Following his couture presentation for Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld refused to confirm reports that Oscar-winning Australian actress Nicole Kidman will be the next face of the renowned French fashion house. "It's not a done deal, so I can't tell you anything," the German designer told reporters, although […]

The basketball sneakers worn by Larry Bird and Michael Jordan will find themselves on the same team after Nike Inc. has agreed to acquire Converse Inc. of North Andover. Nike valued the deal at $305 million, saying it consisted of an undisclosed amount of cash as well as the assumption of debt. Founded […]

Tax refund specialist Global Refund is hosting a presentation offering an insight into tourist shopping trends for 2003 and onwards. The evening event will include presentations from Ian Yates, managing director of Global Refund UK, and guest speaker James Bradbury, general manager at Madame Tussauds […]

Benetton has embarked upon a UK-wide review of its retail portfolio which may lead to the closure of some of its megastores on prime pitches. The review follows the appointment of chief executive officer Silvano Cassano. The company confirmed a series of closures and openings are on the cards as part […]

Tommy Hilfiger announced plans to bring men's robes, sleepwear and loungewear business in-house beginning next spring. Russell-Newman Inc. has held the license for Hilfiger's men's robes, sleepwear and loungewear since 1994. Russell-Newman also holds and will retain control of women's robes, sleepwear […]

Jigsaw is launching a major assault on the high street with an 'affordable' women's brand, Kew, due to launch in September in 15 stores. It is understood that u to a 100 Kew stores are planned nationwide. The brand is aimed at women who aspire to Jigsaw, but want something a bit more affordable. The […]

Top Shop is planning to launch a sex shop and underwear boutique within its London Oxford Street store this autumn. It will be competing with Ann Summers and other high street retailers like Agent provocateur. A Top Shop spokeswoman says concepts are being worked on, but naming, branding and interior […]

UK agent Carrini is to represent Missoni M for spring 2004. Carrini director Solly Godsi said: "Missoni has enjoyed a great comeback in the last few years and we are delighted to represent them with this collection." The Missoni ready-to-wear, menswear, swimwear and shoes continue to be represented […]

Not just content with designing clothes, US fashion designer brand Ralph Lauren, whose beauty license is held by L'Oréal, has revealed its first haircare line, Good Hair Day. The range comprises three shampoos and one conditioner, appropriately named "Knot Now, Knot Ever." The products, infused […]

It's the time of year again when the haute couture shows hit the runway in Paris. Opened by Dior and Versace, each house made a return to the roots of its inspiration. Dior was back to his magnificent self with Galliano taking us on a journey to dance culture, taking in Charleston, cha-cha, tango and […]

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