Small is the new big, Virtual shopping, Campus ambassadors, Jane Shepherdson’s rise, Being Stella

Levi's is collaborating with Reformation | Source: B4E

Could small be the new big for the fashion industry? (Guardian) “Small companies have proven to be leaders in innovation, particularly when it comes to re-engineering products or processes, and when trying brand new approaches. The UK trend forecasters, Index B, identify six major UK trends in its The Ones to Watch report 2012.” Windows of opportunity open among sales rails (Marketing Week) “Brands are using

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A rare talent, Fashion saddles up, American Apparel rises, Adidas in China, British style in Paris

Givenchy Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

Why Was the Designer Raf Simons Dismissed? (NY Times) “You don’t find many galvanizing examples of talent in other creative fields — and it’s hard to imagine an executive taking time on his day off to look at someone else’s runway show. But that’s how talented Mr. Simons is.” Sex in the Saddle (IHT) “What is it about women and horses? A trend toward a coltish look — short, taut jackets, curving jodhpur pants and

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Elegance in Milan, NAP’s China plans, Split Marc, Behind the story, Hypebeast fundamentals

Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Roberto Cavalli A/W 2012 | Source: Showmoda

Catwalks Echo the Oscar Elegance (IHT) “If there is such a thing as a female dandy, that was the Armani look: long jackets, curving in at the waist, perhaps with a flat fabric flower on the label. Slim pants made up the lower half, until the jackets were cropped shorter for fuller pants.” Net-A-Porter Buys Into China Luxury E-Commerce Market (Jing Daily) “A little over one year since its establishment by Adrienne

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Stella’s drive, Cucinelli upbeat ahead of IPO, Gucci’s depth, Menswear charms, Shoe sculptor

Stella McCartney by Damon Winter | Source: New York Times

What Drives Stella McCartney (NYT) “She may be one of the most interesting designers in the world today, but when she started out, the fashion world didn’t have many nice things to say about Stella McCartney… Where she has succeeded since then is in designing for exactly who she is. Now 40 years old, she has developed a witty, down-to-earth approach to dressing women like her.” Cucinelli Upbeat Ahead of IPO (WWD)

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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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Fabulous London, Chinese consumers, Westwood austerity, Mr JW Anderson, Fairy Godmother

Clements Ribeiro, Todd Lynn, Marios Schwab A/W 2012 | Source: Showmoda

Fun, Funky and Fabulous (IHT) “With male dancers sweeping up models from their chairs and depositing them on the dinner tables, and a magician performing sawing-the-woman party tricks, Stella McCartney’s evening dress show lived up to London fashion’s reputation as fun, funky and fabulous.” UK must do more to welcome Chinese: Fashion chief (Reuters) “British Fashion Council Chairman Harold Tillman said on Friday

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Stella’s message, MADE’s mobile app, Models’ rights, Lux Fix, Vogue.fr in the digital age

Stella McCartney’s Fashion Message (On the Runway) “Stella McCartney appears in a new video by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, released today. It’s worth watching. The subject is animal suffering in the leather industry and the risks to human health and the environment from tanneries.” At Fashion Week, a Peek at a New Tactic for Marketers (NY Times) “Made Fashion Week’s mobile app… has been

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Evolution of print, Luxury addresses CSR, Saks’ online push, Stella to show in London, Abraham Moon’s magic mills

Thinking, and Literally Looking, Very Big (IHT) “Of all the performer’s covers, this Visionaire production, with its photograph of a slinky, shimmering mermaid Gaga with a tar-covered fish tail, has to be the most flamboyant. The magazine is two meters high and 1.5 meters wide, or 6 feet high and 4.8 feet wide.” Luxury conquers its CSR fear (FT) “An interesting policy shift is creeping through the luxury industry:

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Fashion Week battles, Burberry valuation plummets, Stella keeps it real, H&M focus, Louboutin retrospective

Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Style.com

Battle of the catwalks as Milan clashes fashion week with London (Telegraph) “Milan has announced that its fashion week next September will overlap those of New York and London, meaning that if no solution can be found, department store buyers and fashion magazine editors would be forced to choose one city over another.” Burberry slumps on fears of end to Asian boom (Guardian) “Shares in the British superbrand Burberry took a

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Getting Facebook right, Chinese talent crunch, Stella returns to Russia, Trying again in India, Thakoon one-on-one

Louis Vuitton Facebook Page | Source: Facebook

Why Some Of The World’s Biggest Brands Still Don’t Get Facebook (Forbes) “Just because a brand has big marketing prowess or is known globally doesn’t necessarily mean it’s active or even gets social media–namely Facebook, that is.” Luxury Brands Hobbled By Poor Management (Jing Daily) “As major luxury brands continue their march into China’s second- and third-tier cities in an attempt to tap increasing spending

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Carine Roitfeld’s big exit, Bonobos raises $18.5m, Luxury spend bounces back, Stella’s app, Spending CFDA cash

Carine Roitfeld at Paris Fashion Week | Photo: Tommy Ton

Carine Roitfeld Resigns from French Vogue (Vogue.co.uk) “French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld has resigned after ten years of service. She will leave the magazine at the end of January. Roitfeld has decided to concentrate on personal projects.” Bonobos, a Web Retailer, Raises $18.5 Million (NY Times) “On Thursday morning, Bonobos announced it had raised $18.5 million in a financing round, led by the venture capital

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BoF Exclusive | From Where I Stand by Mary McCartney

LONDON, United Kingdom — This evening at the Michael Hoppen Gallery is the private view of images from Mary McCartney’s first book, From Where I Stand, documenting her more than fifteen years of work as a photographer. Mary seems to have always had the natural instinct to observe and document the people around her, shying away from the spotlight that has shone on her family ever since her father, Sir Paul McCartney, became

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Women designers at the fore, Surge in luxe demand, Optimism returns, Online ad spend, Paris’ mature tone

Stella McCartney Spring 2011 Look Book | Source: Stella McCartney

Women Designers and the Quiet Revolution (Guardian Weekend) “From Phoebe Philo at Céline to Stella McCartney to Hannah MacGibbon at Chloé, women designers are at the forefront of fashion right now… When women design clothes for women, they do it differently. For women, clothes are not just seen, they are felt from the inside.” Luxury stores caught out by surge in demand (FT) “[Louis Vuitton] is not the only

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