Today's Headlines

February 28, 2011 BY CAPSULESNEWS

Retailers add iPads in Stores...Conde Nast Fashion School...Bergdorf Fills Key Posts...Itaian Tailoring Schools...Surface Attraction

Retailers add iPads in stores: Major retailers, such as department store chains J.C. Penney and Nordstrom, have added iPad onto their floors, to allow customers to use the tablets for such things as browsing inventory not in stores and sharing purchase decisions with friends on social networks. Experts predict that within the next year, iPads and other electronic tablets will make their way into most stores— including supermarkets, mattress stores and luxury jewelers, reported the Los Angeles Times. (via Stylesight)

Conde to Launch Fashion School: Condé Nast, the publisher of luxury fashion magazines Vogue, Tatler and GQ is to launch an International School of Fashion and Design. The school, which will be based in London, will provide foundation level, post graduate and further education courses in the areas of fashion and design. (Fashion Unite d)

Bergdorf fills Key Positions: Bergdorf Goodman has filled holes in its merchant team by promoting from within its ranks. Aja Passero, vice president and divisional merchandise manager over 5F contemporary and sixth floor women’s sportswear, has become senior vice president and general merchandise manager for women’s shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, 5F contemporary and sixth floor sportswear. Elizabeth Hui, vice president and divisional merchandise manager for couture, will add responsibilities for advanced designer collections. (WWD)

Italian Tailoring Schools: The Italian brands that seem to be thinking simply of the next big season are also thinking of their long-term future. Specifically, how they can institutionalise their know-how to ensure an informed design pool for generations to come, whether women’s or men’s wear. (FT)
Surface Attraction: Sculpted shapes, clean lines and modernist architecture — why is the fashion “streamlining” of today any different from its previous incarnations of the 1930s to the 1990s? The answer lies on the surface. A combination of hyper-modern fabrics and imaginative decoration is giving 21st-century style a third dimension. (NYT)