2009 M&A Outlook: Distressed and Small Deals Abound

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Human Resources

L’Oréal Taps Attal to Head R&D, Roze for U.S. Unit

Roze to replace Attal.

clock February 13, 2009Pete Born and Brid Costello

Xuly Bet RTW Fall 2009

Fashion Show Reviews

Arise African Fashion Collective RTW Fall 2009

Thisday/Arise Magazine’s four-collection fashion show made a strong statement for the arts and aesthetics of Africa.

clock February 14, 2009WWD Staff

Zoe Saldana


Fashion Folk Pay Tribute to Alex White at Prada Party

Prada’s party on Friday night was a bit calmer than season’s past—perhaps because it kicked off at the most civilized hour of 6pm.

clock February 14, 2009WWD Staff

Michael Stipe

Fashion Scoops

Michael Stipe at Patrik Ervell

Michael Stipe has become a regular at his friend Partrik Ervell’s runway shows, but he doesn’t wear the label.

clock February 14, 2009WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Bryanboy’s Big Adventure

Marc Jacobs’ guest list might have been dramatically slashed this season but Bryanboy is winging his way to attend both of the designer’s shows.

clock February 15, 2009WWD Staff

Kellie Pickler, Alison Brie, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Brittany Snow.

Fashion Scoops

Front Row at Lela Rose:Four Score

Kellie Pickler, Alison Brie, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Brittany Snow were the fearsome foursome at Lela Rose’s Sunday morning show.

clock February 15, 2009WWD Staff


Web Sites ‘Out’ Deadbeat Stores

Vendors are anonymously posting their gripes about retail accounts on sites like Retaildish.com.

clock February 16, 2009Sharon Edelson

A look from American Classics.


Wal-Mart Launching New Russell Simmons Label

Wal-Mart has quietly launched a new men’s apparel line from hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons.

clock February 16, 2009Jean E. Palmieri

A look from Forever 21.


Forever 21 to Open Larger Concept in L.A.

Fast-fashion giant Forever 21 is planning an expanded format in 2009.

clock February 16, 2009Anne Riley-Katz


Class Status of Wal-Mart Sex Suit to Be Reheard

Wal-Mart Stores won a round, and a chance to substantially reduce its financial exposure, in the largest sexual discrimination suit in U.S. history.

clock February 16, 2009Evan Clark and Arnold J. Karr

Lavelle Olexa


Lavelle Olexa to Leave Lord & Taylor

LaVelle Olexa, Lord & Taylor’s senior vice president and longtime fashion director, is leaving the company this month.

clock February 16, 2009David Moin

Carlos Falchi.

Fashion Features

Carlos Falchi Launches Men’s Bags

The men’s bag collection by Carlos Falchi, now launching in the U.S., features plenty of exotic skins.

clock February 16, 2009Jean Scheidnes

Mark Fast

Fashion Features

Ones to Watch: London Fashion Week

A few names creating some buzz around London Fashion Week.

clock February 16, 2009Nina Jones


Safilo Shares Downgraded

Moody’s Investors Services downgraded Safilo Group SpA on Friday on concerns about slowdown in demand.

clock February 16, 2009Andrew Roberts

Albion cafe.

Fashion Features

London Fashion Week Preview: Scene

Where to eat, shop, sleep and preen in London during Fashion Week.

clock February 16, 2009Poppy Grant

Melissa Rivers and Sarah Blakely


Big Turnout at Annual Femmy Awards

Innerwear industry executives were honored at the annual Femmy Awards, hosted by Melissa Rivers, on Feb. 3 at Cipriani.

clock February 16, 2009Karyn Monget

A lace baby doll from the Gardenia group.


Emporio Armani Underwear Comes to America

Emporio Armani underwear is “heavily influenced by elements in the ready-to-wear collection,” said John Hooks of Giorgio Armani SpA.

clock February 16, 2009Karyn Monget

Philip Crangi earrings.


Independent Jewelers Sparkle Amid the Gloom

Independent jewelry designers are discovering new modes of survival with modest prices and spectacular designs.

clock February 16, 2009Caroline Tell

Hamida Belkadi

Human Resources

DeBeers Names Belkadi as U.S. CEO

De Beers, the diamond jewelry company, has promoted chief operating officer Hamida Belkadi to ceo of U.S. operations.

clock February 16, 2009Sophia Chabbott

Tiffany & Co.’s Bezet ring.


Bridal Jewelry Stays Above the Fray

With impulse purchasing virtually gone, jewelers are homing in the bridal market.

clock February 16, 2009Samantha Conti and Sophia Chabbott

Designer and Luxury

Band of Outsiders Strikes Deal with Pier SpA

Band of Outsiders strikes a five-year production and distribution licensing deal with Pier SpA for the women’s line Boy by Band of Outsiders.

clock February 16, 2009Marc Karimzadeh


Macy’s Selects Six Fledgling Designers

Despite plans to lay off some 7,000 employees, Macy’s will make good on its commitment to give work space for six fledgling designers at Macy’s on State Street.

clock February 16, 2009Beth Wilson

Fashion Scoops

Stars at Calvin Klein Men’s Collection

Celebrity wattage was high for the homecoming of Calvin Klein Men’s Collection… Diana Ross made an appearance to support DvF…

clock February 15, 2009WWD Staff

Mercedes Ruel


Mommy Dearest: Q&A With Mercedes Ruehl

The actress Mercedes Ruehl tackles the role of Eva Adler in the critically acclaimed revival of ‘The America Plan.’

clock February 16, 2009Elisa Lipsky-Karasz

Looks from the fall collection.

Designer and Luxury

Brooks Brothers’ Artistic Bent

Brooks Brothers continued to draw on its long-standing heritage for its fall collection.

clock February 16, 2009Jean E. Palmieri

Diana Ross

Fashion Scoops

From Diane to Diana

Diana Ross made a fashion week appearance to support Diane von Furstenberg, her confidante since the Studio 54 days.

clock February 15, 2009WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Valentine’s Dinner With Ashley Dupre

Dupre opens up about her hoped-for music career, her love of fashion and how she’s dealt with moving on from the Spitzer scandal.

clock February 15, 2009WWD Staff

Hilary Duff

Fashion Scoops

Front Row at DKNY: Star Appeal

At the DKNY show on Sunday, the photographers went wild for Hilary Duff, clad in a tailored red dress from the DKNY fall collection.

clock February 15, 2009WWD Staff

Maria Pinto RTW Fall 2009

Fashion Features

Windy City Style: Maria Pinto Fall ’09 Collection

Chicago designer Maria Pinto, and Michelle Obama’s first go-to-fashion person, brought a chic collection to New York on Friday.

clock February 15, 2009WWD Staff

The bankrupt Hartmarx, haberdasher to President Obama, is garnering interest from buyers.


2009 M&A Outlook: Distressed and Small Deals Abound

While buyers are still looking to make deals, they only want to pay rock-bottom prices.

clock February 16, 2009Whitney Beckett


Tracking ‘Running in Heels’…. BlackBook News… Clive Owen Feted…

Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Marie Claire, may be a familiar face to the fashion world, but she’ll soon be judged by a whole different collective set.

clock February 16, 2009WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Lovebirds… School Days…

Ben Harper and Laura Dern hit the Loden Dager show… It seems the Academy of Art is aiming to be taken seriously…

clock February 16, 2009WWD Staff


Today's Must Read

A look from Cmmn Swdn's new collection.


Paris Men’s Week: Ones to Watch

clock 8hKatya Foreman and Luisa Zargani

Social Studies