Scanning the Terrain: Europe’s Luxury Stores Anchor Holiday Hopes

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After several seasons of difficult going compounded by weak consumer spending and endemic unemployment, a spate of positive economic data from across the Continent seems to point to a boost in spending and consumer confidence.

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Lanvin clothes and Alexander McQueen's Novak bags are hot sellers at Harvey Nichols in London.

Fashion Features

Scanning the Terrain: Europe’s Luxury Stores Anchor Holiday Hopes

After several seasons of weak consumer spending and high unemployment in Europe, a spate of positive economic data bodes well for holiday.

clock November 29, 2005Robert Murphy

Vittorio Missoni

Fashion Features

Milan Back to Longer Show Schedule

Milan Fashion Week is going back to a longer schedule, returning to seven days from September’s five, after the shorter schedule drew protests.

clock November 29, 2005Luisa Zargani

Fashion Features

Calvin Klein Names Better Sportswear VP

Chris Jackson has been named vice president of design for Calvin Klein Women’s Better Sportswear, a division of Kellwood Co.

clock November 29, 2005Julee Greenberg

Fashion Features

In Brief: Ellison Join Ellis … Belk Bottoms Out … Three’s A Crown

A brief look at some of the day’s stories.

clock November 29, 2005WWD Staff


Marc Jacobs in Vegas: Off to a Strong Start

Price was no object for customers at the new Marc Jacobs door in Las Vegas on Thanksgiving weekend.

clock November 29, 2005Rose Apodaca


Analysts Report Black Friday Winners

Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney, Kohl’s and A&F could be among the winners this holiday season, according to several analysts’ reports.

clock November 29, 2005David Moin

Carla Bruni


Dance Fever

Ballet fans got a healthy incentive to keep their black tie-ready bodies in shape last Tuesday at the New York City Ballet’s Opening Night Gala.

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A.A. Gill


Now, Voyager

In the world of travel writing, A.A. Gill is an outlaw.

clock November 29, 2005Evelyn Crowley

Alison Houtte in her store.


That Touch of Mink

Vintage shopping in New York can be a discouraging affair.

clock November 29, 2005Ashley Baker

Foot traffic used to be heavier on the East End of Oxford Street.


London Stores Marching On

Central London retailers have created the New West End Co. to attract shoppers to the area in reaction to rent hikes and drops in tourism.

clock November 29, 2005Nina Jones

This Richard Avedon image, which was used for the invite, will also temporarily adorn Theory's new office.


Market Basket: Going For The Gold … In Theory: It’s Avedon … Loro Piana’s Sunshine State

Carolina Herrera traveled to Las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Spain, last week to take home the gold medal for merit in the fine arts.

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Inside the Apparel Avenue Co. factory and Kartchai Jamkajornkeiat, president of Apparel Avenue.

Fashion Features

Thailand Boosts Sourcing Profile

Thailand’s garment manufacturers want to expand exports to the U.S. by targeting small- to mid-sized American apparel brands.

clock November 29, 2005Joyce Barrett

Fashion Features

Bangladesh Mills Make U.S. Show Debut

Bangladesh knitwear producers stitched together their first U.S. trade show to make a pitch to the American market, but found the challenges daunting.

clock November 29, 2005Julee Greenberg

Fashion Features

China Currency Passes Treasury Test

U.S. Treasury said China’s reform of its fixed exchange rate between the yuan and the dollar avoided it being deemed a currency “manipulator.”

clock November 29, 2005Kristi Ellis

Fashion Features

D.C.’s Dutch Treat

The Washington social whirl, the Dutch ambassador’s wife and fresh flowers attracted a special lunch crowd to the residence of the Dutch embassy this month.

clock November 29, 2005Evan Clark


Hudson’s Bay Moves To Avoid Hostile Bid

Hudson’s Bay Co. is in talks with other parties in an effort to stave off a $935 million hostile takeover bid from American financier Jerry Zucker.

clock November 29, 2005Brian Dunn

One of Diego Dalla Palma's candles.

Fashion Features

Dalla Palma Sets Home Fragrance and Skin Care

After completing a recent relaunch of its color cosmetics assortment, Italian beauty company Diego Dalla Palma is set to diversify into skin care and home fragrance.

clock November 29, 2005Stephanie Epiro

The Mercedes-Benz S600 and a look at the car's interior.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Status Wheels … Doll Face … A Bambi For Karl …

Holiday catalogues of luxury retailers, traditionally filled with festive fashions, jewelry, ornaments and gifts, have become a vehicle for launching expensive automobiles.

clock November 29, 2005WWD Staff

Patrick Robinson in Shanghai.


Robinson Trains Eye on China For Paco Rabanne Expansion

Patrick Robinson, creative director of Paco Rabanne, is brimming with ideas for expansion in China.

clock November 29, 2005Lisa Movius

A table at "Old Shanghai Night" sponsored by Shangtex.

Fashion Features

Shanghai Week: A Step Toward Future

Opening with Paco Rabanne and closing with Karl Lagerfeld made something of a splash, but the third annual Shanghai Fashion Week was less about the designers and press that flocked to the tents in downtown Fuxing Park than the flutter of fashion…

clock November 29, 2005Lisa Movius


Memo Pad: Picking Up The Split … Quick Addendum

It took patience, but Us Weekly has won its staring match with Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey.

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