Amazon ups the ante, Italian optimism, One man show, Eastern promises, Arizona Muse rules the runway

Amazon.com/fashion screen shot | Source: Amazon.com

Amazon.com Raises Fashion Ante (Apparel News) “Best known for selling books and electronics, as well as itsKindle e-reader, Amazon.com Inc. has placed its focus on becoming a bigger player in the fashion business. The Seattle-headquartered Fortune 500 company recently placed ad campaigns in glossy consumer magazines and hired seasoned fashion veterans as buyers for the apparel offerings sold in its Amazon Clothing

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Versace returns to profit, Shoptiques’ pull, Quincy conquers sizing, Manolo in Bath, H&M luxury?

Versace Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: de Luxe

Versace upbeat after return to profits (FT) “Gianni Versace, the Italian fashion house known for its high-wattage glamour, has returned to profit after a three-year hiatus, underlining a turnround at the brand after it almost collapsed during the financial crisis. Net profit at the fashion house led by Donatella Versace, sister of murdered designer Gianni, rose to €8.5m last year, up from a loss of €22m in 2010.”

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Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments at Milan Fashion Week A/W 2012

A swan song for Raf Simons at Jil Sander | Photo: Morgan O'Donovan for Dazed Digital

MILAN, Italy — The tone was immediately set for an emotional Milan Fashion Week when Jil Sander announced that this would be Raf Simons’ last season as its creative director. Mr Simons made way for the return of Jil Sander herself to the label she has left twice before. Thus, Mr Simons’ swan song was all the more poignant, a tour-de-force collection tinged with emotion, that made this the singular defining moment of the

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Addressing Fashion’s Communications Conundrum

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2011 | Source: Victoria's Secret

NEW YORK, United States — In recent years, the main fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris have attracted unprecedented interest from end consumers, with brands live streaming their shows and bloggers reporting from the runway in realtime on their sites and social channels like Twitter and Instagram. But in most cases, the actual clothes showcased during fashion week aren’t available to consumers until many months after

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Akris’ discreet charm, PPR invests in The Fancy, Richemont cautious, Nordstrom disappoints, Versace’s bright idea

Albert Kriemler of Akris | Source: Estilo Moda

The Discreet Charm of Akris (WSJ) “Perhaps it is Kriemler’s understated, reluctant approach to anything overt or loud—fashionable or otherwise—that attracts women as powerful and talented as Condoleezza Rice, Angelina Jolie, Susan Sarandon and Nicole Kidman to his clothes… Kriemler works extensively with artisans from Akris’s hometown of St. Gallen. The town is renown in the business for its skilled

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PPR acquires Brioni, H&M and Versace, Boss ups targets, iPad catalog experience, Alber Elbaz’s real drama

Brioni Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Luxos

PPR set to buy men’s wear brand Brioni (FT) “PPR, the French luxury goods group, has confirmed it will acquire Brioni, the Italian high end men’s wear group that has dressed Vladimir Putin and the fictional character James Bond in several movie outings. In a statement on Tuesday, PPR said it would be buying 100 per cent of the family owned group for an undisclosed sum… PPR is reorienting and expanding its

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Spring is coming, Fashion’s everyday people, Tumblr’s troubles, Versace revenue up, The next generation

Bloggers front row at Dolce & Gabbana | Source: Le Bon Chic

You Can See Spring Coming (NY Times) “Mr. Wang is a boy disguised as a designer — or maybe it’s the other way around — but whatever the case, he doesn’t want to grow up, and the clothes naturally follow that youthful spirit… Prabal Gurung’s show on Saturday had a pronounced erotic undercurrent that in its blunt use of violet, and the transparent hems of silk print dresses, owed something to the style last season of

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Versace takes a stand, Luxury funds outperform, Hangzhou’s savvy, Bow ties boom, The Royal Frock

Versace Jeans Couture | Source: Denim Therapy

Why Versace is putting workers’ health before style (Independent) “Italy’s style capital has become the unlikely focus of a battle to save some of the world’s poorest textile…Versace… Announced that it was throwing its weight behind a campaign to end sandblasting – a manual process used to produce trendy worn-look denim – but which campaigners claim destroys workers’ lungs.” ‘Luxury funds’ are in vogue (JoongAng Daily)

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Versace rising, Milan mens wrap up, Tina Tarantino’s pink plastic wares, Galliano trial, Menkes meets Umit Benan

Lady Gaga in vintage Versace in The Edge Of Glory Versace on the march (Guardian) “Versace is having a moment. The label has not been hotter since the salad days of supermodels in sweet-shop brights on the catwalk and Liz Hurley in safety pins on the red carpet.” Armani’s Geometry and other Mens’ reviews (IHT) “‘Menswear is difficult — keeping things the same, but different,’ Giorgio Armani

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