Northern Exposure: Giuliana Rosset Opens Björk

Fashion entrepreneur Giuliana Rosset is used to ground-breaking challenges, and Björk, the first Scandinavian-cuisine project in Italy, is no exception. Not only is the new watering hole the first Swedish brasserie to open in the country, but it is located in Aosta, a small mountain city in the Val d’Aosta region, at the foot of […]

Bright Outlook in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro’s 2013 fall collections look bright and breezy, like the city’s all-year-round tropical climate that’s especially sunny in the drier seasons. Also bright…

China’s Xi Jinping Faces Economic Challenges

BEIJING — With a quietly orchestrated trip to the home of modern China’s big economic experiment this month, China’s next president may be signaling his intent to…

Biotherm Taps the Globe for New Ingredients

PARIS — Biotherm is going deeper and deeper. The L’Oréal-owned brand, which turned 60 this year, is revisiting its origins in the life aquatic by plunging…

Chinese Homegrown Brands to Watch

SHANGHAI — When it comes to fashion in China, the focus tends to be on foreign brands entering the market and quickly expanding here. They tend to overshadow China’s own…

Women’s Trend: Well Red

From rust to ruby, pre-fall footwear takes a warm turn. With notes of merlot and brick continuing on the runways, the season’s standout shoes are playing with sophisticated red undertones.

Bottega Veneta Taps Peter Lindbergh for Campaign

STUDIO SETTING: Bottega Veneta tapped photographer Peter Lindbergh for its women’s spring advertising campaign, which makes its debut in January. Shot at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, the images look like movie scenes and capture the brand’s spring collection, which balances femininity with strong, body-conscious silhouettes. “This is a nuanced and diverse collection in which […]

J. Crew’s CEO Responds to New York Times’ Op-ed

DEFENDING THE CREW: J. Crew Group chairman and chief executive officer Millard “Mickey” Drexler wasted little time in responding to Delia Ephron’s Dec. 23 op-ed piece in The New York Times that castigated J. Crew for a botched online gift order (wrong merchandise sent to the wrong people and places, no gift-wrapping, cards “buried deep […]

Bills Khakis Gets New Investor

NEW INVESTOR: Private-equity firm Larsen MacColl Partners has taken a majority stake in Bills Khakis. Terms of the deal, which closed Dec. 21, are not being disclosed, according to Michael O’Hara, chief executive officer of Consensus Advisors, the financial adviser to Bills Khakis. Radnor, Pa.-based Larsen invests in profitable consumer-focused firms, with an emphasis on […]

Former Jones Exec Joins Nygård

JONES EXEC JOINS NYGARD: Felicia Jackson, who headed the private-label design department at Jones Jeanswear as well as the collaboration with Jones Signature for the jeans line, has joined Nygård International as director of design for bottoms, focusing on the Peter Nygård brand. It is a new post. Before joining Jones, Jackson worked at Nautica, […]

Christian Louboutin, YSL Suit Dismissed

FINALLY DONE: A Manhattan federal district court entered a final order Thursday confirming that Christian Louboutin has no further claims against Yves Saint Laurent over red monochrome shoes and dismissing the lawsuit. After 18 months of wrangling, a New York federal appeals court in September backed the validity of Louboutin’s red-sole trademark but said the […]

Carlos Santana’s Musical Reference

With more than 40 years fronting his own band, Carlos Santana’s place in rock ‘n’ roll is cemented. That the music icon would use jazz, salsa and rock as inspiration for…

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