Made in Britain, Marc by Marc turns 10, L Capital targets India, Versace turnaround, DVF eyes mainland China

Christopher Kane in studio | Source: Styles and Sounds

Britain’s got it all sewn up (Telegraph) “Ten or 15 years ago… ‘Made in Britain’ was a synonym for doomed amateurism in the fashion field. Now, through meticulous hard work… things have turned around… So let me be the first to wave the flag on behalf of the innovators who’ve created an unsung virtuous economic circle which is underpinning and developing a skilled network of factories

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Wealthy holiday shoppers, King of Hearst, Versace back in Japan, POST matter, The Met gets a face-lift

Damiani Sophia Lauren Pink and White Gold Diamond Ring | Source: Damiani

Wealthy treated themselves during the holidays (WSJ) “The rich treated themselves like royalty this holiday season. That spun the holidays into gold for Tiffany & Co. and other high-end retailers… shoppers traded up to more expensive gold and diamond jewelry from silver charms. Designer clothing and purses were back.” The King of Hearst (WWD) “By the time Hearst finishes acquiring Hachette from

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Cathy Horyn’s pointed pen, Coach UK, Fast fashion warning, Versace eyes Japan, 30 years of Japanese fashion

Coach Madison gathered leather handbad detail | Source: Coach

Fashion’s Most Feared Critic (Daily Beast) “Cathy Horyn wields a pointed pen to (sometimes) skewer her subjects…Carolina Herrera, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Helmut Lang, Nicole Miller, and Oscar de la Renta have all banned Horyn and the Times from covering their collections at various points…None of this has seemed to faze the journalist, who, this fashion season, displayed her trademark ability to

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Jil Sander’s Uniqlo glow, Theyskens in the middle, Overdiversification risks, Versace banks on 2011, CFDA awards

Jil Sander Bathes in the Glow of Uniqlo (NY Times) “This sensitive yet strong woman, trained as a textile expert, created a fashion house… and listed her company on the Frankfurt stock exchange… The fact that she walked out twice on Prada… is part of 21st-century fashion legend.” Taking the High Cost Out of Haute Couture (IHT) “In the spirit of the Jil Sander/Uniqlo collaboration — but at a

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Pierre Cardin’s eternal future, Heritage at risk, Versace on track, Tod’s beats forecast, Patti Smith’s fashion eye

Pierre Cardin Cosmos Collection 1964 | Source: IHT

Pierre Cardin: One Step Ahead of Tomorrow (IHT) “It is 60 years since Pierre Cardin, fashion’s eternal futurist, opened his Paris fashion house; half a century since he first brought his designs to a desolate, postwar Japan; and more than two decades since he pioneered fashion in China.” Heritage crafts at risk (Guardian) “Modern Britain, it seems, is not much fussed about the skills and knowledge that exist only

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Next for Hermès, John Lewis bounces back, The Balmain template, YSL’s tomorrow, Remembering Gianni

What’s Next: Luxury Products (WSJ) “Pierre-Alexis Dumas embraces innovation. But as the sixth-generation member of his family to lead, in his case, the creative end of the French luxury house Hermès, he must uphold tradition, as well.” John Lewis Adds to Evidence Of February Sales Bounce (NY Times) “Bellwether retailer John Lewis posted another double-digit percentage rise in weekly sales as wet weather

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Burkle eyes Barneys, Bloomingdale’s Dubai, Versace’s new look, Blogger backlash, Robert Polet in Davos

Bloomindale's Dubai | Source: The National

Burkle Angles for Controlling Stake in Barneys (WSJ) “Billionaire Ronald Burkle is angling to take a controlling stake in Barneys New York, people familiar with the situation said, a bet that the company and battered luxury retail sector have seen the worst of the recession.” Bloomingdale’s opens in Dubai (The National) “From today, people in Dubai will be able to indulge in the magic of Bloomingdale’s as

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A Man’s world, Versace restructures, H&M revival, Neimans stays luxe, Juicy founders step back

It’s a Man’s World (Newsweek) “Just as some educators believe that single-sex classrooms are better for learning, some luxury brands are finding that single-sex boutiques boost the bottom line. While it’s not exactly a man’s world on Main Street, luxury brands are increasingly offering greater exclusivity in men-only shops.” Versace Agrees on Job Cuts, Unveils Lower-Priced Women’s Line (Bloomberg)

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Versace’s fashion disaster, Dollars and scents, Rent-the-Runway, Chatting with Henry Holland, Fast fashion losers

Versace’s Villa Fontalle, on Lake Cuomo | Source: Sotheby’s

How Versace went from rags to riches—and back again (Newsweek) “Donatella Versace, tiny, sculpted and forever blonde, was standing backstage after her menswear show at the Teatro Versace in Milan in June… it all felt feeble, pathetic—a sad, soulless charade to promote something that no longer exists.” Luxury perfume houses are expanding (FT) “Forget the lipstick index as economic indicator; in this

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Restructuring Versace, Escada sells Primera, Matthew’s menswear, Homegrown luxury, Karachi fashion rebellion

Restructuring Luxury at Versace (NY Times) “I am a survivor,” the designer Donatella Versace said matter-of-factly during a recent blitz of New York, a visit that made it appear little had changed in the world of the occupationally fabulous.” Escada sells Primera brands (Drapers) “Primera comprises brands Laurèl, Apriori and Cavita. Luxury German womenswear house Escada previously signed a contract to sell the

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Versace slashes workforce, Fashion’s (second) Night Out, Tillman buys Koodos, Chinese fashion, SJP and Westwood

Versace Cuts a Fourth of Its Work Force (NY Times) “Versace Group, the fashion house based in Milan, said Wednesday that it would cut 26 percent of its worldwide work force and consolidate its operations as it targeted a return to profitability in 2011.” Fashion’s Night Out on the calendar for 2010 (AP) “ShopperTrak, an independent reporter of consumer traffic, estimated a 50 percent jump in retail foot

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Versace closes in Japan, Legal fashion, Parisians queue for Uniqlo, High street exploitation, Retail deflation

Versace A/W 09 ad campaign | Source: Versace

Versace to Close Japan Stores, Will Review Strategy (Bloomberg) “Gianni Versace SpA will close its Japanese stores and review its entire business strategy, as demand for luxury goods declines in the world’s second-largest economy.” Developing their fashion sense (Globe and Mail) “New York Fashion Week, a semi-annual sea of runways under tents in that city’s Bryant Park, is one of the last places you’d

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Copying Rick Owens, Burberry looks to USA, Versace quits Ittierre, Girl Next Door, Topman inspires

Imitate That Zipper! (New York Times) "In recent months, a veritable industry has sprung up around [Rick] Owens, who may be fashion’s most imitated designer. Rival houses are racing to produce their own distillations of his angular flaps, zigzagging zippers, gossamer T-shirts and biker jackets pliant as second skins." Burberry May Speed U.S. Growth Amid Deals on NYC, Indiana Space (Bloomberg) Burberry may accelerate plans to open U.S. stores as premium shop space becomes available at cheaper prices. “Spaces we thought may not have been available a couple of years ago are available now,” said Stacey Cartwright, CFO. Versace ends licence deal with IT Holding unit (Reuters) "Italian fashion house Versace has ended its licensing deal with IT Holding unit…

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