FASHIONBOSS ENCORE: SUNDAY FASHION RECAP
Quiksilver’s New CEO | Outdoor sports lifestyle brand, Quiksilver Inc. has made some changes in the totem pole. Effective as of March 27th, former President Pierre Agnes rises to the rank of Chief Executive Officer. Succeeding Andy Mooney, Agnes is officially placed in the Board of Directors. Founder Bob McKnight is appointed Chairman and former APAC Region President, Greg Healy takes the President position. On the Quiksilver team for over twenty-seven years, Agnes shows great promise in his ability and skill, which the company plans to gear nationally rather than internationally (a contribution placed by Mooney). A press release announces the changes on the midst of releasing its 2014 Q4 Financials, which shows to have dipped significantly.
Net-a-Porter Joins Forces With Amazon, Yoox | It is no surprise that high-fashion e-commerce retailer Net-a-Porter is a gem and both Yoox Group and Amazon.com Inc are showing great interest in polishing its shine. Both companies are in talks with Richemont about the luxury fashion marketer. WWD reported that Amazon is interested in acquiring the company last Thursday, and now Yoox Group has set its eye on it this Monday according to Fashionista. Both parties seem eligible, but it seems that Yoox Group may have the upper hand. Already a supplier of affluent brands, like Ann Demuelemeester and Jil Sander, Yoox has mentioned that Net-a-Porter is one of its greater competitors. If it does merge with Porter then it stands to be a massive one-stop upper-crust fashion e-market. Amazon, however, is not the quintessential high fashion retailer since many brands have declined to sell their products on the departmental website; third-party retailers have managed to list some high quality wears regardless. If it does merge with Net-a-Porter, Amazon could catalyze it’s move into the fashion market exponentially. Further talks will be updated in Yoox Group investor relations as well as Net-a-Porter.
FASHION & STYLE
Laura Bailey Makes Her Footwear Foray | Vogue contributor, model and fashion mogul, Laura Bailey prepares to launch her Spring 2015 Capsule Collection with British retailer L.K. Bennett. The line is heavily inspired by Bailey’s travel over the past two decades starting with the Almalfi Coast in Italy she tells WWD. With no prior experience in shoe-making, Bailey relies on L.K.’s input on sampling and processing. Designing, however, is not a new endeavor for Laura as she has previous experience creating her own jewelry brand, Loquet London, and collaborating with Radley to design a leather goods selection. Even with a strong feel for accessories, Bailey feels there will always be lessons to be learned. She thinks heavily on the demographic she is trying to reach since capsule collections are usually reduced to six or seven samples. The capsule collection is influenced by classic ’60s and ’70s bikini styles that mixes with the vibrancy of Italian beaches in a riviera-chic feel. She aims for pointy toes, zig-zag and bold stripe patterns that celebrate the Mediterranean palette. They are “made to dance on London pavements or Capri sands,” she tells Vogue.