Perhaps the biggest misconception of people who work in the fashion industry is that they are fashion. When uber-stylist Grace Woodward, 33, an excitable flap of huge eyelashes and chocolate-coloured eyes, lets me into her top-floor Islington flat, she makes no bones about being barefoot and dressed solely in a Katharine Hamnett T-shirt, holding a box of fried chicken. It’s not what you’d expect from the woman named stylist of the year by the British Fashion Council.
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Sunday, June 26, 2011 · Categories: Film and TelevisionFashionCelebrity


A revolution has swept the charts, and three women are in its vanguard. But, while they outwardly appeal in distinct ways, each has skilfully exploited our desire for genuine star quality. Between them, Beyoncé, Adele and Lady Gaga have pop sewn up tighter than a tumble-dried Spandex bodysuit, according to Sasha Frere-Jones, august pop critic of the New Yorker magazine.

 

Sunday, June 26, 2011 · Categories: Consumer IntelligenceMusic and Entertainment


FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Italian jeweler Bulgari SpA and sports-car maker Maserati SpA have succeeded in China largely by portraying themselves as the ultimate male status symbols. But the two recently joined a growing number of luxury brands in China that have revamped their marketing tactics to also appeal to self-made female entrepreneurs, a rapidly emerging market segment that also wants high-end baubles and toys.

 

Sunday, June 26, 2011 · Categories: Consumer IntelligenceFashionMarketing and AdvertisingRetail and E-tail Lifestyle

FROM WWD John Galliano on Wednesday blamed work-related stress and multiple addictions for a series of public outbursts during which he is charged with uttering racist and anti-Semitic insults at a Paris cafe, but told a French court that he remembered nothing about the incidents.

 

Sunday, June 26, 2011 · Categories: News and World PoliticsFashion


FROM WSJ Pink. Plastic. These adjectives aren’t usually applied to fashionable jewelry. But Tarina Tarantino has changed that. With stores in Milan, Los Angeles and New York, she is the haute designer of playful jewelry for grown women. Her nostalgic Barbie rings are not for your kindergartner. Nor are her banana earrings, studded with tiny Swarovski crystals and topped with Lucite bows. There are Hello Kitty pendants and earrings and a current collection that she calls “Beastly Bijou.” It’s the sort of pavé-and-spikes jewelry that your pet dinosaur might wear. Her designs are often arch or camp. For Valentine’s Day this year, Ms. Tarantino made pink tiaras but also a black “I Hate Hearts” skull collection.

Saturday, June 25, 2011 · Categories: FashionJewelry & Watches


FROM WWD Hot off her high-energy men’s wear show here Monday night, Donatella Versace has signed on to be Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz AB’s annual guest designer. The collection, described as a look back to the Italian brand’s vibrant heritage, is to be sold in 300 H&M stores from Nov. 17. It will feature fashions for men and women along with home items. In addition, Versace has designed a pre-spring collection that will be sold exclusive online in select countries from Jan. 19.

Monday, June 20, 2011 · Categories: Consumer IntelligenceFashionRetail and E-tail

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES With happy, ditzy models blowing bubbles, bunny-eared fetishists accessorized with carrots and fantastically imaginative clothes, Central Saint Martins celebrated the end of an era with a splendid graduate show last week. The school, famous for art and design, is on the move from the tumble of city buildings on Charing Cross Road that gave students an edgy, street-wise vibe, to a vast new campus that will put the disparate disciplines under one roof. After 70 years in the heart of the city, the move to King’s Cross will offer a 39,000-square-meter space, about 420,000 square feet, that Jane Rapley, the head of the college, defined as “a unique opportunity to re-imagine how we educate art, design and performance students of the future Central Saint Martins.”

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 · Categories: Architecture and Design EducationFashion

cat=lifeandstyle&type=article”>FROM THE GUARDIAN A traditional chestnut-coloured unisex leather satchel, made in the UK by a mother-and-daughter team, has unexpectedly taken the fashion world by storm. The Cambridge Satchel Company has become 2011’s accidental multimillion-pound global hit, and is competing for popularity with international mega-league brands.

Thursday, June 09, 2011 · Categories: FashionChildrenFashion BlogsHandbags & AccessoriesTextiles & MaterialsLifestyle

 

EDITD, a London based startup, has raised $1.6 million from the same VC firm that invested in fashion success stories like Net-a-Porter and ASOS to do something substantially different in fashion trend monitoring. {TechCrunch Europe} “Digital subscription services are the holy grail both in business to business and consumer publishing, but why does the fashion industry, which is built on its own creativity, pay considerable annual sums for ‘forecasting’, which is not data-driven or scientifically proven?” the author of (a) Telegraph article asks.
Enter EDITD. That’s exactly what the startup is attempting to do: back up the intuition with data. Specifically, they’re backing it up with social media data, which has the potential to provide a much larger sample size than even WGSN’s 400-strong staff can provide.
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Tuesday, June 07, 2011 · Categories: Social Media & Networking Consumer IntelligenceTechnology and ComputersTrend AnalysisFashion

FROM WWD ... Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry has introduced a bridal collection consisting entirely of sustainable diamonds and recycled platinum. The line is comprised of about a dozen pieces — all supplied with diamonds from the Diavik and Ekati mines in Canada’s Northwest Territories. 

Sunday, June 05, 2011 · Categories: SustainabilityTrend AnalysisFashionJewelry & WatchesLifestyle


FROM FASHION UNITED Just recently opened at London’s Fashion and Textiles Museum, is an exhibit of pioneering Seventies tailor, Tommy Nutter. The designer who bought glamour and fashion direction to Savile Row making pieces for the likes of Mick Jagger and Elton John, also was the first to create a shop window front. FashionUnited caught up with Denis Nothdruft, the curator of the Tommy Nutter exhibit at the FATM to find out some more.

 

 

Saturday, June 04, 2011 · Categories: Consumer IntelligenceArt and PhotographyVisual Merchandising and Display FashionFashion Blogs

FROM FORBES ...  Lane Crawford, Hong Kong and China’s version of Bergdorf Goodman, has been in the fashion and retail business for the past 160 years. Now more than ever, the spotlight is on this luxury emporium because it serves as the litmus test for what sells and what doesn’t in the fastest growing luxury retail market in the world.

Friday, June 03, 2011 · Categories: Consumer IntelligenceFashionFashion BlogsMarketing and AdvertisingRetail and E-tail

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