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June 2011

Newsweek Brings Princess Diana Back to Life for One Last Cover

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Considering that Prince William and (the former) Kate Middleton’s wedding was one of the biggest media events in recent memory, how do you take advantage of lingering royal interest? If you’re Newsweek, you raise the dead – in this case, Princess Diana, mother of the groom.


Style99 May 2011: The New and Gaining Influential Fashion Blogs

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After taking time to expand our starting index from 500 manually reviewed fashion blogs to more than 1000, we’ve published the results of our April/May 2011 ranking. What a difference a year makes: while almost none of the influential blogs from our April 2010 listing actually lost influence, there were quite a few that gained influence fast enough to shake up the top 99.


Designer v. Designer: Alaia on Lagerfeld and Wintour, Armani on Prada and Dolce & Gabbana

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The latest fashion trend isn’t necessarily happening on runways, or even in the stock markets, but in the media. While designers are notoriously fickle when it comes to how their collections are covered, with age there apparently comes a lack of concern over how thoughts on competitors are presented.


Winklevoss Twins End Their Legal Battle With Facebook

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Looks like “The Social Network” won’t get a sequel any time soon. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have decided to abandon plans for an appeal to the Supreme Court, after previous attempts to have a 2008 settlement reversed failed.


ICANN Will Allow Companies to Be the Master of Their Own Domain

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ICANN, the non-profit body that’s responsible for overseeing top level domains like .com, .net and .org, held a vote today that will allow companies to register their very own top level domains. That means you could visit Apple at a .mac website, or Louis Vuitton at .lvmh, and companies could have an additional level of online branding and security.


Why Azzedine Alaia Turned Down Dior

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Ever since John Galliano’s meltdown, everyone has speculated about who would replace him at Dior. It’s Alber Elbaz, wait! no, it’s Olivier Theyskens… or maybe Riccardo Tisci. Well, the current crowd favorite seems to be stick on Tisci, but no one will know for sure until September. One name that was never tossed about though was Azzedine Alaia.

According to the Financial Times, Alaia is the only person thus far to confirm that he was offered the job. For those familiar with Alaia’s work, it probably won’t come as much of a surprise that he turned the offer down.


Chinese Shoppers Will Get a Luxury Price Break Soon

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For mainland China, import duties typically make the same goods 50-70% more expensive than they would be in cities outside of China. In France alone, a survey by Global Refund estimated that Chinese shoppers were responsible for nearly $1 billion in purchases. Perhaps in response to those type of statistics, China is preparing to reduce or eliminate the high import duties that drive consumers outside of mainland China for shopping.


Net-a-Porter Live Offers a Voyeuristic Real Time Fashion Fix

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Have you ever wondered what other people are looking at while you’re looking at clothes online? Okay, we haven’t either, but Net-a-Porter Live does exactly that and the result is like online fashion crack.


Boutiques.com Traffic Drops 94% – Did Google Give Up On Fashion?

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Last November Google lifted the curtain on Boutiques.com, the result of the search giant’s $100 million acquisition of Like.com, to great fanfare. All of the right fashion bloggers had their own boutiques on the site, as did a number of celebrities who appear as inspirations on those blogs. The New York launch party was attended by an A-list style set including Carey Mulligan and the Olsen twins among others.

Less than 6 months later, traffic to the site dropped off by 94%. In January, Google AdPlanner estimated Boutiques.com had 2.6 million visitors per month; in April, the estimate was 170,000 visitors. Even worse, it seems that no one noticed.


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