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In brief for February 1 2006

Hot couture: Fashion darling Giorgio Armani was among those lifting the Olympic flame on Sunday as the torch visited Milan, Italy--itself a fashion icon, and one more stop on its 64-day road trip to Torino, where the XX Olympic Winter Games will begin next Friday …

But are they as cute as Owen Wilson? The success of last year's hit movie "Wedding Crashers" has led to a spate of--you guessed it--wedding crashers. Wedding planners using public venues such as hotels are putting more focus on security, says the Wall Street Journal …

Suite sale: Toronto-based Fairmont Hotels has been sold to investment group Colony Capital, based in Los Angeles, and Kingdom Hotels International, headed by Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the companies announced Monday. Colony owns the Singapore-based Raffles chain. Both brands are expected to keep their names after the deal closes this spring …

Big party for Chicago Party Rental: McCook, Ill.-based Chicago Party Rental announced earlier this month that it has acquired Events Chicago, a longtime tent supplier in the Chicago market. The company will operate under the Chicago Party Rental/Events Chicago name with CPR president and chief operating officer Ben Shipper IV as president. “We are all very excited about this venture as it will allow us further growth and rental opportunities to even better service our clients,” Shipper said. “The completion of this acquisition represents a significant step for Chicago Party Rental in our strategy to accelerate growth in our core event equipment rental," added John Kerr, chief financial officer.

Photo courtesy the IOC

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