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    Apple Plans to Announce Wearable in September
    John Paczkowski | recode.net
    “Apple now plans to unveil a new wearable alongside the two next-generation iPhones we told you the company will debut on September 9. (Funny “joke,” Gruber.) The new device will, predictably, make good use of Apple’s HealthKit health and fitness platform.”
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    APPLE IWATCH CONCEPT BY MARTIN HAJEK AND ADAM BANKS | SOURCE: WWW.MARTINHAJEK.COM
     

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    See How Much Chanel Bag Prices Have Skyrocketed This Decade
    Casey Lewis | Racked.com
    A classic Chanel bag is one of those items, like Louboutin heels or aBurberry trench, that fashion-obsessed girls seem to aspire to from birth, partly because they're timeless, but also because when you're an impressionable 16-year-old who's addicted to Vogue, it's the kind of thing you think you need.

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    Shhh... Luxury Goods Are Discounted In China
    By Liza Lin | Businessweek.com
    Luxury goods makers have long valued Chinese consumers not just because of their huge appetite for Gucci bags and Cartier watches—consultancy Bain estimates that Chinese purchased a third of all luxury goods sold globally in 2013—but also for their willingness to pay more than their Western counterparts. 

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    Killing the Skinny Jean
    Bloomberg

    It shouldn’t be hard to kill skinny jeans. After all, women love and loathe them in equal measure.

     

    Three years ago, clothing merchants tried to snuff out the trend with an innovation called flares. Women kept right on buying their skinnies. Now, chains from mass market Gap Inc. (GPS) to luxury-leaning Bloomingdale’s are trying again with looser styles. Gap’s answer: dressy sweat pants.


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    The World's Highest-Paid Models Of 2014: Gisele, Doutzen And Adriana Steal The Show
    Natalie Robehmed | Forbes
    Year after year since 2002, Gisele Bundchen has made more money than any other model in the world. At 34, she is still sitting pretty at the top of the world’s highest-paid models list, pulling in an estimated $47 million before taxes and fees in the last 12 months.

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    The Model Whisperer: Stephen Galloway
    CHRISTOPHER ROSS | online.wsj.com
    Stephen Galloway, former principal dancer for Ballet Frankfurt, now uses his classic training to choreograph the world's top models-and the Rolling Stones

    Galloway, a self-described "creative movement director" who has worked with top brands like Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci and photographers such as Juergen Teller and Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, occupies a unique place in the fashion world. Drawing on two decades of experience as the principal dancer for Germany's Ballet Frankfurt, he imbues the physical tableaux of glossy ads and fashion editorials with a stylized language of movement-a turn of a wrist, a cocked head, an extended leg-that's equal parts Balanchine and voguing.

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    Arthur Arbesser is igniting Milan's staid fashion scene with the most sophisticated take on teenage rebellion around.
    ASHLEY W. SIMPSON | elle.com
    Arthur Arbesser is igniting Milan's staid fashion scene with the most sophisticated take on teenage rebellion around.

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    Gareth Pugh Is About to Disrupt New York Fashion Week
    The New York Times
    The questions of whether traditional fashion shows have any validity anymore, and whether they are actually entertainment and we should just embrace the change, are about to enter the conversation again.

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    The Future of Fashion & Menswear: Do We Need London Collections: Men?
    hypebeast.com
    Britain is no stranger to the fashion industry. In fact, studies have proven the UK as being the global origin of men’s fashion through the county’s introduction of traditional classics like the bowler hat, the dandy, the tie, the three-piece suit, tweed, tartan, and others. It comes as no surprise then that in only three years, London Collections: Men has become the industry’s leading platform for both emerging and established British designers.

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    Fashion On The Square Finale Show
    by Robert Silver
    Fashion On The Square hosted there finale show at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco. With packed seats an array of fashion was displayed with cameras flashing.

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    How The CFDA’s Acquisition of the Fashion Calendar Will Change Fashion Week
    Fashionista.com
    After 69 years under Ruth Finley's control, the Fashion Calendar -- the official schedule of fashion events and shows in New York, including Fashion Week -- will soon be in someone else's hands. The CFDA, which has been gradually asserting more control over NYFW over the past few years, announced Friday that it had officially acquired the Fashion Calendar.

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    Op-Ed | Fashion Magazines Are Missing the Mark with Shoppable Content
    businessoffashion.com
    While they may be powerful arbiters of the latest and greatest in style and beauty, when it comes to embracing and integrating e-commerce into their core content offering, most fashion magazines are so last season.

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    CAPSULE: THE TRADESHOW THAT HELPED BRING MENSWEAR MAINSTREAM
    BY CHRIS GAYOMALI | fastcompany.com
    ARGUABLY THE MOST INFLUENTIAL MEN'S FASHION TRADESHOW IN NORTH AMERICA STARTED FROM AN UNLIKELY SOURCE: SHINY, EXPENSIVE T-SHIRTS.

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    Who’s Buying J. Crew’s New XXXS Clothes?
    BY AMY MERRICK | The New Yorker
    What’s happening at J. Crew can be difficult for Americans to grasp: as the U.S. has become a less attractive place to open stores, retail isn’t solely about their needs anymore. The triple-zero and extra-extra-extra-small clothing is not designed for the average shopper in Houston, Miami, or even Manhattan. Instead, J. Crew said that the sizes are a response to the requests of petite Asian customers, particularly at its new stores in Hong Kong, who had trouble finding Pixie pants and boyfriend jeans that fit them.

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    10th Annual Fashion On The Square Kick Off
    by Robert Silver
    (July 19th, Yerba Buena Gardens) Robert Silver - It was a picture perfect sunny San Francisco day when a flash mob dance crew began a  coordinated group dance. As more and more dancers joined so did the crowd. Before you knew it you had a mob of dancers to the front of you and cameras, cell phones and onlookers to the back of you.

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    Haute Couture Fashion Week: A Combination of 21st-Century and Historical Antecedents
    The Independent
    Every July, a funfair lands smack-bang in the middle of Paris’ Tuileries Gardens – it’s flashy and brash, with a lot of neon and noise. It’s a bit like the illuminations that transform the Eiffel Tower as soon as the sun sets: history gussied-up with fancy lights and all the attention-deficit tricks of the 21st century to become a hot tourist attraction.

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    Africa Fashion Day Berlin Designer Maxhosa by Laduma wins Premium Young Designer Award
    Melanie Jones PR
    This seasons Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin was kicked off with PREMIUM announcing one of Africa Fashion Day Berlins designers Laduma Ngxokolo as the recipient of its renowned Premium Young Designers Award in the menswear category on Monday the 7th of July. The award guaranteed him a booth at PREMIUM for the coming season and integration in all communication activities of PREMIUM. His designs also featured as part of the Grazia runway show that night. 

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    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Africa Fashion Day Berlin
    Melanie Jones PR
    It's that time again: After the overwhelming response to the first two shows and our exclusive Fashion Dinner, Africa Fashion Day Berlin sponsored by Breeze Berlin will present international designers from Africa and the African Diaspora for it's forth time. Africa Fashion Day Berlin sponsored by Breeze Berlin announces former head designer at ESCADA Brian Rennie, the so-called “designer with the Hollywood gene“ as patron for this season.

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    Raf Simons is revitalising Christian Dior - and the rarefied world of French haute couture
    ALEXANDER FURY | independent.co.uk
    He is one of the most important designers working today. His own label, which turns 20 next year, has helped define the contemporary menswear landscape.
     
    Simons is often characterised as a minimalist. He's not: he's a realist, who wants his clothes to be worn. "I'm trying to bring a lot of reality [to Dior]," says Simons, "which relates to how women live their lives today." 

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    H&M Reports Strongest Profit Growth in More Than Four Years
    Katarina Gustafsson | Bloomberg.com

    Hennes & Mauritz AB (HMB), Europe’s second-biggest clothing retailer, reported the strongest quarterly profit growth in more than four years as new store formats and online expansion fueled sales growth.

     

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    Why Women Are Flipping for Kate Hudson’s New Athletic Line
    HowLifeWorks.com

    One thing is certain when it comes to high-quality athletic wear — it's expensive!

     

    Take a single pair of Lululemon yoga pants. They average more than $90, while a simple pair of Nike running shorts can easily cost you $50.

     

    It makes sense that you want to look and feel good when working out, but by the time you get an entire outfit together you could spend $200.


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    Fashion experts weigh in on World Cup jersey style
    Janie Mc Cauley | businessweek.com
    The World Cup uniforms will provide a carnival of color and fashion, from Brazil's bright yellow jerseys to the Netherlands' classic orange to Croatia's red checkered home kit and the superhero-inspired looks of Mexico.

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    Op-Ed | Luxury Brands Are Wrong to Ignore Africa
    JOHANNA COLLINS-WOOD | BoF.com
     Earlier this year, Nigeria became Africa’s largest economy and the 26th largest economy in the world, valued at $509 billion, based on GDP figures that were recalculated using a base year of 2010 instead of 1990. Given Nigeria’s new status, as well as its new crop of millionaires and billionaires, who have become wealthy through oil (Nigeria is the 11th largest oil-producing nation in the world), Nollywood entertainment and other business ventures, one might assume that major luxury good companies would turn their attention towards Nigeria, as well as other emerging markets in Africa, as an important source of opportunity. That, however, is not the case.

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    Sneakernomics: Growth Opportunities In The Sneaker Business
    Matt Powell | Forbes.com
    While the sneaker business has been strong for longer than the last decade, there remain potentially strong and profitable business opportunities in overlooked and underserved segments.

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