Arnault Lets Them Eat Cake Amid Luxury Hospitality Push

Maison Cheval Blanc - Courchevel | Source: LVMH

PARIS, France — French billionaire Bernard Arnault wants you to spend the night and eat his pastries. After decades of acquiring luxury goods that consumers can drink and wear, the chairman of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA last week bought a five-star hotel in St. Barths and in June added a storied Milanese cafe, accelerating his push to meet all his well-heeled clients’ earthly needs.

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Dior, Versace, Schiaparelli Energize Paris Couture

Source: Associated Press

PARIS, France — Naomi Campbell not only owns the clothes she wears, but by her sheer magnetic presence commands the entire runway when she walks it. Donatella Versace knows this well, casting the age-defying 43-year-old to start Paris haute couture week with a bang of indomitable energy.

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Naomi Campbell Opens Couture Week for Versace

Naomi Campbell | Source: Associated Press

PARIS, France — There are only a couple of models in the world who own not just the clothes they wear when they walk the runway but, by their sheer magnetic presence, command the entire show and with it the undivided attention of every spectator in the room. One such model is Naomi Campbell.

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Photo Diary | Milan Men’s Fashion Week, Days 1-2: Jil Sander, Versace, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, Prada

MILAN, Italy — Today our contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde files backstage imagery from the Jil Sander, Versace, Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood, Prada and Moncler shows, held on days one and two of Milan men's fashion week.

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Versace to Decide on Stake Sale by the End of 2013, CEO Says

Versace Spring/Summer 2013 campaign | Source: Versace

MILAN, Italy — Gianni Versace SpA, an Italian maker of $950 flower-print jeans, expects to decide by “October or November,” if it will sell a minority stake publicly or privately to fund growth, chief executive officer Gian Giacomo Ferraris said.

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Qatar Holding ‘Looking At’ Versace Investment

Versace Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Versace

MILAN, Italy — Qatar Holding and an Italian state-owned investment fund have expressed interest in the luxury fashion house Versace, according to the Italian daily newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. Qatar Holding, part of the gulf state’s sovereign wealth fund and current owner of London department store Harrods, is said to be “looking carefully” at Versace, along with the Fondo Strategico Italiano, or FSI, the Italian investment fund owned

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Photo Diary | Milan Fashion Week: Versace, Sportmax, Blumarine, Marni, Gianfranco Ferre and Armani

MILAN, Italy — Our roving photographer Sonny Vandevelde brings us backstage imagery from the final days of Milan Fashion Week, with striking photos from the Versace, Sportmax, Blumarine, Marni, Gianfranco Ferre and Armani shows. Sonny Vandevelde is a contributing photographer at The Business of Fashion.

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Colin’s Column | Paris Couture Week, Continued

PARIS, France — The weather was vile, the taxi shortage extreme. The gutters ran with filthy water from melting snow. We slid and slithered in ankle deep slush. In short, Paris was not at its best. But this was Couture Week (well, three days, which is symptomatic of how fashion ‘weeks’ have shrunk, but old habits — and titles — die hard in fashion circles) and we felt privileged to be there. But is everything shown in Paris during

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Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments in Milan for Menswear A/W 2013

Prada A/W 2013 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

MILAN, Italy — Sonny Vandevelde was backstage in Milan again this season to give us a behind-the-scenes look into the Milan menswear collections for Autumn/Winter 2013. Accessories were strong, with bold shoes and standout leathergoods from Burberry, Bottega Veneta and Prada. Mrs Prada also advocated a relaxed, but considered geek chic vibe amongst some of the more put together looks in shades of grey, black and beige seen

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