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French Designer Sonia Rykiel Dies at the Age of 86

The French designer was synonymous with striped sweaters and Left Bank insouciance.

clock 6hMiles Socha


Rihanna Said Eyeing Paris for Next Fenty Puma Show

The music star had launched the collection last February during New York Fashion Week.

clock 12hMiles Socha


Retailers Conservative on Holiday Plans

Inventories are being kept tight in hope of increasing full-price selling and reducing markdowns.

clock 18hDavid Moin

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Roger Federer on His New Nike Collab

Roger Federer at the NikeLab store in NYC

The Prada Way: Bertelli Still Backs the Multibrand Approach

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For Prada ceo Patrizio Bertelli, the multibrand luxury empire model remains as seaworthy as his America's Cup yacht, Luna Rossa.

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Fashion Features

The Prada Way: Bertelli Still Backs the Multibrand Approach

For Prada ceo Patrizio Bertelli, the multibrand luxury empire model remains as seaworthy as his America’s Cup yacht, Luna Rossa.

clock May 9, 2005Amanda Kaiser

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Revlon Narrows Loss in Qtr.

Bit by bit, Revlon Inc.’s numbers are improving.

clock May 9, 2005Amy S. Choi

Retail Features

Radice Named La Rinascente Chief

LONDON — Vittorio Radice is back in the retail game with a mandate to revitalize La Rinascente, Italy’s sleepy department store chain.

Radice, 48, who cut his teeth as managing director of Habitat U.K. and made his name transforming…

clock May 9, 2005Samantha Conti

Fashion Features

Coming This Week

Monday: Warnaco Group reports on first-quarter sales and earnings.
Beauty World Japan and Intima Japan, Tokyo (through Wednesday).

Tuesday: May Department Stores and Fossil Inc. report first-quarter sales…

clock May 9, 2005WWD Staff


In Brief: At Risk

AT RISK: Fin.part SpA, which is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy, confirmed it has received an offer from Invision SA, a Luxemburg-based company controlled by a group of private investors, to buy Cerruti 1881. Invision would pay…

clock May 9, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Keeping Above the Trend Tide

Accessories trends are flowing from the runway to the main floor at a white-water pace, and they’re beginning to flood the market.

clock May 9, 2005Sophia Chabbott

Fashion Features

Industry Festive and FABB

NEW YORK — The accessories industry had quite a bit to talk about at the 16th annual Fashion Accessories Benefit Ball Wednesday night in the middle of market week.

Neither the National Anthem nor a welcoming speech by FABB founder and…

clock May 9, 2005Emily Holt

Fashion Features

Seventeen Enters the Bedroom

The first licensed line of sleepwear and loungewear bearing the Seventeen name will launch exclusively at J.C. Penney stores this fall.

clock May 9, 2005Karyn Monget

Retail Features

Birdies: Lingerie On a Lark

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Peregrine Honig and Corrie VanAusdal had no business plan or experience when they opened their lingerie store here on Valentine’s Day 2003.

But they knew they wanted a billboard. “Actually, we wanted a…

clock May 9, 2005Libby Estell


Cache Net Falls, Names CFO

NEW YORK — Despite a 9.8 percent rise in first-quarter revenues, Cache Inc.’s net earnings fell 45.9 percent due to a shift in customer preferences as well as higher store operating expenses. Results matched analysts’ expectations….

clock May 9, 2005Meredith Derby


Shopper Poll: No Benefit to M&As

NEW YORK — U.S. consumers don’t believe that they benefit from retail mergers or acquisitions, and say the change often results in higher prices and declining customer service, according to a survey released Thursday by consulting firm…

clock May 9, 2005Vicki M. Young


Future Spending Questioned

NEW YORK — Consumer jitters are dampening the consumer outlook in May, but a pullback in spending likely won’t include Mother’s Day gifts, a recent survey found.

Retail Forward’s Future Spending Index declined to 96.6 in…

clock May 9, 2005Vicki M. Young


WWD Stock Index Bounces Back

NEW YORK — A combination of upbeat economic news within the retail sector and in the overall market kept investor worries over inflation and oil prices at bay during the week’s trading.

As a result, the WWD Composite Stock…

clock May 9, 2005Fahmida Y. Rashid

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Ink-Stained Wretch … Design For a Living … Lob One For Fashion …

INK-STAINED WRETCH: Hedi Slimane’s dream of being a journalist came true on Friday when the issue he guest-edited for France’s left-leaning newspaper Liberation hit newsstands. Called “London…

clock May 9, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Milan Calendar Clash Intensifies

MILAN — The prickly issue of the length of the Milan fashion show calendar has arisen once again after an Italian daily newspaper published private correspondence between S.I. Newhouse Jr., chairman of Condé Nast; Jonathan Newhouse,…

clock May 9, 2005Luisa Zargani and Sara James


Industry Job Losses Continue

U.S. apparel and textile manufacturers shed another 3,700 jobs in April, as imports continued to take their toll, but the overall jobs picture brightened.

clock May 9, 2005Evan Clark

Retail Features

Banana Republic Expanding Into Quebec

MONTREAL — Banana Republic is hunting for business in Quebec, with its first four stores there scheduled to open in August.

All four units will be located in malls in the Montreal metropolitan area. The region is already home to Old Navy,…

clock May 9, 2005Brian Dunn

Fashion Features

FAME, Moda Shows Feature Sophisticated Looks

NEW YORK — When Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada sent out darker fall collections last February, they couldn’t have anticipated the swift impact on more mainstream vendors.

Resources exhibiting at the Fashion Avenue Market Expo and…

clock May 9, 2005Marc Karimzadeh


Diane’s Lair

Old school met new school when the West Coast design community outreached with the CFDA.

clock May 9, 2005WWD Staff


Feeding Frenzy

Despite kicking off the week with the Costume Institute gala two nights earlier, New York’s resilient social set turned out in full form for the New York City Ballet’s Spring Gala last Wednesday. In happy contrast to the whippet-thin…

clock May 9, 2005WWD Staff


The China Syndrome

NEW YORK — From Ziyi Zhang and Wong Kar-wai to Shanghai’s induction into the international club of hip travel destinations, modern China is highly visible on the current American cultural radar. But for Rachel DeWoskin, author of…

clock May 9, 2005Vanessa Lawrence

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