Sell or Go It Alone: Firms Weigh Options

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To sell or not to sell? That is the question. The contemporary sector, which was on a hot streak before the recession hit and has been rebuilding, is bustling with mergers and acquisitions activity.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Charles Finch


Charles Finch Hosts Charity Swim Party in London

The event was the first annual Chucs Serpentine Swim, an outdoor gala in aid of Charity Water.

clock July 5, 2011Lucie Greene

Renderings of Saks’ Kazakhstan store.

Business Features

Saks to Open Store in Kazakhstan

Licensed store will anchor the Esentai Shopping Mall in Almaty with a three-level, 91,000-square-foot store.

clock July 5, 2011David Moin

Cate Blanchett

Fashion Scoops

Front Row at Giorgio Armani Privé

Cate Blanchett and Katie Holmes brought some star wattage to Paris couture week, turning out for their pal Giorgio Armani’s Privé show.

clock July 5, 2011WWD Staff

Van Cleef & Arpels’ dancer pin.


Couture’s Jewel Quest: Van Cleef & Arpels

The label’s impressive Bals de Légende collection honored mythic balls of the 20th century.

clock July 5, 2011Katya Foreman

Boucheron’s Isola Bella necklace.


Couture’s Jewel Quest: Boucheron

The color-drenched Dolce Riviera collection of five sets, inspired by Mediterranean islands and bays, included lovely transformable pieces.

clock July 5, 2011Katya Foreman

The Daffodil engagement ring by Lorenz Bäumer.


Couture’s Jewel Quest: Lorenz Bäumer

A mock-up of the transformable Diamond Foam tiara added clout to the label’s new collection of glittering diamond engagement rings.

clock July 5, 2011Katya Foreman

Keren Ann

Fashion Scoops

Front Row at Alexandre Vauthier

At the Alexandre Vauthier show on Tuesday, singer Keren Ann revealed that she is dabbling in fashion.

clock July 5, 2011WWD Staff

A long-sleeve shirtdress from CE by Cristina Ehrlich.

Ready To Wear

Cristina Ehrlich Launches QVC Line

The celebrity stylist is branching into design with CE by Cristina Ehrlich, which will make its debut during the network’s Fashion’s Night Out broadcast.

clock July 6, 2011Marcy Medina

Marketing and Promotion

Millennials: The Next Luxury Consumer

Two studies presented at the Luxury Marketing Council find that millennials with incomes over $100,000 will usher in the next wave of luxury spending.

clock July 6, 2011Vicki M. Young

Ready To Wear

Basler Takes Control of U.S. Operations

The German women’s wear brand has set up an American subsidiary with a showroom in Manhattan and is gearing up for a retail push.

clock July 6, 2011Melissa Drier

Anne Cole Signature’s nylon and spandex bikini; Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses; Sabrina Dehoff bracelet.


Swim Preview: Brights and Stripes Forever

Who doesn’t love a great stripe, especially when done up in bold, summery hues?

clock July 6, 2011Kim Friday

Vitamin A’s demure eyelet bandeau and bikini.


Swim Preview: The Water’s Fine

A year of solid growth and a plethora of new lines has the swimwear industry buzzing.

clock July 6, 2011Karyn Monget


Swim Preview: Upcoming Shows

The where and the when for the upcoming swimwear shows.

clock July 6, 2011WWD Staff

Government and Trade

WTO: China Violated Export Rules

A World Trade Organization panel ruled Tuesday that China ran afoul of global trade rules by imposing export restraints on certain raw materials.

clock July 6, 2011Kristi Ellis

Ready To Wear

The Case for Acquisition

There’s no question contemporary brands are hot commodities these days.

clock July 6, 2011Lisa Lockwood

Karl Lagerfeld & Elle Fanning

Fashion Scoops

Front Row at Chanel… Claudia Schiffer’s Knitwear… Kate Moss on a Yacht?…

Flowing into the Chanel show on Tuesday night, guests oohed and aahed over the Place Vendôme set lit up in the dark Grand Palais.

clock July 6, 2011WWD Staff

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge try their hand at street hockey in Canada.


Will and Kate Play Street Hockey

The Duchess of Cambridge wasn’t quite dressed for the occasion, but she still wowed crowds when she and the Duke of Cambridge took part in a street hockey game.

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Balenciaga’s fall campaign.


Memo Pad: Balenciaga Ad Breaks Online… Giorgio Armani Writes Missive…

This time around, creative director Nicolas Ghesquière has decided to feature Balenciaga’s fall campaign first on the company’s revamped Web site.

clock July 6, 2011WWD Staff

Elle magazine with Emma Stone.

Marketing and Promotion

Playing the Ad Game in the Age of Print-Plus

Print remains key for most fashion companies, but now brands also want programs to interweave mobile and digital — and not just a banner ad on their Web site.

clock July 6, 2011Amy Wicks

Alice + Olivia’s Madison Avenue store.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Analysis: Sell Or Go It Alone?

Contemporary brands share their rationale for either selling to a strategic partner or keeping their independence.

clock July 6, 2011Lisa Lockwood


Renewed Rumblings in the Bettencourt Affair

Françoise Bettencourt Meyers has reportedly sought legal protection for her mother, Liliane Bettencourt, who is L’Oréal’s largest individual shareholder.

clock July 6, 2011Jennifer Weil


BeautyBar Division of Amazon’s Quidsi to Open Shop

The e-commerce site for luxury beauty products is in the final stages of lease negotiations for a store at the Americana Manhasset in Manhasset, N.Y.

clock July 6, 2011Sharon Edelson

AG Adriano Goldschmied is searching for an “It” girl to be its official blogger.


Denim Brands Get in Touch

In the age of social media, labels are stepping up their marketing directly to consumers.

clock July 6, 2011Khanh T.L. Tran

Ferruccio Ferragamo and Gianni Bulgari

Designer and Luxury

Salvatore Ferragamo to Launch Jewelry Line

Fashion house plans to unveil its first collection of jewelry, created in partnership with Gianni Bulgari, during Milan Fashion Week in September.

clock July 6, 2011Miles Socha


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