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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Suzy Menkes: Sources Say Raf Simons To Take Over At Yves Saint Laurent

PARIS, France — We usually leave ‘breaking news’ stories to the wire services and Twitter, and don’t like to propagate unsubstantiated rumours, but sometimes the news is so big, and the source of the rumour is so credible, that it warrants immediate comment and analysis from BoF. In her rapturous review of Raf Simons’ Spring/Summer 2012 collection for Jil Sander, the highly-respected fashion editor of

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Scoring on Twitter, Skirts and suits in Paris, Luxury goes local, Vuitton’s measured growth, China’s top twenty-five

Bernardo Huberman explains HP Labs research | Source: Youtube Got Twitter? You’ve Been Scored (NY Times) “Imagine a world in which we are assigned a number that indicates how influential we are… If your influence score is low, you don’t get the promotion, the suite or the complimentary cookies. This is not science fiction. It’s happening to millions of social network users.” Skirting the Issue of Gender (IHT)

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Decarnin exits Balmain, Reviving Russia, Boom time in Australia, Twitter’s brand pages, Ruth Hogben live

Christophe Decarnin | Source: Homme a la Mode

Balmain Exit (Vogue UK) “Christophe Decarnin is leaving Balmain after spending five years as creative director. A successor has not yet been appointed…. Decarnin joined the French fashion house in 2005 as a designer before being made the creative director in November 2007. He is largely credited for introducing the rock and military-inspired look… that the label is currently known for.” Reviving the Russian

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Brands Experiment with Weibo, China’s Answer to Twitter

Gucci brand page on Sina Weibo | Source: Weibo

SHANGHAI, China — In the parallel internet universe behind China’s “Great Firewall,” where search engine Baidu is Google, etailer Dangdang is Amazon, and video sharing site Youku is YouTube, the microblogging service Weibo (pronounced Way-Bwah, literally microblog) — launched in August 2009 by online media giant Sina Corp — has emerged as the country’s answer to Twitter. According to brokerage and investment group CLSA Asia-Pacific

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BoF Exclusive | Behind the Tweets: Learning from the Best of the Fashion Twitterati

NEW YORK, United States — To tweet, or not to tweet. That has been the question on many fashion business minds over the past year. Not every brand needs a Twitter account, but if a brand does decide to stake out a presence on Twitter, they should do so with a clear plan in mind and a voice that is consistent with the brand, while also opening up a new point of view. Most of all, Twitter should be a tool for engagement with a

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Fashion cycle reboot, Reiss’ personal tailoring, ASOS American invasion, Twitter luxe, Menswear’s new names

Céline Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Céline

The new fashion forward (Telegraph) “Such is the insanely accelerated speed of the fashion world that the clothes appearing in shops now already seem not to be the latest thing, their significance lost, having long ago been… sucked dry through overexposure.” Personal tailoring for everyone (Telegraph) “With 84 stores in Britain (it also has branches in the USA, China and the Gulf), the scheme has the

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