MATING GAME: A pair of Internet-based marketing and media survivors announced acquisition deals Tuesday. Gen Y-focused Alloy Inc. has bought most assets of Youthstream Media Networks for $7 million in cash, and Nielsen/NetRatings has agreed to...
MATING GAME: A pair of Internet-based marketing and media survivors announced acquisition deals Tuesday. Gen Y-focused Alloy Inc. has bought most assets of Youthstream Media Networks for $7 million in cash, and Nielsen/NetRatings has agreed to purchase NetValue SA, a measurement service and researcher based in Neuilly sur Seine, France, for $14.2 million in cash and $3.5 million in N/NR stock. Alloy chairman and chief executive Matt Diamond estimated Youthstream in 2003 will add between $6 million and $7 million to Alloy’s top line and $1 million in incremental EBITDA. The $17.7 million forked over by N/NR will be used to buy 4.6 million shares of NetValue common, giving it a 52 percent stake in NetValue. N/NR also aims to make a tender offer for the balance of NetValue shares.
STEWART GETS SERIOUS: A congressional committee Tuesday wrote Martha Stewart to say its investigation into her sale of ImClone stock had turned "serious" and was no longer a "peripheral issue to the ImClone investigation," after further discrepancies emerged between her account of the sale and that of her broker. "We want to assure ourselves that you have not attempted to mislead this committee with the intent to obstruct an investigation," committee chairman Billy Tauzin (R., La.) and oversight subcommittee chairman James Greenwood, (R., Pa.), wrote Stewart.
SPARE A DIME?: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. received a $125 million bank loan from Berkshire Hathaway Inc., wire services reported Tuesday. The loan is part of a $2.85 billion, 364-day revolving line of credit arranged for Wal-Mart in late July by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. along with 42 other lenders.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews