took control of Dior.” Schiap’s House Reborn (NY Times) “The mover and shaker behind the rebirth of the house of Schiaparelli is Diego Della Valle of Tod’s, who has created

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Is the Met Ball Becoming Fashion’s Biggest PR Platform?

Beyonce Knowles makes her way up the Met Ball red carpet | Source: AP

NEW YORK, United States — Last night, and for the first time ever, red carpet arrivals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala were live-streamed to the public on Vogue.com, Amazon.com and the museum’s own website, while viewers from across the globe were invited to participate via social media. As celebrities arrived at appointed times for their red-carpet rendez-vous, fashion watchers, bloggers and end

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