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    1. November 21, 2014

      Stylish capes: winter’s most enchanted look

      Here’s what the collective consciousness of coat consumers is saying right now: “With my slightly oversized mannish coat and...

    2. October 1, 2014

      Paris Fashion Week: Day 7

      The Air France pilots may have finally called off their strike, but there was still an air of political dissent in Paris on...

    1. July 11, 2014

      Paris couture autumn/winter 2014

      Paris couture shows autumn/winter 2014 There was a clear message from the couture shows in Paris this season: that despite a...

    2. July 4, 2014

      Paris spring/summer 2015 menswear shows

      At the Paris menswear shows for spring/summer 2015, barely anyone used the word “luxury”. For many seasons, luxury has been...

    3. June 26, 2014

      Paris Fashion Week: menswear report 1

      With Paris comes clarity. That has been the mood on the first day of the spring/summer 2015 menswear season in the city,...

    4. June 13, 2014

      Fashion insiders reveal the hottest ‘pre’ collection buys

      Erdem Moralioglu is talking about inspiration. “I spent a lot of time in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s archives at Blythe...

    5. February 24, 2014

      Permira seeks out deals in Italian fashion

      Permira almost lost its shirt after buying luxury group Valentino on the eve of the global financial crisis. Though this...

    6. January 16, 2014

      Paris Fashion Week: Men’s, report 1

      Here is how you know you are in Paris, far away from corporate Milan: one of the hottest menswear designers chooses to put...

    7. December 4, 2013

      Italian state fund puts in highest offer for Versace stake

      Italy’s state-backed investment fund has tabled the highest bid for a minority stake in Versace, with an offer that values...

    8. Material World

      November 4, 2013

      The really interesting implications of Versace's suitors, from Permira to Investcorp

      Getty Images Stay out of the office (more or less) for a month on sabbatical, and what happens? Strange things! I mean,...

    9. September 6, 2013

      Swarovski steps into world of film-making

      When the lights dim and the credits roll on the cinematic premiere of the “21st century re-imagining” of Shakespeare’s Romeo...

    10. September 4, 2013

      Fiat plots road to recovery in Italy with focus on luxury

      Fiat is pushing ahead with plans to make Italy the hub of its premium and luxury car business after chief executive Sergio...

    11. August 20, 2013

      Italian business: No way back

      Over six decades, Cesare Geronzi ascended to the summit of Italian finance. Every step of the way, he took three scarlet...

    12. August 19, 2013

      Fashion cents and sensibility

      When New York Fashion Week comes to town in the first week of September, a cadre of young designers will host exclusive...

    13. June 2, 2013

      Private equity: Deals follow shift in consumer luxury spending

      Six years after the height of private equity’s interest in luxury fashion was marked by Permira’s acquisition of Valentino...

    14. May 10, 2013

      Collectors’ items

      Fashion’s relationship with art is often viewed with suspicion, as if low-brow fashion is out to milk all the cultural cred...

    15. April 4, 2013

      Versace eyes stake sell-off or float

      Gianni Versace has underscored its recovery from the brink of collapse three years ago by reporting a 39 per cent jump in...

    16. January 17, 2013

      Paris Menswear: day one

      When Raf Simons, Dior’s (relatively) new womenswear designer, makes his own label menswear, he gets to play. His...

    17. December 7, 2012

      Still making dress sense

      When it comes to iconic party dresses, there are few silhouettes to rival the one created by Spanish designer Mariano...

    18. November 5, 2012

      Italian police seize castle in €65m tax probe

      Italian police have confiscated €65m of assets, including a 15th century castle, from the Marzotto family and its business...

    19. October 26, 2012

      The bewitching hour

      Fashion’s Halloween party: dress code “dark and dangerous”. Yes, goth is back but forget whey-faced, post-punk teenagers in...

    20. October 3, 2012

      Paris Fashion Week: day seven

      The spring/summer collections came to a close just before Mitt Romney and Barack Obama faced off at the University of Denver...

    21. July 12, 2012

      Permira/Valentino: fashion statement

      Permira is making as elegant an exit as it can from its journey into haute couture. In 2007 the private equity group bought...

    22. July 12, 2012

      Qatari buyers acquire Italy luxury groups

      The Qatari royal family has snapped up luxury Italian brands Valentino and the M Missoni licence business for €700m, hoping...

    23. July 8, 2012

      Permira plans to refinance Birds Eye Iglo

      Permira, the private equity firm, is planning a €500m refinancing of Birds Eye Iglo, the frozen foods business, which will...

    24. July 8, 2012

      Qatari royal family in talks for Valentino brand

      The Qatari royal family is in advanced talks with private equity firm Permira over the sale of Valentino, the Italian luxury...

    25. February 9, 2012

      SVG strikes upbeat note for year

      SVG Capital reported an increase in fourth-quarter earnings and struck an upbeat note for 2012 that contrasted sharply with...

    26. December 20, 2011

      SVG to expand beyond Permira

      SVG Capital is to redistribute £170m ($264m) to shareholders and diversify its holdings beyond Permira, the buy-out group in...

    27. November 14, 2011

      Permira sells portion of Hugo Boss stake

      Permira sent Hugo Boss’ shares lower after it sold a €307m stake to institutional investors, in the first such disposal...

    28. October 5, 2011

      A triumph of powerful introspection

      In the end there was no revolution to televise. Paris Fashion Week – and, indeed, the whole spring/summer 2012 season –...

    29. September 26, 2011

      Specifications for the way we live now

      As the fashion pack leaves Milan for the start of the Paris shows on Tuesday, one designer will go with them: Alessandra...

    30. October 29, 2010

      SVG posts gains as Permira rebounds

      A rebound in profitability at Permira’s biggest portfolio companies, including fashion houses Valentino and Hugo Boss,...

    31. Material World

      September 16, 2010

      Acquisition rumours trend at Fashion Week

      Proenza Schouler. Image from Catwalking.com. Q: What do you get when you put hundreds of fashion people in a room and make...

    32. August 27, 2010

      SVG Capital books gains on Permira rebound

      A rebound in the performance of Permira’s biggest portfolio companies, including German television broadcaster...

    33. June 26, 2010

      Shorts circuit

      From left: designs by Kenzo, Dries Van Noten, Chloé and Hermès Each summer, as predictably as the movie blockbuster season...

    34. December 15, 2009

      Business diary: Matteo Marzotto, Vionnet

      Matteo Marzotto spent 17 years at his family business, the Marzotto Group, most recently as president of Valentino, the...

    35. December 14, 2009

      Business diary: Matteo Marzotto

      Matteo Marzotto spent 17 years at his family business, the Marzotto Group, most recently as president of Valentino, the...

    36. December 4, 2009

      Permira sizes up deal to buy Valentino debt

      Private equity’s costliest excursion on to the catwalk is about to become more expensive as Permira, the UK buy-out house,...

    37. August 28, 2009

      Private equity groups hint worst is over

      Three of Europe’s biggest listed private equity groups on Friday reported drops in the value of their investment portfolios...

    38. August 22, 2009

      Mystery Shopper: Best buys in Buenos Aires

      Recently I travelled to Argentina to participate in a three-day training conference on compliance with international law....

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