Fashion

Dior Plots Global Retail Push for Chiuri's First Collection

The initiative combines freestanding pop-ups, partnerships with key retailers and special in-store merchandising.

clock 8hJoelle Diderich and Sharon Edelson

Eye

Franca Sozzani's Mass Draws Designers, Executives in Milan

The Mass was held at the tail end of Milan Fashion Week to remember the late editor in chief of Vogue Italia, who died in December.

clock 18hLuisa Zargani and Alessandra Turra

Business

Warren Buffett Baffled by Retail

The investor praised Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and said he can’t figure out retail.

clock 8hEvan Clark

Riding High: Polo Ralph Lauren Profits, Sales Jump in Quarter

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Overview

Propelled by higher sales in its wholesale and retail businesses, the company's profits leapt 31.5 percent on total sales that increased 14.7 percent during the second quarter, easily beating analysts estimates.

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Roger Farah said the firm will be investing additional capital in growth initiatives.

Financial

Riding High: Polo Ralph Lauren Profits, Sales Jump in Quarter

Polo Ralph Lauren’s profits leapt 31.5 percent on total sales that galloped 14.7 percent during its second quarter, easily beating analyst estimates.

clock November 7, 2005Vicki M. Young

Justin Timberlake shows off his new line, William Rast, at Bloomingdale's.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Costume Ball … Pearls of Jade … Talking Justin

Perhaps Hedi Slimane was channeling a Munster when he decided to come as is, accompanying pal Liz Goldwyn (in a cute antique burlesque costume of a tomato) to Jacqui and Peter Getty’s annual bash Monday night.

clock November 7, 2005WWD Staff

A spring look from Alexander McQueen.

Fashion Features

Alexander McQueen Sets New RTW Line

Alexander McQueen, who in September unveiled a footwear line for Puma, will launch a second rtw line called McQ-Alexander McQueen next fall.

clock November 7, 2005Samantha Conti

Fashion Features

Coming This Week

A look at the coming week’s events.

clock November 7, 2005WWD Staff

The cover of Cookie.

Media

Cookie Goes to Press

In the late Nineties, a handful of maternity designers revolutionized an industry by making fashionable, even sexy, clothes for moms-to-be who didn’t want to shed their style simply because of their change in status.

clock November 7, 2005Sara James

Petra Nemcova

Fashion Features

Model’s Profile in Courage

Petra Nemcova is not just another pretty face — and that’s precisely why Rampage has hired her to star in its spring ad campaign.

clock November 7, 2005Rosemary Feitelberg

Nicole Richie in Life & Style.

Media

Memo Pad: Premature Exposure … A Fitting Conclusion … In Da Club

Here’s a great way to make sure that exclusive celebrity photo shoot you’ve spent months lining up doesn’t stay exclusive: Hold it on the beach just off Santa Monica pier.

clock November 7, 2005WWD Staff

Giorgio Armani and Karl Lagerfeld

People

Roman Holiday

They came, they saw, they conquered. Plenty of stars turned out to fete the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Fendi house.

clock November 7, 2005WWD Staff

Via Spiga's microfiber toe cover with ankle straps.

Fashion Features

Creativity Steps Forward for Spring

The spring legwear market represents the minority share of the industry’s annual sales, but vendor offerings for 2006 are brimming with creativity as firms work to boost business.

clock November 7, 2005Laura Klepacki

Jacob Arabo

Fashion Features

Jacob & Co.: Beyond the Bling

Jacob Arabo, also known as “Jacob the Jeweler,” is making some changes at his diamond jewelry firm revered by celebrities.

clock November 7, 2005Sophia Chabbott

Kieselstein-Cord shoes.

Fashion Features

Kieselstein-Cord Prowls for Growth

If Kieselstein-Cord has its way, it will soon be snapping up a larger audience.

clock November 7, 2005Jennifer Hirshlag

Fashion Features

Bebe to Open Accessories Chain

Seeking to capitalize on retail concepts devoted to single-product categories, Bebe said Friday that it would launch an accessories store chain called Neda by Bebe.

clock November 7, 2005Sharon Edelson

A Kenzie watch.

Fashion Features

Findings: A Puff Piece … Your Friends and Neighbors … All That Glitters …

Sean “Diddy” Combs’ style is often capped off by a pair of sunglasses, so it was only a matter of time before his Sean John women’s and men’s sportswear label signed an agreement to produce the signature accessory.

clock November 7, 2005WWD Staff

Striped cotton pajamas by Derek Rose at NAP and Petit Bateau top.

Fashion Features

Cautious Wind Swirls at Market

Problems such as the aftermath of hurricanes and high gas prices are among the challenges facing retailers and vendors.

clock November 7, 2005Karyn Monget

La Perla hits the Moscow runway.

Fashion Features

Intimate Notes: Nap Unites With Nitches … Mini Show … La Perla Does Russia …

NAP Inc., a 20-year-old sleepwear firm, is to announce a merger today with Nitches Inc., a publicly traded company.

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Stephanie Monserrat-Laurent

Fashion Features

The Buzz on Brazilian Fashion

The girl from Ipanema is really the girl from Monaco.

clock November 7, 2005Sharon Edelson

Babies 'R' Us puts some style into diaper bags.

Retail

Babies ‘R’ Us Looks to Grow in NYC

There’s another big-box retailer in town looking for real estate.

clock November 7, 2005David Moin

Retail

Bottega Veneta to Open Honolulu Unit Next Year

Bottega Veneta is basking in the Hawaiian sun.

clock November 7, 2005Sharon Edelson

Fashion Features

Fashion Cares, It Delivers

Fashion Delivers Charitable Trust, which has already begun processing and delivering donated products to hurricane disaster victims in the U.S.

clock November 7, 2005Vicki M. Young

Financial

Legal Briefs

A complaint filed by Coast to Coast Fabrics against I.E. Industries Fashion Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was dismissed with prejudice by a Manhattan federal judge on Oct. 19.

clock November 7, 2005Liza Casabona

Financial

Wal-Mart Hosts Symposium, Releases Economic Studies

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., in a move to shore up its image, attempted to answer its critics Friday with the release of several economic studies, highlighting the impact the retail giant has on prices, jobs and wages.

clock November 7, 2005Kristi Ellis

Cotton growing face the dropping of a key subsidy program.

Fashion Features

Congress Votes to End Subsidy Program

The House and Senate passed budget packages Thursday that would eliminate a cotton subsidy program ruled illegal by the World Trade Organization.

clock November 7, 2005Kristi Ellis

Financial

Job Growth Less Than Expected

Still absorbing the shock of a devastating hurricane season, U.S. employers boosted payrolls by 56,000 jobs last month, about half the number anticipated by economists.

clock November 7, 2005Evan Clark

Financial

Obituary: Kleinfeld Bridal Partner Marvin Goldstein, 70

Up until the time of his death, Goldstein was in private practice and practiced corporate and securities law.

clock November 7, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

Saks vice chairman Steve Sadove with wife Karen Sadove, Debi Mazar and Saks' Terron Schaefer.

Retail

Stars Hold Key to the Cure

Saks Fifth Avenue has been stepping out with high-profile and frequent special events for a year and now the activities have accelerated.

clock November 7, 2005David Moin

Tom Ford

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Ford, Lauder Light Up Saks … Marionnaud Investigated

Saks Fifth Avenue and Estee Lauder took Tom Ford out for a spin Thursday night — with record-breaking results.

clock November 7, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Election ’05: Fashion’s Message for City Hall

Whether Mayor Michael Bloomberg or challenger Fernando Ferrer wins Tuesday, he will face issues of vital interest to the fashion industry.

clock November 7, 2005WWD Staff

Riz Khan

Fashion Features

Writing the Book on Alwaleed

Riz Khan estimated he has interviewed about 10,000 people and that billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud is the most fascinating of them all.

clock November 7, 2005Sharon Edelson

Fashion Features

Denim, Color Lead StyleMax

Midwest retailers were surprisingly exuberant at the four-day StyleMax spring market at the Merchandise Mart.

clock November 7, 2005Beth Wilson

Fashion Features

Prato Trade to Show at Unica

It took a season, but textile organization Prato Trade has decided to participate in the next edition of Unica, the Italian textile supershow, set to run from Feb. 14-17.

clock November 7, 2005Courtney Colavita

Essentialist

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Spring bags from Michael Kors featured in The Walk campaign.

Business

Michael Kors Reprises ‘The Walk’ Street-Style Handbag Campaign

clock 8hLisa Lockwood

Social Studies