Costume National Expands

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  1. Lena

    Lena etre soi-meme

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    get ready for a flow of new labels from Costume National,
    including their new 'younger=cheaper' line CNC
    which should debut in time for February's Milano Fashion Week,
    plus a brand new range of C.N. ties and accessories
    designed by Ennio Capasa and produced under
    licence by the much famous Italian manufacturer IT Holding SpA :flower:

    here a trench look from their ss04 collection
     
  2. mikeijames

    mikeijames no tom ford, no thanks.

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    it doesn't work for every brand though....i can't imagine a gucci bridge line for example...

    but i usually like both miu miu and emporio armani much more than their sister collections....ditto versus
     
  3. marc jacobs addict

    marc jacobs addict New Member

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    i agree. i like mui mui much more than prada. :flower:
     
  4. Lena

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    me too guys 'miu miu is better than prada'

    to get back on topic, what do you think regarding Costume National
    developing a range of new lines?
     
  5. PrinceOfCats

    PrinceOfCats Naturellement pulpeuse

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    I'm G.A. all the way...

    Miu Miu is much nicer than Prada though and you never have to worry about the label being too 'bling'-ish.

    Not sure about Costume National's new line...I'd like it to be cheaper but I'd like the quality and age of the designs to stay just like it is!
     
  6. mikeijames

    mikeijames no tom ford, no thanks.

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    i am not sure what business strategy the managers are working off of, but personally, i have never really thought that people didn't buy costume national because of price point and/or inaccessibility...costume national is an insider brand of sorts and the few pieces i own (a couple of tees, thong sandals, and boots) were all bought bc i liked the piece despite the price...i don't think i would flock to a cheaper costume national...

    if that made any sense: it's like gucci, ysl, chanel, you want the price point to stay high so it remains a little more exclusive than say banana republic, but costume national doesn't have that same cachet. (sorry for rambling)
     
  7. lele

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    i love that trench!

    i always look forward these second lines....
     
  8. Spacemiu

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    at first i thought that cn doing a young line was bad, btu when iw as reminded of how miu miu i change dmy mind, i actually think its a good move.
     
  9. Meg

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    I love Prada so much more than Miu Miu! How can you say that Miu Miu is better? :eek:
    Anyway I think it will be interesting to see what CNC produces. Hopefully twill be a good diffusion line.
     
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    it's always interesting to look at second lines....and to compare.....
     
  11. Spacemiu

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    well i dount whont to egt to of subject, btu personaly i find Miu Miu more young, fresh and original, Prada is gorgeous but i fidn miu miu mroe intresting.
     
  12. ignitioned32

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    Well the company seems to be in need of more money.. that's the usual reason why a brand makes younger, cheaper lines. Or they would like to cater to a younger set before they can buy the main line when they're all grown up.

    If they can make the youinger line more street-wise, while not losing touch of it's main line and can produce cool pieces it can work.

    Thanks for this info, Lena! :flower:
     
  13. Scott

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    Personally its not really my style but commercially Miu Miu,is much more fresh and playful than Prada is. Its not quite as stagnant or pretentious with the celebs so you never feel like you're wearing something because some so-called hip screengoddes or god is wearing it. Plus,its alot more experimental and free-thinking than Prada.
     
  14. Lena

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    well, here comes the slightly boring 'second line' by costume national,
    fresh out of their Milano showroom


    photo and article from wwd :flower:
     
  15. faust

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    That's some cool Diesel stuff right there! Oh, wait a minute... B)
     
  16. softgrey

    softgrey flaunt the imperfection

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    ah, faust ... :lol:

    at first i was very excited by this idea...i've been a longtime fan of costume and would love to see some more affordable pieces...judging by that last look, however, it's more street than chic and not for me...i'll still be interested to see the collection :flower:

    thanks for the info, lena... :flower:
     
  17. marcj

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    I think its great Costume National is creating a sister label. I agree that Miu Miu is better than Prada (at least for mens) because the line is supposed to be more experimental. Experimental certainly doesnt mean inexpensive or hyped, which has kept Miu Miu rather exclusive (only 2 or 3 stores in the US). Anyways, Im looking forward to whatever Costume has to offer.
     
  18. Orochian

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    I'm having mixed thoughts about this. On one hand I'm a huge fan of Ennio Capasa's designs, but on the other I'm not sure if now, if ever, is the right time for CN to have a diffusion line. Part of the brand's charm lies in that it's not one of the established huge conglomerates out there; it is very much the textbook-definition of a quirky cult brand, and having a diffusion label pretty much goes against that very status.

    My other reservation is that while Costume National makes some brilliantly designed clothes, the quality of their assembly and materials leaves a lot to be desired. In their winter stuff, in particular, you'd frequently see sweaters made partially with fibres like acrylic and nylon - materials appropriate in a Gap store, but definitely not at the $500+ a pop that Capasa is charging. That drawback is all the more obvious when you compare his clothes against similarly priced contemporaries like Jil Sander and Helmut Lang, which have both style and substance in abundance. That doesn't paint the brightest picture for a diffusion line, as for sure some measures would have to be taken to cut costs to make room for the proposed 20-30% price reduction compared to the main line. :innocent:

    And my final qualm about all this, is the name. "CNC"? Besides being tragically un-catchy, what does the last "C" stand for anyway? :blink:
     
  19. faust

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    EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!! :woot: I thought I was the only one who thought that.

    Their quality is not great, especially the shoes. I used to like Costume up to two years ago, when I realized that Ennio is basically playing it very safe by rehashing the same slick image. Once I looked in my closet and I saw it full of basics (albeit some quircky ones) from Costume, I said "enough". Their prices used to be way more affordable than a lot of stuff out there, but lately they've caught up with other designers, except that the quality didn't.
     
  20. Lena

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    EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!! :woot: I thought I was the only one who thought that.

    Their quality is not great, especially the shoes. I used to like Costume up to two years ago, when I realized that Ennio is basically playing it very safe by rehashing the same slick image. Once I looked in my closet and I saw it full of basics (albeit some quircky ones) from Costume, I said "enough". Their prices used to be way more affordable than a lot of stuff out there, but lately they've caught up with other designers, except that the quality didn't. [/b][/quote]
    ditto for both oria and faust ;)
     

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