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Miucca and H&M

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, Ayyyyyy! This possibility has the Manolo filled with excitment!

If Stella could trump Karl in sales, imagine the impact of Miuccia Prada! Though unconfirmed, word came late Wednesday that H&M and Prada are said to have had initial discussions about the possibility of collaborating on a capsule collection of clothing and accessories. A Prada spokesperson had no comment on the matter.Miuccia our muse


Why Miuccia Prada—the woman who built a billion-dollar fashion empire from a line of woven nylon bags—would have any desire to partner with a retailer of chic mass clothing is anyone’s guess. But according to company sources, Prada is undergoing several internal corporate changes. The company recently announced that it would be moving its Miu Miu show from Milan to Paris, perhaps in a strategic attempt to distinguish it from the Prada collection, but also to afford itself a path should a possible partnership with H&M solidify.

If this it were to happen the Manolo would consider it not only terribly exciting, but also and more importantly, one of the milestones in the continuing democratization of the fashion.

Prada Sander Split

Sunday, February 26th, 2006
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, the Prada has finally sold the Jil Sander.

Prada Holding is parting with the German fashion house Jil Sander after an on-again-off-again relationship.

Change Capital Partners, a private- equity company headed by the former Marks & Spencer Group chairman, Luc Vandevelde, said Thursday that it was buying the clothier.


The sale ends several years of accumulated losses and personality clashes between Prada’s chief executive, Patrizio Bertelli, and Sander, who left her own company twice.

Prada is focusing on its own brands after being weighed down by losses at Jil Sander and Helmut Lang, which were bought in a 1999 acquisition spree.

“This is good news for Prada,” said Carlo Pambianco, founder of the Milan fashion consulting company Pambianco Strategie di Impresa. “This could be the start of a new growth phase for the company.”

This it is not the surprise to the Manolo, as there had long been the rumors and the stories about the clash of personalities. Patrizio he has the fiery temper, an is not the easy man to work with.

Milan, Fall 2006

Friday, February 24th, 2006
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, Ayyyyyyy! The Manolo he has fallen dreadfully behind in posting new information to this blog. He has been so very busy.

While the Manolo is getting his house in order, here is the astute assessment of this week’s show in Milan from the Papier Doll.

The look was composed of an unfussy monochromatic palette and baggy clothing, fitting the needs of the serious grad student who refuses having to be bothered with coordinating her wardrobe (because she has other things on her mind), and who demands comfortable, easy to wear clothing (but whose stylistic refinement wholly rejects sweatpants).

Collection Highlights

The bubbled jackets and skirts creates a voluminous form that presents the impression that the look is intentionally unkempt rather than unintentionally frumpy. Cinched waists (such a fall runway cliché by now) further indicate that the wearer is deliberate in creating a polished style.

Go look at the whole thing. There are pictures!

P.S. Do not worry, the Manolo he has not abandoned this blog. He will be back shortly with much more.

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