Alaia’s Amazing Deal: Richemont Buys Stake In French Fashion Firm

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Azzedine Ala?a has a new financial backer ? and it's none other than Compagnie Financi?re Richmemont, a luxury group once considered standoffish about fashion, WWD has learned.

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Legal Briefs

Leaper Footwear filed a lawsuit on Oct. 1 in a federal court in Utah against Nike Inc. and Apple Inc. for alleged patent infringement.

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Panel: M&A Market Could Show Strength

The financing markets may be taking both an earlier and longer-than-expected vacation, but the end result might be a healthier mergers and acquisitions environment.

clock October 8, 2007Vicki M. Young and Jeanine Poggi

A sampling of Bonnie Young's spring collection.

Fashion Features

Bonnie Young Expands Her Reach

Bonnie Young is on to her next phase.

clock October 8, 2007Julee Greenberg

Lil' Rapunzels in Palm Beach.

Fashion Features

A Fairy-tale Shop for Rapunzel

A Palm Beach contemporary women’s retailer is seeing green in sprouts.

clock October 8, 2007Rebecca Kleinman

A spring look from Baby CZ.

Fashion Features

Baby CZ Grows Its Young Collection

Baby CZ is aging beautifully.

clock October 8, 2007Cecily Hall

Clockwise from left: Carmen Marc Valvo, Guido Campello, Christian Knaust and Lisa Minerva-Paulino.


Valvo Gets Intimate With Cosabella

Fulfilling a longtime goal, Carmen Marc Valvo has signed a licensing deal with Cosabella to produce a lingerie line for holiday and resort 2008.

clock October 8, 2007Karyn Monget

A marketing visual from Raw 7 undies.


Raw 7 Teams With Le Cooper for Lingerie Launch

Many rock ‘n’ roll fans are accustomed to throwing bras and panties onstage, but Raw 7 is giving them a reason to keep the panties on.

clock October 8, 2007Rachel Brown


Intimate Notes: Provocative Provocateur…

Agent Provocateur, the cheeky British lingerie label, will launch its interactive marketing campaign, “She Was Maid That Way,” Nov. 1 on its Web site,

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Apparel and Textile Job Loss Continues

U.S. apparel and textile manufacturers deepened their slump in September, cutting 5,500 seasonally adjusted jobs from payrolls, as overall job growth for the month and an upward revision in August employment reassured Wall Street that the economy…

clock October 8, 2007Kristi Ellis

Chloe's faces: Chloe Sevigny, Anja Rubik and Clemence Poesy.

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Chloe Fetes Fragrance in Paris… IFF Taps Lorenzo Cavallaro…

The rocking launch party Saturday night for Chloe’s new signature fragrance brought out the Chloe in more people than you might expect.

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Bruno Massa Exits Daks

Bruno Massa, managing director of Daks, the British fashion and tailored clothing brand, has stepped down from his post, according to an industry source.

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Memo Pad: First Pal… Planning Ahead…

There are obviously no hard feelings between Bill Clinton and Chelsea’s ex-boyfriend, Ian Klaus.

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Crystal McCrary Anthony in Dolce & Gabbana at the Waldorf-Astoria.


All Dolled Up

On Thursday, Hilary Swank welcomed about 30 of her nearest and dearest, including Laura Dern, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras and Gigi Grazer, to a lunch at the Hotel Bel-Air to celebrate her role as spokesmodel for Guerlain’s newest fragrance, My Insolence.

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An Everyday Occurence

For a man who has spent his life around books and is known to write 10 hours a day, a press tour can be a bit of a breather for Orhan Pamuk.

clock October 8, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg

"The Diver" by Andy Warhol and Victor Hugo, circa 1980.


Eye Scoop: Dirty Pretty Things…

Leave it to Andy Warhol. If anyone were capable of turning department store mannequins into works of art, it would be the late artist, who famously made a masterpiece out of a Campbell’s soup can.

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Paul Smith

Fashion Features

A Blast From the Past at Vision Expo West

Nicole Richie better watch her back: She’s getting serious competition for the position of chief sunglass trendsetter from the ghost of Steve McQueen.

clock October 8, 2007Rachel Brown

Ruth Tomlinson ring.

Fashion Features

Emerging Talents Shine at Goldsmiths’

Maybe it’s the fragile nature of the world today, with heightened security and global flash points, that’s making Britain’s jewelry designers turn to delicate creations.

clock October 8, 2007Samantha Conti

Scenes from Theo Fennell's exhibit.

Fashion Features

Fennell Exhibit Gives History Lesson

It’s a far cry from the usual jewelry exhibition, what with the bloody guillotine blade, the skeleton bones and the stuffed crows pecking at a diamond drop necklace – but, then, British designer Theo Fennell has always viewed his gems from a skewed…

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Robert Duffy

Fashion Features

CEOs vs. Designers: Who’s Got More Clout?

Left brain-right brain. In the world of fashion and luxury goods these days, one needs both sides to beat the competition.

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Zoe Cassavetes

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Hogan’s Hero… Love and Money… It’s Clinton’s Time…

Could Diego Della Valle have his eye on another hot American designer?

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Richard Prince at Sunday's show.

Fashion Features

Prince Lends Art to LV Bags

Although largely oblivious to the global handbag craze, acclaimed American artist Richard Prince has nevertheless discussed the phenomenon with his wife, Noel.

clock October 8, 2007Miles Socha

Azzedine Alaia

Fashion Features

Alaia’s Amazing Deal: Richemont Buys Stake In French Fashion Firm

Azzedine Alaia has a new financial backer – and it’s none other than Compagnie Financière Richemont, a luxury group once considered standoffish about…

clock October 8, 2007Miles Socha and Samantha Conti

Devi Kroell

Fashion Features

Special Editions

Once again, accessories presentations offered a sweet escape from the runway madness this season.

clock October 8, 2007Shoshanna Fischhoff


Parsons Leaves Claiborne for Coach

Michele Parsons has resigned as president and chief merchandising officer of apparel at Liz Claiborne Inc. and is headed to Coach Inc.

clock October 8, 2007Lisa Lockwood

A sketch from Coach's hat collection with Eugenia Kim.

Fashion Features

Eugenia Kim, Coach to Team for Hats

Eugenia Kim is putting on her Coach’s hat.

clock October 8, 2007Caroline Tell

Fashion Features

Bill Blass to Add Accessories Line

Bill Blass is accessorizing.

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In Brief: Boss Board Changes… Macy’s Campaign…

Reflecting its new ownership structure, Hugo Boss AG has named five new members to its supervisory board.

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