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Fashion retail’s continued struggle

There were more than a few glum faces peering into champagne glasses around the Virgin Melbourne Fashion Festival staged over three weeks in March. The lack of cheer was not due to the event itself created by Graeme Lewsey, festival CEO and his team, but concerns about tepid apparel sales in stores across Australia and recent chain collapses. Like settlers huddled within a circle of wagons to fend off the Indians in old westerns, local fashionistas and retailers grouped together at runway shows

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