Going 3-D, Guess’ massive moves in China, Burberry Body, Fast-fashion battle online, Irreverent Carine

Zombie Boy | Source: NY Times

Designers Start to See in Triplicate (NY Times) “With something like 250 runway shows and parties crammed into the New York Fashion Week that begins Sept. 8, a lot of designers are saying that there must be a better way to show clothes, or at least some way to grab people’s attention for more than a second or two. The latest thing, if a handful of them are correct, would be fashion shows in 3-D.” Guess joins the queue

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Ongoing challenges at Gap, Zara in Brazil investigation, Cautious retailers, Big store strategy, Louboutin fights on

Gap cautious on full-year sales outlook (Reuters) “Gap Inc Chief Executive Glenn Murphy said on Thursday that consumer sentiment may deteriorate in the second half of 2011 and was cautious about future sales growth at the apparel retailer… Gap has lost about a quarter of its market value this year as investors questioned the company’s ability to grow sales after several quarters of losing market share.” Zara

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The Fashion Trail | Australia, Against All Odds

Dion Lee S/S 2011 at Sydney Opera House | Photo: BoF

SYDNEY, Australia — Australian fashion has an image problem. When I mentioned to friends that I was thinking of attending Rosemount Australian Fashion Week in Sydney, the reaction ranged from raised eyebrows to incredulous laughter. Others quipped that the sum total of Australia’s contribution to global fashion could be distilled down to Ugg boots and swimwear. “Surely you’d only be going to take some time in the

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Getting The Luxury Fashion Business Model Right

Elle Macpherson at Louis Vuitton A/W 2010 | Source: Fashionising

Today, BoF exclusively brings you Savigny Partners’ blow-by-blow analysis of the rapidly shifting luxury fashion business model which is undergoing transformation due to underlying shifts in consumer values, technology and globalisation LONDON, United Kingdom — Luxury fashion is a very exciting business which can generate substantial returns if you get the formula right. Not only is there the ability to charge up to ten times

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Fashion’s cost crunch, NewGen winners, H&M soars on Lanvin, Givhan to Newsweek, Pierre Hardy’s fun house

Zara Catalogue A/W 2010 | Source: Zara

Cost, demand pressures face fashion retailers (Reuters) “The rising cost of cotton and labour and sluggish European demand are set to squeeze fashion retailers, results from world number one Inditex and others in the industry showed on Wednesday.” London’s NewGen 2011 Winners Announced (Style.com) “London is famously supportive of its young designers, and today, the British Fashion Council announced the 18 who

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Joys of Joyce, Re-launching Charles Frederick Worth, Zara’s 5000th store, Sartorialist inspiration, Sci-fashion future

Emerald and Diamond "Thread" ring by JAR | Source: Christie's

The Joys of Joyce (Dazed Digital) “Joyce was a pioneer which was the first to bring international designers such as Givenchy, Lanvin, Margiela, and Fendi, amongst other luxury names, to Asia. To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Joyce has specially commissioned works of over 50 designers.” 5000th Zara store: Inditex embraces eco-fashion (Fashion United) “Showing off its real aim to embrace the latest eco-trends

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Horyn says Paris hits redial, Forever 21 in UK, Luxury fast fashion, Serving affluents online, Saving Asian craft

Balanciaga Spring 2011 Runway | Source: Style.com

In Paris, Designers Hit the Redial Button (NY Times) “Nicolas Ghesquiere was showing Balenciaga at the Crillon, Balmain was at the Grand, and an American, Zac Posen, was making his debut here, in the very place where Yves Saint Laurent used to show. So why did the day feel like a broken record?” Forever 21 to launch in the UK (Telegraph) “Forever 21, America’s answer to Primark and New Look, will be opening

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Britain’s bad habit, Online fast fashion, India’s opportunity, Garment district perennial, A return to craft

Industrial sewing machine, detail | Source: Act Now

Britain’s appetite for fast fashion is pushing workers into starvation (Guardian) “Ethical trade has to be to ensure that workers are being paid a living wage… [including] food for her family and cover housing, education and health needs – Asian garment workers are currently being paid about half of what they need to do this.” Fashion chains H&M and Zara launch online operations (Guardian) “Several

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Rose: No growth for UK retail, Burani seeks rescue, Bloggers and retail, Zara’s app falls short, Introducing Josep Font

Sir Stuart Rose | Source: Guardian

Rose: no growth for retail in 2010 (Independent) “Sir Stuart Rose has said that the UK retail market will not grow this year, as uncertainty over how the next government will tackle the public deficit hangs over consumer spending.” Burani Seeks New Adviser to Help Rescue Fashion Group (Bloomberg) “Burani, which makes clothes under license for Vivienne Westwood, on Jan. 3 said Mediobanca withdrew as an adviser,

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The Verdict | Gap’s 1969 Premium Jeans

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Introducing the Gap’s new 1969 Denim VANCOUVER, Canada — Those of you in North America over the past week can’t have missed the media bombardment from the Gap, the ailing San Francisco-based mass fashion retailer, as it announced the launch of its new 1969 premium denim range, with six new fits for women and seven new fits for men. Huge full-page ads featuring Anja Rubik appeared in the Thursday Styles section of the

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Browne down, Indian fashion, H&M currency hit, America’s favourite retailers, Fashion inclusiveness

Thom Browne, courtesy of NYMag

Is Thom Browne Going Downe? (Blackbook) With lavish spending on tailors and elaborate shows, Thom Browne’s business may be amongst the first high-profile independent designers to face financial difficulties as demand for his high-priced shrunken suits wanes. Breaking into the West is hard to do (IHT) Due to Indian designers “lack of Western-style business structure and of financial support” their effort to break

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Sustainability in vogue, Ted Baker’s profits drop, Haute not out, Inditex sales up, Stella on ecology

Ted Baker advertising campaign | Source: Ted Baker

Sustainability is back in fashion (IHT) As the industry redefines the meaning of luxury, “Sustainability” and “Responsibility” have become the new buzz words. Ted Baker profits fall (Drapers) Ted Baker saw pre-tax profit fall 19.5% to £17.8 million for the 53 weeks ended January 31. In Fashion, Some Like It Haute (WSJ) “Economic crisis doesn’t mean the end of luxury. But while many brands have

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Indian craftsmanship, Nike realigns, Tiffany’s losses, H&M & Zara top valuation, Inflation rises

Manish Arora at Wills Fashion Week, courtesy of the International Herald Tribune

Indian designers make their mark with craft (IHT) During Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, designers are making a mark through artisanship. Nike realigns global footprint (Just Style) Sporting goods giant Nike last week unveiled plans to reorganise its namesake brand into six regions with reduced management in a bid to make its operations more efficient and trim costs. Tiffany’s Reports Sales Declines (Seeking Alpha)

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