More Fashion Bidders: Private Equity Players Said Eyeing Valentino

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Anotnio Favrin, chairman of the owner of Hugo Boss and Valentino, admitted at a shareholders' meeting Friday that the group had received offers from "financial companies interested in the luxury sector, which had contacted some of the main shareholders."

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Sondra Roberts embossed leather bag.

Fashion Features

Fall Handbags: Good Things in Smaller Packages

Metallic handbags and silver jewelry shined last week at AccessoriesTheShow, the Accessorie Circuit and various showrooms, highlighting the top trends for fall.

clock May 14, 2007Caroline Tell

Betsey Johnson's licensee coat.

Fashion Features

‘World of Betsey Johnson’ Takes FABB’s Top Honor

Accessories retailers, vendors and supporters came out in their black-tie best last week for the Fashion Accessories Benefit Ball here at Pier 60.

clock May 14, 2007Caroline Tell

Socks, from left: Soxland International's cotton, nylon and spandex; Ellen Tracy's wool, nylon and silk at JBT Group; cotton, nylon and spandex from Chinese Laundry Legwear; Levante USA's rayon, acrylic, nylon and spandex, and Via Spiga's cotton and...

Fashion Features

Sock Options

This fall, socks step to the forefront of their category alongside leggings and tights. The reemergence of legwear as a fashion item is allowing designers to branch out and to be more creative.

clock May 14, 2007Court Williams

Psychobaby's merchandise.

Fashion Features

Going Baby Crazy in Chicago

The hipster Chicago children’s boutique turned four years old last week. In 2003, co-owners Marlo Hoffman and Lisa Starbuck decided to open a shop that caters to infants and toddlers after they acquired their own sets of “psychobabies.”

clock May 14, 2007Cecily Hall

An inside look at Peek... Aren't You Curious.

Fashion Features

Curiosity Lands in Santa Monica

Peeking is allowed at the newest children’s wear hot spot in Santa Monica, Calif.: Peek… Aren’t You Curious, based in San Francisco, has opened its first retail location on Montana Avenue.

clock May 14, 2007Victoria J. Chin

Sally Miller (right) with her two daughters, Lilly and Katie, modeling looks from the Sally Miller Couture line.

Fashion Features

Tween Time for Sally Miller

Sally Miller is making it her mission to give tweens a contemporary choice.

clock May 14, 2007Julee Greenberg

Invista's three seasonless themes are Future Perfect, Sensuous Beauties and Lightly Crafted.

Fashion Features

Invista: From Retro to Cyber

The semiannual Invista workshop for lingerie is featuring a seasonless vignette of themes that range from soft and sensual to retro hand-crafted workmanship and cyber-tech looks.

clock May 14, 2007Karyn Monget

Fashion Features

Maidenform’s Strong 1st Qtr. In Profits, Sales

Maidenform Brands Inc. posted first-quarter results that reflected a solid performance in profits and sales.

clock May 14, 2007Karyn Monget


Comp Averages Show Full Story

Spring has been a roller-coaster ride for many retailers as the shift of Easter sales earlier in the season this year boosted March comps at the expense of April results.

clock May 14, 2007Liza Casabona

The idea of technologically advanced ingredients versus natural ones was explored at In-Cosmetics.

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Cosmetics Trade Show: Science Versus Nature

Science and nature were the hot topics at In-Cosmetics, the ingredients trade show held here April 17 to 19.

clock May 14, 2007Ellen Groves


Gas, Weather, Early Easter Behind Slide in April Sales

April sales at apparel and accessories stores fell a seasonally adjusted 2 percent compared with March, while volume at department stores slid 2.1 percent, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

clock May 14, 2007Evan Clark


Women’s Wholesale Prices Flat for Month, PPI Reports

Wholesale prices for U.S.-made women’s and girls’ apparel were flat in April compared with March and up 1 percent from a year earlier, according to the Labor Department’s Producer Price Index.

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Emily Blunt


Eight Days a Week

In the social world, the equivalent of the post-game wrap-up is a ladies’ lunch at Bergdorf Goodman.

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Ryan Bingham


Highway Man

Growing up a cowboy prepared Ryan Bingham for the nomadic life of a rock star, touring the country with his band, The Dead Horses.

clock May 14, 2007Michelle Edgar

Enhanced imaging is increasing apparel sales online. Here, a look from Shopbop's spring Lookbook.

Fashion Features

Apparel Now No. 1 Online

Apparel sales moved into the top spot online for the first time in 2006, overtaking computers but excluding travel, according to a report due to be released today from the National Retail Federation.

clock May 14, 2007Cate T. Corcoran

Stella McCartney


Stella McCartney in Asia Deal

Stella McCartney has inked a long-term, exclusive agreement with the Lane Crawford Joyce Group to distribute the brand’s clothing and accessories in key Far Eastern markets.

clock May 14, 2007Samantha Conti

Philip Green


Topshop Close to New York Move

Philip Green is one giant step closer to moving Topshop to New York City.

clock May 14, 2007Samantha Conti

Fashion Features

In Brief: Takiing A New Look

Texas Pacific Group has joined forces with Warburg Pincus to bid for the British fashion retailer New Look, a Topshop competitor with lower price points.

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Isabelle Adjani with globe drawings by Russell Crotty.

Fashion Features

Vuitton Art Exhibition Takes Galactic Journey

Are there any handbags in outer space? Not yet, but Louis Vuitton has taken a giant leap in that direction with the latest exhibition at its art gallery atop the Champs-Elysees flagship here.

clock May 14, 2007Miles Socha and Katya Foreman

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Fashion Features

Very Vera, Very Chic

It was as fascinating as it was fabulous. The arrival of Simply Vera Vera Wang for Kohl’s may prove to be a watershed launch in fashion’s ongoing, increasingly dramatic high-low tightrope act.

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Phillip Lim's Sidekick.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Love Is In The Air… The Price Is RightAction At Annabel’s

Cartier has declared June 8 “Love Day” as the company follows up on its Charity Love bracelet initiative started last year.

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A look from Valentino's Fall 2007 collection.

Fashion Features

Valentino Trading Suspended in Anticipation of Announcement

The stock exchange in Milan has suspended trading in Valentino Fashion Group SpA shares for the entire session Monday pending an announcement of an…

clock May 14, 2007Luisa Zargani


Johnson Shifts Role at NRDC

The partnership between NRDC Equity Partners and Christina Johnson turned out to be a short one.

clock May 14, 2007David Moin


Memo Pad: Checking The Facts… Memorial Service

It’s debatable whether Us Weekly has the right to claim a higher rate of accuracy than its celebrity weekly competitors, but no one seems to have a leg up on the other in terms of the number of fact-checkers.

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