London Fashion Week Kicks Off With Digital Drive

London Fashion Week at Somerset House | Source: Tumblr

LONDON, United Kingdom — The fashion universe has always been a bit of a self-contained bubble to outsiders. Those too-tall models in acres of silk? Those outlandish shoes you can't walk in? The dresses that cost as much as a small car? Nice to look at, but hardly a part of most people's lives. The organizers of London Fashion Week, which kicked off Friday, are hoping to change that perception.

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Twitter Hires First Commerce Chief to Start Shopping Via Tweets

Twitter Headquarters. San Francisco | Source: Wikimedia Commons

SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Twitter Inc. hired Nathan Hubbard, the former president of Ticketmaster, as its first head of commerce, part of a push to enable shopping via short postings on its social website.

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Twitter’s Costolo Sees Opportunity in Wearable Health Gadgets

Dick Costolo | Source: Courtesy photo

SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo said the online service for 140-character messages is increasingly being used to track personal health with wearable computing gadgets such as Nike Inc.’s fitness devices.

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Thom Browne’s moment, Virtual NYFW, Gap’s comeback, Fashion circus, Twitter trolls

Thom Browne by Dylan Don | Source: The Talks

Being Thom Browne: His Moment Is Now (NY Times) “‘Other designers get cross-pollinated a lot,’ Michael Hainey, deputy editor of GQ, said in discussing Mr. Browne. ‘You know, suddenly everyone’s showing orange this season because that designer’s fabric person is researching the same fabric as three other people. Thom stands apart. He’s always stood apart.’ He is a game-changer, Mr. Hainey added, a

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Narciso’s fixer, Square for Burberry, Twitter vs Instagram, Consignment retail, English Rose

Narcisco Rodriguez and Robert Wichser by Ramsay de Give | Source: WSJ

The Fixer in the House of Narciso (WSJ) “For women’s fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez, it has meant hiring left-brain fashion-industry veteran Robert J. Wichser in May. The label tapped him to be chief executive and resident ‘suit’ at the 15-year-old label. Mr. Wichser’s mission is to help the Narciso Rodriguez label regain the business mojo that has eluded it in recent years.” Square to

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Sandy’s price tag, SPFW kicks off, Being Jack Dorsey, The Fancy’s $26m round, Chinese talent

Jack Dorsey by Art Streiber | Source: Wired

Awaiting the Storm’s Price Tag (NY Times) “Even as businesses struggled on Monday to gauge and contain the damage from Hurricane Sandy’s slow move up the East Coast, economists played down the likely long-term effects. The recovery after the storm, they said, could actually pump up growth temporarily in a few sectors, like construction and retail sales, when cleanup begins in earnest in a few days.” Simplicity and Order

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A Landmark Week for BoF

LONDON, United Kingdom — When we first launched our Twitter account back in December 2008, I have to admit I had no idea how BoF would use the nascent social media tool. Naysayers were already dismissing the platform. But as with many things here at The Business of Fashion, we decided to conduct an experiment and gauge the results for ourselves. Well, less than three years later, I am delighted to report that, as of today, our

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DVF and Mispelaere, Twitter sales, Material Wrld, Reversing Japan Inc’s decline, British reboot

Adam Rapoport | Source: The Dapper Dude

‘I am having a flashback!’ (FT) “Diane von Furstenberg, 65, invented the wrap dress in 1974 at the age of 27; in 1983 she sold her company, later moving to France. She returned to New York in 1990 and relaunched her own brand in 1997… Yvan Mispelaere, 44, became creative director of DVF in 2010, following stints at Gucci, Chloé and Valentino.” Twitter Most Likely To Convince Customers To Buy (Huffington Post)

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Singapore to the fore, Twitter’s ambition, Fashion disaster, Gender bender, A children’s story

Louis Vuitton Singapore | Source: Luxuo

Singapore to the fore (FT) “‘Until two to three years ago, not much had happened in Singapore’s [fashion and retail] scene,’ says Jean-Baptiste Debains, Asia-Pacific president of Louis Vuitton… But now Singapore, once regarded as Asian fashion’s frumpy step-sister, a place where steamy weather and limited retail options bred a populace most comfortable in beachwear, has seen an unprecedented flurry of

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Hermès appeal, Pricing Kors IPO, Twitter fear, Internship crackdown, Rupert Sanderson Q&A

Eva Mendes and Bernd Beetz | Source: Patrick McMullan

Hermès and the secret of luxe appeal (GQ) “Hermès is a phenomenon: probably the most successful, perhaps the most creative, certainly the most respected and one of the most profitable luxury-goods companies of all time. After a brief blip from 2009-10, the tur­bulent economic times seem to have, if any­thing, accelerated its success. Putting a Price on Michael Kors (NY Times) “The fashion designer Michael Kors is

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