Sparring Over Strategy: Tensions Said Building Between Lang and Prada

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Speculation is rife in Europe that tensions between Helmut Lang and the Prada Group are mounting and may be nearing the breaking point.

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Helmut Lang

Fashion Features

Sparring Over Strategy: Tensions Said Building Between Lang and Prada

Speculation is rife in Europe that tensions between Helmut Lang and the Prada Group are mounting and may be nearing the breaking point.

clock January 19, 2005Miles Socha

Jay Margolis


Limited Taps Jay Margolis

The former president of Reebok International Ltd. has been appointed to the newly created role of group president of Limited Brands’ apparel segment.

clock January 19, 2005Meredith Derby


Housecleaning at Ann Taylor?

NEW YORK — Ann Taylor Stores Corp. is clearing out members of the executive suite at its Ann Taylor division, according to sources Tuesday.

Those executives said to be on the hit list: Laurie David, head of human resources; Kim Decker,…

clock January 19, 2005David Moin

Fashion Features

In Brief: Street Sense … Armani, Bergdorf’s Online … Moving Product …

STREET SENSE: Florence-based fashion house Ermanno Scervino said it is launching a line dubbed Scervino Street that will target a younger customer, ages 18 to 25, with an “urban chic” sensibility. Venetian firm AVM will…

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The Bush nieces, Lauren and Ashley, pick their inaugural dresses … Pole dancing, the latest craze … On the market for a cool $17.9 million.

clock January 19, 2005Aileen Mehle

Serge Jureidini and Chris Payne

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Armani Eyes New Turf With Black Code Scent

Giorgio Armani is moving to strengthen his dominant grip on the men’s market with a new fragrance, Black Code.

clock January 19, 2005Bryn Kenny

Pharrell Williams

Fashion Features

Reebok, Pharrell Williams Part Ways

Pharrell Williams’ BBC Ice Cream and Reebok issue a joint statement announcing the end of their short-lived footwear and apparel licensing deal.

clock January 19, 2005Ross Tucker

A look by Ann Demeulemeester.

Fashion Features

Demeulemeester Gets New Shareholder

Ann Demeulemeester, the edgy Belgian designer, has a new investor and is planning to use the capital infusion to expand her business.

clock January 19, 2005Robert Murphy

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Zac Attack … No Gallery Yet … The Half-Time Show

ZAC ATTACK: Zac Posen, who sells his sportswear at Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue and Harvey Nichols, is busy these days mapping out the future of his business. Having just launched a collection…

clock January 19, 2005WWD Staff

Antonio Berardi’s cotton gauze dress with jet bead embroidery.

Fashion Features

Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner

Emma Bunton is releasing her first solo album in the U.S. and has dropped her Spice Girls nickname and kitschy look in favor of a more glam persona.

clock January 19, 2005WWD Staff

“People who said the brooch is dead were premature,” said David Wolfe. Here, a Banana Republic brooch.

Fashion Features

Divining Fall’s Fashions

A Q&A with David Wolfe, creative director of the Doneger Group forecasting service, on global trends and the impact on U.S. fashion.

clock January 19, 2005Holly Haber


Kahn’s Departure Drives May Stock

In the first full day of trading after Gene Kahn resigned from the helm at May Co. its shares skyrocketed, closing up 15.7 percent to $32.21.

clock January 19, 2005Arthur Zaczkiewicz and Meredith Derby


Gadzooks Now Accepting Bids

NEW YORK — Bankrupt Gadzooks Inc. is up for sale.

Bids for the struggling Carrollton, Tex.-based 243-unit chain are due on Feb. 4, and should be submitted to Michael O’Hara of Financo Inc. Financo is Gadzooks’ investment…

clock January 19, 2005Vicki M. Young

Standing: Lew Frankfort, Burton M. Tansky, Mackey J. McDonald and Leonard Schlesinger. Seated: Gilbert W. Harrison and Kip Tindell.


Building a Brand: Service, Location and Research

NEW YORK — Just making a sale isn’t enough these days for retailers. More important is having a strong brand, one that lures consumers back.

How successful companies accomplish this was a key point made during Financo’s Fourth…

clock January 19, 2005Vicki M. Young

American Eagle’s Laura Weil, Robert Wildrick of Jos. A. Bank and David Tracy.


Financo Serves Frivolity and Forecasts

NEW YORK — Among industry events, the Financo Inc. dinner remains a coveted ticket and an evening where the gossip and ribbing run rampant and a fraternal feeling prevails.

And this year’s dinner, given Monday at the Harmonie Club,…

clock January 19, 2005David Moin


NRF Shows Retailers Bullish on RFID

As attendees at the NRF convention in New York were looking for the next big idea, one idea emerged: Retailers are committed to RFID technology.

clock January 19, 2005WWD Staff


Luxe Reaps Inaugural Bonanza

Luxury retailers in Washington are cashing in on the parties and balls surrounding Thursday’s presidential inauguration.

clock January 19, 2005Kristi Ellis

The Bally Store on Rodeo Drive is the first renovated U.S. flagship for the company.


Bally Struts Its Stuff On Rodeo Drive

Swiss luxe firm Bally is the latest brand to reopen on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills with its first U.S. flagship, the third of five worldwide being renovated.

clock January 19, 2005Michelle Tyree

Beth Springer handbags at Brighte.

Fashion Features

After Deluge, California Market Sees Light

Two weeks of torrential rains in California caused fatalities and disrupted the lives of millions but didn’t reduce the urge to shop.

clock January 19, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller and Michelle Tyree

A summer 2005 look from Poleci.

Fashion Features

Poleci Package

The unlikely trio of paisley, polkadots and camouflage made for fun and intriguing partners on feminine tunics, tops, skirts and dresses Saturday night at the Poleci summer fashion show — the only show at the California Market Center in Los…

clock January 19, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Obituary: Pat Lowry, Former WWD Editor, 86

NEW YORK — Pat Lowry, a former Eye editor of Women’s Wear Daily, died of natural causes Friday at the Village Nursing Home here. She was 86.

Born in Andover, Mass., on Oct. 13, 1918, Lowry started working for WWD in 1948 and…

clock January 19, 2005WWD Staff


WTO Study Criticizes Free-Trade Distortions

GENEVA — An increase of preferential agreements is undermining the fairness and effectiveness of the global trade system, a World Trade Organization report said.

The study released Monday, and was commissioned by WTO director-general…

clock January 19, 2005John Zarocostas


Amazon Creating DVF E-Tailing Site

NEW YORK — Diane von Furstenberg Studio is joining the growing number of brands selling directly to customers over the Internet.

The designer is linking up with, which is building the site, called, an Amazon statement…

clock January 19, 2005Cate T. Corcoran


Legal Briefs

NEW YORK — L’Koral Inc. is taking the offensive against counterfeiters of its high-end Seven For All Mankind jeans. Since December, the Los Angeles-based denim manufacturer filed three lawsuits against several midtown…

clock January 19, 2005Ross Tucker


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