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Bulgari fuels talk of bid for Fendi

SPECULATION IS mounting that the Italian luxury goods group Bulgari, whose jewellery is worn by the likes of Catherine Zeta Jones and Lady Helen Taylor, is planning a takeover bid for rival firm Fendi, also Italian and famous for its miniature croissant handbags that are favoured by Naomi Campbell.

Fitting climax to Paris show

THE MIGHTY Yves Saint Laurent closed the autumn/winter haute couture season in Paris yesterday. For his final collection of the century, the designer presented a loving look back at his own past triumphs, proving once again the enormous impact he has had on contemporary fashion.

Real clothes: Pretty as a petal

I love English summers despite the omnipresent danger of rain - it just makes the sunshine all the sweeter. I would write that this summer florals are really in, but I can't remember a summer when they weren't. The one trend that has gained momentum since last year is the trousers under dress one. This is jolly useful for two reasons: nippy summer breezes and if you don't like showing your legs but want to wear a dress. Embroidery is also big news and a fine excuse to get going with the cross stitch. My hot tip is the lovely apron dress by Soft Grey from La Redoute's catalogue (pictured) which the more modest amongst us would wear with a T-shirt underneath, and it costs less than pounds 30. Don't forget to eat lots of jam tarts, which go splendidly with florals and embroidery.

LVMH files actions

LVMH files actions

Gucci wins the right to buy YSL

GUCCI, THE Italian luxury goods group is preparing to buy the French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent from its owner, Francois Pinault, for $1bn, after a Dutch court said the $3bn alliance between Gucci and Mr Pinault could go ahead.

Gucci presses LVMH to raise bid

THE ITALIAN designer house Gucci yesterday raised the pressure on LVMH, the French luxury brands giant, to increase its hostile $85 per share offer ahead of their courtroom meeting this week.

Print and the revolution

Whether wearing a tea dress or a new take on the Hawaiian shirt, we can all be a vision in colourful prints this spring. Styling by Sophia Neophitou. Photographs by Francesca Sorrenti

Theatre Reviews: Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart

Arnault gets upper hand in Gucci battle

BERNARD ARNAULT, the billionaire French businessman, yesterday appeared to gain the upper hand over his bitter rival Francois Pinault in the battle for Gucci, the Italian designer group.

LVMH takes Gucci battle to court

THE STRUGGLE for control of Gucci, the Italian luxury goods group, is set to move to the courtroom today with French rival Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) determined to use all means to pursue its pounds 3.1bn hostile bid.

Golden parachute waits as Gucci weighs up rival bids

THE STRUGGLE for control of luxury goods maker Gucci is expected to reach fever pitch later today as the company's supervisory board meets in Amsterdam to discuss whether it should accept LVMH's $5bn (pounds 3bn) takeover bid.

War waged with Gucci handbags

John Lichfield on a French fight for the Italian fashion house

LVMH trumps Pinault in battle for future of Gucci

THE BATTLE for control of Gucci took a dramatic turn yesterday when the Italian fashion house announced plans to sell a 40 per cent shareholding to Francois Pinault, the billionaire French businessman, in an attempt to fight off LVMH, the luxury goods group controlled by Bernard Arnault.

Outlook: Gucci/Pinault

BERNARD ARNAULT makes a strange convert to the game of cricket, but all of a sudden he's decided to play the game and make a proper offer to Gucci shareholders. For the best part of the past year, the urbane boss of LVMH, the champagne-to-suitcases group, has been trying to get his hands on Gucci by building a stake in the Italian fashion house and pressing for seats on its board. In Anglo Saxon markets this is regarded as trying to obtain control without having to pay for it, and it is just not done. Last night, Mr Arnault did what he should have done months ago and announced his intention to launch a full takeover bid for Gucci.

Fashion: Time after time

Why does fashion have to look backwards to move forwards? This season we've had medieval heroines, Victorian nymphs, Seventies glamour girls and Eighties disco dollies. Trend-watching is more like a history lesson than ever
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