Posted by Shirley Brady on October 4, 2012 10:01 AM
Louis Vuitton's Spring/Summer 2013 women's ready-to-wear show in Paris on Oct. 3rd raised eyebrows not only with the unusual choice of venue (a bank of escalators at the Louvre) but the fact that there was nary a logo in sight. There were plenty of checks, splats and other dramatic, bold and graphic elements in a retro nod to the mod 60's ("joie sixties") from designer Marc Jacobs, but no iconic LV logo anywhere for the luxury brand. The fashion show was also covered live on Instagram and streamed worldwide via Facebook. Check it out, so to speak, below.Continue reading...
brands under fire
Posted by Abe Sauer on September 28, 2012 10:35 AM
Dolce & Gabbana's spring/summer 2013 runway show had barely finished parading on the catwalk in Milan on Sept. 24 when the luxury fashion brand found itself generating buzz ... less for the clothes than for the accessories — specifically, the earrings dangling from the models' lobes. Depicting an African American woman's fruit-carrying head as earrings smacked of colonialism to some, and just plain offensive to others, and not just women and people of color.
D&G, accused of "romanticising slavery" and worse, turned to Vogue to publish the brand's explanation in an online article titled "Dolce & Gabbana Explains Controversial Jewellery." That's fairly ironic, considering Vogue has been behind both the NBA star LeBron James "King Kong" cover controversy and raked for a reference to "a pair of large, gold hoops as 'slave earrings'."
But did D&G's own show add the ultimate irony of its excuse? And what did they think would be the response?Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 20, 2012 06:11 PM
American Apparel has been selling its wares in Japan for six years, generating enough sales and attention that the L.A.-based clothing manufacturer has been asked to participate in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo, which kicks off on Oct. 15.
"We wanted to do something new this year and Tokyo is a city that is very open-minded to new, creative ideas, particularly when it comes to fashion,” stated Katherine Johnson, American Apparel's Japan operations manager. “We are honored to be one of the first brands without an appointed designer to show at a high-profile Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week like this."
American Apparel operates four stores in Japan as well as an online and mobile store and an e-commerce platform with Amazon Japan, while “sales for the company are up 50% over 2011" in the market.
The brand has been under fire in its home market in recent years, but things appear to be calming down as it evolves from fashion weak to Fashion Week. The company posted a sales uptick of 24 percent in its retail stores and 19 percent in e-commerce sales in August, according to the Associated Press.
Posted by Dale Buss on September 19, 2012 09:07 AM
Adidas dumped by university over labor concerns.
American Airlines expects thousands of job cuts and faces rash of late, canceled flights..
Anschutz plans to sell its entertainment group, part-owner of Los Angeles Lakers, in AEG sale to include LA's Staples Center.
Barry Diller and Scott Rudin enter e-publishing of books.
Caesars to rebrand Imperial Palace as The Quad.
Campbell Soup Co. boosts digital marketing.
Canon slashes prices in India.
Coca-Cola heirs lose $37M in foreclosure crisis.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on September 17, 2012 11:54 AM
London Fashion Week is now running through Sept. 18, but the priciest new frock by a British designer premiered more than 2,000 km away. British designer Debbie Wingham debuted what's described as one of the most expensive dresses ever in front of the fashion cognoscenti of Kiev.
Her evening gown, adorned with 50 two-carat black diamonds and weighing in at 13 kg, is valued at £3.5 million (US$5.68 million) drew mixed reviews from the fashionistas assembled at the city's Fairmont Grand Hotel for the reveal. As The Telegraph of London reporter heard, above, at least one appalled onlooker considered it more schmatte-luxury than meta-luxury.
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 14, 2012 04:51 PM
Since 1856, Burberry has been serving the clothing needs of British and then global big spenders. At the start of the 21st century, the company’s signature plaid is readily identifiable and highly regarded as a symbol of the brand's, and indeed British, craftsmanship.
Burberry has remade its London flagship — which has housed a radio station and a livery stable, among other things, over the last 200 years — into a 44,000 square foot, digitally-enhanced retail experience chock full of tech innovations, while maintaining the bespoke elegance for which the brand is known.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on September 13, 2012 05:03 PM
It may not yet be a major earthquake, but there seem to be rumblings that luxury goods are undergoing some sort of seismic shift.
As Fashion Week was at its height in New York, instead of watching hemlines fashionistas were watching stock prices, as luxury apparel maker Burberry saw its shares drop over 20 percent Tuesday on issuing its first profit warning since 2008. It was an especially bitter pill to swallow for a brand that in January was named "International Retailer of the Year" and, in April, took the mantle of greatness from a bankrupt Aquascutum.
Bloomberg Businessweek labeled Burberry's slide as "an end to a three-year rally in the luxury-goods industry as wealthy shoppers cut back on past indulgences." While Burberry's report may have helped pull down shares of luxury giant LVMH and other luxury brands such as Prada and Richemont, it does appear demand for luxury goods has been softening recently.
Harry Winston indicated last week that there was lower interest in its luxury products, and last month, Tiffany projected lower profits for the year. Stacey Cartwright, Burberry's CFO, told Bloomberg Businessweek that she had spoken with other luxury goods marketers. "We know we are not alone in terms of what we've seen in the last couple of weeks," she said.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 13, 2012 02:02 PM
The fashion runway is generally seen as a place that is not in the reality of everyday Americans. Not only do they typically not ever get to see a fashion show live and in person but they certainly don’t get to strut their stuff up on the actual runway itself. That job is for models whose physical forms aren’t exactly shapes that typical Americans relate to and who have clothes specifically constructed to fit them.
But Old Navy is trying to take back the fashion show for all the little people (and not so little). The idea is to take over a runway when Fashion Week ends this week in New York and let any woman who wants to walk the runway to do so. They’ll only get to do it, though, if they are wearing a pair of Old Navy’s Rockstar Skinny Jeans, which the company will not only provide but actually give to anybody who cares to take the stroll. Those participating in the stroll down the catwalk will also get “coaching on how to work it,” according to the release. Old Navy will be posting info to Facebook and Twitter, of course.
And if you don’t live in the New York City area and aren’t interested in buying a ticket to get there for Friday’s show, worry not.Continue reading...