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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Jimmy Choo preps for IPO, Women lead recovery, Twitter talk, Holt Renfrew gets friendly, New faces

Jimmy Choo takes steps to possible IPO (FT) "The private equity owner of Jimmy Choo plans to appoint investment banks to advise on strategic options for the maker of stilettos for the stars, including a possible initial public offering valuing the company at about £500m." Affluent, Generous Young Women Lead Recovery (Marketing Daily) "When it comes to power-shopping our way toward economic recovery, a new report from American Express says well-heeled young women are leading the charge." Should luxury brands use twitter? (Luxury Society) "Luxury is an intricate web of emotions... can it be captured in 140 characters (and that too with a shortened link of some sort if the company is trying to drive some traffic to a specific…

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US retailers track the nation, Hermès’ Shang Xia, Mobile commerce trends, Twitter fails to click, Japan-India exchange

Banana Republic's "Mad About" Window | Source: Shop it to me

Fashion Nation: What Retailers Know About Us (WSJ) “By tracking customers’ spending habits, retailers get a bird’s-eye view of tastes as they ebb and flow. Online retailers, in particular, see every click we make. They know which brands we’ve peeked at, how long we pondered, and what we actually purchased.” 5 Things We Know About Hèrmes’ New China Brand, Shang Xia (Jing Daily) “Everything from

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The end of discounting, Italy’s brighter outlook, M&A activity to rise, Tweeting brands with respect, Rodarte’s future

Barney's Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Barney's

‘Get-It-Cheap Party’ for Luxury Goods Ends at Saks, Barneys (Bloomberg) “Luxury chains including Barney’s and Saks Inc. are selling costlier goods after scaling back discounts and promotions they offered to attract shoppers in the recession.” Outlook brightens for Italian luxury sector: study (AFP) “Prospects for Italy’s luxury goods sector are looking up thanks to strong sales forecasts in Asia, Latin

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CEO Talk | Robert Duffy, President, Marc Jacobs International

Robert Duffy | Photo: Robin Sinha

In our latest CEO Talk, Robert Duffy, longtime business partner of Marc Jacobs, speaks to BoF about the power of Twitter. NEW YORK, United States — When Robert Duffy posted his first-ever Tweet on 30 January, saying “Welcome Tweeties,” he had no idea what he was getting into. What happened in the weeks that followed is an excellent lesson for fashion executives everywhere: the best way to understand social media is to

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The Best of BoF | Top 10 Articles of 2009

Dolce and Gabbana Front Row Spring Summer 2010 | Source: New York Times

LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s that time of year again. With over one million pageviews on BoF in 2009, it’s time to take stock of the year that was in a retrospective of the most popular articles from The Business of Fashion. Needless to say, 2009 was the year of social media in fashion and our top 10 list is reflective of the explosion of interest in fashion bloggers, social networks and the now ubiquitous Twitter.

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Shoes and bags endure, Catwalks a-twitter, Back to basics, Recession launches, Vuitton to Lebanon

Courtesy of Chanel

Shoes, bags prove staying power in luxury crisis (Reuters) “At the height of the luxury goods boom, launching a single successful “it” bag was enough to substantially alter a company’s profit outlook. Over the past week at the Paris fashion shows, buyers, designers and executives were hoping the same kind of accessories magic would help luxury firms weather the economic downturn.” World’s fashion

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