Louboutin and YSL decision, MADE in Paris, Lululemon lawsuit, New fashion order, Duckie Brown

Christian Louboutin | Source: Mad about Paris

Louboutin wins red soles trademark battle (FT) “French shoe designer Christian Louboutin has won the right to trademark protection of his distinctive red soles in a US federal appeals court in the latest chapter of a bitter legal battle with rival luxury house Yves Saint Laurent.” MADE, a New York Fashion Booster, Makes Paris Inroads (WSJ) “MADE Media Group helped launch several hot young U.S. fashion labels by

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Zegna hires Pilati, Richemont Asia sales slow, Dispute escalates, Online trade-offs, Cost of craft

Stefano Pilati by Evan Sung | Source: NY Times

Zegna Hires Designer From Saint Laurent to Bolster Brand (NY Times) “The Italian men’s wear company Ermenegildo Zegna moved on Tuesday to strengthen its core brand and breathe new life into its little-known women’s fashion line by hiring a designer best known for his work at Yves Saint Laurent.” Richemont’s Asia bonanza slows, tourists boost Europe (Reuters) “Richemont, the world’s second-largest

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Making Sense of the YSL Retrobranding

PARIS, France — When Hedi Slimane was appointed creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, last March, YSL’s parent company, PPR, gave the designer “total creative responsibility for the brand image and all its collections.” Only a few months into the job, Slimane has started with a bang, dropping the first name of the company’s iconic founder in a significant rebranding — from “Yves Saint Laurent” to “Saint Laurent Paris” — sending

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Week in Review | Valuing vintage, Dynamo Natalie Joos, Project PopUp competition, The need for speed

Week in Review June 25-29

The Art and Science of Valuing Vintage (Insight & Analysis) Falling under the spell of a beautiful dress, a gorgeous pair of shoes or a well-crafted handbag is no strange feeling for followers of fashion. Falling in love with a piece that was first worn 30 years ago and has been waiting, it seems, just for you to discover it, is all the more rare. The Creative Class | Natalie Joos (The Creative Class) “Casting agents are

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The Art and Science of Valuing Vintage

LONDON, United Kingdom — Falling under the spell of a beautiful dress, a gorgeous pair of shoes or a well-crafted handbag is no strange feeling for followers of fashion. Falling in love with a piece that was first worn 30 years ago and has been waiting, it seems, just for you to discover it, is all the more rare. This is the magic of vintage fashion. It’s what makes pre-owned Hermès bags go for double their estimated value at

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Autumn/Winter 2012 | The Season That Was

Future of the Fashion World's Front Row | Source: Jessica Michault Twitter

PARIS, France — What does it take to create a true fashion moment? This season, the answer would seem to be either the high-profile dismissal of a longstanding creative director just days before his fashion show, or a massive budget to create a larger-than-life fashion spectacle that not only captures the imagination of show-going industry insiders, but generates striking imagery which plays out on livestreams, social media, and

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Hedi Slimane returns, Relevance prevails, Made in China, Isabel Toledo’s world, Mini supermodel

Hedi Slimane Source Fashion Magazine

Yves Saint Laurent confirm Hedi Slimane as their new creative director (Telegraph) “Putting an end to weeks of rumours and speculation, French luxury fashion house Yves Saint Laurent have this morning confirmed Hedi Slimane as their new creative director following the recent departure of Stefano Pilati.” Relevance Proves Its Worth (IHT) “Stefano Pilati has given his last showfor Yves Saint Laurent, a seven-year

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Sorry state of fashion, Pilati out at YSL, D&G talk, Harvey Nichols record, Oscar’s next big act

Jil Sander Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

We Are All Guilty for This Mess (IHT) “The current state of fashion, with designers enticed to houses where they may be rejected, removed and re-embraced, leaves a queasy feeling. The drama that started almost exactly a year ago with the breakdown and departure of John Galliano from Dior has spread across the fashion universe.” Yves Saint Laurent creative head Pilati leaves (Reuters) “French fashion brand Yves

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Raf Simons to Leave Jil Sander; Namesake Designer Set to Return

Jil Sander and Raf Simons | Source: InStyle and Grazia Daily

MILAN, Italy — The ongoing musical chairs amongst creative directors at major European fashion houses took an interesting, unexpected turn on Thursday, as Jil Sander announced that Raf Simons’ would leave Jil Sander, while rumours swirled that Jil Sander herself, the founder of the brand, was set to return after having fallen out with previous management twice in the past. Mr. Simons, the rumour mill said, was set to replace

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High-rise designers, Fung acquisition, Guangzhou rising, McQueen’s reign, Work ethic

Erdem, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

High-Rise Designers (IHT) “Pinstripes with an edge of cool, surfaces smooth and metallic, and fashion show locations in a high rise building in London’s financial district — could it be that city slick is making a comeback?” Hong Kong Investors Buying Sonia Rykiel Fashion House (NY Times) “Fung Brands, a luxury investment firm backed by two Hong Kong billionaires, is acquiring 80 percent of Sonia Rykiel, one of

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Op-Ed | Remembering Loulou de la Falaise

Loulou de la Falaise | Source: Luxe Magazine

Debra Scherer remembers Yves Saint Laurent muse Loulou de la Falaise — once called “the quintessential Rive Gauche haute bohémienne” by The New Yorker — who passed away on Saturday at the age of 63 in Paris. PARIS, France — The last time I saw Loulou de la Falaise was on American television. Yet, as a muse to the legendary Yves Saint Laurent, she will always be remembered as one of the most influential women from a

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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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