Let’s hear it for the boys, London (Independent) “With British menswear undergoing something of a renaissance of late – from street-smart casualwear by labels such as Oliver Spencer and YMC, which have risen through the ranks from boutique to brand, to more traditionally worked Savile Row tailoring from Hardy Amies and Spencer Hart – the industry decided to act.” Missoni Fashion House Seen Overcoming Heir
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
Paul Smith: still the best of British (Telegraph) “‘Quirky and cool’ work well to encapsulate his output, from his first boutique in Nottingham in 1970 selling standard shirts with colourful stitching around the buttonholes, to a business empire that today stretches to 75 countries, with a turnover of £400 million.” H&M August sales hit by warm weather (Reuters) “World no.2 fashion retailer Hennes
Francisco Costa (Interview) “For the last nine years, or 18 seasons, as women’s creative director at Calvin Klein Collection, 47-year-old Francisco Costa has simultaneously managed to preserve one of the most iconic brands in fashion—one that has proven to the world that Americans can be spare, chic, and sexy right alongside their European counterparts.” Macy’s maintains outlook, disappointing Street
British Vogue editors, normally ensconced behind their desks at Vogue House or off on fashion shoots in far flung locales, were zipping around with clipboards, cue cards and headsets, each playing their part in the first ever Vogue Festival.