Building New Titans: More Mergers Seen

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With the Federated-May and Sears-Kmart mergers in the works, the vendor community might feel the need to consolidate its power base in reaction.

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Peter Boneparth

Fashion Features

Building New Titans: More Mergers Seen

With the Federated-May and Sears-Kmart mergers in the works, the vendor community might feel the need to consolidate its power base in reaction.

clock March 2, 2005Evan Clark

Kirsten Dunst in Chanel Couture.

Fashion Features

Oscars, Paris Square Off on Dates

Next year’s Academy Awards will take place March 5, the last day of Paris Fashion Week, which could prove to be a big headache for designers.

clock March 2, 2005Marcy Medina

Fashion Features

In Brief: O Sole Mio … Retro Fox Adds Licensees

O SOLE MIO: Holt Renfrew & Co. Ltd.  has ended its 14-year lease agreement with Browns Shoes. The Toronto-based Holt Renfrew, considered Canada’s premier luxury chain, will transition to operating its own shoe division…

clock March 2, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features


Under Armour’s marketing campaign, “Protect This House,” made its debut in 2003 and has received numerous advertising awards. The name of the campaign was incorrect in a story on Thursday.


In a Memo Pad…

clock March 2, 2005WWD Staff

Rolf Snoeren and Viktor Horsting

Fashion Features

Viktor & Rolf Aims for New Peaks

Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren just moved into sprawling new headquarters in Amsterdam that are emblematic of their growing business.

clock March 2, 2005Miles Socha

C’N’C Costume National will hit U.S. stores in June.

Fashion Features

Costume National Brings C’N’C to the States

Ennio Capasa, head designer for Costume National, turned to the streets for inspiration for the firm’s contemporary collection, C’N’C Costume National.

clock March 2, 2005Lauren DeCarlo

Carine Roitfeld


Eye: Suzy

Reviewing the annual best-dressed list, the legacy of the late publicist Eleanor Lambert, now put out by Vanity Fair magazine.

clock March 2, 2005Aileen Mehle

Christian Dior

Fashion Features

Sophisticated Realities – Christian Dior, Balenciaga and Yohji Yamamoto

John Galliano continued his love affair with reality at Christian Dior, while Nicolas Ghesquiere showed a surprisingly commercial bent with his modern version of high glam for Balenciaga. Yohji Yamamoto, for his part, worked a sober vein once more, in…

clock March 2, 2005WWD Staff

Keizo Tamoto

Fashion Features

Yohji’s New Man

PARIS — The Yohji Yamamoto, Y’s and Y-3 collections all mixed up in the same store?

Why not, says Keizo Tamoto, the new chief executive at Yohji Yamamoto, who is bringing a blast of change to a troubled business that had become…

clock March 2, 2005Miles Socha

Vivienne Westwood

Fashion Features

Distinctive Voices – Vivienne Westwood, AF Vandevorst and Marithe & Francois Girbaud

This season, designers and houses known for their highly specific signatures created appealing looks ranging from piratical jackets to sharply cut camel coats to dresses with big zippers.

clock March 2, 2005WWD Staff


Fashion Features

Tales of the City – Bless, Charles Anastase, Bruno Pieters and Gaspard Yurkievich

Alternative talent is what gives fashion a little spice – everything from sweet schoolgirls and waitresses to dreamy evening looks.

clock March 2, 2005WWD Staff

Diana Ross

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Clothes Call … Something Blue? … Public Service Announcement …

CLOTHES CALL: If Diana Ross ever tires of diva-dom, she might consider a second career as a fashion buyer. “I have always had an eye for artistic talent, especially clothes,” Ross boasted from her…

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Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Big Changes at Cosmoprof

MILAN — With a brand new face and more space, this year’s edition of Cosmoprof also will say goodbye to some big names and its most well-known meeting ground.

Gone is famous pavilion 36 — once home to the world’s biggest…

clock March 2, 2005Stephanie Epiro

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PacSun Beats Estimates, Working On New Concept

NEW YORK — Teen retailer Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. reported a better-than-expected 18.7 percent increase in fourth-quarter earnings, helped by strong sales at the company’s unit that features hip-hop merchandise.


clock March 2, 2005Meredith Derby


Wilbur Ross Group to Acquire Westpoint Stevens

NEW YORK — Wilbur Ross is at it again. On Tuesday, his investment group reached an agreement to acquire bankrupt textile mill Westpoint Stevens Inc.

“Westpoint has very good brands, does have very efficient domestic manufacturing,…

clock March 2, 2005Scott Malone


United Retail Group Turns Profit in Fourth

NEW YORK — United Retail Group Inc., lifted by strong holiday sales and effective expense management, reported improved results on Tuesday reflecting a fourth-quarter profit from its year-ago loss, as well as narrowing its full-year loss….

clock March 2, 2005Meredith Derby

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Zero Hour for Absolute Luxury

NEW YORK — Absolute, the latest controlled-circulation title aimed at the wealthy, isn’t necessarily against celebrity. But it’s much keener on the concept of “product porn.”

Glorified images of luxury goods…

clock March 2, 2005Sara James


Simon Settles Spitzer Suit

ALBANY, N.Y. — Simon Property Group Inc., the largest publicly traded real estate investment trust in North America, has reached an agreement with New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to settle a lawsuit the state brought against the mall…

clock March 2, 2005Carol Breen


Fashion Features

Brazil Fashion Does the High-Low Samba

SAo Paulo, Brazil — A trip to Brazil offers retailers more than a respite from chilly northern climes and the hottest bikini. Designers’ presentations at the recent São Paulo Fashion Week and Fashion Rio ranged from creative, high-end…

clock March 2, 2005Michael Kepp

Joel Waller, Wet Seal’s chief executive officer, at company headquarters in Foothill Ranch, Calif.


Wet Seal’s Waller Targets Rival in Revamp

Wet Seal’s new ceo, Joel Waller, outlined a turnaround plan for the teen retailer that challenges rival Forever 21 with low-cost fast fashion.

clock March 2, 2005Michelle Tyree

Fashion Features

West Watch: Warm Laundry … New Currency … Runway Bound

WARM LAUNDRY: Laundry by Shelli Segal, a division of Liz Claiborne Inc., is brand-building with the launch of a licensed outerwear collection for fall. The Levy Group in New York will design, manufacture and sell the line under the…

clock March 2, 2005WWD Staff

Sir Paul Smith


Return of the Native

NOTTINGHAM, England — “Good morning! Have you seen the kangaroos?”

The perpetually lighthearted Sir Paul Smith is taking the edge off a bleak and windy morning, proudly welcoming customers to his first flagship here in his…

clock March 2, 2005Samantha Conti


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