Louis Vuitton Cup nears the end of round-robin matches

Robinson Louis Vuitton Cup update after seven races SAN FRANCISCO, July 29, 2013 Just two matches remain in the Louis Vuitton Cup round-robin matches, but Emirates Team New Zealand has now won nine races in nine starts , which gives the team the option of advancing to the Louis Vuitton Cup Final or choosing its opponent for the semifinal round. With skipper Dean Barker back on the helm after Saturdays breather, on Sunday the Kiwi team grabbed the lead on the first reach leg against Luna Rossa Challenge and never looked back. Emirates Team New Zealand led by 7 seconds at the first turning mark, 35 seconds at the second turning mark and 1:35 at the third turning mark on the way to a 3:20 victory. After Sundays victory, Emirates Team New Zealand exercised its option to skip the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals and advance straight to the final. That decision ensures a semifinal match between Luna Rossa Challenge and Artemis Racing. Artemis Racing first day of sailing on the Big Blue. (Photo: Sander van der Borch/Artemis Racing) Barker told a press conference in San Francisco on Sunday that the team had thought about how to use the time between the end of the round robins and the final. We weighed up whether to race the semifinals and get more race practice on the course but not knowing if Artemis would be ready to start, against spending more time on developing the boat. Without going into detail, Barker said a number of subtle changes (some cosmetic) and improvements in various components should make us significantly faster around the course. Barker said the team would not race against Artemis on Tuesday, the teams last scheduled round-robin match, opting instead to use the time to work on the boat. Artemis Racing is back sailing the teams AC 72 , following a fatal training accident in Maybut has yet to start a Louis Vuitton Cup match. The team says that it intends to compete in the semifinals, marking August 6 as its target date for racing. Jill K. Robinson is an award-winning journalist and adventure seeker.

Michelle Williams Shows Off Her Darker Side in New Louis Vuitton Ads

LVMH Chief Executive Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man, said in January that Louis Vuitton’s slowdown was voluntary and the brand had put the brakes on opening new shops to preserve its exclusivity. At that time, Arnault publicly admitted for the first time that Louis Vuitton, LVMH’s biggest contributor to profits, was at risk of being too ubiquitous. To counter that perception, Arnault said the brand would move upscale and expand its leather bag offering while pruning its portfolio of LV-embossed canvas bags which make up two third of its business and generate gross margins of around 90 percent. LVMH Finance Director Jean-Jacques Guiony on Friday said Louis Vuitton’s margins rose in the first half, both at the operating and gross level, reversing a decline which analysts estimate started two or three years ago. “People feared that less canvas and more leather could impact Louis Vuitton’s margins,” said Exane BNP Paribas analyst Luca Solca. HSBC calculated that Louis Vuitton’s operating margin fell to 42 percent from 44 percent between 2011 and 2012. RELIEF Sales growth at LVMH’s fashion and leather goods division, of which Louis Vuitton makes up 75 percent of sales, doubled in the second quarter to 6 percent from 3 percent in the previous three months on a like-for-like basis.

LVMH shares jump as Louis Vuitton calms worries

Shoppers walk past a Louis Vuitton store in Shanghai in this March 8, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Aly Song

Wed, Jul 24, 2013 5:01 PM EDT Print Michelle Williams stuns in Louis Vuitton ad. (Louis Vuitton)After her glittery stint playing Glinda the Good Witch in “Oz the Great and Powerful,” Michelle Williams decided to play up her dark side in a vampy new ad campaign for Louis Vuitton. The images are simply breathtaking! In one, the pale-skinned star looks sultry and sexy wearing a ruffled black dress. She’s rocking tousled tresses, deep wine-colored lips, some seriously dark eyebrows, and black nails. The contrast of her blond pixie cut and milky skin against the dark handbag and dress definitely add an extra dramatic flair. Michelle pops another pose.

Tickets to go on sale for Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Final beginning Tuesday

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Michelle Williams Is Un-Photoshopped Perfection Behind The Scenes For Louis Vuitton

This, after Emirates Team New Zealand elected to advance directly to the Final which set up the Semi Final pairing of Luna Rossa vs. Artemis Racing. Tickets for the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals (Emirates Team New Zealand vs. the winner of the Semi Final) and Americas Cup Finals (ORACLE TEAM USA vs. the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup) are already on sale. Weve had great support from all the teams and its nice that everyone has recognized the effort our team has made to get on the water Artemis Racing skipper Iain Percy said on Sunday. At the end of the process well be good to get out there and race. Were really looking forward to it. Ahead of Sundays press conference with the skippers of the three challengers, Barclay also paid tribute to the response from the public in San Francisco to the opening weeks of preliminary racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup, Americas Cup Challenger Series. Over these opening weeks, weve had nearly 175,000 visitors at Americas Cup Park (on the Embarcadero at Piers 27/29) and over 25,000 at the Americas Cup Village (at Marina Green).

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