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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Department stores’ comeback, Karl for Macy’s, China boosts Adidas, Retail dichotomy, Louboutin victory

Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse | Source: Catwalk Queen

Dowdy Department Stores Start Looking Cool Again (WSJ) “The sector, long derided for dowdy merchandise, maze-like stores and crumbling facades, is making a comeback. Macy’s Inc., Nordstrom Inc. and Kohl’s Corp. are posting solid sales gains even as consumers remain cautious and manufacturing costs rise—and they are poised to continue the streak this fall.” Lagerfeld for the Masses, Again (On the Runway) “Macy’s unveiled its

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Miu Miu strikes a chord, ASOS global, Hugo Boss boost, Louboutin vs YSL, Rocking fashion in Berlin

Miu Miu Autumn Winter 2011 Photographed by Bruce Weber | Source: Miu Miu

Prada Woos Young Chinese With Edgier Sister-Brand (WSJ) “Aiming to cash in on China’s bulging population of young fashion-lovers, Prada is turning its focus in the Chinese market to its… Sister-brand… Miu Miu has struck a chord with China’s young luxury shoppers… Who… Don’t remember the era in which the brand was overshadowed by the Prada label.” Global growth drives ASOS sales (FT) “Online

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Commerce and content, Raw materials prices rise, M&A pressure, YSL versus Louboutin, Chronicles of Never

'Read and Shop' on Mr.Porter edited by Jeremy Langmead | Source: Mr.Porter

E-commerce Luring Top Editorial Talent (WWD) “A new kind of magazine has indeed arrived online and its bringing editors into the sales business. For the last year, fast-growing online retail companies like Gilt and Net-a-porter in the U.K. have been scooping up orphans from the magazine world with the idea that editorial content can help them drive sales.” Rising raw prices to hurt luxury margins (Reuters) “Record

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