Feb
 12
 2018



Christopher

Hello,

Welcome to a new week and a new edition of The Spin. Today we're covering the many interesting goings-on at New York Fashion Week, unveiling Lanvin's next owner and talking fashion at the current edition of the Olympic Games, which are naturally again a universal hot topic. Enjoy the read and have a champion-like week. Best, Christopher



brands

NY state of mind. The branding and media circus known as New York Fashion Week continues to remain in full swing until it concludes on Wednesday. Highlights of the event in recent days have included Victoria Beckham's final show there before she moves it to London, Philipp Plein's sci-fi–meets–sporty show on Saturday and Alexander Wang celebrating 1990s businesswomen in the now vacant former headquarters of Condé Nast in Times Square (complete with hair banana clips ).


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Liking Lanvin. China's Fosun International has won the bidding contest for French luxury brand Lanvin against Quatar's Mayahoola. The new owner announced to invest more than $100 million in Paris' oldest surviving couture label. The brand has been struggling since the departure of creative director Alber Elbaz in 2015. Until now Lanvin had been owned by Taiwanese businesswoman Shaw-Lan Wang.



If you can't beat 'em.... ...join 'em (as the old saying goes). Diesel has done exactly that with its new pop-up marketing campaign that addresses the ubiquitous problem of designer counterfeiting. As part of New York Fashion Week, it opened a temporary store on NYC's Canal Street where until today it will sell "knockoffs" emblazoned with a purposely misspelled "Deisel" label. Although priced as if they actually were copies, the "faux" items are actual Diesel merchandise.



Top dogs. With the Chinese/Lunar New Year arriving on Friday, many companies in Asia (and often otherwise) are already celebrating the arrival of a new Year of The Dog. Some have chosen to blend the holiday with Valentine's Day on Wednesday in their store windows. Others, such as Gucci and various watchmakers are releasing special items that are tied to the canine-themed annum.





markets

Career cultivation. China's government vowed yesterday to create new jobs for its supposed 9.7 million unemployed people and 8.2 million new college graduates in urban areas. This new "Employment First" policy will also encourage new enterprise according to the National Development and Reform Commission. According to newly released figures, the country has already created 66 million urban jobs in the last five years.





tech

E-pidermis. Faux fur has been around for decades but now it is being joined by... e-skin. The new technology, recently unveiled in the scientific journal "Science Advances," was developed by researchers at the University of Colorado. Just like natural biological skin, this synthetic, sensor-equipped newcomer can sense touch, temperature, humidity and is totally malleable. Its initial uses will be for prosthetic devices and to create even more life-like robots. It's also 100 percent recyclable.





people

Rooney rags. Twice Oscar-nominated actress Rooney Mara is the latest celebrity to launch her own fashion line. On Friday she announced the arrival of Hiraeth, a vegan line of apparel and footwear that takes its name for the Welsh word for "homesickness." She created it with her best friend, Sara Scholat.





last

Garments at The Games. Although the Olympic Games are supposed to be all about a celebration of athletic achievement, fashion competion/drama somehow always manages to creep into them too. And it's no different for the Winter Edition that is currently taking place in South Korea. Among the already discussed stories are the wardrobe mishap of South Korean figure skater Yura Min who almost lost her top and the critically panned US team's fringed suede gloves by Ralph Lauren. To be continued....







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