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Opening Ceremony Gets a New Investor

Everyone’s go-to shop for graphic sweatshirts, quirky snapbacks, and killer accessories is getting a major financial boost. WWD reports that Berkshire Partners has recently taken a minority stake in Opening Ceremony. The Boston-based equity firm plans to enhance e-commerce, further develop ready-to-wear, add more locations, and introduce new stores to exclusively sell the Opening Ceremony label.

Julien Dossena Talks Paco Rabanne, Atto, and Paris’ Shifting Landscape

LVMH Prize finalist. Creative director of Paco Rabanne. Founder of the fledgling label Atto. French designer Julien Dossena is juggling a lot of roles this spring, but he was in New York last week wearing his Paco Rabanne hat. Dossena replaced Manish Arora at Rabanne early last year shortly after leaving Balenciaga, where he worked under Nicolas Ghesquière. By his own account, he has his work cut out for him at Rabanne. Outside of France and fashion circles, the brand is known for little more than perfume and men’s cologne, despite the late designer’s groundbreaking designs of the 1960s.

Berkshire Partners Invests In Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony is planning to expand thanks to a minority investment from Boston-based Berkshire Partners. The investment company recently teamed up with former David Yurman CEO Glen Senk to invest in consumer and retailing businesses. The new venture with Senk is called Front Row Partners LLC and Berkshire Partners recently put $350 million toward Front Row Partner's upcoming investments. Senk, who is the CEO and chairman of Front Row Partners, has also been named non-executive chairman to Opening Ceremony's recently-created board.

EXCLUSIVE: AmfAR to Honor Calvin Klein Collection, HBO, and H.R.H. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

When it comes to spring soirees, the amfAR fete is one of the hottest tickets in town. For its fifth annual Inspiration Gala celebrating men’s style, the world’s top menswear designers will create custom-made looks for a print-focused runway show at The Plaza’s Palm Court. The evening, which is scheduled for June 10, will also serve to honor a few standup groups and individuals: H.R.H. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, HBO, and Calvin Klein Collection.

Vogue Staffs Up Its Site, Readies For Redesign

Vogue is in the midst of a digital revamp, but you’ll have to wait until September to see the result. The fashion glossy’s online counterpart has been undergoing a total makeover, which began six months ago and will be completed in time for the next NYFW. Vogue.com was last given a redux back in 2010. Not only will Condé Nast’s crown jewel get a shiny new look, but they’ll be getting a larger staff as well. Moving from the print masthead, Catherine Piercy was chosen as beauty director of the site this year, after eight years as a beauty writer at Vogue.

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Get Jessed Up: Local Event: Fashion Truck Gathering!

On Saturday, April 26th, from 12:00 - 6:00 pm, Baltimore's first accessories-only mobile boutique, Side Dish, will host its first outdoor fashion event, Boulevard of Chic. This will be the first of its kind: a fashion truck rally. Count.

Fooling Around

The spring gala season can be a long march for the social set, one black-tie gala after another, but every year New Yorkers for Children's Fool's Fête provides a bit of relief: The dresses are shorter, the colors are brighter, the evening's program is by comparison more concise, and the thirty-sixth-floor ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental gives a great view of Central Park's just-bloomed trees.