Business | Police on High Alert for Paris Fashion Week

Security is being bolstered at the Paris fashion shows which opens on Wednesday following the deadly Islamist attacks in the French capital and European swoops on other suspected jihadists. Celebrities and others attending the event were reported to be skittish over security at the globally mediatised shows, which run to January 29. Several fashion-watching outlets …

Legal | Puma’s Deal Results in Lawsuit

Puma is the latest in what seems to be a growing pool of defendants named in trade secret misappropriation lawsuits (think: Nike’s suit against its three design heads that jumped ship to Adidas, the shopping-app lawsuitthat named Lindsay Lohan as a defendant, Cartier’s suit against a former ad exec that took a job at Tiffany …

Business |Gucci, Making Headlines for Wrong Reasons

MILAN, Italy — Of all the fall-winter fashion collections on show in Milan over the next four days, the label that will attract the most attention will probably be Gucci, and not because of the clothes.   Gucci-owner Kering SA announced the end of Giannini’s nine- year stint as creative director in December and hastened her planned departure after 52-year-old …

Business | Is Your Diamond Real ?

One of the most common questions that gemologists are asked is how to tell the difference between a real diamond and a fake stone. We spoke with Reyne Hirsch, a 20th century decorative arts expert and consultant for the global online marketplace Lofty, about how to tell when a diamond is real, and when and why to take …

Fashion | “Paris is Burning” Inspired a Generation

Jennie Livingston was an NYU student when she first saw some queer kids vogueing in Washington Square Park, downtown Manhattan. She spent seven years with them, immersing herself in their Harlem-based, drag ball culture. 25 years later and the resulting documentary,Paris is Burning, has been honoured with the Legacy Award by Cinema Eye, which celebrates …

Business | Louis Vuitton Sheds light at Heathrow

London Heathrow Airport said retail sales climbed 2.6 percent to a record 200 million pounds ($304 million) last year as the hub unveiled the addition of Louis Vuitton and Fortnum & Mason outlets at its busiest terminal. Heathrow said it expected 2015 revenue to remain strong, citing British Retail Consortium figures, which suggest one pound …

Trends | Burberry’s Ponchos Obsession Making Headway

While the billowy, hand-painted trenches Burberry showed at its fall 2014 runway show got their fair share of critical love, it’s the brand’s monogrammed blanket ponchos that have really hit home, not only with street style photographers but also with customers. That particular success was part of a solid, if geographically patchy, third quarter. For …

Business | Dsquared Celebrates 20 year Mile Stone

LONDON, United Kingdom — Dean and Dan Caten are used to celebrating anniversaries together. Brothers in business and identical twins, these two have followed perfectly parallel paths, studying together, landing their first job as co-creative directors at fashion house Ports 1961, and sharing the wheel at the helm of their Milan-based brand DSquared2, which this …

FASHION | Raving Reviews for Galliano’s Margiela Collection

Today is #MargielaMonday, the day we have anxiously been awaiting for roughly four years now. John Galliano, former creative director of Christian Dior, sent his Artisinal collection for Belgian-founded, Paris-based house, Maison Martin Margiela, down the runway in London this afternoon. In attendance: a small group of friends, editors, retailers and fellow designers. For a collection …

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