Monthly Archives: November 2011

So it all came true, and PPR did, indeed, buy Italian men’s wear luxury brand Brioni. So far, so rumoured. But what does it mean? Seems to me there are two main implications to the deal. Read more

Loulou de la Falaise, a fashion world figure who latterly had her own brand but was famous mainly for being one of Yves Saint Laurent’s muses, died over the weekend. I was sad, but it also got me thinking about the whole “muse” issue. This has got to be one of the worst job titles in all of fashion, and I think it’s time we changed it. Read more

Tonight is the beginning of what is being billed as the biggest Fashion’s Night Out ever, although it’s more like Fashion’s Afternoon Out: a noon-9pm (Saturday) shopping extravaganza in Japan launched by an evening pre-shopping gala, with some of the proceeds presumably going to benefit earthquake relief efforts. But that’s not the half of it.

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In the category of ingenious solutions to seemingly intractable problems, I nominate Raphael le Masne de Chermont, executive chairman of Shanghai Tang, who turned a piece of really bad luck – being kicked out of the building where Shanghai Tang was founded in 1994, and where its flagship was established, with less than six months notice – into a creative retail opportunity. Read more

So David Cameron has given an interview to Grazia UK in which he attempts to display his soft, feminine side by admitting that he finds Prime Minister’s Question Time an aggressive, testosterone-filled experience, and he doesn’t like it. Awww. He might have been better served, however, to sit down and take tea with Carlo Giordanetti, creative director of Montblanc, which is likewise engaged in a campaign to woo women.
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In the physics of fashion (what comes up — hemlines — must come down) category, we nominate a new, against-the-grain theory from Ledbury Research in London, publishers of a newsletter known as “High Net Worth”: contrary to conventional luxury industry wisdom, which says “man the brand equity ramparts and sue the heck out of anyone selling fakes!” Ledbury posits counterfeits might actually be good for luxury.

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It’s November — which in magazine-calendar-speak means December issues, which in turn means Best-Dressed Lists. Yahoo! First out of the blocks is Harper’s Bazaar UK, and guess who tops the list? Yes, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is perhaps the most unsurprising choice ever. Because really, let’s be honest: best-dressed lists are not just about being best-dressed, and the Duchess isn’t the best dressed woman in the country.

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