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Picking the Fashion Runway Winners With Big Data

An analysis of online patterns by big data firm Edited shows the runway styles most likely to resonate with shoppers.

clock 15hEvan Clark

Fashion

Anthony Vaccarello Confirms His Label’s End

The Belgian designer is dedicating himself to Saint Laurent, where he was named creative director last April.

clock 5hMiles Socha

Fashion

Carolina Herrera Hires Vice President of Design

Raffaele Ilardo will head up creative development and design for the Carolina Herrera New York ready-to-wear and bridal collections.

clock 22hRosemary Feitelberg

As Stock Rises, Will Gucci’s Shareholders Punt PPR’s Put?

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If Gucci shares continue to rise as they did last week, it could keep Gucci a public firm and save it from becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of PPR.

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Fashion Features

Big In Japan

TOKYO — Japan is buzzing with retail jewelry activity these days.

Cartier opened an 11,090-square-foot boutique on 2 Chome Street in Ginza in July, De Beers opened three stores in Tokyo in September and Bulgari revealed a plan to open an…

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Fashion Features

The View from Europe

LONDON — It is a universal truth that a brand in search of a slice of the $100 billion fine jewelry market must cultivate the Japanese and U.S. markets.

“If you want your jewelry brand to be successful, you can’t afford not to…

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Fashion Features

The Learning Curve

LONDON — Like miners panning for gold, luxury goods chiefs are learning it takes time and patience — not to mention money — to strike it rich.

The hours, financial investment and sensitivity to heritage involved in turning…

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Fashion Features

Designer Jewels

Fashion designers have long jazzed up their runway shows with fine jewels to add a bit of extra glamour and panache. Now, many designers have taken the next step, introducing signature jewelry lines as a way to expand their business and build their…

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Fashion Features

Go for the Gold

PARIS — In an ultrafeminine season, Marc Jacobs mined the girly-girl turf for Louis Vuitton in a number of unexpected ways, creating Sixties-Cleopatra-meets-Theda Bara looks. His styles ranged from stylish sweaters and skirts to Marilyn Monroe…

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Fashion Features

Time To Be Seen

NEW YORK — It might be time for the watch business to start picking up again, and magazine publishers can’t wait.

This year has been a rough one for watchmakers, as it has been for all luxury goods manufacturers struggling with…

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Fashion Features

Rings Reflect Women’s Rights

NEW YORK — A movement is under way to transform the notion of diamond rings and how women wear them.

The latest product push from the Diamond Trading Co., the sales and marketing arm of De Beers Group, aims to encourage women to don…

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Fashion Features

Jewelry’s Tough Side

PARIS — Some fine jewelry designers are finding inspiration beyond the typical flora and fauna, turning to tougher stuff from guns and music to erotic toys.

After all, if fashion can take inspiration from the street, why shouldn’t…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: In Style…Saville Row…Kay’s Way…Distinctly Not

IN STYLE?: It’s looking pretty good for Stefano Tonchi. While the Esquire fashion creative director had yet to give notice to his boss, David Granger, late last week and a deal may not be completely ironed out, sources far…

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Fashion Features

Bloomingdale’s Aims to Break From Pack

Bloomingdale’s has opened in two former Macy’s units in Atlanta with a sleek, uncluttered ambience. WWD takes a tour.

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Fashion Features

Lazarus to Close Ohio Flagship

The venerable Lazarus-Macy’s store in downtown Columbus, Ohio, will close in August, concluding a small but seminal piece of retailing history.

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Fashion Features

Marino Not Joining Kors, Bakst Named

NEW YORK — Michael Kors Inc. said on Friday that Robin Marino, formerly president and chief operating officer of Kate Spade, would not be joining the company and that Anna Bakst had been named president of Michael Kors accessories.

Marino…

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Fashion Features

New Designer Spotlight

DAVID GOMEZ

NEW YORK — Few can relate fine gems to the jewel-like creations of the world’s finest restaurants as well as David Gomez Pearlberg.

The jewelry designer was once a full-time chef and owned the Fifth Avenue…

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Fashion Features

Searching For Service

DALLAS — Price-oriented chains such as Costco and Wal-Mart might move huge quantities of gold and diamonds, but they don’t often make a big effort to romance the stone.

It seems that the more budget-oriented the store, the less a…

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Fashion Features

Coming This Week

Monday: Los Angeles International Textile Show (through Wednesday).
Montreal Market Week (through Wednesday).

Tuesday: Coach reports on first-quarter earnings.

Wednesday: Luxe Pack Monaco (through…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Brown Found Guilty…Thai FTA On Bush’s Wish List

  • BROWN FOUND GUILTY: Rite Aid Corp.’s former vice chairman and chief counsel, Franklin Brown, was found guilty Friday on 10 criminal counts, including conspiracy and obstruction of justice, by a jury in the U.S. District Court in…

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People

Scream Queen

Creating a buzz about the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”

clock October 20, 2003WWD Staff

People

Smooth Operator

Hold the phone.

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People

Show Time

Killing several birds with a very big stone.

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Fashion Features

Fall’s Hot Bag

NEW YORK — Like a piece of social anthropology on a strap, high-end handbags reflect the style sensibilities of a certain rarefied set at a particular moment. Manufacturers have learned to strike while the leather is hot, cultivating the myth of…

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Fashion Features

Atlanta’s Retail Reconstruction

Rocked by major store openings, closings and in-town developments, Atlanta is moving beyond mere renovation to a total reinvention of its retail scene.

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Financial

Malden Mills Exits Chap. 11 Protection

NEW YORK — After almost two years in bankruptcy, fleece mill Malden Mills Industries Inc. returned to solvency Friday.

But Aaron Feuerstein, the grandson of the company’s founder who gained prominence on the national stage in 1995…

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Financial

Delta Apparel Profits Plummet 67% in 1Q

NEW YORK — Delta Apparel Inc. on Friday posted a first-quarter profit two-thirds lower than its year-ago counterpart.

Net income for the three months ended Sept. 27 dropped 67.1 percent to $589,000, or 14 cents a diluted share, compared…

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Fashion Features

Ellen Tracy Opens the Door

Ellen Tracy’s first store devoted to the brand quietly opened this month, the first of what could be 10 to 12 doors over the next three to five years.

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Fashion Features

Europe Watch: Heading Next Door…Look Out…Jump Start

HEADING NEXT DOOR: Spain’s giant department store chain, El Corte Inglés, plans a second commercial center in Portugal by the end of 2005, sources for the Portuguese division confirmed. With an investment of 150 million euros, or…

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Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Northern Group Enters a New Realm … Arden Offering

NEW YORK — Realm, the fragrance franchise based on synthesized human pheromones, is launching its first women’s scent in a decade.

The new fragrance, an eau de parfum called Pherose by Realm, is slated to launch Nov. 1 in roughly…

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Fashion Features

Mikimoto Fetes New Home

BEVERLY HILLS — While finally being able to inaugurate the newest U.S. flagship ranked high in the festivities Thursday night, for Toyohiko Mikimoto, president of K. Mikimoto & Co., the Japanese parent of the global pearl house, another…

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Fashion Features

Findings: Unionbay Grows Accessories…Gold Mine…Rafe Shop

UNIONBAY GROWS ACCESSORIES: Unionbay is building up its accessories business with a slew of new licensing deals.

Three categories — handbags, hosiery and luggage — were just signed and will bow for spring. New York…

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Fashion Features

Luxe Watch Firms Put On Brighter Face

PARIS — The luxury watch trade isn’t ticking at full speed just yet, but executives in Europe said the tourbillions are beginning to spin a little more regularly.

After a spring season marred by SARS in Asia, a drop in tourism in…

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Fashion Features

Louis Vuitton’s Tambour: Not Enough Time

PARIS — Despite a sluggish luxury watch sector, the Louis Vuitton timepiece department has encountered a problem familiar to its leather goods area: demand outstripping supply.

One year after the launch of its signature Tambour, the firm…

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Fashion Features

Judith Leiber Steps Out at Bergdorf’s

NEW YORK — Venerable handbag designer Judith Leiber made a rare appearance on behalf of her namesake brand last week at Bergdorf Goodman.

Looking rested and relaxed, Leiber mingled with customers and friends at a small luncheon before…

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Fashion Features

Maidenform Dreams On

Maidenform has unveiled its new $6 million print and outdoor advertising campaign, Invista’s latest initiative plus Intimate Notes.

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Fashion Features

Intimate Notes

HOCHMAN TAPS LEIGH: Lisa Leigh has been named president of sales for the licensed Lauren Ralph Lauren collection of sleepwear at Carole Hochman Designs Inc.

Leigh succeeds Susan Feldman, who left the company in September. She will report…

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Fashion Features

Lycra Takes Care of the Body

NEW YORK — Invista Inc., formerly known as Dupont Textiles & Interiors, is backing up one of its newest and biggest marketing campaigns with an annual $2 million investment for research and development in Body Care by Lycra.

Unveiled in…

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Fashion Features

Obituary: Ora Feder, Luxury Lingerie Retailer and Designer

NEW YORK — Ora Feder, who began her designer lingerie business in Manhattan in 1978, died of ovarian cancer Oct. 6 at the Calvary Hospice in The Bronx. Her age could not be learned.

Among the last designers of handmade luxury goods for the…

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Financial

Apparel Job Issue Cuts Two Ways

NEW YORK — Fiscal discipline is a double-edged sword for the apparel industry.

The same actions that have helped to preserve profits in a tough marketplace — production outsourcing, cost controls and expense reductions — have…

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Financial

Innovo Group Lists $2.3M Loss

NEW YORK — The weight of acquisition and marketing charges pressured Innovo Group Inc. into the red for the second consecutive quarter.

In the third quarter ended Aug. 30, the Los Angeles-based apparel and accessories marketer reported a…

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Fashion Features

Midtier French Makers: ‘Be My Guest’

PARIS — Call it a quick burst of originality.

The latest strategy midpriced fashion firms here are employing to shore up their image is collaborating with young designers on seasonal projects intended to lend them more creative…

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Fashion Features

Razzle Dazzle

NEW YORK — The $43 billion American fine jewelry business has been moving at a healthy clip in recent years, bringing in a plethora of new players, many of which are aggressively entering the field with branded baubles. While fine jewelry was…

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Fashion Features

A Brand New World

NEW YORK — Jewelry and watch executives are facing the challenge of developing strategies to gain market share in a time when the luxury sector is volatile.

With ongoing worldwide economic woes, a concurrent global travel slump and the…

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Fashion Features

More, More, More

NEW YORK — The high stakes war of the must-have bag goes on — except this season no one victor emerges.Unlike Louis Vuitton’s runaway win with last season’s Murakami bags, the key for spring isn’t one It bag, it’s…

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Fashion Features

As Stock Rises, Will Gucci’s Shareholders Punt PPR’s Put?

If Gucci shares continue to rise as they did last week, it could keep Gucci a public firm and save it from becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of PPR.

clock October 20, 2003Amanda Kaiser

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