BUSINESS | Sports Illustrated, Juice Couture And Dozens Of Brands Get $875 Million From Blackrock

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - Private equity powerhouse BlackRock made a big $875 million investment and become the largest shareholder of a company that owns Sports Illustrated, Nine West, Juice Couture and dozens of other brands. The deal, which was first reported Sunday by the Wall Street Journal, closed on Friday, a BlckRock (BLK) spokesperson confirmed … Continue reading BUSINESS | Sports Illustrated, Juice Couture And Dozens Of Brands Get $875 Million From Blackrock

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FASHION | Chinese Model Dumps Versace In T-Shirt Controversy, As Donatella Apologizes

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - A leading Chinese brand ambassador has quit Versace, claiming that one of the brand’s T-shirts broke Beijing’s “one China” policy. Yang Mi, an actress and singer, issued a statement announcing the termination of her contract with the luxury fashion house in response to a design which appeared to list Hong Kong … Continue reading FASHION | Chinese Model Dumps Versace In T-Shirt Controversy, As Donatella Apologizes

BUSINESS | Dior’s Solution To The Plastic-Waste Crisis Is A Gold-Painted Straw Made Of Hand-Blown Glass – And A 6-Pack Of Them Will Set You Back $146

This summer has been no shortage of luxury fashion brands announce new efforts to combat the reckless pollution wrought by the industry, which accounts for a good portion of the world’s textile waste and water contamination. But Dior is extending these efforts beyond the clothes it makes and into another space altogether: reusable straws. On … Continue reading BUSINESS | Dior’s Solution To The Plastic-Waste Crisis Is A Gold-Painted Straw Made Of Hand-Blown Glass – And A 6-Pack Of Them Will Set You Back $146

HAUTE COUTURE FASHION WEEK | Elie Saab’s Asia

Paris, France - Amid mysterious clouds of Persian blue mist, Elie Sab fashioned up a standout couture collection Wednesday using the symbolism of China. The Lebanese designer reimagined traditional Chinese drawing through embroiders with sequins, palettes and sparkle that depicted fauna and flora; elements, the house said, that represent powerful protective spirits in Eastern legend. … Continue reading HAUTE COUTURE FASHION WEEK | Elie Saab’s Asia

ARTS | Bulgari Exhibit In Rome Features “La Dolce Vita” – Era Jewels

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Glamorous jewelry and vintage fashion from “La dolce Vita” era are the star attractions of Bulgari’s new exhibition in Rome. The exhibition “Bvlgari, the story, the dream” includes the diamond-and-sapphire sautoir necklace that Hollywood star Richard Burton gave Elizabeth Taylor during their stormy love affair. The exhibition is hosted in two … Continue reading ARTS | Bulgari Exhibit In Rome Features “La Dolce Vita” – Era Jewels

Fashion | Armani Launches Fifth Olympic Campaign

Milan, Italy – Milan Fashion Week for Spring/Summer menswear previews has started with a slightly different rhythm, with many mainstays not showing this season. Milano, Italy – Giorgio Armani and Italian Olympic officials used the runway to announce Armani’s fifth Olympic Games as the Italian team’s officials uniform designer. Some 30 Olympians and Paralympians introduces … Continue reading Fashion | Armani Launches Fifth Olympic Campaign

Business | Hey Big Spender – How Luxury Brands Are Raising The Stakes On Instagram

Big-spending luxury brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior are splashing out on everything from dance-fuelled fashion shows to teams of advisers as they target social media platforms in the hunt for young shoppers. Without the entry barriers of magazine advertising – where a one page glossy ad can cost tens of thousands of … Continue reading Business | Hey Big Spender – How Luxury Brands Are Raising The Stakes On Instagram