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THE LOWDOWN: The frenzy for accessories will soon be hitting the slopes. Luxury French ski brand Moncler, which was bought by Italian Remo Ruffini in 2003, has unveiled its first line of puffy snow boots and bags in its signature nylon and down combo. Getting back to its roots, Moncler also is preparing to open its first off-piste store in Paris in July. It also operates stores in St. Moritz in Switzerland and Courmayeur in Italy, with another bowing soon in Crans Montana in Switzerland.
GREEN TO STAY AT TESCO?: Speculation that Terry Green, chief executive of clothing at the U.K. supermarket chain Tesco, was to defect to rival retailer Marks & Spencer, has been rife in the British press. However, it seems that, for the moment, he's staying put. Several newspapers reported that Green, who has held his post at Tesco since 2005, was in talks with M&S chief executive Stuart Rose to head up Marks & Spencer's clothing lines. Green and Rose had worked together at British retailers The Burton Group, before Green was appointed ceo of retailer Debenhams in 1991. However, London's Evening Standard reported Tuesday that Sir Terry Leahy, ceo of Tesco, had persuaded Green to stay to continue to develop Tesco's clothing lines. A spokeswoman for M&S declined to comment, as did a spokeswoman for Tesco.
LET'S DANCE: Madonna and Kylie Minogue aren't the only pop superstars chez H&M. David Bowie is the inaugural guest curator of a new annual music and arts event dubbed "The H&M High Line Festival," to be held May 9 to 19. The Manhattan happening is named after disused elevated railway tracks, soon to become a public pathway, which will receive a part of the proceeds. Arcade Fire, Air and Laurie Anderson are among musical acts already signed up to perform during the 10-day festival, along with comedian Ricky Gervais. "The request was for me to choose artists and acts that I myself would go out of my way to see," Bowie said in a statement on his Web site.