LONDON — European stock markets were broadly flat in mid-morning trading on Thursday.The FTSE MIB in Milan edged up 0.4 percent to 17,413.06, while the CAC 40 in Paris advanced 0.3 percent to 3,720.90. The FTSE 100 inLondon rose 0.01 percent to 6,104.61 while the DAX in Frankfurt retreated 0.3 percent to 7,670.74.The euro traded at $1.33 while the pound traded at $1.60 and the Swiss franc traded at $1.10 at 11:20 a.m. CET.Retail and luxury stocks were mostly up, with the morning’s biggest gainers including Carrefour SA, which climbed 5.9 percent to 20.45 euros, on the back of a 0.8 percent rise in fourth quarter revenues to 22.85 billion euros; Tod’s, which advanced 1.5 percent to 101.40 euros; and Ferragamo, which was up 1 percent to 19.80 euros.Asos.com advanced 0.2 percent to 26.60 pounds after reporting a 39.8 percent rise in revenues to 79.8 million pounds in the month of December. International retail sales were up 47 percent, while U.S. retail sales rose 53 percent in the month — and the outlook is rosy.“We remain positive in our outlook for 2012/13 as we continue our journey to becoming the number one online fashion destination for twenty-somethings, globally,” asserted the company’s chief executive Nick Robertson in a statement.
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Dan Doperalski)
Exclusive: Cate Blanchett has been named the first global beauty ambassador for @armanibeauty. Blanchett has been the face of the brand’s Sì fragrance franchise since 2013, and is now representing all of the label’s beauty categories including makeup and skin care. #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)