Luxottica looks to double sales within a decade as strong 2014 ends on a high

Luxottica Monday said it aims to double sales in the next 10 years as the Italian eyewear giant reported an as-expected solid rise in Q4 and full-year 2014 revenues, boosted a strong performance in its US market. 2014 sales rose 4.6%, or up 6.1% currency neutral, to €7.65bn ($8.9bn), roughly in line with analysts’ expectations for €7.63bn. Q4 preliminary currency neutral sales ...
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SEOUL: Gentle Monster × Quantum Project

Korean eyewear brand Gentle Monster is at the forefront of exceptional craftsmanship and innovative eyewear concepts in Korea.
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Fabric play at Fendi

Milan: Silvia Venturini Fendi collection combined an impressive array of innovative designs with luxurious textures and fabrications. Fendi’s manipulation of material was exquisite – shearling was etched to look like corduroy, 3-D pinstripes were laser cut and fur appeared to be brushed and spiked on hooded jackets. The craftsmanship was remarkable – shearling peaked from sweater seams and real corduroy was ...
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Trend Alert – The Tech Parka

Outerwear is a key category at Milan Fashion Week, and the most high-tech parkas stand out as statement pieces among the various interpretations of this classic piece for the season. There is a strong focus on protective aspects, expressed in large enveloping volumes as well as materials and finishes with a futuristic high-performance look.
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Editor’s Picks: Top Brands At Domotex 2015

As the 2015 edition of flooring trade show Domotex draws to a close in Hannover, here are our top five brands fresh from the show.
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Urban explorers at Antonio Marras

Milan: Antonio Marras’ inspiration came from two different personalities, the Sardinian artist Costantino Nivola and Taxi Driver’s film main character Travis Bickle. The collection felt cohesive and modern – from the clever use of fabrics and textures to the show’s set. Sturdy parkas paired with micro patterned suits gracefully. The line up blended military elements, urban tailoring and a seventies attitude ...
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Minimalistic genderless wardrobe at Prada

Milan: Miuccia Prada continued the exploration of gender on her new collection. She analysed menswear staples blending with womenswear ones. The experiment proved successful – lightweight coats and boxy short-sleeved shirts were cut in black nylon, while uniform-inspired outerwear, shirts and tailored separates looked elegant and modern in an extremely dark colour palette of black, blue and grey. Precise tailoring brought ...
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Ferragamo December sales better than expected, outlook positive – CEO

Italian luxury fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo saw its December sales flourish with growth recorded across all markets, chief executive Michele Norsa said Sunday. A stronger US dollar and falling raw materials prices should also help its 2015 performance, although volatility would likely continue to affect consumer trends, he added. "We closed 2014, which was an eventful year, with a lot of volatility, ...
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Woodlands-inspired elegance at Salvatore Ferragamo

Milan: Massimiliano Giornetti’s inspiration for this collection came from an exhibition at London’s Tate Britain about folk art. The result was an exquisite collection with a strong nature connection - outerwear and blazers featured flying bird motifs and dandelions, while other animals like owls, buffalos or zebras decorated knits and tailored garments. Models sported long and chunky scarves wrapped around ...
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Everyday luxury at Bottega Veneta

Milan: Tomas Maier continued his exploration of modern menswear at the crossroads of tailoring and sportswear that he started last season, but this time the two influences felt less amalgamated and their combination had a bold, casual confidence in the way that contrasting items appeared carelessly thrown together into looks. Sharply tailored herringbone tweed blazers were styled with jersey sweat pants, ...
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Luxury sportswear at No. 21

Milan: Alessandro Dell’Acqua adapted straightforward sportswear with casual tailoring for his latest offering. His interpretation of sportswear shapes was a luxury version of North European style. The designer brought flair of casual elegance throughout the collection – rich knits were combined with opulent brocades and technical fabrics beautifully. Elegant trousers came sharply tailored and tapered. Knitwear stood out – crewnecks, ...
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Urban uniforms at Neil Barrett

Milan: Military, punk and urban references defined Neil Barrett’s collection this season. His precise signature tailoring was combined with layered bomber jackets and military parkas. Knitted fabrics updated Crombie coats and trucker jackets. Large utilitarian pockets were placed at the bottom of parkas and classic tailored coats, adding newness to the British designer’s lineup. Trousers were pleated and cut low. ...
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Epic proportions at Jil Sander

Milan: Rodolfo Paglialunga presented his first menswear collection for the label, keeping the Jil’s minimalistic codes intact. He combined a romantic seventies-inspired affair with baggier and boxier silhouettes. Trousers stood out – they were cut beautifully with outsized pleats to give special attention to the waist. The materials used throughout the lineup were heavy in appearance – thick felted wools, ...
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Aviator Academy at Andrea Pompilio

Milan: Held at the Accademia di Brera, the Art Academy of Milan, Andrea Pompilio’s masculine collection fused tailoring into an aviation theme without loosing a sense of sportiness. Engineering details such as prominent offset zippers, bonded volume and subtle quilted designs appeared on items like aviator jackets, relaxed overcoats and denim-inspired trousers. An active influence was evident throughout from side stripes ...
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City eco-warriors at Ermenegildo Zegna

Milan: A stunning rain forest was the evocative set at Ermenegildo Zegna this morning. Pilati was all over this collection. City and nature came to mind when we saw the designer’s lineup of eco-warriors – Classic checked overcoats and bomber jackets were finished with shimmering silver coatings and brushed velvet suits were paired with colour coordinated roll-neck sweaters. The subtly ...
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