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Is India The Next Big Player in Luxury Retail?

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Prada is reported to be in talks for an India entry. Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, and Stella McCartney are exploring real estate for stand-alone stores. After opening his first boutique in New Delhi last year, Christian Louboutin is readying himself for a Mumbai launch. This year marks the tenth anniversary of Louis Vuitton’s presence in India—it was the first luxury brand to set foot in the country. Is India finally reawakening to luxury? Historically, it’s a country familiar with all things luxe. After all, in 1925, India’s Sir Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala, granted Cartier its single largest commission: the remodeling of his crown jewels, a collection that included an exquisite 234.69-carat De Beers diamond. Vuitton’s gilded links with India go back well over a century, when the Maharajas of Jammu and Kashmir, Bikaner and Baroda, ordered customized trunks from the company.

Then came freedom. For almost forty-four years after Independence, socialist India snapped all ties with luxury. It’s only in the last decade that the romance has rekindled. And it has to do with math. With a population surpassing 1.22 billion, and 81 million households falling into the upper middle class and high-income bracket, India is a serious market for luxury players. In fact, statistics show that India is one of the fastest-growing and largest luxury markets, with sales expected to touch $15 billion by 2015—nearly double what they are today. In November last year, Gucci opened its fifth and largest India store, spanning 4,220 square feet across two floors in Gurgaon, Delhi’s satellite city. Patrizio di Marco, president and CEO, noted, “The flagship store underscores Gucci’s commitment to India. This is our fifth store in this unique country, where we have been operating directly since the end of 2009, and it is a testament to the importance that we are placing on this fast-growing and competitive market.”

But Kalyani Chawla, vice president of marketing and communications at Christian Dior, insists India is taking baby steps. And she is right. The Western notion of luxury hit Indian shores only ten years ago. It’s still a country of salwar kameezes and saris. But the Indian buyer has grown interested in fashion, investing small but precious sums in brands. “Dior has seen a steady and encouraging growth. As is the case globally with most brands, accessories are doing very well [and] clothing is picking up,” she says, noting that this is partly due to the fact that Western wear has finally slipped into a bride’s wedding trousseau. And for Indians, marriage is the occasion for which discerning buyers splurge. Dior launched in 2006, and has three stores across the country. Continue Reading “Is India The Next Big Player in Luxury Retail?” »

Get the Look: Stripes and Solids

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In the past year, Russian It girls Miroslava Duma, Ulyana Sergeenko, and Elena Perminova have made their mark on street-style blogs worldwide. But right now we have our eye on former Hello Russia editor and current fashion director at Kova & T, Natasha Goldenberg. Naturally, Goldenberg, who recently launched her own line, Tzipporah, has a covetable look just as eye-catching as her style sidekick and best friend, Miroslava. Tommy Ton snapped Goldenberg while getting into a car between menswear shows in Milan. She was sporting an oversize camel coat with striped Carven trousers. Get the look with pieces from Marni, Jimmy Choo, Boy by Band of Outsiders, and more below.

 

From top left, below:

1. Boy by Band of Outsiders coat, $1,690, available at www.thecorner.com

2. Barneys New York beanie, $149, available at www.barneys.com

3. Marni trousers, $840, available at www.netaporter.com

4. Jimmy Choo pumps, $525, available at www.luisaviaroma.com

Photo: Tommy Ton

 

First Lady in Red

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We may as well start calling Jason Wu FDOTUS. After wearing Thom Browne and Reed Krakoff to President Obama’s Inauguration today, Michelle Obama donned a custom scarlet Jason Wu gown to the Commander-in-Chief Ball this evening. Indeed, it’s a surprise that the First Lady chose Wu again (MOBama wore a white Jason Wu gown in 2009, making him a household name), as many fashion followers expected (and, perhaps, hoped) that she would anoint yet another new talent with her Inaugural gown selection. But if the pictures from tonight’s event are any indication, Wu’s cherry velvet and chiffon gown (worn with Jimmy Choo shoes and Forevermark Diamond bangles) was a winning pick. A designer has not created back-to-back inaugural gowns since James Galanos dressed Nancy Reagan in 1981 and 1985.

Photo: Joe Raedle/ Getty Images

Shop The Look: Fourth Of July

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If you’ve got beach plans penciled in for tomorrow’s holiday and you are looking for a last-minute outfit, you have come to the right place. Get festive with a red, white, and blue Lisa Marie Fernandez striped bathing suit paired with an easy A.P.C. shift dress and studded Balenciaga sandals. For more Fourth of July-ready essentials, click here.

 

1. A.P.C. dress, $290, available at www.lagarconne.com
2. Marc Jacobs tote, $248, available at www.marcjacobs.com
3. Essie Aruba Blue nail polish, $8, available at www.dermstore.com
4. Lisa Marie Fernandez bathing suit, $550, available at www.netaporter.com
5. Balenciaga sandals, $515, available at www.yoox.com
6. Jimmy Choo sunglasses, $275, available at www.nordstrom.com
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Photos: Courtesy Photos

Wining And Dining With Tom Ford, Street Chic With Jimmy Choo, How To Buy The Dress Off Rosie’s Back, And More…

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Last night’s hot ticket was Tom Ford’s talk at New York’s 92nd Street Y, where the outspoken designer sounded off on fashion, film, and the lessons he’s picked up from the industry. Those awaiting his next film will have to wait a few years while he focuses on ready-to-wear, and those looking for a job, polish up your conversation. While on stage, Tom Ford (pictured) said former Gucci creative director Dawn Mello taught him to “only hire people you want to have dinner with.” [@fashionologie]

One more fashion brand is taking it to the streets. Jimmy Choo is launching its own Web site, Choo 24:7 Stylemakers, on which visitors can share tagged photos of themselves in their Jimmys. They’ll keep company with street-style shots by photographer Eddie—a.k.a. Mr. Newton—of editors and celebrities the footwear label has tapped as ambassadors, including Caroline Issa and Jessica Joffe. [WWD]

Passe isn’t passé. To celebrate its 135th birthday, Hermès is bringing back its Passe-Guide bag, with four exclusive styles based on the original to be auctioned online at Christie’s on May 14. For the look-but-don’t-buy set, the handmade bags, originally designed by Henri d’Origny, will be available for viewing through May 27 at London’s Burlington Gardens. [Vogue Italia]

What’s hers can be yours. The red Antonio Berardi dress that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore to the New York premiere of Transformers: Dark of the Moon last June is hitting the auction block: The model is donating her gown to the British Heart Foundation’s Tunnel of Love auction, which takes place later this year. [Telegraph]

 

 

 

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