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Fashion's Game of Musical Chairs Quickens in Paris

The spring shows feature debuts at four major brands, prompting reflection on the pace of designer change.

clock 7hMiles Socha

Retail

Tough Times for Neiman's as Firm Battles 'Challenges'

The luxury chain has been battling the luxury malaise.

clock 21hDavid Moin

Retail

Focusing on Spring, Buyers Praise Milan's Creative Energy

The city has not lost its sizzle, once again led by Prada and Gucci.

clock 15hWWD Staff

Battling the China Surge: U.S. Stems Import Tide With Safeguard Quotas

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Overview

The U.S. move to impose fresh quotas on Chinese imports was welcomed by the textile industry, while importers criticized the action.

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Textiles

Battling the China Surge: U.S. Stems Import Tide With Safeguard Quotas

The U.S. move to impose fresh quotas on Chinese imports was welcomed by the textile industry, while importers criticized the action.

clock May 16, 2005Evan Clark

Fashion Features

Pascal Lamy’s WTO Election Lauded

Pascal Lamy, the former EU Trade Commissioner elected Friday to head the World Trade Organization, was lauded by diplomats for his expertise.

clock May 16, 2005John Zarocostas

Fashion Features

Richard Tyler Trimming Operations

LOS ANGELES — Citing Mark Twain, Richard Tyler said Friday, “The news of my death has been greatly exaggerated.”

The designer, who helped pioneer red-carpet dressing and is considered a godfather to the Los Angeles fashion community,…

clock May 16, 2005Rose Apodaca

Fashion Features

In Brief: Prada Prunes … Southpole Gets New V.P.

PRADA PRUNES: Prada is considering job cuts at one of its production plants in the coastal Italian town of Ancona, a company spokesman said Thursday. He said the company is meeting with union officials about the future of the…

clock May 16, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Coming This Week

MONDAY: Benetton Group, Limited Brands and Mossimo Inc. report first-quarter sales and earnings.

TUESDAY: The U.S. Department of Labor releases the Producer Price Index for April.
Saks Inc., J.C. Penney,…

clock May 16, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Paris Hilton Inks Handbag License

NEW YORK — The handbag industry has a sibling rivalry on its hands involving the sisters Hilton.

Parlux Fragrances said Friday it will produce a handbag collection and other small leather goods under license for Paris Hilton. Her sister,…

clock May 16, 2005Sophia Chabbott

Fashion Features

Uniqlo Headed for the U.S.

NEW YORK — Uniqlo, the Japanese specialty chain often compared with Gap Inc., is coming to America.

Two or three pilot stores will open in New Jersey malls this fall, in what company officials suggest is the first step in a potential U.S….

clock May 16, 2005David Moin

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Celebrity Caval-Cades … Awards Details … All At Sea …

CELEBRITY CAVAL-CADES: “Do I have it on the wrong way?” Mischa Barton asked Saturday night at the Cannes Film Festival, fiddling with her vintage Roberto Cavalli beaded tunic. Not that the paparazzi…

clock May 16, 2005WWD Staff

People

In Full Swing

New York’s social swirl reached its zenith last week, with back-to-back events ranging from swank lunches to marathon black ties.

At the ICP’s Infinity Awards on Tuesday night, Calvin and Kelly Klein,…

clock May 16, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Wacoal: 20 Years in U.S.

Wacoal America pulled out all the stops to celebrate its 20th anniversary in the U.S., which has reached annual sales of $117 million.

clock May 16, 2005Karyn Monget

Fashion Features

Intimate Notes: Oxman Resigns … Lingerie Angels … Figleaves Taps Borish …

OXMAN RESIGNS: Sergio Oxman, co-founder of Miami-based Cosabella, has resigned as vice president of sales for the lingerie company. However, Oxman will play a key role in the future development of the firm as a consultant.

A…

clock May 16, 2005WWD Staff

Financial

Delta Galil Juggles Quota With Fashion

NEW YORK — Feeling the pressure of a quota-free market, Delta Galil reported a loss for the first quarter on revenues that gained 14 percent year-over-year.

The intimate apparel firm posted a net loss of $3 million, or 16 cents a diluted…

clock May 16, 2005Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Fashion Features

Bigger Is Better in Shades

Oversized frames went from the catwalk to the commercial booths of the industry’s top eyewear firms at the Mido fair.

clock May 16, 2005Stephanie Epiro

Fashion Features

Findings: Riding Into Town … Fashion’s Clean Causes

RIDING INTO TOWN: Longchamp is riding into SoHo. This fall, the French leather goods brand will open a 9,000-square-foot flagship at Prince and Spring Streets in Manhattan. The two-story space will be divided between retail and…

clock May 16, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Anne Fontaine Store Openings Progress

CHICAGO — Designer Anne Fontaine is building a global business on her fitted white shirts with a French flair.

The company bearing her name last month celebrated the opening of a boutique on Michigan Avenue here and an Atlanta location in…

clock May 16, 2005Beth Wilson

Financial

Strong Sales Stateside Propel Tiffany Earnings

Tiffany & Co. reported an 8.8 percent rise in first-quarter profits, spurred by strong sales in the U.S., which helped offset continued weakness in Japan.

clock May 16, 2005Meredith Derby

Financial

Dallas’ Victory Attracts Tenants

DALLAS — Fred Perry, G-Star, Future Sports and Quiksilver are to open stores in the second phase of the $3 billion mixed-use development known as Victory that is intended to revitalize downtown here.

The project, which is 75 acres and has…

clock May 16, 2005Holly Haber

Financial

KarstadtQuelle Net Slips, Names Middelhoff as CEO

BERLIN — KarstadtQuelle posted declining profits on weak sales in the first quarter, but Germany’s troubled department store and mail order group said that its extensive restructuring program “remains on track.”

Europe’s largest department…

clock May 16, 2005Melissa Drier

Financial

Li & Fung Readies for Expansion

NEW YORK — Li & Fung USA is gearing up for more acquisitions, and its first move on that front is the creation of two management teams to focus on the apparel and home categories.

Robert Crocco, promoted to executive vice president,…

clock May 16, 2005Vicki M. Young

Fashion Features

Benetton at 40: Challenges and Change

Ponzano Veneto, Italy — Luciano Benetton turned 70 last Friday. His round spectacles and waves of white-gray hair are as distinctive as the company his family founded.

Benetton, the company Luciano started with his brothers Gilbert and…

clock May 16, 2005Amanda Kaiser

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Clarins Lands ITF Brands … Arden Wins Judgement

Clarins Lands ITF Brands
NEW YORK — Clarins Fragrance Group will begin distributing ITF fragrances in the U.S., starting Jan. 1.

Lodi, Italy-based fragrance marketer ITF SpA has partnered with Clarins Fragrance Group…

clock May 16, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Vuitton Garden: A Maze Through History

DALLAS — Louis Vuitton figures its history is a good selling point in the present.

The luxury firm paid homage to its heritage here last weekend by displaying about two-dozen seminal products in an maze-like indoor garden.

Erected…

clock May 16, 2005Holly Haber

Fashion Features

Rashid: Designs on the Guggenheim

NEW YORK — If he is selected as the architect of the next Guggenheim, Hani Rashid will join the ranks of elite designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry, as well as fulfill a professional dream.

Rashid, a rising star in…

clock May 16, 2005Shirine Saad

Fashion Features

Bohemian Looks, White Denim are Spring’s Home Runs

Stores from Penney’s to Bloomingdale’s to Neiman Marcus said bohemian looks took off for spring, notably full skirts, tunics and camisoles.

clock May 16, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Top Guns Salute Gelfand at 80

NEW YORK — No one likes to talk business more than Gloria Gelfand, so it was refreshing Thursday night to see her celebrating her 80th birthday, surrounded by many of the executives she has schooled.

Burt Tansky, Ron Frasch, Massimo…

clock May 16, 2005Rosemary Feitelberg

Fashion Features

Pratt Institute’s Bright Future

NEW YORK — Before the lights went down at Pratt Institute’s fashion show, students were given what every graduate hopes for — the potential for a promising career.

Stan Herman, president of the Council of Fashion Directors of…

clock May 16, 2005Rosemary Feitelberg

Fashion Features

Gala for the Graduates

NEW YORK — Cocktails by the river, an over-the-top student fashion show and a huge turnout energized the annual Parsons School of Design benefit Monday night at the Chelsea Piers.

The black-tie event drew 750 guests, including Donna…

clock May 16, 2005David Moin

Financial

Swooping in With Fat Cash Eyeing Retail

Flush with cash, but fearful of not making returns on it, or worse, having to give the money back, the hedge funds as well as the private equity investment firms are taking keen interest in the retail and fashion segments.

Private equity…

clock May 16, 2005Vicki M. Young

Financial

Seeing Green and Red

Are the good times already over?

The possibility of hedge fund losses shook the U.S. and European markets last week on rumblings that they had to unwind $8 billion of complex credit derivatives trades.

The rumor surfaced following…

clock May 16, 2005Vicki M. Young

Financial

The Bumpy Silk Road

Western developers, including REits, see growth opportunities in Asia. But it comes with challenges. the key is to find the ‘right’ local business partner.

clock May 16, 2005Amy S. Choi

Financial

The Deal That Almost Wasn’t

A regulatory filing last week from Federated Department Stores revealed for the first time the behind-the-scenes discussions of its merger with May Department Stores, which included a last-ditch effort to revive merger negotiations that had almost…

clock May 16, 2005Fahmida Y. Rashid

Financial

Stocks: Priced To Sell

Economic concerns such as rising fuel prices and their impact on consumer spending as well as recent interest rate hikes may push retail shares down in the near term, making it a buyer’s delight. But don’t get bearish yet.

clock May 16, 2005Meredith Derby

Fashion Features

Better Margins Abound

The triumphant return — and subsequent immense popularity — of colorful apparel helped stage quite a gross margin windfall for the specialty retail sector in 2004.

As more shoppers returned to stores, pulled in by an abundance,…

clock May 16, 2005Meredith Derby

Fashion Features

ICSC Convention Highlights

International Council of Shopping Centers Annual Convention
(See show program for full schedule of events)

May 22-25
Las Vegas Convention Center and Las Vegas…

clock May 16, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Scene: Las Vegas

Here are a few new hot spots lighting up sizzling Las Vegas.

clock May 16, 2005Michelle Tyree

Retail Features

Maurin on Malls: Managing Massive Change

NEW YORK — Ongoing retail consolidation doesn’t seem to trouble James E. Maurin, who has a pointed way of depicting the fallout from such mergers and buyouts.

Traditional malls, excluding the strong super regionals and “A” malls, will…

clock May 16, 2005David Moin

Retail Features

Lifestyle Centers: The New Pitfalls and Potential

NEW YORK — When it comes to lifestyle centers, people forget. “The first lifestyle centers actually date back to the Second World War and earlier,” said Theodore Amenta, a veteran design architect for real estate and retail projects. “Country…

clock May 16, 2005David Moin

Retail Features

Airport Retail Takes Off

NEW YORK — For every minute that a traveler spends waiting to board her plane, she could be shopping. And airport operators, retailers and even mall developers are trying harder to capture her attention.

“With few exceptions, any…

clock May 16, 2005Amy S. Choi

Retail Features

Kenneth Himmel Builds an Anti-Mall

NEW YORK — His name isn’t as recognizable as Trump or Macklowe, but then, Kenneth Himmel doesn’t crave the spotlight. For the last 30 years, he’s been quietly building mixed-use developments that feature high-end residential, retail,…

clock May 16, 2005Sharon Edelson

Retail Features

Garment District BID Woos Retailers

NEW YORK — In the past decade, Manhattan’s Fashion Center Business Improvement District has cleaned the streets, lobbied for a greater police presence, installed light fixtures, patched up the sidewalks and created new public spaces with…

clock May 16, 2005Amy S. Choi

Retail Features

Retail REITs May Be Turning Green

NEW YORK — Green buildings are blossoming around the world, but retail developers seem to have a black thumb when it comes to the issue.

Although all developers undergo vigorous environmental impact evaluations before building any…

clock May 16, 2005Amy S. Choi

Retail Features

On The Road With WWD: Retail Renaissance in the Catskills

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Driving into Kingston from the East, on the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge that spans the Hudson River about 90 miles north of New York City, the Catskills fill the horizon. But the scenic vista isn’t the only presence here; a…

clock May 16, 2005Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Retail Features

Robin Kramer’s Singular Vision

NEW YORK — Robin Kramer sweats the details but never loses sight of the big picture. Designers and retailers may call on her to come up with a visual concept for their stores, but she roams beyond the four walls, scrutinizing a brand’s…

clock May 16, 2005Sharon Edelson

Fashion Features

THE WWD BUSINESS REVIEW

Three times a year, WWD brings you a comprehensive review of the issues affecting our industry, from pensions and people to sourcing and sales tax.

clock May 16, 2005WWD Staff

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