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Fashion News - 1/13/13
New Developments in Missoni Search; Hilfiger Reveals New Tailored Line-Up; Bernard Aranult Target of Belgian Probe
Missoni Plane Possibly Found
According to a report from Venezuela, a blip on the radar of the Venezuelan Army may indicate where Missoni’s plane crashed. The location is on the ocean floor, approximately 2,000 meters down, and is beyond the limits of most radar instrumentation. Despite this development, Venezuela is currently negotiating with the Italian government to extend the search beyond the initial agreed upon eight-day period. Link
Tommy Hilfiger Shows New Tailored Collection
On Monday of this past week Tommy Hilfiger showcased his renewed Tommy Hilfiger Tailored, which had formerly been licensed to the Holy Fashion Group, but now is developed in house. While Hilfiger has never been a StyleForum darling (to put it lightly), the new line will include fabrics from Loro Piana, and will retail from $524 to $917. Hopefully, in contrast to everything else produced by Hilfiger, this collection will fit well, and could conceivably be an excellent entry-level suiting option. Link
Arnault Under Investigation
The public prosecutor of Brussels announced Friday the start of a preliminary investigation into the Belgian activities of LVMH. This probe is part of Bernard Arnault’s recent application for Belgian citizenship, which came under criticism by some Belgian politicians, who accused LVMH of operating in Belgium in name only. Link
StyleForum Roundup - 1/15/13
Check in with poster NicelyNice as he reviews two years of Guidi boot ownership with pictures. An excellent example of how a pair of shows can become more than simply part of your wardrobe.
Beyond discussing clothing, StyleForum posters are an introspective group. This thread is a lively discussion of what it means to purchase clothing, what luxury clothing symbolizes, and at what point does consumerism reach excess. Join in and share your views.
With winter upon us (at least in the northern hemisphere), it’s time to stock on gloves. This thread is an excellent showcase of different glove types, materials and makers, mixed in with a healthy dose of well-worn glove porn. Take a look.
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Fashion News - 1/15/13
Ian Valerdi Nabs Menswear Prize; PPR Takes Stake in Christopher Kane; VF Corp Stalks Billabong
Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Winners Announced
Ian Velardi has been named the winner of the 2013 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation’s annual menswear award, a prize worth $25,000. The foundation, supported by Ecco Domani Wines of Italy, recognizes emerging talent, and hands out four awards in the categories of sustainable design, menswear, womenswear and accessories. Velardi, who presented his first collection in Fall 2011, has been the focus of growing press over the past year: he collaborated with Gap as part of their GQ capsule collection, and his label was picked up by Park & Bond. Link
PPR Purchases Christopher Kane
The French luxury group PPR has purchased a 51% stake in London-based designer Christopher Kane’s eponymous brand. PPR plans to use Kane’s recent press to launch another global luxury brand (which, apparently, is just what the fashion scene needs, right?) and establish freestanding Kane stores, with the first slated to opens its doors in 2014. In addition to its controlling interest in Christopher Kane, PPR also owns Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney. Link
VF Corp Pursues Billabong
VF Corp disclosed on Monday that the company is partnering with Altamont Capital to acquire Billabong at approximately $1.16 a share. The two plan, if successful, to split Billabong into several different companies, although they have not disclosed any specifics of how the breakup would occur. The offer totals $555.3 million, which begs the question: are that many people buying tacky board shorts? Link
Styleforum Roundup - 1/16/12
Poster gusvs shares some pictures of his recent visit to the Italian bespoke outfit Liverano & Liverano. Some stunning scarf porn.
MA-1s are hitting big this season (you know a piece is on trend when it shows up on the shelves at Uniqlo), and this thread features some of the best MA-1s to come out of the best decade. The Helmut Lang versions are hard to beat. Give it a look.
There are a lot of designer-centric threads in Streetwear & Denim, and one of the best organized and consistently updated is the Patrik Ervell thread. Check in to learn more about Ervell’s eclectic take on menswear, as well as information on the best place to purchase his designs. Here’s a quick tip: when in doubt, size up.
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Fashion News - 1/17/13
Paul Smith Designs Giro d'Italia Race Jerseys
Legendary British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith has created the leaders’ jerseys for the upcoming Giro d’Italia race, scheduled to start May 4th in Naples, Italy. The jerseys come in four collars for the races four competition classifications, and feature bright, Warhol-esque colors, the Paul Smith logo on the collar and the signature Paul Smith colored stripes on the left sleeve. Hopefully the jerseys, which are surprisingly muted for something designed by Paul Smith, will cause less of an outrage than Ralph Lauren’s designs for the 2012 American Olympic team. Link
Retail Apparel Prices Dip
The U.S. Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index reported Wednesday that retail apparel prices fell a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in December, following a similar decrease in November, largely due to heavy discounts during the holiday season. Men’s apparel prices fell 0.5% in December, while suits, sportcoats and outwear fell a combined 3.1%. These drops provide hope for the coming purchase months that will likely be reflected in the Recent Purchases threads. Beyond sale drops, analysts point to decreases in cotton costs, which are finally being passed on to consumers. Link
New Information about Pilot of Missing Missoni Plane
New details have emerged about the pilot of the missing jet, which vanished January 4th in Venezuela with Vittorio Missoni and five others. According to a repot by Italy’s air safety agency, the plane’s pilot had an expired psychological-physical fitness certificate, and the company that owned the plane did not have a valid license to operate an airline. Venezuelan officials have declined to comment on the findings. Link
Fashion News - 1/20/2013
Oscar de la Renta Teams Up With John Galliano
Oscar de la Renta has apparently invited ex-Dior head John Galliano to visit his New York design studio. Galliano fell from grace two years ago after being filmed shouting anti-Semitic slurs in a care while drunk. de la Renta’s gesture can be seen either as the first step in Galliano’s long journey towards mainstream reacceptance, or a play by the Spanish designer to appeal to a new neo-Nazi clientele. Link
Alexander McQueen Skips F/W 2013 Runway Show
With Sarah Burton, the head designer of Alexander McQueen out on maternity leave, the brand will forego a runway show. Instead, the fall collection will presented to a small group of fashion editors. S/S 2014 will be presented as normal. Link
Interior Designer Andree Putman Dead at 87
Celebrated interior designer Andree Putman died in her home Saturday morning, her representatives confirmed. Putman rose to fame for her work designing store interiors, and her clients included Karl Lagerfeld, Azzedine Alaia and Yves Saint Laurent. Link
Forum Roundup - 1/21/13
Meermin has found a growing audience among Classic Menswear posters on StyleForum, who appreciate the brand’s lower priced, yet high quality footwear offerings. Check in to learn all about a new option in the entry-level shoe bracket: perhaps it’s the end of Allen Edmonds?
What are you planning on buying over the next six months? This thread features Streetwear & Denim posters sharing their retail plans for the impending warm weather.
And while planning for the spring, don’t forgot how cold it still is in many parts of the world. This thread showcases some beautiful knits owned by StyleForum posters – think ultraluxe cashmere and Jil Sander teardrop sweaters. It’s definitely worth a look.
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Fashion News - 1/22/13
Audemars Piguet Names New CEO
Swiss luxury watch-maker Audemars Piguet has named Francois-Henry Bennahmias as CEO. Bennahmias previously served as the brand’s interim CEO since the end of May, when Phillipe Mark departed the company. Bennahmias first began his career at Audemars Piguet in 1996, working as an assistant marketing and sales manager for Asia-Pacific and Europe. Link
Michelle Obama Dons Thom Browne
For yesterday’s daytime inauguration and swearing-in ceremony, First Lady Michelle Obama wore a Thom Browne navy silk jacquard dress, paired with a simple J. Crew belt, as well as jewelry designed by Cathy Waterman. More in line with StyleForum’s interests, President Barack Obama chose the same simple Brooks Brothers cashmere overcoat that he wore during his first swearing-in ceremony four years ago. Despite playing it safe, President Obama is sure to draw criticism from at least a segment of StyleForum’s userbase. Link
Richemont Sales Slow
On Monday, the Swiss parent company of luxury watch brand IWC and Cartier reported third quarter sales figures, which showed a 9.3% growth to $3.72 billion. While impressive, this growth fell short of analysts’ projections, which hinged on continued strong sales in the Asian market, as well as the figures for the first six months of the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which were up 24%. In order to meet these earlier impressive figures, StyleForum members will need to step up their luxury watch buying: too many IWCs are sitting unsold in Asian boutiques. Link
Contrary to earlier news, Missoni's pilot was fully licensed to fly.
Thanks for the update - regardless, it doesn't look good for Missoni.
StyleForum Roundup - 1/23/13
Popular (even infamous) poster Mafoofan has shared his latest Rubinacci bespoke commission, a tweed overcoat. What do you think? Are the pocket flaps an abomination, or is at an example of what a tailor can achieve if given freedom to experiment? Chime in.
StyleForum posters are legendary thrifters, and in their travels they sometimes come across some amazing vintage pieces. This thread is all about those vintage discoveries – the pictures are can’t miss, and really go to show what’s out there if you’re willing to dig.
While many StyleForum posters are right-off-the-runway rail thin, fashion isn’t exclusively for the 36Rs of the world. This thread explores the fashion options for the larger men – what brands work, and which don’t, and what options you can do to make the pieces you already own work.
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Fashion News - 1/24/13
Levi's Leads Brand Ranking Study
Levi’s maintained its top spot among apparel and footwear brands in YouGov’s 2012 BrandIndex. The list, begun in 2007, ranks brands based on what percentage of consumers have heard about the brand – either good or bad – in the last two weeks. Apparently the survey, which represents a complication of 1.2 million interviews with 5,000 consumers, failed to ask anyone on StyleForum what they thought: Rubinacci is not listed on the list, and Old Navy, the perennial clearinghouse of ill-fitting fleece pullovers, came in third. Link
Chinese Corruption Crackdown Threatens Luxury Brands
Some industry analysts believe that China’s recent steps to crackdown on corruption at the behest of new Chinese Communist Party head Xi Jinping poses a threat to luxury brand sales in the Asian markets. For these brands, the Chinese practice of bribing with luxury gifts to curry favor, which forms a prosperous “grey market” along with sales through official channels, is at risk under new anti-corruption legislation. Recent earning reports seem to bear this prediction out – in particular Richemont’s reports of lower than expected sales, especially in the Asian sector. On an unrelated note, StyleForum is happy to accept donations: IWC watches are an especially good idea. Link
Valentino Plans Menswear Expansion
After securing new financial backers, Valentino plans to aggressively expand its menswear business, including opening dedicated boutiques around the world. Following up on positive reactions during shows in Pitti Uomo over the last two years, creative designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli will reveal a full menswear show on the Paris runway this week. Although menswear currently accounts for only 8% of Valentino’s sales, the duo hopes that within three to five years that number will rise to 15%. Link