SMOOTH DEBUT FOR NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: MEN’S

SMOOTH DEBUT FOR NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: MEN’S. The inaugural event has lacked the frenzy and frisson of the women’s shows, but is compensating with good organization and industry support. [WSJ]

CRISP TAILORING AND IDENTITY PARADES AT FIRST NY FASHION WEEK

CRISP TAILORING AND IDENTITY PARADES AT FIRST NY FASHION WEEK. Colorful tops and cardigans, sleek trouser suits and sportswear mixed with crisp tailoring at identity parade mock-ups featured in New York’s first fashion week dedicated to menswear. [REUTERS]

LONDON MEN’S FASHION WEEK OFFERS DESIGNER, TAILOR AND HIGH STREET

LONDON MEN’S FASHION WEEK OFFERS DESIGNER, TAILOR AND HIGH STREET. London is seeking to rival designer cities Paris, Milan and New York as a capital for men’s fashion and retailers are increasingly turning their attention to menswear. According to figures cited by the British Fashion Council, menswear sales are expected to increase by 27 percent to $25.59 billion by 2018. [REUTERS]

IS FAST FASHION WORTH THE COST TO WORKERS, ENVIRONMENT, ASKS FILM

IS FAST FASHION WORTH THE COST TO WORKERS, ENVIRONMENT, ASKS FILM. Andrew Morgan, a U.S. filmmaker, said it was startling that more than 400 percent more clothing is made now than 20 years ago, with 97 percent outsourced to poor nations where factory owners compete on price for contracts and regulation is lax. [REUTERS]

THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL LEADERS IN MARKETING, MEDIA & TECH

THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL LEADERS IN MARKETING, MEDIA & TECH. #66, Under Armour’s Kevin Plank is a success story anyone can get behind. [ADWEEK]

LVMH IN TALKS TO BUY LE PARISIEN NEWSPAPER

LVMH IN TALKS TO BUY LE PARISIEN NEWSPAPER. Luxury goods group LVMH is in exclusive talks to buy French daily newspaper Le Parisien from media group Amaury, it said on Tuesday, as its looks to consolidate its media business which already includes financial daily Les Echos. [REUTERS]

OLD NAVY THRIVES AFTER A STYLE-CONSCIOUS REBIRTH

OLD NAVY THRIVES AFTER A STYLE-CONSCIOUS REBIRTH. The label’s newfound strength also points to a fundamental shift in the way people shop for clothes, as well as a new frugality for all but the wealthiest of shoppers in the United States.  [NYT]

BIG DESIGNERS MIX WITH LOCAL TALENT AT SINGAPORE FASHION WEEK

BIG DESIGNERS MIX WITH LOCAL TALENT AT SINGAPORE FASHION WEEK. Dresses took center stage at the start of Singapore Fashion Week as Diane von Furstenberg kicked off the five-day event that mixes top international designers and local emerging names. [REUTERS]

U.S. CONSUMERS STICK TO CAUTIOUS TRACK

U.S. CONSUMERS STICK TO CAUTIOUS TRACK. “In essence, the report offered no evidence to suggest that spending momentum has rebounded from the first-quarter soft patch, and if anything it adds to the growing concerns that the headwinds to growth…are continuing to persist,” Millan Mulraine, deputy head of U.S. strategy at TD Securities. [WSJ]

DEFY MEDIA SHOWS OFF ITS SMALL YET MIGHTY PRESENCE

DEFY MEDIA SHOWS OFF ITS SMALL YET MIGHTY PRESENCE. Digital production house says its videos snag 500 million monthly views. [ADWEEK]

RETAIL SALES DATA MAY SHOW WHICH GEAR THE U.S. ECONOMY IS IN

RETAIL SALES DATA MAY SHOW WHICH GEAR THE U.S. ECONOMY IS IN. Retail sales data due Wednesday will capture the market’s attention. Though sales rose 0.9% in March, that was below the market expectation after three monthly falls. [MARKETWATCH]

NETWORKS FRET AS AD DOLLARS FLOW TO DIGITAL MEDIA

NETWORKS FRET AS AD DOLLARS FLOW TO DIGITAL MEDIA. With the number of digital alternatives growing quickly, and with marketers seeking greater flexibility in how they allocate their spending, the industry is bracing for what many expect to be an anemic upfront market. [NYT]

PRADA MIXES FASHION, ART & WES ANDERSON BAR IN MILAN

PRADA MIXES FASHION, ART & WES ANDERSON BAR IN MILAN. The Italian fashion house opens a 19,000-square-meter (205,000-square-foot) headquarters for its art foundation on May 9 in a century-old ex-distillery transformed and extended by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. [REUTERS]

JOHN VARVATOS GOES HOME TO DETROIT

JOHN VARVATOS GOES HOME TO DETROIT. In opening a new store in downtown Detroit, John Varvatos has joined three other retailers playing a key role in the city’s nascent revival: Shinola, Carhartt & Detroit Denim Co.  [NYT]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID BECKHAM: WHAT 40 MEANS FOR A MAN’S WARDROBE

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID BECKHAM: WHAT 40 MEANS FOR A MAN’S WARDROBE. How to evolve your look when you reach your forties. One man’s guide. [GUARDIANUK]

SMALLER MARKETS DRIVING RETAIL SALES

SMALLER MARKETS DRIVING RETAIL SALES. New York and Los Angeles are the biggest U.S. markets selling clothing, but smaller regions like Orlando and Washington, D.C. are now the top markets fueling both growth rate and dollar volume increases for the apparel industry. [FORBES]

BOLD AND COLORFUL PREVAIL AT MET GALA FOR FASHION’S BIG NIGHT OUT

BOLD AND COLORFUL PREVAIL AT MET GALA FOR FASHION’S BIG NIGHT OUT. China Through The Looking Glass” features more than 100 dresses, gowns and accessories, showing how Western designers have been influenced by all things Chinese, such as the embroided costumes of Imperial China and Shanghai in the 1920s. [REUTERS]

NICOLA FORMICHETTI DIESEL CREATIVE DIRECTOR TALKS ABOUT REBOOTING THE BRAND

NICOLA FORMICHETTI, DIESEL CREATIVE DIRECTOR TALKS ABOUT REBOOTING THE BRAND.  The edgy, sometimes shockingly original Formichetti is working to restore luster and relevance to the Diesel name—all while launching his own magazine, starting his own fashion line and becoming an ambassador for none other than Pepsi. [ADWEEK]

AT THE NFL DRAFT, FASHION TAKES THE FIELD

AT THE NFL DRAFT, FASHION TAKES THE FIELD. Thursday night’s gold- (not red-) carpet entertainment took the form of players — almost universally escorted by their mothers — parading in suits in slipcover sizes and footgear like the studded gold pumps worn by Dante Fowler Jr., the Florida linebacker chosen third over all by the Jacksonville Jaguars. [NYT]

JAPAN KEEPS HERMES SALES GROWTH ON TARGET

JAPAN KEEPS HERMES SALES GROWTH ON TARGET. Hermes remains one of the strongest performers in the luxury sector thanks to resilient demand for its classic leather handbags for which there is consistently more demand than supply. [REUTERS]

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