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  • Neiman Maps New Luxury-Goods Model –
    Luxury Retailer Pushes Suppliers to Use Fabric in Place of Leather to Lure Middle-Income Shoppers
  • Dsquared2′s Catens on the launching pad for fashion fame with TV show, Olympic outfits – 12/16/2009 2:29:37 PM | Newser
    The twin-brother team behind the fashion label Dsquared2 are on TV and the radio, they created concert costumes for Madonna and Britney Spears, and they'll be outfitting the headlining performers at the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Earlier this year, they received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame _ the only fashion designers to be honored alongside the likes of Michael J. Fox and Wayne Gretzky.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue Sacks Employees Amid Controversy
    Saks Fifth Avenue just gave "about 116" — an interesting estimate — employees in its Fifth Avenue beauty department the boot.

    The New York Post reported that the department store cleansing was not a result of the recession. Rather, some speculate it may be part of a larger plan to avoid legal conflict since the retail union filed a petition to organize the department a mere two weeks ago. fashion links for December 16, 2009 fashion links for December 16, 2009:

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  • Tough to let go for 70-something fashion designers | Reuters
    PARIS/MILAN, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Italian designer Giorgio Armani, who turned 75 in July, may be the pride of Italian fashion and a godfather of the industry but he is not immortal.

    After suffering a bout of hepatitis, Armani says he is back in action but he looks thinner and frailer than before in spite of his permanent tan, raising the question ever more urgently of who will succeed him

  • Breaking: Ungaro CEO Resigns, Lindsay Lohan Stays On — The Cut
    Emanuel Ungaro CEO Mounir Moufarrige has resigned, WWD reports. Though rumors have been circulating for some time about turmoil in the house at the executive level as a result of hiring Lindsay Lohan as artistic adviser, essentially turning the once-revered label into a laughingstock, Ungaro says Moufarrige is stepping down for other reasons. fashion links for December 15, 2009 fashion links for December 15, 2009:

  • Keeping Fast Fashion Fresh, and Profitable –
    PARIS — It is not often that the Grand Palais, one of the historic monuments of Paris, hosts a giant Ferris Wheel, a spinning swing, a shimmering mini Eiffel Tower, and a parade of scantily clad models showing lingerie on a catwalk resembling the Champs-Élysées.

    In the center of this adult amusement park stood Karl-Johan Persson, 34, in his new role as chief executive of H&M Hennes & Mauritz, his family’s business, based in Sweden. The Paris event this month was the executive’s way of announcing not just the latest H&M designer collaboration, with the iconic French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel, but a first decisive step to show some post-recessionary fun.

  • Alexander Wang, Fashion’s Prodigy, Broadens His Base –
    DON’T tell Alexander Wang that blue is the new black or that wedge-heel boots are the season’s must-have. Such airy edicts would most likely make him laugh. “No one talks like that anymore,” said Mr. Wang, whose keen sense of what young women want to wear is matched only by his no-nonsense approach to his, um, métier.
  • Hermès and Gucci Press Equestrian Advantage –
    It is not so much daggers at dawn — but saddles and stirrups. For two luxury houses are in competition in the horse jumping world to promote their brands.

    Last week, Hermès brought horses, bales of straw and horseshoe markings in the house’s signature orange to the vast space of the Grand Palais in Paris. It then announced that Le Saut Hermès — or Hermès jumping — would take place over the Easter period from April 3-4, reinforcing a tradition of equestrian sponsorship that grew from the birth of the saddle-maker in 1837.

  • Luxury Jewelry Defies the Recession –
    If you never noticed the recession, you are surely keeping good company: Haute joaillerie, or high jewelry, it seems, has not noticed it either.

    In the past year, the topmost niche of the luxury jewelry market has seen the arrival of a new brand, the return of a defunct brand and the revitalization of a high jewelry brand that had lost its way.

  • Designers Seek Fashion Advice From Customers
    It was once unheard of for designers to ask their customers for advice. Today, it's becoming quite the trend. "We’ve never really asked, ‘What does the customer need?' . . . There’s a clear shift. People are also insecure right now, and we have to take care of them," said Concetta Lanciaux, principal of Strategy Luxury Advisors.
  • Abu Dhabi bails out Dubai with $10-billion lifeline
    DUBAI — Abu Dhabi provided its flashy but debt-laden neighbor Dubai a US$10-billion lifeline to last its troubled flagship company until the end of April, heading off a bond default on payment day and sending Gulf markets higher.
  • Paris Court Throws Out Forgery Claim Against Chanel –
    PARIS—French fashion house Chanel SAS prevailed in a forgery lawsuit brought against it four years ago by one of its small suppliers, in a case that grappled with who can take credit for the creation of expensive garments. fashion links for December 11, 2009 fashion links for December 11, 2009:

  • The Sartorialist Scott Schuman has a TV show and clothing line in the works
    He’s in Australia to promote his book and attend book signings at Sass & Bide boutiques, but Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist has revealed that he has a TV show and clothing line in the works. “
  • V Magazine to Devote January Issue to Plus-Size Models — The Cut
    After its recent flirtation with blackface, V magazine has settled on a new publicity horse for its January issue. "Page Six" reports that the magazine's first installment in the new year will be devoted to plus-size models. "Big, little, pint-size, plus-size — every body is beautiful. And this issue is out to prove it," V editor Stephen Gan said. Models, which include Crystal Renn, appear clothed and nude, shot by photographers Terry Richardson, Bruce Weber, and Karl Lagerfeld, among others.
  • New York City clamps down on counterfeit retailing
    New York authorities are cracking down on the sale of counterfeit luxury items, shutting down 31 stalls in raids on Tuesday and Wednesday and seizing US$1-million of fake bags and watches.
  • Saks faces dilemma as luxury shoppers stay AWOL –
    Struggling with slumping sales for the past two years, luxury department store operator Saks Inc is beefing up its less expensive offerings at the risk of diluting its brand.
  • Gucci can open single-brand stores in India
    The government has cleared the proposal to allow Gucci Group NV, Netherlands, for foreign equity participation of 51% stake in its Indian franchisee, Luxury Goods Retail Private Ltd, with an investment of Rs 1.04 crore. With the move, Gucci will now be able to enter the Indian retail market through single brand stores. The proposal was made by Luxury Goods Retail, which sells products under the Gucci brand in India under a franchise agreement. fashion links for December 7, 2009 fashion links for December 7, 2009:

  • Roland Mouret to launch menswear | News | Drapers
    Roland Mouret is to design a menswear collection that will launch in January.
  • Private-Sale Sites Bring Luxury Goods to Bargain Shoppers
    Daniela Busciglio still winces at the memory of shivering in line for hours to get into New York sample sales, then shoving her way through throngs of other shoppers looking for deals on designer clothes.
  • Lacroix shows fashion sector’s quick change
    Once the darlings of the well-heeled shopper and the style maven, haute couture houses are struggling to keep needle and thread together as they shed jobs.

    The late Coco Chanel, the doyen of French haute couture, was a sharp observer in her day and decades ahead of her time.

    As global stock markets crashed around her, sparking the Great Depression of the 1930s, she famously quipped: “There are people who are rich and there are people who have money.”

  • French Officials Are Still Trying to Get the Sheikh to Buy Christian Lacroix — The Cut
    As anyone might have predicted, France is distraught over the court ruling in Christian Lacroix's bankruptcy. Industry Minister Christian Estrosi published a statement on his website this week, in which he said he suspects the economic downturn in Dubai is likely what kept Ajman sheikh Hassan Bin Ali al-Nuaimi from submitting his financial guarantees on time. He is tapping the network of French diplomats in the UAE to "alert the sheikh of the urgency of the situation."

    Read more: French Officials Are Still Trying to Get the Sheikh to Buy Christian Lacroix — The Cut fashion links for December 3, 2009 fashion links for December 3, 2009:

  • Brandchannel | French Brands To Promote Luxury In China
    As of November 27, the Comité Colbert, France's union of luxury brands, will lend its help in developing Chinese creative industries, after signing an agreement with the People's Republic.
  • LVMH Tastes Victory In Suit Against eBay
    A French court has fined eBay $2.5 million, after deciding that the online auction site violated a 2008 order forbidding the sale of luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton goods. LVMH owns Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Christian Dior, among others.
  • JC Penney Pairs With Mango, Boosts Fashion Cred
    JCPenney says it has signed a deal with Mango, one of Europe's leading fast-fashion chains. The new line, which will be called MNG By Mango, is set to debut next fall in 75 stores, rolling out to 600 more by Fall 2011.
  • Is Christian Lacroix Done For?
    On Tuesday, a Paris court approved a restructuring plan for Christian Lacroix that will likely put an end to its haute couture and pret-a-porter clothing operations. The Times of London mourned that "the house of Christian Lacroix was reduced to little more than a small trading office as it crumbled under the weight of debts and losses."