Fung Brands eyes Rykiel, Hidden wealth, Tod’s woes, Vogue maintains position, Patrik Ervell Q&A

Hermès Spring/Summer 2008 | Source: Nirali

Sonia Rykiel in talks with investor Fung Brands (Reuters) “Sonia Rykiel, one of the last family-controlled French fashion houses, is in exclusive talks with privately held Fung Brands which could lead to the investment firm taking an 80 percent stake in the company to help it expand internationally.” China’s Hidden Wealth Feeds an Income Gap (NY Times) “Wealthy Chinese are snapping up gold, Rolls-Royces and

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Asian engine, Menswear market growth, Online in India, Vogue archive, Oliver Spencer

Prada store Hong Kong | Source: Hong Kong Hustle

Across Asia, an Engine of Growth for Luxury Firms (IHT) “Europe is struggling to contain a spiraling debt crisis, the U.S. economy is beset with high unemployment, and emerging Asian economies are growing less rapidly. But none of this is killing off Asian shoppers’ taste for luxury goods. Companies like Burberry, Hugo Boss and Prada have continued to strike an upbeat tone on Asia in recent weeks, despite the havoc that debt

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Carine Roitfeld marks 30 years, Ted Baker up, Fashion and technology, Queen of the glossies, Pioneering Pernet

"Irreverent" by Carine Roitfeld | Source: NY Times

A Super-Stylish Vampire (IHT) “If the definition of a vampire is a pallid, blood-sucking monster with frightening fangs, Carine Roitfeld, former editor of French Vogue and a pivotal figure in the fashion world, does not seem to fit the bill… ‘Why a book — especially for someone like me who hates looking back?’ Ms. Roitfeld asked herself… ‘It marks 30 years. The end of a chapter is a good moment —

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The Prince of Polo, Louboutin’s legal loss, Macy’s Q2 profit surge, KPCB invests in e-tail, Magazine sales drop

David Lauren at IHT Luxury Conference | Source: Samir Husein for IHT

The Prince of Polo (Fast Company) “By associating Ralph Lauren with new digital technology, David has done more than imbue the brand with a current vibe. He has, in the process, made the company a progressive leader among fashion peers. In 2009, David produced an online-only fashion show for Ralph Lauren’s heritage Rugby brand that, for the first time ever, allowed viewers to shop the looks in real time.” Red Faces at Louboutin?

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Op-Ed | We Still Love Magazines

Franceline Prat | Source: The Little Squares NEW YORK, United States — Anyone who still loves magazines will be enchanted by this quick film portrait of legendary French Vogue editor Franceline Prat; proof positive that great editors are born and not made. Her collaborations with Guy Bourdin, Norman Parkinson, Bill King, Albert Watson and especially Helmut Newton will forever hold their place at the pinnacle of the history of

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Quotable | Anna Wintour says she wants to enhance and protect Vogue which is a global brand like Nike or Coca-Cola

Anna's Army | Source: WSJ

“With all the new media outlets out there, with all the noise, a voice of authority and calm like Vogue becomes more important than ever. The more eyes on fashion, the more opinions about fashion, the more exploration of fashion around the world, the better it is for Vogue. Vogue is like Nike or Coca-Cola—this huge global brand. I want to enhance it, I want to protect it, and I want it to be part of the conversation.” Anna

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Men first at Mr Porter, The cult of the front row, Henry’s Carven comeback, Google gets analytical, Connecting Vezzoli

Mr. Porter, coming soon | Source: Mr. Porter

Mr Porter to Test Men’s Urge to Shop Online (WSJ) “The debut of Mr Porter, the biggest ever launch of a men’s luxury-goods website, will be closely watched by the fashion industry to see whether there are enough active male shoppers to support a fashion site… ‘We know there’s a demand for this,’ says Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet, ‘I don’t think shopping right now really

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John Varvatos rocks on, Stylish social sharing, Emanuelle Alt’s Vogue position, British wool’s comeback, Art of denim

John Varvatos | Source: Multivu

Fusing Rock ‘N’ Roll With Fashion (WSJ) “With two fashion labels—John Varvatos, a classic menswear line that celebrated its 10th anniversary last year; John Varvatos Star USA, an edgier, younger collection and the most profitable of the lot… the 56-year-old designer now has nine stores in the U.S., a robust ecommerce site and plans to open stores in London and Berlin.” Arbiters of Style See It, Post It

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Carine Roitfeld’s big exit, Bonobos raises $18.5m, Luxury spend bounces back, Stella’s app, Spending CFDA cash

Carine Roitfeld at Paris Fashion Week | Photo: Tommy Ton

Carine Roitfeld Resigns from French Vogue (Vogue.co.uk) “French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld has resigned after ten years of service. She will leave the magazine at the end of January. Roitfeld has decided to concentrate on personal projects.” Bonobos, a Web Retailer, Raises $18.5 Million (NY Times) “On Thursday morning, Bonobos announced it had raised $18.5 million in a financing round, led by the venture capital

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Fashion’s self-obsession, Burberry bid talk, Prada IPO delayed (again), Fashion-Business faux pas, Open Vogue

Vionnet, Then and Now | Source: PSFK

Is  Fashion In Danger Of Going The Same Way As The Ad Industry? (PSFK) “Sharing the inner workings of the business and marketing of fashion is pop culture these days, behind the scenes interviews, makings of, documentaries, buy from the runway etc. Cleverly marketing the marketing of fashion in consumer culture, or, an industry talking to itself?” Burberry bid talk continues despite price label (FT) “Could the

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BoF Exclusive | The New Creative Establishment 2010 — The 50 Most Influential Creative Forces Working in Fashion Today

The New Creative Establishment | Source: INDUSTRIE Magazine

LONDON, United Kingdom — Today, The Business of Fashion brings you an exclusive preview of The New Creative Establishment, a list of the 50 most influential and inspirational creatives working in fashion today, developed by our friends at INDUSTRIE magazine for their second issue which comes out later this month and was inspired by a much-watched list with a similar name published by Vanity Fair called ‘The New

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BoF Exclusive | Digital Scorecard – British Vogue iPad App

Graphic User Interface of British Vogue iPad App

LONDON, United Kingdom — Later this week, when British Vogue launches its first ever iPad application, everyone across the fashion media landscape is bound to be paying attention. After all, Vogue is the most prestigious fashion media brand in the world, lying at the heart of Condé Nast, the world’s most powerful luxury lifestyle media conglomerate, amidst a market landscape in which age-old media brands like Vogue and others are

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Futuristic fashion shows, The Brioni woman, Digital Vuitton, Paris’ dilemma, Roitfeld talks Vogue

Is a Runway Show Really Necessary? (IHT) "In [the film's] bravura, its beauty and its possibility of going viral to hundreds of million of people... this grand slam in the virtual world poses a question that is increasingly being asked by both designers and executives: Is a fashion show really necessary?" Imagining the Brioni Woman (WSJ) "Mr. Dell'Acqua's task is to inject his romantic, feminine-but-not-frilly aesthetic into a label whose womenswear has in the past seemed severe... The designer is taking a surprising approach for a brand associated with chairmen of the board." Louis Vuitton ramps up social media, mobile engagement efforts (Luxury Daily) "Luxury icon Louis Vuitton is accelerating efforts to engage its legion of fans through social media…

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