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How Premium Fashion Brands Are Maximizing Their Social Media ROI. Social media and digital technology have forever changed the retail industry. In 2011, brands and retailers have reached a tipping point, digital innovations have decentralized commerce, and real-time consumer demand for designer merchandise has forever changed retail production cycles. Louis Vuitton to Stage Instagram-Friendly ‘Series 3’ Exhibition in London.

LONDON, United Kingdom — From 21 September, a Brutalist former office block neighbouring London’s Somerset House will be enveloped in a fantastical confection of style, craft skills and technical spectacle, all part of a clever marketing display designed to evoke the creative soul and manufacturing nous of Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton to Stage Instagram-Friendly ‘Series 3’ Exhibition in London

In a break from the archive-based historical displays through which the French brand once reinforced its heritage, each season since the appointment of creative director Nicolas Ghesquière in 2014, Louis Vuitton has marked the arrival of its collections in retail stores with a nomadic exhibition. ‘Series 1’ for Autumn/Winter 2014 showed in Shanghai and Tokyo; ‘Series 2’ for Spring/Summer 2015 travelled between LA, Beijing, Seoul and Rome.

Christian Louboutin Lipstick Launch - Fall Beauty Trends. When Christian Louboutin ventured into beauty, we weren’t shocked to see stiletto-like spikes atop bottles of shiny lacquer—the pièce de résistance being a blood-red polish the color of his legendary soles.

Christian Louboutin Lipstick Launch - Fall Beauty Trends

Dark Crystal: The Secrets of Swarovski. Yves Saint Laurent Has Been Accused of Copying: Is the Role of Creative Director's Changing?  Saint Laurent, under the creative direction of Hedi Slimane has just been accused of copying the fast fashion retailer forever21, highlighting a burgeoning problem in the business of fashion that creative directors are far more removed from the creative process than we think.

Yves Saint Laurent Has Been Accused of Copying: Is the Role of Creative Director's Changing? 

High-street brands like Forever 21 are accustomed to finding themselves associated with copying, but now the shoe is on the other foot and high fashion is getting its ideas from the high street, after fashion blogger and Marie Claire contributing editor Nicolette Mason noticed a lipstick print dress in the Saint Laurent's Fall/Winter 2015 collection almost identical to a dress from Forever21, the first to sell the lipstick dress design a few years back. Luxury Brands Must Develop Their Customer Experience To Survive. Luxury retailers must focus on providing a rounded customer experience, rather than simply flogging goods, if they are to survive the ongoing recession.

Luxury Brands Must Develop Their Customer Experience To Survive

According to a new report by The Future Laboratory, commissioned by the property company Grosvenor, has found there are five key areas luxury brands must improve to keep their customers happy. 1) Providing one-on-one experiences 2) Micro-events that are highly tailored to suit VIP shoppers, larger community moments that are shared via digital tools and clever event management. Luxury Brands Must Credit Craftspeople. MUMBAI, India — Whether its Lanvin, Gucci, Chanel or Alexander McQueen, every label worth its shine has, at one time or another, dipped into India’s vast reservoir of craftsmanship.

Luxury Brands Must Credit Craftspeople

India is the most ‘hand-skilled’ country in the world, employing approximately 34.5 million artisans across the nation. Luxury brands must redefine the way they do business. There were times when China was the holy grail for global retailers.

Luxury brands must redefine the way they do business

Logo-obsessed Chinese buyers seeking opulence were armed with cash fresh from the economic boom. Luxury retail brands flocked to the new market, with the result of 35% of sales for brands such as Omega, Harry Winston and Balmain coming from Greater China, according to estimates by Exane BNP Paribas. The region is responsible for a whooping 25% of sales at Burberry and 20% of sales at Prada. The strategy of growth by opening stores in emerging and existing markets is neither new nor unique to luxury retail. Louis Vuitton, Chanel Rise as Prada Falls in Luxury Brand Survey.

Louis Vuitton and Chanel were the only big luxury brands to increase in value last year as the industry grappled with slowing sales in China and Russia, research company Millward Brown said Wednesday in the 2015 BrandZ study.

Louis Vuitton, Chanel Rise as Prada Falls in Luxury Brand Survey

Vuitton gained 6 percent to $27.4 billion, placing LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE’s biggest brand atop the luxury ranking for the 10th straight year. Chanel’s value rose 15 percent to $9 billion, propelling it to fourth in the list behind second-place Hermes and Kering SA’s Gucci. The value of the top 10 luxury-goods brands -- based on interviews with more than three million consumers and an analysis of companies’ performance -- fell 6 percent, or $7.1 billion, to $105 billion as companies from Prada SpA to Cartier declined.

Brands must consider consumer preferences during holidays. Harrods celebrated the holiday season in 2012 NEW YORK – Luxury consumers have significantly different preferences from mainstream America and will conduct holiday shopping in a different manner, according to the founder of the Shullman Research Center at the Luxury Retail Summit: Holiday Focus 2015 on Sept 16.

Brands must consider consumer preferences during holidays

Retailers can capitalize on these preferences by specifically targeting their marketing efforts to appeal to luxury consumers. Understanding when consumers spend, what they buy and where they make purchases will allow retailers to have a successful holiday season this year. “Luxury shoppers have a different timetable than the rest of America,” said Bob Shullman, founder and chief executive officer of the Shullman Research Center, New York. “Many consumers have already begun shopping.