Qataris Edge Closer to Printemps Deal

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The Borletti Group plans to sell its 30 percent stake in Printemps to Luxembourg-based investment fund Disa, which in turn is comprised of a group of Qatari investors.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Designer and Luxury

Luxury in India at $6 Billion and Growing

It was clear from the discussions at the Mint Luxury Conference that the new Indian maharaja is now the luxury customer.

clock April 2, 2013Mayu Saini

A view inside Libra Leather's pop-up shop.

Designer and Luxury

‘Leather King’ Mitch Alfus Opens Pop-up in SoHo

The leather and fur expert, whose Libra Leather is the go-to source for exotic skins for the designer community, has opened a temporary shop in New York.

clock April 3, 2013Sharon Edelson

A fall '13 look from KamaliKulture.


KamaliKulture Shifts Into High Gear

Norma Kamali has hit the accelerator on her year-old business, where everything in the line retails for under $100.

clock April 3, 2013Lisa Lockwood

Willie Geist, Andy Cohen and Gayle King


Gilt Says Bravo to Andy Cohen

The e-commerce site hosted dinner for the reality TV don.

clock April 3, 2013David Lipke

Versace RTW Fall 2013

Business Features

Versace Sees Full-Year Growth — and Perhaps an IPO

On Thursday, the company’s ceo Gian Giacomo Ferraris set a target for when Versace might go public or sell a stake.

clock April 4, 2013Luisa Zargani

The Duchess of Cambridge

Fashion Scoops

Duke and Duchess Head to Glasgow

The visit is part of a two-day tour of Scotland, where the royal couple is known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn.

clock April 4, 2013Lorelei Marfil

Human Resources

R. Brad Martin Steps Down From Dillard’s Board

The former Saks chief is taking on an undisclosed leadership position.

clock April 4, 2013Evan Clark

Human Resources

Bergdorf Goodman Makes Promotions

Lauren Kiefer and Kenneth Gaston have both been promoted to vice president posts.

clock April 4, 2013David Moin

Vera Wang and Mark Gilbertson


On the Table at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala

The charity enlisted 41 different interior designers for tablescapes at its spring gala.

clock April 4, 2013Taylor Harris

Skin care product from Herborist.

Beauty Features

Promoting Health, Safety in Beauty Products Key in China

An increasing number of well-traveled and highly educated beauty consumers are seeking out natural alternatives.

clock April 4, 2013Casey Hall

Unscent's lounge area.


Niche Scents Featured at Italian Fairs Esxence, Unscent

Celso Fadelli, ceo of Intertrade Europe and one of the founders of Esxence, left that fair and instead opened the first edition of Unscent.

clock April 4, 2013Cynthia Martens

Nyakio introductory offerings.


Gurwitch Products Readies Nyakio for Launch

The Africa-inspired product line is set to debut exclusively on HSN and next month.

clock April 5, 2013Belisa Silva


Diane von Furstenberg, idBeauty End Licensing Agreement

The two entities had originally inked their deal in July 2010.

clock April 4, 2013Julie Naughton

The Jack Wills store in New Haven.


Jack Wills Expands in the U.S.

The British brand playing to the preppy college crowd has a new wrinkle in its expansion — shopping centers.

clock April 4, 2013David Moin


Marzottos Charged in Tax Case

The public prosecutors’ office in Milan has notified and charged 13 individuals for alleged omission of earnings declaration and tax evasion.

clock April 4, 2013Luisa Zargani

Nicholas Kirkwood and Margherita Missoni


Bergdorf Goodman Hosts Nicholas Kirkwood Luncheon

The shoe designer was in Manhattan Thursday on a whirlwind tour.

clock April 4, 2013Rachel Strugatz

Protestors at the Reebok Fitness Hub.


Protestors Hit Reebok Over Rick Ross Lyrics

The brand is on the hot seat over its sponsorship of the rapper, who serves as spokesman for its Classics line of sneakers.

clock April 5, 2013Karyn Monget

The exterior of a Printemps store in Paris.


Qataris Edge Closer to Printemps Deal

Luxembourg-based fund Disa, which is comprised of a group of Qatari investors, is in talks with The Borletti Group and Deutsche Bank’s RREEF to buy both stakes.

clock April 5, 2013Paulina Szmydke

Don Loftus

Human Resources

Donald J. Loftus Tapped as New President of Parlux

Executive told WWD that the new opportunity represented an irresistible chance to straddle both his retail and product development backgrounds.

clock April 5, 2013Julie Naughton

Gretchen Rossi

Beauty Features

First Comes TV, Then a Beauty Brand

A number of perfectly coiffed cast members of the “Real Housewives” series are eyeing beauty as a stepping stone to brand building.

clock April 5, 2013Molly Prior

Bond No. 9


Bond No. 9 to Ride the Cyber Wave

Fragrance house is hoping to appeal to the tech-savvy with its first “digital fragrance,” which doubles as a three-dimensional QR code.

clock April 5, 2013Belisa Silva

A look from H&M's Exclusive Conscious collection.

Ready To Wear

Parsons Dean Moderates Panel on ‘Green’ Design

H&M and Vogue sponsored the event, which was held at the Condé Nast auditorium Thursday night.

clock April 5, 2013Sharon Edelson

Kenith Poon

Business Features

Speakers at Prime Source Forum Talk Consolidation

Sourcing executives said suppliers will need to get bigger or develop a specialized expertise in order to survive.

clock April 5, 2013Ellen Sheng

Fashion Scoops

Allen Questrom Visits J.C. Penney Prototype in Dallas

Questrom, who ran the chain from 2000 to 2004 and remains highly respected as the king of retail turnarounds, declined to comment on his visit.

clock April 5, 2013David Moin

Fashion Scoops

Creative Shake-up at Genny, Cangiari

A wind of change is blowing through the creative departments of a number of Italian fashion brands.

clock April 5, 2013Alessandra Turra

Laetitia Casta stars in Chanel's latest eyewear campaign shot by Karl Lagerfeld.

Fashion Scoops

Laetitia Casta Fronts for Chanel Eyewear Campaign

The ads, which were shot in Karl Lagerfeld’s photo studio, are slated to debut in France later this month with an international rollout to follow.

clock April 5, 2013Miles Socha

Fashion Scoops

Francisco Costa to Be Honored by Savannah College of Art and Design

The designer will take a quick break from working on the pre-spring Calvin Klein Collection to accept the 2013 André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award.

clock April 5, 2013Rosemary Feitelberg

Fashion Scoops

New York’s MoMA Sets Honorees for Spring Benefit

The Museum of Modern Art will honor Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with artists Ellsworth Kelly and Cindy Sherman.

clock April 5, 2013WWD Staff

Dresses inspired by Renoir, Seurat and Manet from Dior's fall-winter 2007 couture collection.

Fashion Scoops

Exhibit Pairing Dior Dresses With Impressionist Paintings

Christian Dior is set to make a mighty impression at its museum in Granville, France, this spring and summer.

clock April 5, 2013Miles Socha

Fashion Scoops

Sharon Bush Honored With Mother Hale Award

Bush’s three children Lauren, Ashley and Pierce presented the award at Wednesday night’s Hale House benefit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

clock April 5, 2013Rosemary Feitelberg

The LP case-shaped book cover of "PUNK: Chaos to Couture."


Punk Originals Pen Essays for Book Accompanying ‘Punk’ Exhibition

The book explores the era visually as well as in the words of curator Andrew Bolton, and those of Richard Hell, John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon and Jon Savage.

clock April 5, 2013Marc Karimzadeh

Golf Digest


Golf Digest Taps Holly Sonders for May Cover

The cohost of two Golf Channel shows was selected for her sexy and athletic image as the cover girl for the magazine’s fitness-themed issue.

clock April 5, 2013Jean E. Palmieri


Today's Must Read

Bertrand Guyon


Schiaparelli Splits With Design Director Bertrand Guyon

clock 8hJoelle Diderich

Social Studies