Cloudy Outlook as Weather, Fuel Prices Dampen March Comps

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Cold weather and high gas prices kept shoppers out of stores most of March, resulting in soft same-store sales comparisons.

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Aeropostale's 6.8 percent rise was against a 14.2 percent gain last year.


Cloudy Outlook as Weather, Fuel Prices Dampen March Comps

Cold weather and high gas prices kept shoppers out of stores most of March, resulting in soft same-store sales comparisons.

clock April 8, 2005Meredith Derby


Bill Targets China Currency

WASHINGTON — A bill introduced in the House Thursday would make it easier for U.S. companies to file for relief against subsidized imports from China.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R., Calif.) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio) cosponsored the China…

clock April 8, 2005Kristi Ellis

Oil painting by Giovanni Paolo.

Fashion Features

Versace Auction Earns $3.4M

MILAN — Under the white vaults of the 16th-century Palazzo dei Giureconsulti, 221 antiques collected by Gianni Versace over 20 years and shelved inside his sumptuous Via Gesú palazzo were auctioned off Thursday night for 2.6 million euros,…

clock April 8, 2005Alessandra Ilari


Mango Said Moving Into SoHo

NEW YORK — International retailers Zara, Mexx, H&M and Reiss have established businesses here, but one European fashion name, Mango, has been missing. The Spanish fashion brand reportedly has been looking for real estate in Manhattan for…

clock April 8, 2005Sharon Edelson

Fashion Features

Quote of the Week

“I’m sort of like a jalopy. I’m losing hubcaps and fenders. I just had orthoscopic surgery on my knee and I’m having a hip replacement in June.’’

— Jane Fonda, who has written her autobiography…

clock April 8, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

In Brief: Winning Ad … Diesel Ads … Quiksilver’s Aussie Buy

WINNING AD: Chanel’s glamorous ad campaign for its No. 5 fragrance won the top prize in the media category at France’s 18th annual Phoenix awards. The ceremony, held in Paris on Wednesday by the Union of Advertisers,…

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Jack and Suzy Welch



Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles make last-minute preparations … Mariah Carey comes out from behind the wheel.

clock April 8, 2005Aileen Mehle

One of the lines seen in the new Masterpieces area.

Beauty Features

Cosmoprof’s Changing Face

The Cosmoprof trade fair continues to undergo a sea change, reflecting the metamorphosis that bedevils the European beauty industry.

clock April 8, 2005Stephanie Epiro

Lancome's Nine White.

Beauty Features

Retailers to Use CEW Seal of Approval

NEW YORK — Winners of last Friday’s Cosmetics Executive Women Beauty Awards are finding that they didn’t just tote home a Lalique statue — they left with a seal of approval, which retailers plan to use in-store to drive sales….

clock April 8, 2005Julie Naughton

The Intensive Rebuilding Eye Cream ad.

Beauty Features

Prescriptives Builds on Brand’s Foundation With Launch

As Prescriptives turns 25, it will make a bid for new customers in August with its biggest launch in five years: Flawless Skin Total Protection Makeup.

clock April 8, 2005Bryn Kenny

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Beauty Features

Graham 100% for Garnier Color

NEW YORK — Fueling its reputation as the beauty company with a penchant for gorgeous blondes, Garnier has signed Heather Graham as a spokeswoman for its 100% Color hair color brand.

Graham, who is best known for her groovy portrayal as…

clock April 8, 2005Andrea Nagel

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Beauty Features

Avon From A to N

NEW YORK — As the host of last Friday’s CEW Beauty Awards, Mario Cantone brazenly bellowed, Avon is no longer a woman donned in a pink pillbox hat at the front door saying, “Avon calling.” Now she’s running a…

clock April 8, 2005Molly Prior

Beauty Features

Snippets: Let’s Not Make A Deal … Like Taking Candy … For Sale …

LET’S NOT MAKE A DEAL: Bruno Mascolo, chairman and chief executive officer, TIGI Linea Worldwide, and president and ceo, Toni & Guy USA, has confirmed an industry rumor that he recently turned down an offer for the purchase…

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Reichl Without Reservations

NEW YORK — When Ruth Reichl’s not eating, she’s writing about eating. And when she’s not doing that, she’s writing about writing about eating, as in her new book, “Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic…

clock April 8, 2005Jeff Bercovici


Memo Pad: Unintended Outing … Awfully Prada Her … Way Down South …

UNINTENDED OUTING: It may not have been intended as a coming out event for the couple, but Janny Scott’s appearance at Joseph Lelyveld’s book party earlier this week ended up being just…

clock April 8, 2005WWD Staff

A page from Domino.


Here Comes Domino

NEW YORK — James Truman’s dream of an art magazine may never have been realized, but the final title developed under his auspices as editorial director of Condé Nast does contain a hint of what Truman’s pet project might have…

clock April 8, 2005Sara James

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Fashion Features

Viktor & Rolf Turns Retailing on Its Head

Viktor & Rolf’s first signature shop, in Milan, has an upside-down decor, with oak parquet on the ceiling and chandeliers sprouting from the floor.

clock April 8, 2005Luisa Zargani and Miles Socha

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Dressing The Princess Bride … Looking East

DRESSING THE PRINCESS BRIDE: Despite all the mishaps on the way to the altar, at least Camilla Parker Bowles’ outfit for her wedding Saturday to Prince Charles has remained a closely guarded…

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A print dress from Meister's fall collection.

Fashion Features

Meister’s Big Move Reflects Growth

NEW YORK — David Meister has come full circle.

The designer last week moved to an 11,000-square-foot office and showroom space at 550 Seventh Avenue. It is an environment he knows well. Fifteen years ago, Meister, whose business is owned…

clock April 8, 2005Marc Karimzadeh


Stuart Weitzman Said Seeking Equity Partner

NEW YORK — Stuart Weitzman, one of the biggest suppliers of shoes to Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, among other stores, wants to bring in a private equity partner to propel growth.

The company is working with Bear…

clock April 8, 2005David Moin

Fashion Features

Armani Honored at Tokyo Exhibition

TOKYO — Giorgio Armani arrived here for the first time in eight years in the season of cherry blossoms and gentle breezes.

Armani appeared for the opening last Saturday of an exhibition that gives a thematic look at the impact of his…

clock April 8, 2005Koji Hirano

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Fashion Features

Ferre Designs Uniforms for Korean Air Staff

MILAN — The Korean market is high up on the agenda for Gianfranco Ferré.

The designer was asked to create uniforms for the Korean Air staff, which were officially presented last month at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Inchon-Seoul. He…

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Melania Trump in Dior with Andre Leon Talley.


Trump Card

NEW YORK — The buzz among the crowd at the Martha Graham gala Wednesday night was that chairwoman Melania Trump might be expecting a child with new husband Donald. One guest pointed out that her bosoms seemed to…

clock April 8, 2005WWD Staff

Envers from Yves Jean Lacasse.

Fashion Features

Meeting Challenges in Montreal

MONTREAL — The fledgling Montreal Fashion Week hosted its semiannual runway shows last month, continuing its effort to overcome challenges and establish itself among the growing array of international fashion weeks.

Ten local designers…

clock April 8, 2005Brian Dunn


Hilfiger’s Horowitz Set to Retire

NEW  YORK — Joel Horowitz, who guided Tommy Hilfiger Corp. through major growth in the Nineties, will retire as executive chairman after the annual shareholder’s meeting in the fall.

Horowitz, 55, a founder of the company, will…

clock April 8, 2005Lisa Lockwood

Fashion Features

Pinault Testifies in Executive Life Suit

LOS ANGELES — French tycoon François Pinault, whose company, PPR (formerly known as Pinault-Printemps-Redoute), owns Gucci Group and the retailer Printemps, completed two days of testimony here on Wednesday during the fifth week of the…

clock April 8, 2005Michelle Tyree


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