Oscars Evolve With Economy (WWD) “With the worldwide economy in turmoil, glamour lives in the run-up to Hollywood’s annual Academy Awards extravaganza on Sunday night, but brands are finding ways to save a buck.” (Subscription required) PPR sees fourth quarter sales slow (Drapers) Although PPR, the French conglomerate that owns Gucci, saw revenues rise in 2008, its fourth quarter earnings slowed. America’s
TOKYO, Japan — 2008 turned out to be an incredibly successful year for Uniqlo — and Uniqlo alone. The Japanese media can no longer mention the mass retailer without using the word hitorigachi — meaning “sole winner” or “to reign supreme.” In a toxic retail environment, where most major apparel chains experienced 10-15 percent declines in same-store sales for December, Uniqlo finished the year up 10.3
Will Fashion Shows Survive The Economy? (WSJ) Runway shows are expensive ventures, and this upcoming Autumn '09 collections, designers may consider cheaper alternatives for presenting their collections. Uniqlo considers UK acquisitions (Drapers) Uniqlo, the Japanese fast fashion chain, is looking for acquisitions in the US and the UK. Beyonce [Hearts] Thierry (WWD) "Thierry Mugler is is diving — or rather, dancing — back into fashion via an ambitious collaboration with Beyoncé Knowles." S.I. Newhouse on Anna Wintour Speculation: “Silliest Rumor I Ever Heard” (WSJ) The recent reports of Carine Roitfeld replacing Anna Wintour at American Vogue are "silly" according to S.I. Newhouse. Runway show, photo courtesy of the New York Times.