Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Business

Starbucks' Schultz Sees Sweeping Retail Consolidation

As U.S. retailing consolidates, Starbucks sees adding 12,000 stores worldwide through 2021.

clock 12hDavid Moin and Evan Clark

Business

Jewelry Brand Kendra Scott Puts Stake on the Block

The Austin, Tex.-based jeweler could be valued at $1 billion or higher in the Jefferies-run process.

clock 8hEvan Clark

Business

Hear J. Crew's Mickey Drexler Getting Succession-Minded

J. Crew Group is working to improve its business and moving to create a succession plan.

clock 16hDavid Moin

America’s Most Fashionable Colleges

No cover image

Overview

Throughout the past two months, more than 30 reporters from WWD fanned across the country, combing nearly 70 college campuses, seeking out the trendsetters, the most fashionable classes, the hottest looks and the future industry brains.

From This Issue

People

Fit for a King

How Prince William stays fit for a king.

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Jordan Bridges in “New Suit.”

People

Bridges’ Game

Meet the next Bridges, as in Lloyd, Beau, Jeff and now Jordan.

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

An image from David Teboul's Yves Saint Laurent documentary.

People

Eye Scoop

Meet the next Bridges, as in Lloyd, Beau, Jeff and now Jordan…How Prince William stays fit for a king…plus a slew of scoops.

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Rena Rowan Damone in Palm Beach last month

Fashion Features

Rena’s Reality

Since retiring from Jones Apparel Group in 2000, ex-designer Rena Rowan Damone has embarked on a new lifestyle. But she has a bone to pick.

clock May 1, 2003Lisa Lockwood

Fashion Features

N.Y. State to Pursue Internet, Catalog Tax

ALBANY, New York — New York State may become the 39th state to join a coalition to collect sales taxes on purchases made in catalogs and over the Internet.

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, a Republican, and Assembly Speaker Silver,…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Fin.part Names Livolsi Chairman

MILAN — Cerruti parent Fin.part named Ubaldo Livolsi as chairman to replace Gianluigi Facchini, who stepped down Sunday after auditors rejected the group’s annual results.

Fin.part said Livolsi’s appointment is just the first…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

SEC Files Suits Against Candie’s Execs

NEW YORK — Candie’s Inc. and several of its current and former key executives consented to cease-and-desist orders to be entered against them after the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday filed lawsuits in Manhattan federal…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Evolution of an Icon

Levi Strauss & Co. marks its 150th anniversary in business today, a moment in time marked not by precision but by persistency.

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Levi Strauss founded his eponymous company in 1853

Fashion Features

Levi’s Sesquicentenary

1853

The Founding

An immigrant from Buttenheim, Bavaria, named Levi Strauss moves to San Francisco, where he opens a dry-goods business, wholesaling primarily men’s clothing to the small general stores of the American…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

WWD Photo

Fashion Features

Levi’s Takes Center Stage

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the past several years, executives at Levi Strauss & Co. had noticed an odd pattern.

When they slipped into the office to get a little work done on the weekends, they’d often find clusters of tourists standing…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Levi’s introduced “Freedomalls,” one-piece suits for women, in 1918. They are now part of the archive.

Fashion Features

Working in the Coal Mine

SAN FRANCISCO — During the high-end jeans boom of the last several years, many American shoppers got used to the idea of paying hefty sums for dungarees, regularly browsing through stores that demand $100, $200 or even $300 for certain…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Organic wash denim

Fashion Features

Denim Dish

Feel These Jeans

First-mover advantage is usually a term associated with breakout businesses, especially in the dot-com heyday. But it’s becoming a familiar refrain in the crowded denim industry, with players such as Mik Serfontaine…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Miss Selfridge is becoming edgier and more stylish.

Fashion Features

Miss Selfridge Comes of Age

LONDON — The high street’s favorite little sister, Miss Selfridge, is growing up.

The British brand, with its pink fuzzy heart logo, has long been perceived as a fluffy, girly version of leading high-street names such as Topshop,…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Shopping Spree

Consumers’ spending habits by product category, based on household income.

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Butterflies are Free Spenders

NEW YORK — Market researchers make their livings coining new terms to identify consumers. Cocooning, the last important behavioral trend, was discovered in the late Eighties. It refers to the lifestyle and buying habits of consumers said to be…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Adidas Sees First-Quarter Gains

BERLIN — Lead by the Adidas brand and a favorable financial picture, Adidas-Salomon AG scored a strong first quarter, with net earnings and sales posting double-digit gains.

Despite the ongoing worldwide economic, political and medical…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Shakira in a new Reebok commercial.

Fashion Features

Sidelines

REEBOK’S PEACE SIGN: Shakira’s call for world peace consists of a new Reebok commercial, which comprises her self-written tribal music, gyrating hips and handmade peace sign in the sands. Sophie Muller, who has worked with No Doubt and…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

’03 America’s Most Fashionable Colleges

In our first nationwide survey of colleges and universities, wwd takes the fashion temperature at campuses across the land. Our reading? Hot.

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

The main building at Notre Dame

Fashion Features

From The Editor

May Day, in pagan Europe, was a day of revelry heralding the coming of summer. In the late 19th century, the date was appropriated as International Workers’ Day. And for millions of high school seniors around the country, today marks a milestone…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Scene

Fifth Avenue, Rodeo Drive and Collegetown, USA. Designer bags hit campus. Student icons run the gamut from the silver screen to dear old Mom.

Bag Ladies

“A casual look with a really cool bag makes a statement,” says Eleanor Ennis, a…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

The Top Ten

COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE A STYLISH LOT, AND FOR GOOD REASONS. PULLED AWAY FROM THE CLIQUES AND CONFORMITY OF THEIR HINTERLAND HIGH SCHOOLS, THEY COME TOGETHER IN A—HOPEFULLY—MORE DIVERSE ENVIRONMENT. SUDDENLY INDEPENDENT, THEIR FREEDOM COMES…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Honorable Mentions

Of course, there are more than just ten fashionable colleges and universities in the U.S. More, in fact, than even an additional two pages of honorable mentions can handle. Nonetheless, the following five schools were debated, defended, reviewed and…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

A League of Their Own

They don’t have sororities, football teams or biology departments, but America’s design schools may still be the best place for the committed fashion-phile.

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS

VALENCIA,…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Tyler Rowland shows off his all-pink wardrobe.

Fashion Features

Profile: In The Pink At Cal Arts

Tyler Rowland wears all pink. Not just occasionally. Non-stop.

More specifically, the Cal Arts second-year graduate art student has worn the rosy hue since May 16, 2002. For almost a year, pink has been his uniform, a long-running…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

The Campus Cast

When it comes to collegiate chic, coeds from across the country know how to work a range of looks as broad as a liberal arts course catalog.

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

College Blues

Trends come and go, but one great designer, Levi Strauss, continues to influence the collegiate fashion psyche from way up there in blues heaven.

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Notre Dame’s Hope Feher.

Fashion Features

Go Fish

During her first month in the wooded idyll of Wesleyan University, then-freshman Nefatari Cooper found herself fielding an annoying question from fellow students again and again: “Why are you so dressed up?”

Cooper, a New York fashion girl who…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Ole Miss girls wear jeans with grace.

Fashion Features

Alpha Beta Glamour

Are sororities cliques of look-alike dressers? Sure, but they also set the fashion for campuses across the country.

Forget sisterhood: Think fashion pack. Whether you lament sororities as bastions of antediluvian feminine roles or cheer them as…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Nu Society boys wrestle on Vanderbilt’s Wilson Lawn.

Fashion Features

…And The Fashion Frat

The big joke at Vanderbilt University is that all the girls on campus were prom queens in high school and all the guys were “total nerds.” So with such an imbalance of female pulchritude and fashion savvy, it might come as some surprise to learn that…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Indian University’s in-depth campus coverage in the Indiana Daily Student.

Fashion Features

Just Write

Student journalists find plenty of fodder in fashion, and the results are fab.

Right now, somewhere in America, a college student is furiously hunting and pecking away at the keyboard. The clock is ticking and he or she is thinking: How…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

WWD Photo

Fashion Features

America’s Most Fashionable Colleges

Throughout the past two months, more than 30 reporters from WWD fanned across the country, combing nearly 70 college campuses, seeking out the trendsetters, the most fashionable classes, the hottest looks and the future industry brains. Inside, our…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Geoffrey Lawson’s model for a fashion-related building; Catherine Irwin’s perspective.

Fashion Features

Style Cum Laude

Is Issey Miyake an artist or a fashion designer? He’ll say he’s a designer, but there are university students out there willing to argue—and bet their bachelors—that he’s an artist. Because liberal arts colleges…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

The Brands They Wear

As part of this look at American colleges and universities, WWD surveyed nearly 1,300 college students around the country to gauge their current consumer preferences and brand awareness. The survey also looked at the publications they turn to for…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

If Money Were No Object

These brands made students’ hearts beat fast—and long for their first adult paycheck. “Haute couture! Galliano, Dior, you name it, I’d love to be in it,” remarks Neasa Coll, a Harvard sophmore. “Walking into classes, you can see any style…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

In Brief: Going for Gucci … Seeking a Pretty Penny … New Tiffany Store … Tommy at Jones Beach …

GOING FOR GUCCI: An affiliate of France’s Pinault-Printemps-Redoute SA spent approximately $112 million to acquire 1.14 million shares of Gucci Group NV, boosting PPR’s stake in Gucci to 62.2 percent. The purchases were made on the…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Iman with her Vuitton bag.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Iman’s Connections … Museum Quality … Mesdames X

IMAN’S CONNECTIONS: Iman, sporting an ultra-coveted Louis Vuitton Takashi Murakami bag at a luncheon Wednesday where she was honored with an Outstanding Mother award by the National Mother’s Day Committee, said she can’t believe the…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

A sexy image from Abercrombie & Fitch&#8217s summer A&F Quarterly

Fashion Features

If I Ruled The (Marketing) World

College students voice their opinions on the best way to sell to their peers. Are you listening, Fashion?

In the movie Big, it takes a child to design toys that other kids will actually like. Perhaps the “it-takes-one-to-know-one” theory could…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Fashion Obsessions

STUDENTS ON A BUDGET SEEK OUT GREAT VINTAGE TO QUENCH THEIR THIRST FOR INDIVIDUAL STYLE.

Status labels aren’t for everyone. Most real-world students just can’t afford them, while others find them politically taboo. But whether…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Acknowledgements

American University: Todd Sedmak, director of media relations; Bard College: Annel Cabrera, Erin Cannan, Mark Primoff, Pat Pontecorvo; Bennington College: Linda Anderson, Leah Estell, Andy Spence, Sue Rees, Isabelle Kaplan, Holly McCormack; Boston…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Visa Trial Delayed Again

NEW YORK — For the second time in the same week, a class-action lawsuit by retailers over the fees paid in debit card transactions was delayed moments before the trial was to begin because of settlement talks.

Visa USA, the sole remaining…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Saks Sizing Up a Mini-Me

Saks Fifth Avenue has a new growth strategy for small stores focused on high-margin, high-traffic categories, but there’s no green light for it yet.

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Lauder Profit Surges 73.9%

The third-quarter was a charm for The Estée Lauder Cos., which reported a 73.9 percent jump in profits.

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Controversy Over Parsons Show

NEW YORK — There’s controversy brewing on campus.

A major curriculum change, initiated two years ago in the fashion department at Parsons School of Design here, has erupted into a heated disagreement between faculty and students…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Delia’s Seeking Financing

NEW YORK — Teen retailer Delia’s Corp. said Wednesday that it was delaying its fourth-quarter and yearend conference call for the second time because it is seeking additional financing.

Delia’s, which sells apparel,…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Dallas: One Plan Down, Another Up

DALLAS — Developers last week gave up their bid to create a downtown fashion mart here when they failed to garner sufficient interest, but despite the stumbling block, a handful of contemporary sales representatives are not willing to let the…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Fashion Features

DuPont Meet: DTI Sale on Track

WILMINGTON, Del. — What a difference a year makes.

DuPont’s decision to spin off or sell its $6.3 billion intermediates and fibers business may have generated buzz at last year’s annual shareholder meeting, but chairman and…

clock May 1, 2003WWD Staff

Essentialist

Today's Must Read

Raf Simons

Fashion

Calvin Klein’s Amy Mellen, Senior VP of Home, Is Leaving

clock 13hLisa Lockwood

Social Studies