PPR LAWSUIT: Pinault-Printemps-Redoute, the French retailer controlled by Francois Pinault, last week said it would take legal action against an as-yet-unnamed party for share price manipulation. PPR's shares tumbled 11.72 percent to $100.35 in...
PPR LAWSUIT: Pinault-Printemps-Redoute, the French retailer controlled by Francois Pinault, last week said it would take legal action against an as-yet-unnamed party for share price manipulation. PPR's shares tumbled 11.72 percent to $100.35 in trading on the Paris Bourse last Wednesday amidst rumors questioning its accounting practices. Serge Weinberg, the group's chairman, called the rumors unfounded. The episode came as Paris traders suffered a case of jitters in the wake of doubts about the accounting practices of beleaguered media conglomerate Vivendi Universal.l MORE CAVALLI: Ittierre will keep producing Roberto Cavalli's Just Cavalli line into the next decade. Ittierre's parent, IT Holding, and Roberto Cavalli renewed their licensing agreement, which was set to expire in 2005. The freshly inked deal, which runs through the spring collections of 2010, also calls for the launch of a new batch of Just Cavalli fragrances this fall through IT Holding's new perfume joint venture with beauty executive Roberto Martone. Roberto IT Holding declined to specify how much the contract isor disclose sales figures for the line. Meanwhile, Just Cavalli is gearing up for its catwalk debut in Milan for fall 2003.ON THE SKIDS: Sears, Roebuck & Co. said on Friday it is weighing an appeal on its share of a $29 million jury award to the family of a man killed in an auto rollover accident involving a Bridgestone/Firestone tire. A state jury in Orange, Texas, assessed 35 percent of the damages against Sears, which sold and later repaired the tire, and 65 percent against the manufacturer Bridgestone/Firestone. "We are considering our options and that certainly would include the possibility of an appeal," company spokeswoman Jan Drummond said. The dead man's family accused Sears of negligence in failing to properly repair or replace the tire and also alleged that the Bridgestone/Firestone Dueler APT tire was defective in its design and manufacture. The family had already reached a confidential settlement with Bridgestone/Firestone, a unit of Japan's Bridgestone Corp.FIN DEAL: Could Italian fashion groups Fin.part and Fingen be preparing a sportswear alliance? That's the tongue-twisting scenario buzzing about in Milan.Fingen, which makes jeans under the Calvin Klein, Guess and Rifle brands,denied reports of the deal, which says the two companies want to group their sportswear brands together into a 50-50 joint venture. Fin.part declined to comment, but it has said it's putting its sportswear division on the block to offset the debt accumulated from recent acquisitions like Cerruti. Fin.part's sportswear portfolio includes Marina Yachting, Henry Cottons and Moncler. At the end of 2001, Fin.part's net debt stood at $442.43 million (converted from euro at current exchange rates).A BETTER EDUCATED GUESS: Guess Inc. now expects its loss for the just concluded second quarter to come in at 16 to 18 cents a share, 4 cents a share more than its previous forecast. Guess earnings were 3 cents a share in the second quarter of last year. Carlos Alberini, president and chief operating officer, noted that, despite higher gross margins in its own stores, lower same-store sales and "a difficult department store environment" dragged down results."
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)