Fame and fashion. It seems they can't get enough of each other. Just as we think our celebrity-driven culture has reached its peak, they meet again in ever-surprising ways.The point in question is the recent news that actress Cate Blanchett has become the face of Donna Karan. For an undisclosed sum, […]

Jean Paul Gaultier will replace Martin Margiela as chief designer at Hermès. Gaultier's first ready-to-wear line for the label will be for autumn 04. Hermes said the collaboration would not affect Gaultier's position within his own company, in which Hermès has a 35 per cent stake.

The world's third-largest luxury group Gucci on Wednesday reported a 97 percent slide in first-quarter earnings as a strong euro and the SARS outbreak hit sales of smart bags, fashion goods and perfumes. The Dutch-listed firm with Italian roots saw net income tumble to 1.2 million euros ($1.39 million) […]

Luxury goods group Gucci announced plans to return €1.3bn (£710m) to shareholders after admitting it had run out of ideas about what to do with its cash pile. The move amounts to a windfall for Pinault-Printemps-Redoubt, the French retailer that has a 63% stake in Gucci, […]

Marks & Spencer are to expand its plus-size collection this September from 50 to 75 stores. Due to customer demand the versatile range has expanded 40 per cent from last season, offering accessories, evening, sport and daywear. M&S is further launching a sleepwear collection for autumn 03, priced […]

Designer Betty Jackson is ending her longstanding relationship with Marks & Spencer. This autumn will be her last collection for the retailer's designer offer Autograph. Jackson was one of the founding designers of the autograph range three years ago. Before that she had been a consultant for M&S. […]

Do you own a fashion company? Are you making the best use of the latest technology? That was the question raised by senior executives in the industry at the Imagination Gallery, London, recently. Many organisations are preaching the gospel of integration: the implementation of a system which consists […]

Jil Sander is rejoining the eponymous fashion label she founded. She sold the company to Prada in 1999 and then left amid speculation there had been disagreements with Prada chief executive Patrizio Bertelli. Sander has been reappointed as head designer and will sit on Prada's strategic committee.

Sportswear retailer Footlocker is set to continue the 50-store chain's UK expansion despite the departure of European chief executive officer Simon Cooper. Cooper has been poached by Pentland and will become president of swimwear brand Speedo on June 9. Sources close to Footlocker said the setback was […]

Cult label 6876 is to return to wholesale for this autumn. Hailed by the fashion pack, it was stocked at the likes of Liberty in its hayday until financial difficulties made it a short-term success. Thankfully, the label has re-emerged with new backers following the setbacks of last season. Headed by […]

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