Mugler’s digital world, Gilhart on sustainability, Puig in lead for Gaultier, Carine and Karl, Carven’s Henry

Mugler's pre-show and backstage live stream | Courtesy Photo

Mugler’s Digital World (WWD) “‘My job was to resurrect the brand, and to pump it up and bring it to the new decade… I had this amazing history and archive but there was nothing for me to work with to make it contemporary. For me, it was taking those amazing historical ideas and transforming them digitally. I design digitally, I communicate digitally, and I live digitally, and I wanted to incorporate that

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Formichetti’s brand of genius, Next step for Carine, D&G’s tax woes, Liz Taylor: Fashion icon, Architectural dialogue

At Mugler, Genius and Its Limits (NY Times) "Mr. Formichetti’s show was not a work of genius, but it was a show about genius in the present moment — its limits, its futility. If Paris couture is about history, craft and masters, the new Mugler is about nonspecialists, quick communication and downgrading the role of technique and craft, at least in the heavy, earnest sense." Carine's Next Step (Vogue UK) "Carine Roitfeld has finally confirmed her next move post-French Vogue - the former editor is teaming up with Barneys to become the store's guest editor and stylist for autumn/winter 2011-12. Roitfeld will style and edit the American store's advertising campaign (photographed by Mario Sorrenti), catalogue, newsletters, as well as the…

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Gucci Group shake-up explained, Dior’s new chapter, Paris round up, Hermès profit jumps, Gaga to the rescue

Gucci Spring/Summer 2011 Campaign | Source: Fashion Fame

The reasons behind the major shake up at Gucci Group (CPP Luxury) “International media as well as major luxury players have been taken by surprise this week by several major changes within PPR/Gucci Group and it seems this is just the beginning…. Francois Henri Pinault has radically changed management… responding fast to market conditions.” Dropping Galliano lets Dior open new chapter (Reuters) “Behind

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The rise of edvertorial, Everyday Escada, Formichetti’s cyberimage, Valuing ‘Made in Italy’, Designers anonymous

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Social Media Breeds Edvertorial (WWD) “‘It’s a new way of communicating with consumers… an editorial approach to telling your brand story, and the social-media space just lends itself so beautifully to that combination.’” Everyday Escada? Life After ’80s Power Dressing (WSJ) “Over the past two years, in an effort to add new customers, Mr. Sälzer cut Escada’s prices by 20%…

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Aldo’s global footprint, Vera’s high and low, Being Lululemon, Tom Ford’s secret, Formichetti confirmed at Mugler

Aldo's global footprint (Globe and Mail) "Canadian shoppers are familiar with Aldo shoes. But few realize that this Montreal-based retailer has quietly built an empire that spans 1,500 stores in 55 countries." Vera Wang's Idea of Empire: Marry High, Low, In Between (WSJ) "Ms. Wang... is pursuing a three-tiered retail strategy of selling through luxury, midpriced and discount stores. A growing number of designers... are trying to deploy similar strategies as economic worries linger." Lululemon Grows Fast on a Slim Budget (WSJ) "Lululemon belongs to an emerging class of retailers focused primarily on designing, making and selling athletic wear to women—and grabbing growing shares of the estimated $15 billion market for women's fitness attire." Tom Ford’s Very Small, Glamorous Show…

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African fashion influence, Brands look back, E-commerce innovation, European M&A, Mickey the Merchant Prince

Lanvin Autumn/Winter 2010 Detail | Source: Style.com

Africa’s influence in the fashion industry (FT) “A long way from the World Cup epicentres of Johannesburg and Durban, catwalkers in New York and Paris are already marching to an African beat… chiming with the prevailing mood makes economic as well as sartorial sense.” Will Last Century’s Styles Open Today’s Wallets? (NY Times) “Brands are combing their archives in the hope that old clothing styles with a

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Etail 3.0, The role of the merchandiser, BFC focuses on new talent, Thierry Mugler returns

Etail 3.0

Etail 3.0 takes customer service to the next level (Mad.co.uk) “The industry body for global online retailing, IMRG, predicts that by the end of this year, 20 percent of the UK’s £300bn retail business will be e-commerce. Fashion brands such as ASOS (originally “As seen on screen”), Net-A-Porter, jewellery and diamond specialists Blue Nile, optician business Glasses Direct and many others are providing

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