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  1. March 21, 2014

    Denim still at the cutting edge of fashion

    Eighty years have passed since Levi’s launched its female version of the blue jean and denim is still at the cutting edge of...

  2. February 28, 2014

    Blackstone investment heralds new era for Versace

    Donatella Versace woke up her chief executive Gian Giacomo Ferraris on Thursday at 6.30am with a text message. “Fasten your...

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  1. Watches & Jewellery April 2013

    The principal reason for the industry’s uncertainty is the clampdown on the giving of ...
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  1. February 27, 2014

    Blackstone agrees to take 20% stake in Versace

    Blackstone has agreed to inject cash into Italian luxury designer Versace to help the family-owned company boost its...

  2. February 26, 2014

    Blackstone nears deal to buy into Versace

    US buyout house Blackstone is nearing agreement to buy a minority stake in Italian luxury group Versace, in a move...

  3. February 23, 2014

    Italy gets a grown-up attitude

    Over the weekend Italy got a new prime minister – Matteo Renzi was officially sworn in on Saturday – and cabinet: one that...

  4. January 24, 2014

    Fashion labels get in tune with pop stars

    From Michael Travis’s lavish gowns for the Supremes to Madonna in Jean Paul Gaultier’s corsetry, fashion and pop music have...

  5. December 1, 2013

    Italian state fund is frontrunner to buy 20% stake in Versace

    Versace family cuts cloth to suit needs Italy’s state private equity fund, which last year struck a deal with Qatar to...

  6. November 3, 2013

    Versace family stake goes to beauty parade

    The Versace family has taken a step forward to sell a stake in the fashion house, inviting private equity investors to make...

  7. September 22, 2013

    Struggling with degrees of sexual definition

    Sex is a complicated subject in not quite post-Berlusconi Italy. Not as complicated, perhaps, as taxes, but then – what is?...

  8. September 15, 2013

    London Fashion Week: Day 2

    The most eagerly anticipated shows of the second day of London Fashion Week highlighted two very different approaches to...

  9. July 5, 2013

    Couture vs culture

    It’s too bad EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht wasn’t at the couture shows last week. It would have given him lots of...

  10. April 25, 2013

    Tel Aviv designers: Israeli melting pot has forged international style

    Against a backdrop of high gold prices, a host of fashion jewellery designers in Tel Aviv – a city arguably better known for...

  11. 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...

  12. March 1, 2013

    Milan Fashion Week 2013: spikes and seams

    It was probably only a matter of time. Once the Metropolitan Museum announced that the subject for the Costume Institute’s...

  13. March 1, 2013

    Producers call the shots on the catwalk

    Once upon a time fashion shows were seen by a small group of people in a tiny room. Today, however, live streaming, social...

  14. February 24, 2013

    Milan Fashion Week: runway report 4

    The day Italy went out to vote (which also happened to be the day the Academy Awards were revealed, but no one much seemed...

  15. January 25, 2013

    Vote couture

    Though the French didn’t like it, there was an ironic symmetry to the fact that British prime minister David Cameron’s...

  16. January 13, 2013

    Milan Menswear: day one

    To survive in the luxury market these days, a brand must have a clear identity to exploit. Mass trends be damned: what these...

  17. 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...

  18. June 8, 2012

    Shades of subtlety

    The world of luxury is divided into those who like a logo and those who don’t. For every woman who covets the distinctive...

  19. April 20, 2012

    All at sea

    It peaked at Chanel, when designer Karl Lagerfeld built a giant, pure white coral reef as a mise-en-scène for a...

  20. March 27, 2012

    Versace upbeat after return to profits

    Gianni Versace, the Italian fashion house known for its high-wattage glamour, has returned to profit after a three-year...

  21. January 20, 2012

    Campaign trail

    February’s fashion magazines are out, complete with the newest spring/summer ad campaigns from the major luxury brand names....

  22. November 4, 2011

    Swirly queens

    Bold, baroque and, until recently, perhaps a bit brash: nothing telegraphed early 1990s “excess” better than a Gianni-era...

  23. September 23, 2011

    Drop me off at the next jazz age

    Milan Fashion Week has several days to run, but the jazz age is already emerging as a trend for summer 2012. Frida...

  24. October 12, 2010

    Redesigned Versace eyes return to Japan

    Gianni Versace, the Italian fashion house favoured by Hollywood celebrities, is considering a return to Japan, but not a...

  25. March 1, 2010

    Precisely stated concept of chic

    Milan, like the rest of the world, woke up on Saturday morning to the news of the Chilean earthquake. For a moment fashion...

  26. February 28, 2010

    Precisely stated concept of chic

    Milan, like the rest of the world, woke up at the weekend to the news of the Chilean earthquake. For a moment fashion paused...

  27. February 27, 2010

    Alice in Wonderland as muse?

    Mia Wasikowska as Alice in Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ She is blonde, wears a blue pinafore, and her friends include...

  28. January 22, 2010

    Men’s autumn/winter shows in Milan

    From left: Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Emporio Armani, Versace, Jil Sander The banner headline on the latest issue of Italian...

  29. October 29, 2009

    Versace to shed 26% of jobs in shake-up

    Versace, the Italian fashion house beloved of Hollywood celebrities, unveiled a sweeping restructuring yesterday that...

  30. October 28, 2009

    Versace to shed 26% of jobs in shake-up

    Walking a thin line: Versace is to rationalise its production, review its network of 85 stores and outlets, reduce capital...

  31. October 7, 2009

    Versace quits Japan after 30 years

    Versace, the favoured brand of celebrities such as Elton John and Jennifer Lopez, is pulling out of Japan after nearly 30...

  32. June 10, 2009

    Versace raids rival Jil Sander for its new chief executive

    Gianni Versace last night named Gian Giacomo Ferraris, the luxury goods veteran who has led Jil Sander since 2004, as its...

  33. June 6, 2009

    Di Risio to hang up coat at Versace after rift talk

    Versace performed an about-turn last night as it announced its chief executive was to quit the Italian fashion house just...

  34. June 5, 2009

    Versace chief to quit

    Versace performed an about-turn on Friday as it announced its chief executive was to quit the Italian fashion house just...

  35. May 27, 2009

    Versace head to leave after clash over strategy

    The fickle world of fashion has experienced many differences between creatives and money men. Often the money men come out...

  36. May 27, 2009

    Versace chief to leave after clash over strategy

    The fickle world of fashion has experienced many differences between creatives and money men. Often the money men come out...

  37. May 26, 2009

    Versace chief to leave after clash over strategy

    The fickle world of fashion has experienced many differences between creatives and money men. Often the money men come out...

  38. May 26, 2009

    Versace denies friction in the boardroom

    Versace, the Italian fashion house, said last night that it would "immediately" begin implementing a strategy to fight the...

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