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A&F Finds 'Growing Up' Tough Now that Sex No Longer Sells

Abercrombie is aging its models to show it is no longer a "teen" brand; company reported a Q2 loss.

clock 17hVicki M. Young

Media

Barbie Becomes Paid Social Media Influencer

Through her Instagram account, Barbie “produces” sponsored content.

clock 12hMaghan McDowell

Fashion

Costume Institute's Next Subject Said to Be Rei Kawakubo

The exhibit next spring would be only the second the Met has devoted to a living designer.

clock 12hWWD Staff

Saks Inc.’s Tough Times: As Results Disappoint, 2nd Vendor Sues Store

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Overview

Saks Inc.'s woes continued, with the company issuing a disappointing report card on its first-quarter performance amid ongoing legal problems.

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Technology

Tech Talk: The CIO Stretch … Overseas Oversight … Site Smarts

The CIO Stretch. Retail technology executives, quietly honing their business skills by digging deeper into operations, are getting recognition — and expanded job responsibilities in recent weeks. At New York jewelry company David…

clock May 18, 2005Denise Power

Technology

Light on Her Feet

A veteran of Ugg, Simple and Reebok, Ruthie Davis twins high fashion with high tech in her first solo effort. The line of shoes, known as Davis, is similar in concept to the sporty-dressy hybrid G Series from Cole Haan and Nike, but “this is for the…

clock May 18, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

Technology

Bits and Bytes

Smart Plastic
Researchers at MIT and the GKSS Research Center in Teltow, Germany, have created a plastic that changes shape when exposed to light of a specific wavelength. The photosensitive polymer was developed for medicine and…

clock May 18, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

Retail Features

REI Woos customers with delivery options

Outdoor apparel and gear retailer REI is living proof that clicks can drive business at bricks.

The company is respected for its smart approach to multichannel integration, not only from a technical standpoint, but strategically and…

clock May 18, 2005Denise Power

Fashion Features

The Ghost In The Machine

Ideas come regularly to Yoox founder Federico Marchetti. After all, he’s an entrepreneur, not a fashion person or, god forbid, a techie. It’s just that Yoox, the Italian answer to Bluefly, was the first idea he happened to execute.

The concept…

clock May 18, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

Retail Features

Bakers Hones Mix

Bakers Footwear, the fashionista favorite for affordable shoes, is updating its systems to tackle a problem many retailers can relate to: Overly simplistic allocation methods that don’t take into account the varying needs of many different stores….

clock May 18, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

Retail Features

Five To Watch: Innovators Remake Retail and Technology

Every year, WWDExecTech picks a group of technology executives who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation. This year’s five are strategists as well as technologists. They are profiled here and will be honored at the WWDExecTech CIO/IT…

clock May 18, 2005WWD Staff

Technology

Sportswear Brands Now Playing in Video Games

It appears on every PlayStation and Xbox video screen sooner or later: the dreaded “Game Over.” But activewear brands like Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Puma are just beginning to play in the video game arena.

In “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005,” Woods…

clock May 18, 2005Andrew LaVallee and Melanie Kletter

Retail Features

Good For Sales: Retail Unplugged

Mobile technology in hand can be worth double-digit sales increases on the books.

Though retailers have fantasized about ingenious ways to deploy wireless handheld technology, it’s the carefully screened, stripped-down, select applications that…

clock May 18, 2005Denise Power

Technology

AD Exec Culture Jams All Channels

Jon Cropper is Young & Rubicam’s creative content channel strategist, responsible for understanding new technologies and developing innovative advertising strategies. Before joining Y&R last year, he was already well known for unusual…

clock May 18, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

Financial

Saks Inc.’s Tough Times: As Results Disappoint, 2nd Vendor Sues Store

Saks Inc.’s woes continued, with the company issuing a disappointing report card on its first-quarter performance amid ongoing legal problems.

clock May 18, 2005David Moin and Vicki M. Young

Fashion Features

IMG, ARY to Organize Pakistan Fashion Week

NEW YORK — India is all the rage in fashion, and now neighboring Pakistan is ready to give it some heady competition.

ARY Digital Network, one of the country’s main television channels, is organizing the first Pakistan Fashion Week in…

clock May 18, 2005Marc Karimzadeh

Financial

Nordstrom Net Gains 52%

NEW YORK — Continuing to show momentum, Nordstrom on Tuesday posted first-quarter results that beat Wall Street expectations by 6 cents.

For the three months ended April 30, the Seattle-based retailer, reporting after the financial…

clock May 18, 2005Vicki M. Young

Financial

Penney Profits Skyrocket

J.C. Penney quadrupled its first-quarter profits, thanks to a hefty boost from its Internet business, which drove up the retailer’s top line by 3.9 percent.

clock May 18, 2005Vicki M. Young

Financial

Hollister Drives A&F Earnings

Propelled by surging sales in its surf-inspired Hollister division, A&F reported a better-than-expected 37.7 percent jump in first-quarter profits.

clock May 18, 2005Meredith Derby

Retail Features

In Brief: Markfield’s New Role … St. John Executive … Chico’s Move

MARKFIELD’S NEW ROLE: Roger Markfield is stepping down as president of American Eagle Outfitters Inc. next year and will transition to an advisory role to help the company develop its new retail concept and other growth initiatives,…

clock May 18, 2005WWD Staff

Textiles

U.S. Rebukes China On Exchange Rate

The Bush administration said China’s fixed exchange rate policy would be deemed manipulative if it did not take quick action to reform its system.

clock May 18, 2005Kristi Ellis

Financial

Wal-Mart’s Scott on the Offensive

CHICAGO — Wal-Mart president and chief executive officer Lee Scott, taking on critics of the world’s largest retailer, said here Tuesday that Wal-Mart provides value to consumers who need it most.

Twenty percent of Wal-Mart customers fall…

clock May 18, 2005Denise Power

Financial

Wholesale Prices Rise in April

Wholesale prices of U.S.-made women’s apparel increased 0.6 percent in April and 0.7 percent from a year ago, the Labor Department reported.

clock May 18, 2005Evan Clark

Textiles

Bush Pushes Congress on CAFTA Approval

WASHINGTON — President Bush lobbied on Tuesday for Congressional approval of the Central American Free Trade Agreement, saying it would boost the U.S. economy and strengthen democracy in the region.

“That is an important priority of this…

clock May 18, 2005Evan Clark

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Mr. and Mrs. Smith Back Up Carol’s Daughter

NEW YORK — Hollywood joined forces with hip-hop at Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club here Wednesday as an array of stars banded together to give a boost to a beauty entrepreneur out of Brooklyn.

Music mogul and consumer brand marketer Stephen Stoute put…

clock May 18, 2005Julie Naughton and Pete Born

Fashion Features

Karl Lagerfeld: Man In Motion

Karl Lagerfeld led a group of models and editors on buses to show his Chanel cruise collection, then headed to Rome for a Fendi store opening.

clock May 18, 2005Miles Socha

Fashion Features

Luxury Cut From Another Cloth

NEW YORK — Call it the big drop.

Asked about their spending for apparel as a personal luxury in the first quarter, affluent U.S. consumers said their purchasing fell by more than one-third, or 36 percent, to an average of $1,103 per…

clock May 18, 2005Valerie Seckler

Fashion Features

Designers to Be Less Fashionable?

NEW YORK — More than five times as many people among the country’s wealthiest 10 percent of consumers plan to curtail spending on designer apparel rather than increase it.

So says The American Affluence Research Center, which, in April,…

clock May 18, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Marketing Intelligence: Strip-Club Chic Is Taking Off … A Moving Target

STRIP-CLUB CHIC IS TAKING OFF: Strip-club chic has slithered its way into mainstream fashion marketing over the past year or so, gathering momentum in ads such as a Baby Phat billboard in Times Square featuring Kimora Lee Simmons…

clock May 18, 2005Valerie Seckler

Retail Features

Diavolina Pumps Up Apparel Mix

Diavolina, a revered Los Angeles shoe emporium that reopened April 2 on Robertson Boulevard, is stepping into apparel.

clock May 18, 2005Michelle Tyree

Fashion Features

Hoodie Goes High-End in L.A.

LOS ANGELES — Chris Park-Gonzalez and her husband, Mike Gonzalez, had two special arrivals five months apart.

She gave birth to the couple’s son, Mateo, in November, and the Mike & Chris clothing line made its debut in New York in…

clock May 18, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

Fashion Features

Remaking Maternity as Sexy

LOS ANGELES — Five years ago, Stephanie Boye, pregnant with her first child, was frustrated with the maternity clothes available to her.

“The collars were always high and really unflattering,” she said. “I thought it would be nice to see…

clock May 18, 2005Kate Mayfield

Fashion Features

It’s Academic for Bob Mackie

LOS ANGELES — This is a season of honors for designer Bob Mackie.

After receiving the Treasures of Los Angeles award from the Central City Association last month, Mackie received an honorary doctorate in fine arts last Saturday from the…

clock May 18, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

People

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First Lady Laura Bush hosted an intimate gathering for former first lady Nancy Reagan, and an elegant time was had by all.

clock May 18, 2005Aileen Mehle

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