Takeover Battle Looms For Valentino Group as Permira Buys Stake

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Valentino Fashion Group has a new investor — but the bidding battle could have just begun.

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High Fidelity

Laurie Anderson is one of those New Yorkers who reassures other Manhattanites that their city is officially cool. Like rare, indigenous birds, a mere sighting of her and her mate, Lou Reed, is proof the downtown wildlife is not yet extinct.

clock May 17, 2007Elisa Lipsky-Karasz

Ashton Kutcher, Donna Karan and Demi Moore in Donna Karan.


Happy Snappers

This week’s parties made art students out of the social set. On Monday, the lens was turned on photographers at the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Awards.

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A look from the fall-winter Tex by Max Azria collection, exclusive to Carrefour.

Fashion Features

Carrefour’s Big Plans for Tex by Max Azria

Millions of European women will soon come into contact with designs by Max Azria – at prices not much higher than a bottle of Champagne or a baked ham.

clock May 17, 2007Miles Socha and Emily Kafka

Apparel, quilts and furniture from Alabama Chanin.

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Chanin: Sweet Home Alabama

Chanin is the founding designer of Project Alabama, which launched in 2001 and closed last year despite critical acclaim from retailers and press.

clock May 17, 2007Julee Greenberg


Industry Lobbyists Hit Capital For NRF Leadership Meeting

Executives from Federated Department Stores Inc., Gap Inc., J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and Neiman Marcus fanned out across Capitol Hill Wednesday to lobby on pending legislation, including a mandatory employer verification system for immigration status and…

clock May 17, 2007Kristi Ellis

Fashion Features

Big Names Pitch In for MLK Dream Concert

Tommy Hilfiger, Russell Simmons, Quincy Jones, Joel Horowitz, David Stern and Edgar Bronfman Jr. will spearhead a concert on Sept. 18 to benefit the building of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

clock May 17, 2007Lisa Lockwood

Linda Fargo, fashion director, Bergdorf Goodman.


Yurman Among SCAD Honorees

Jewelry designer David Yurman, Bergdorf Goodman fashion director Linda Fargo and Town & Country editor in chief Pamela Fiori were honored last Thursday at the Style Etoile gala of the Savannah College of Art and Design here.

clock May 17, 2007Georgia Lee

A Rick Owens runway look.

Fashion Features

Rick Owens Earns National Design Award

In years past, the National Design Award for Fashion has tended to go to designers who aren’t afraid to go off the beaten path, and Rick Owens, this year’s winner, is no exception.

clock May 17, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg


In Brief: Saks Names Execs… New Parlux CEO… Trucks From Mexico Stalled

Saks Fifth Avenue has promoted Caroline Dougherty, vice president of special events, to vice president of public relations and special events.

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Pucci Fall 2007

Fashion Features

Pucci’s 60 Colorful Years

Emilio Pucci was a man of many faces – a womanizer with fine manners, he flew torpedo missions in World War II, traveled the globe and excelled at sports. But, above all, he was a fashion innovator.

clock May 17, 2007Alessandra Ilari

Time Warner

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Giants of Communication

The top U.S. and European companies ranked by media revenues.

clock May 17, 2007Cecily Hall

Fashion Features

Bread & Butter to Focus on Barcelona

Bread & Butter will concentrate on its larger Barcelona show and forgo the Berlin edition of its denim and contemporary streetwear trade show in July.

clock May 17, 2007Damien McGuinness

The Bottega Veneta in-store party

Fashion Features

Bottega Veneta Goes Eclectic in Tokyo

Bottega Veneta kept the inaugural party for its Tokyo flagship local – but that’s not to say it was a provincial affair.

clock May 17, 2007Amanda Kaiser

Debra Messing

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Hilton’s Apparel Licensee Weighs In… TV Bride… Down The Homestretch…

Deke Jamieson, senior vice president of marketing and licensing at Dollhouse, a division of BBC Apparel Group Inc., the master licensee for the Paris Hilton…

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Speculation continues as to whether designer Valentino Garavani will retire this year.

Fashion Features

Takeover Battle Looms For Valentino Group As Permira Buys Stake

Valentino Fashion Group has a new investor – but the bidding battle could have just begun.

clock May 17, 2007Luisa Zargani


LVMH Takes Stake in Chinese Distillery

Bernard Arnault is in a spending mood – but not for fashion.

clock May 17, 2007Miles Socha


Federated Reverses Loss, Posts $36M in Earnings

Amid sluggish sales and concerns about the economy, Federated Department Stores hit its earnings targets for the first quarter ended May 5 and sees improving trends in the second half.

clock May 17, 2007David Moin


Cividino Named President at Adampluseve

Adampluseve, the four-year-old luxury basics and contemporary sportswear brand, has named Claudia Cividino as president. This is a new post at the company.

clock May 17, 2007Julee Greenberg

A look from Laundry by Shelli Segal.


Shelli Segal Exiting Liz Claiborne

Shelli Segal has called it a day at Liz Claiborne.

clock May 17, 2007Julee Greenberg

Ellen Barkin and Sarah Jessica Parker

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Serge Normant at John Frieda Bows

The Meatpacking District – which many refer to as Salon Row – has received a new member, a first-floor, industrial number that’s been designed not only to be raw and sexy, but to protect its celebrity clientele from the paparazzi:

clock May 17, 2007Andrea Nagel


Memo Pad: Close To Reality… Getting Down… Sugar High

Vanity Fair is about to get its own fictional treatment – up to a point.

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