Bill Blass’ New Start: NexCen to Buy Brand, Global Growth on Tap

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Design house Bill Blass is expected to be sold to NexCen Brands Inc. in a cash and stock deal valued at $54.6 million.

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Three looks from the Bill Blass spring 2007 collection.


Bill Blass’ New Start: NexCen to Buy Brand, Global Growth on Tap

Design house Bill Blass is expected to be sold to NexCen Brands Inc. in a cash and stock deal valued at $54.6 million.

clock December 20, 2006Vicki M. Young

A corset from Frederick's.


Frederick’s of Hollywood Merger Set

Frederick’s of Hollywood and Movie Star are merging, putting together one of lingerie’s most flamboyant marketers with a strong manufacturer.

clock December 20, 2006Karyn Monget

Fashion Features

Europe’s High-End Jewelry Shines at Holiday

The record-breaking year for Europe’s luxury jewelry and watch houses is continuing into the Christmas season.

clock December 20, 2006Robert Murphy

Fashion Features

In Brief: Treasury Lets China Slide … Indian Opportunities … Weitzman Taps Guastella

A brief look at some of the day’s stories.

clock December 20, 2006WWD Staff

A stocking designed and filled by Rodarte.

Fashion Features

Stockings With Care

Because there’s a little Santa in everyone, WWD asked a handful of diverse — and merrily generous — designers to craft one-of-a-kind stockings and fill each with all sorts of goodies for an imaginary typical customer.

clock December 22, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Deal Or No Deal … American Dream … CFDA’s First Time …

Is VF Corp. looking to sell its sizable intimate apparel business?

clock December 20, 2006WWD Staff

Diva's Chanel-inspired Black Tie jewelry.

Fashion Features

Limited Brands Looks to Accessories

Limited Brands has been testing an accessories retail concept called Diva London that is geared toward trend-conscious 18- to 35-year-old women.

clock December 20, 2006Sharon Edelson


Kellwood’s Koret Promotes Execs

Kellwood’s Koret division appointed a president for its retail group and promoted two other executives, all in new posts.

clock December 20, 2006Whitney Beckett


Wholesale Apparel Prices Slip 0.5% in November

Wholesale prices on U.S.-made women’s and girls’ apparel fell 0.5 percent last month, as the overall Producer Price Index rose 2 percent.

clock December 20, 2006Kristi Ellis

Organic Pharmacy's Kensington High Street store.

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Organic Pharmacy Expanding in London … Unilever’s Rice to Retire … Guerlain Case Dropped …

The Organic Pharmacy has implanted itself in Covent Garden here.

clock December 20, 2006WWD Staff

Williams-Sonoma candy

Fashion Features

Mommy Dearest: Christmas Gifts From Daughters to Mothers

All grown up, twentysomething daughters turn the tables and treat their mothers for the holidays, with jewelry, activewear and accessories.

clock December 20, 2006Whitney Beckett


Memo Pad: Promotional Tool … Putting On The Pounds … Another Simple Move …

If Brad Pitt was shocked to see his bare-chested, soaked image on the December cover of Vanity Fair, he may be even more baffled to find out he’s promoting a party for photographer Robert Wilson in New York on Jan. 16.

clock December 20, 2006WWD Staff

Hollister was the most searched for apparel brand in the first half of December, followed by Old Navy and Victoria's Secret.

Marketing and Promotion

Cybershoppers’ Mission: Search and Consume

Online shopping destinations are rising as stars of the holiday season.

clock December 20, 2006Valerie Seckler

Bec Astley Clarke


Astley Clarke’s Fine Jewelry Gamble

Bec Astley Clarke was no expert in precious gems when she launched her namesake fine jewelry Web site in July.

clock December 20, 2006Samantha Conti

Merrell's overcoat brings street style to the outdoors.

Fashion Features

Merrell Faces Crowded Field for Outdoor Business

Merrell, the shoe brand that built its business on an all-purpose moccasin, aims to combine function and fashion in a new apparel line.

clock December 20, 2006WWD Staff

The renovated shoe department.

Fashion Features

Saks Gets Facelift in Beverly Hills

Saks Fifth Avenue is rolling out a new look at its Beverly Hills flagship, focusing on the women’s apparel and accessories departments.

clock December 20, 2006Emili Vesilind


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The "Snow White" Saks holiday windows with dresses by  Alberta Ferretti and Naeem Khan.


Breakfast at Saks, Disney-Style, in a ‘Snow White’ Holiday Campaign

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