LONDON, United Kingdom — Today, BoF brings you the first instalment of “When They Were Kids,” a cartoon series depicting fashion figures as children, created by our friend Fashion Cartoonist.
Content containing brands aiming to align themselves with the glamour and excitement of fashion week is turning up more frequently in the Instagram feeds of fashionable superusers, observes Imran Amed.
Italy Today: Creative Flow vs. Cash Flow (IHT) “The big labels packed up their logo luggage and sprinted for Asia a while ago now, relying on a more robust market to support a frenzy of new store openings and to buoy their balance sheets. That leaves the little guys — small, young, independent Italian fashion brands with no mono-brand stores of their own — to struggle along.” Sexy and practical: can Gucci revive
PARIS, France — “Men are the new women,” or so went the refrain of the fashion pack who have travelled from London to Florence to Milan to Paris over the last three weeks, taking in the menswear collections for Spring/Summer 2013. Indeed, according to a recent report by Bain & Company, a consulting firm, the luxury menswear market is growing at almost 14 percent per year, outpacing growth in womenswear by almost double. And, as
What the Chinese Want (WSJ) “The rise of microbloggers, the popularity of rock bands with names like Hutong Fist and Catcher in the Rye, and even the newfound popularity of Christmas all seem to point toward a growing Westernization… Consumers in China aren’t becoming ‘Western.’ They are increasingly modern and international, but they remain distinctly Chinese.” LVMH looks to burnish Vuitton
David Beckham Fetes H&M Launch in London (WWD) “It takes an unusual amount of sex appeal for a man to make a pair of long johns look good — and David Beckham has pulled it off. After serving as the face and body for Armani Underwear, Beckham decided to develop his own range together with his business partner and manager, the entertainment mogul Simon Fuller.” Yoox Chief Marchetti Raises Stake, Forecasts Strong U.S.
Scott Schuman’s rise to international blogging fame is well known, but until now he has never discussed his business model in detail. In our latest instalment of The Business of Blogging, BoF gets the exclusive on how The Sartorialist makes bank
You Can See Spring Coming (NY Times) “Mr. Wang is a boy disguised as a designer — or maybe it’s the other way around — but whatever the case, he doesn’t want to grow up, and the clothes naturally follow that youthful spirit… Prabal Gurung’s show on Saturday had a pronounced erotic undercurrent that in its blunt use of violet, and the transparent hems of silk print dresses, owed something to the style last season of
Fashion Ties the Knot (WSJ) “Fashion’s most matronly accessory is experiencing a rejuvenation. Silk prints have evolved from hunting scenes to tattoo-like images. Scarves have loosened up… They have moved off the neck to substitute for belts, bandanas, bracelets and even a sling for a broken arm.” Next Counts Cost of Big Freeze (Guardian) “Britain’s second largest clothing chain had fared worse
The Joys of Joyce (Dazed Digital) “Joyce was a pioneer which was the first to bring international designers such as Givenchy, Lanvin, Margiela, and Fendi, amongst other luxury names, to Asia. To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Joyce has specially commissioned works of over 50 designers.” 5000th Zara store: Inditex embraces eco-fashion (Fashion United) “Showing off its real aim to embrace the latest eco-trends
Luxury sector readies for increase in deals (Financial Chronicle) “Merger and acquisition activity in the luxury sector is set to rise after a twoyear hiatus, driven by a recovery in the sector, closer price agreement between buyers and sellers and the weaker euro.” Richemont seeks to buy UK’s Net-a-Porter (Reuters) “Swiss luxury goods maker Richemont is seeking to buy the 67 percent of UK online fashion