BURBERRY UP: Shares of Burberry Group plc spiked 3.5 percent Thursday after a Merrill Lynch analyst said the British luxury group could be the target of an acquisition by one of its competitors. Copies of the research report, by Paris-based analyst Antoine Colonna, were unavailable at press time Thursday, but published reports listed two of Burberry’s fellow players in the luxury sector, New York-based Coach Inc. and Paris-based PPR, as possible suitors. Coach has eschewed acquisitions since spinning off from Sara Lee Corp. in an initial public offering in 2000. PPR has been a major force in the luxury field since it took control of Gucci Group in 2004 after a bitter battle with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. In London Stock Exchange trading Thursday, shares of Burberry closed up 41 cents to $12.10. Dollar amounts were converted at current exchange.
Peter Kim's Los Angeles-based premium denim line has always had its finger on the pulse of youth. This season, novelty is back in a way reminiscent of early Aughts, with studs, lace-ups, racing waxed denim and more. For more highlights if some of the key brands at the Vegas trade shows, go to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: Patrick Gray; Styles by @thealexbadia; Story by @karihamanaka and @marcy_wwd)
"I was driving back on Saturday afternoon from the beach, and I just saw this sign saying 'Skydiving for $95.' And I was like, I can't not sky dive for $95," says Tom Bateman about a moment in Hawaii while shooting "Snatched." #wwdeye (📷: @vsteves; Interview by @ktauer; Styled by @thealexbadia)