TOM SINGH, the biggest shareholder in the New Look fashion chain, is expected to confirm this week that he is considering making an offer for the firm he founded more than 30 years ago. Last month, New Look announced that Singh had appointed an adviser, believed to be Deutsche Bank, to review the options […]

Giorgio Armani has given a makeover to Barbie. The eponymous Italian designer of minimal fuss has created a strapless, silk chiffon top and beaded crepe skirt for the Mattel doll. Being ever the perfectionist, he further designed an evening purse, a matching necklace and earrings to complete the outfit. […]

Pure hit an all time high this season, with what buyers described as "a bigger, brighter and more vibrant show than ever before." Attendance figures on the first day were up by 33% on the previous August's show. Exhibitors reported record sales and were extremely impressed by the high calibre of buyers. […]

Summer Collections 2004, 3 & 4 August 2003 The "Modefabriek" (the Fashion Factory) is moving to the Amsterdam RAI Centre. Over the past seven years this trade fair focussing on progressive brands and exciting labels has become the recurring meeting point for retailers, stylists and fashion editors. […]

The three-day Womens & Mens Wear fashion fair in Brussels has attracted 7.777 visitors this weekend. Belgian visitors represented 52% of the total but still the sentiment prevailed that the majority of visitors came from The Netherlands. This season WMW presented a new fair, namely ABE (Another […], the online lingerie retailer, has signed a deal with Amazon, which hopes will expand its US sales. The link-up, which went live last week, means Figleaves gains access to Amazon's 40 million-strong US customer base. Figleaves now has a prominently branded section on the Amazon site through […]

Levi's is planning to bring womenswear-only stores to the UK late next year. Lady Levi's, the brand's new range targeting 15 to 25 year-olds, will launch in the UK for spring 2004. Levi's is further adding to its 25 UK standalones this week, with opening in Brighton and Camden in North London. They […]

Photographer extraordinaire Rankin has shot actress and model Heidi Klum, Rory Lewarne and John Lynch for the Pringle of Scotland's autumn 03 campaign. The themes of the advertising campaign are desire and luxury and will be featured in the September issue of Vogue.

Fabric manufacturer Silk Industries has confirmed it is in talks that may or may not lead to an offer for the company. The announcement followed a 23 per cent jump in its share price last Thursday. The company used to own designer brand Paul Costelloe, but sold it to concentrate on the silk business […]

Berlin was confirmed as a thriving fashion centre last week with successful second editions for both Bread & Butter and Premium. UK buyers faced the sweltering heat on the lookout for new brands and innovation. The jeanswear, streetwear and sportwear offer at B&B, and the more selective directional […]

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