Opening the Doors of Dior (NY Times)
"Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dior: the names of the most famous Paris houses sort of dance off the tongue. Their histories defeat the idea that younger generations might be bored with old things. And a stream of books and films helps to assure that they won’t be. “Dior Couture” (Rizzoli), by the photographer Patrick Demarchelier, is far and away the most gorgeous book on the house...What Mr. Demarchelier offers is a personal view of fashion from a great Paris house."
Prada profit surges 75% in third quarter on Asia sales (BBC News)
"Profits at Italian fashion house Prada soared in the third quarter boosted by increased sales in the Asia-Pacific region. Prada said it made a net profit of 273m euros ($364m; £234m) in the three months to the end of October, a 75% jump from year earlier."
Tiffany sales growth shows signs of slowing (Reuters)
"Concerns about slowing sales momentum took some of the luster off Tiffany & Co's stock amid signs that European and U.S. economic distress are weighing on luxury consumers, and shares fell 9 percent. The upscale jeweler, a stock market darling for how fast its international business has grown, reported third-quarter."
Hall of Fame: Patricia Field (WWD)
"Patricia Field has always done things her way. With a career spanning 45 years and counting, the designer, stylist and boutique owner built her reputation by creating her own blueprint. 'If you asked me who I looked up to from the beginning of my career, I would say no one,' Field said. 'I didn’t see fashion that way. I felt fashion.'"
Rise: Sean McGirr (Dazed Digital)
"It’s no coincidence that Candy Nippon in Tokyo and Immense in Taipei – two of Japan’s most closely watched boutiques – have Sean McGirr’s A/W 2011 collection hanging from the clothes hangers. Titled ‘The Adolescent Years’, it draws from the Oriental kimono silhouette and shares a sensibility with Japanese fashion that gives it an uncanny autonomy."