NexCen’s Bird in Hand: Bill Blass Brand Sold To Men’s Firm Peacock

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From This Issue

A fall 2008 Bill Blass look.

Business Features

NexCen Sells Bill Blass

NexCen Brands Inc. sold its Bill Blass licensing business to Peacock International Holdings for $10 million in cash.

clock December 29, 2008Vicki M. Young

Gianguido Tarabini


Blufin Eyes Mideast as Key Expansion Area

Expansion in the Middle East, further development of Blugirl and investments in its accessories division are top priorities for Blufin SpA.

clock December 30, 2008Luisa Zargani

Australia’s sheep population is the lowest since 1923.


Wool and Cotton Facing Falloff in Production

The outlook for 2009 among producers of natural fibers such as wool and cotton has gone from bad to worse.

clock December 30, 2008Ross Tucker

Human Resources

American Apparel Names Kowalewski CFO

American Apparel Inc. has promoted Adrian Kowalewski to executive vice president and chief financial officer.

clock December 30, 2008Alexandra Steigrad

Beauty Features

YSL Beauté Facing Discrimination Suit

A former national makeup artist for YSL Beauté has accused the company of firing him because a heart condition forced him to pare his travel schedule.

clock December 30, 2008Matthew Lynch

Human Resources

Kirk Joins Exec Search Firm

Adelle Kirk, a former Liz Claiborne executive, has joined Kirk Palmer & Associates Inc. as vice president.

clock December 30, 2008WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Men’s Chain Officers Club Bought

The Officers Club discount men’s wear chain is the latest British retailer to be rescued from administration.

clock December 30, 2008Nina Jones

A rendering of Block 37, where a 12,000-square-foot Anthropologie unit will open.


Anthropologie to Open Chicago Store

Anthropologie will open its first store in downtown Chicago next fall, a 12,000-square-foot unit at Block 37.

clock December 30, 2008Sharon Edelson


Anthropologie Engages Shoppers With Craft Workshops

Anthropologie has developed a series of reinvention workshops for shoppers.

clock December 30, 2008Sharon Edelson

The Lily bag and Jane ballet flat.


Gilded Age: Norton, Collins Pair Up for Accessories

Lily Collins, the daughter of Phil Collins, and Mary Norton have developed an accessories collection, with proceeds going to the Maple Counseling Center.

clock December 30, 2008Rachel Brown


The 2008 Rundown on Big-Volume Sites

Top-volume Web sites generally are failing to meet the expectations of America’s consumers, according to a recent study.

clock December 30, 2008David Moin

Ralph Rucci will approach the new year with caution.


Designers Staying Flexible in Austere Times

Given the global financial crisis and consumer anxiety, ready-to-wear designers obviously are proceeding with caution into the new year.

clock December 30, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

Editors in chief shared their secret escapes from holiday anxieties.


Editors Advise on The Pursuit of Happiness… The Couture Pack—or Not…

Editors share their tips for escaping holiday anxiety.

clock December 30, 2008WWD Staff


Artemis, State of Calif. Said in Executive Life Settlement

Artemis and the state of California are reportedly trying to negotiate an amicable agreement in the long, drawn-out Executive Life affair.

clock December 30, 2008Jennifer Weil

The cast of “Gossip Girl”


The Ubiquitors of 2008

The year’s most energetic party guests.

clock December 30, 2008WWD Staff

The Iguatemi mall in São Paulo.

Designer and Luxury

Italian Luxury Brands See Potential in Brazil

Brazil is emerging as one of the most promising markets for Italian luxury goods companies including Missoni, Salvatore Ferragamo and Giorgio Armani.

clock December 30, 2008Luisa Zargani

Robert Jaffe, photographed for DNR in 1998.

Fashion Scoops

Madoff’s Fashionable Feeder… Chateau Latour on the Block?…

Robert Jaffe, who allegedly funneled millions of dollars to Bernard Madoff, may have to give up his shopping habit.

clock December 30, 2008WWD Staff


Weak Holiday Hits Retail Stocks Monday

The Standard & Poor’s Retail Index slid 1 percent, or 2.60 points, to 268.76.

clock December 30, 2008Evan Clark


IT Holding: No Decision on Mensun Terms

IT Holding SpA said Monday it has not extended its sale negotiating period with Mensun Ltd. beyond the end of the year, despite noises to the contrary.

clock December 30, 2008Andrew Roberts


Baugur in Debt Talks With Icelandic Government

Baugur Group’s estimated $2 billion of debt appears to be staying within Iceland’s borders.

clock December 30, 2008Nina Jones

Bill Blass Couture 8


First American Brands Sets Blass 8

Even as the ownership of the Bill Blass Couture fashion house is determined, First American Brands is adding to the Bill Blass Couture fragrance collection.

clock December 30, 2008Matthew W. Evans

David Sassoon with Princess Anne.

Designer and Luxury

David Sassoon Reflects on a Royal History

There aren’t many designers who fondly recall the days when fashion was just another trade, and when the spotlight was on the client — rather than the talent.

clock December 30, 2008Samantha Conti


Daily Stock Wrap

Daily Stock Wrap

clock December 30, 2008WWD Staff


Today's Must Read

Bill Wackermann


Wilhelmina, Major Models Receive Letter Banning Models From Pier 59

clock 4hLisa Lockwood

Social Studies