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Italian Retailer OVS Raises $463M in IPO

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Overview

  The world’s publicly listed retailers have a new billion-dollar baby: Italy’s OVS SpA. he fashion retailer, Italy’s largest, on Monday debuted on the Italian Stock Exchange, the country’s first fashion initial public offering since Moncler’s in December 2013. OVS shares closed flat at the end of trading at 4.10 euros, or $4.58 at current exchange, after dipping 1.5 percent in midmorning. But the IPO is perhaps a sign of increasing confidence that things in Italy are on the upswing, with the first signs of growth in industrial production in years. SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Lauren Bacall

People

Lauren Bacall’s Fashion Sense on View at FIT

The actress' film clips and photographs are on display at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

clock March 2, 2015Rosemary Feitelberg

OVS

Financial

OVS Debuts on the Italian Bourse

The Italian retailer is floating 45.4 percent of its shares to fund its expansion.

clock March 2, 2015Luisa Zargani

Designer and Luxury

Armani to Unveil New Women’s Line

The new line, called “New Normal,” will hit stores in June.

clock March 2, 2015Alessandra Turra

The U.S. has accepted Mexico's truck inspection regulations.

Government and Trade

Mexican Trade Regs Raise Ire of U.S. Firms

The U.S. fashion industry is scrambling to interpret new Mexican regulations on apparel, textile and footwear imports.

clock March 2, 2015Kristi Ellis

The Duke of Cambridge and Jack Ma  in Shanghai.

Retail

Alibaba’s Jack Ma Fears Growing Too Fast

The company also has caught the attention of the U.S. authorities for its alleged dealings with a Chinese regulator just months after its stock market debut.

clock March 2, 2015Charlotte Middlehurst

Financial

Shoppers Tighten Purse Strings

Evan as personal and disposable income of U.S. consumers show an upward tick, shoppers tightened their purse strings in January.

clock March 2, 2015Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Garment workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Government and Trade

Bangladesh Alliance Names Mark Chubb Chief Safety Officer

Mark Chubb was named to the newly created position.

clock March 2, 2015Kristi Ellis

Financial

Study: Online Apparel Yields Strong Multiple Sales

HookLogic survey finds high conversion rates, average sales.

clock March 2, 2015Arnold J. Karr

Chucks, Converse, Andy Warhol

Marketing and Promotion

Converse Celebrates Chuck Taylor Sneakers in New Campaign

The spring 2015 Chuck Taylor campaign is going streetside.

clock March 2, 2015Vicki M. Young

Retail

Nordstrom Launching Collaboration With Piece & Co.

The retailer is still finding ways to bring altruism into its business.

clock February 27, 2015Sharon Edelson

Alessandra Mastronardi

Parties

Bulgari Gathers Eclectic Crowd in Milan

Valeria Golino, Alba Rohrwacher and Victoria Silvstedt attended the brand’s fashion week party.

clock February 28, 2015Joelle Diderich

Luxottica

Financial

Management Turmoil Doesn’t Slow Luxottica

North America drove record net profits and sales in 2014 for eyewear giant Luxottica Group SpA.

clock March 2, 2015Emily Backus

A Columbia store.

Ready To Wear

Bryan Timm Named Columbia Sportswear President

Tim Boyle continues as firm’s chief executive officer.

clock March 2, 2015Arnold J. Karr

Ter et Bantine RTW Fall 2015

Ter et Bantine RTW Fall 2015

For his debut collection, creative director Kostas Murkudis looked to Sara Thakral for inspiration.

clock March 2, 2015Alessandra Turra

Backstage at Dsquared2 RTW Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

Dsquared2 RTW Fall 2015

Dan and Dean Caten staged a showdown between several fashion tribes on their spring runway.

clock March 2, 2015Jessica Iredale

Vivetta RTW Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

Vivetta RTW Fall 2015

Vivetta Ponti was Giorgio Armani’s guest designer of the season, an opportunity that comes with free use of his Teatro Armani space and a spike in exposure.

clock February 28, 2015Jessica Iredale

Piazza Sempione RTW Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

Piazza Sempione RTW Fall 2015

Jackson Pollock’s abstract paintings inspired the arty pattern of the rich jacquard fabric, giving a fresh twist to geometric pieces.

clock February 28, 2015Alessandra Turra

Krizia RTW Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

Krizia RTW Fall 2015

Rebirth was the theme that creative director Zhu Chongyun focused on for her first Krizia collection.

clock March 1, 2015Alessandra Turra

Blugirl RTW Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

Blugirl RTW Fall 2015

After her foray into boho festival gear last season, Anna Molinari wisely took her Blugirl label back in a more sophisticated direction.

clock February 26, 2015WWD Staff

Arthur Arbesser RTW Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

Arthur Arbesser RTW Fall 2015

Arthur Arbesser took attendees at his presentation on an imaginative trip through his native land.

clock February 28, 2015Alessandra Turra

A view of the Burberry store.

Fashion Scoops

Burberry to Celebrate Rodeo Drive Flagship

Burberry will throw its splashiest L.A. party to date when it rolls out the plaid carpet April 16 at the Griffith Observatory.

clock March 2, 2015Marcy Medina

Ganni, Fall 2015

Designer and Luxury

Copenhagen’s Ganni Enters U.S. Market

For Nicolaj Reffstrup, chief executive officer of Copenhagen-based label Ganni, the decision to test the waters in the U.S. came about rather casually.

clock March 3, 2015Kristi Garced

Fashion Scoops

L’Oréal Awards Five Women For Research Work

The L’Oréal Foundation in partnership with UNESCO yearly recognizes the achievements of five female scientists, each of whom works in the physical sciences and hails from a different part of the globe.

clock March 3, 2015Jennifer Weil

Media

Vanity Fair Launches Mexico Edition

The edition launches in April, printing 90,000 copies in a project that cost over $1 million.

clock March 3, 2015Ivan Castano

Fashion Scoops

Swarovski Marks 120th Anniversary with Yearlong Celebrations

In New York Tuesday, the brand will start a years’ worth of celebrations with a one-night-only retrospective exhibit, showcasing its most famous creations.

clock March 3, 2015Misty White Sidell

A page from the digital edition of The Karl Daily.

Media

‘The Karl Daily’ Goes Digital

Karl Lagerfeld has gone digital for the second edition of The Karl Daily, a seasonal fashion mailer for his signature brand in the guise of a newspaper.

clock March 3, 2015Miles Socha

Leoht

Fashion Scoops

Leoht Launches Kickstarter For Tech Tote

One-year-old wearable technology fashion start-up Leoht is targeting the Kickstarter crowd today to fund the production of its first women’s tote bag.

clock March 3, 2015Vicki M. Young

Giorgio Armani RTW Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

Giorgio Armani RTW Fall 2015

Armani’s upcoming 40th anniversary had him thinking about the basics and how he impacted fashion years ago by giving women a chic uniform.

clock March 2, 2015Bridget Foley

A look from Adam Andrascik’s debut collection for Guy Laroche.

Designer and Luxury

Adam Andrascik Digs Into Archives for Guy Laroche Debut

Adam Andrascik, who is slated to stage his first runway show for Guy Laroche on Wednesday, said his main goal as the house’s new creative director will be to bridge the gap between two worlds.

clock March 3, 2015Paulina Szmydke

Damir Doma

Fashion Scoops

Damir Doma Merges Pre-Fall and Runway Collections

Doma said he will from now on present only one big collection a season, intending to make production easier and timing more relevant.

clock March 3, 2015Paulina Szmydke

Alexander von Furstenberg

Fashion Scoops

Alexander von Furstenberg Purchases Setai Hotel

The family has partnered with Nakash Holdings to purchase the hotel.

clock March 3, 2015Kristi Garced

A scene from “Diller, Scofidio + Renfro: The Look.

Fashion Features

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Curates Capsule Collection

The result is “The Look,” a series of styled photographs shot in Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House in New Canaan, Conn.

clock March 3, 2015Sharon Edelson

Jan Singer

Activewear

Spanx CEO Jan Singer Talks Rebranding

Since joining the company in July, Singer has begun reshaping the Atlanta-based firm and its identity.

clock March 3, 2015David Moin

Retail

Men’s Retailer Ira Segel Dies at 78

Ira Segel, co-founder and longtime operator of the Mr. Sid specialty store in Newton, Mass., died Sunday at the age of 78.

clock March 1, 2015Jean E. Palmieri

Essentialist

Today's Must Read

Jonathan Saunders and Diane von Furstenberg at the CFDA Fashion Awards after party

Fashion

Jonathan Saunders Resigns as Chief Creative Officer of DVF

clock 12hJoelle Diderich

Social Studies