- IN THE BAG: The European Commission has given the green light for CVC Capital Partners to acquire Samsonite Corp. Last month, the private equity firm said it would pay about $1.7 billion, or $1.49 a share, for the luggage and travel accessories company. At the time, CVC said it planned to continue moving the brand upmarket and expand Samsonite in high-growth Asia before contemplating an IPO at a later date.
- STARS AND DOLLS: The Olsen twins plan to create an exclusive line of virtual clothes and accessories for the more than nine million members of Stardoll, the virtual world for tweens, to buy and wear, Stardoll said Thursday. But that's not all: The twins will interact with fans on the Web site's "Real Celebrity" pages, judge a virtual fashion show and chat on the phone about fashion with a sweepstakes winner in the next few weeks. The Olsens and Stardoll will share revenues, but terms of the deal were not disclosed. "They're very savvy businesswomen and we're excited to see what happens when they introduce their line of clothing to the site because we think there's great demand for it," said Matt Palmer, executive vice president of Stardoll.
Madonna turns 59 today, marking another year of show-stopping, one-of-a-kind bold looks from the singer. To celebrate, we took a look at the superstar's most memorable fashion moments. Here, Madonna sits front row at Versace's spring runway show in 1995. See more exclusive photos from the #wwdarchive on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: Cédric Dordevic)
WWD asked a handful of creative directors to evaluate the September covers of leading women's fashion magazines. How do they think the covers this year compare with years gone by, and what do they say about the current status of the publication? Link in bio. (GIF by @hypebreast)
"Stephen King is such a master, but I don't like being scared - there's enough that's really scary. How about the morning's news?" says Holland Taylor in an interview with WWD. See what else the actress said about starring in the TV adaptation of King's thriller "Mr. Mercedes" on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)