A Global Roundup

By offering everything from discounts to champagne parties, many European luxury goods houses are wooing bloggers and infiltrating social networking sites "to entice a new breed of customer, better leverage their ad budgets, and ultimately sell more products." (WWD)

As planned, Asia is set to overtake the U.S. as Gianni Versace SpA’s second largest market after Europe next year, Versace CEO Giancarlo Di Risio said Wednesday. (WSJ)

Brazilian models were hot a few years ago, then Russians were all the rage, but now Indian models such as Padma Lakshmi, Ujwalla Raut and Lakshmi Menon are — like their home country — leaping into the fashion limelight. (New York Post)

According to WWD, popular stereotypes of Russian women "in babushkas — or the other extreme, glitzed out in gold and fur" — have endured, but a closer look shows the country’s women are far from fashion victims. (WWD)


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