Five Days and Counting: Markdowns, Late Rush Seen Driving ’05 Gains

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Overview

All those staples of holiday seasons gone by — sweaters, jewelry and designer handbags — are turning in respectable numbers, but they can't keep pace with the year's hottest commodities: shiny new electronic toys.

From This Issue

Popular holiday looks in the mass channel include: Fiorucci's canvas pleated mini and trench and Xhilaration paiette hobo at Target.

Financial

Five Days and Counting: Markdowns, Late Rush Seen Driving ’05 Gains

There’s no one hot item driving fashion, although cold weather accessories, boots, better denim, intimates, among other categories, have fared well.

clock December 20, 2005David Moin

Robert C. Skinner Jr.

Financial

Skinner Named Chairman of Kellwood

Robert C. Skinner Jr., an architect of Kellwood Co.’s restructuring, has been elected chairman of the $2.1 billion firm, succeeding Hal Upbin.

clock December 20, 2005Julee Greenberg

Fashion Features

House Votes to Phase Out Byrd Bill

The House narrowly passed a budget-reduction package Monday that will repeal a trade law that compensated U.S. companies hurt by undervalued and subsidized imports and eliminate a cotton subsidy program.

clock December 20, 2005Kristi Ellis

Fashion Features

In Brief: Fighting Retail Theft … Delman President

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

clock December 20, 2005WWD Staff

George Lois' Muhammad Ali cover of Esquire from 1968.

Media

Memo Pad: Sustaining The Gain … Ali Rematch

TV Guide’s radical plan to save itself with a total redesign has met with some success — but will it last?

clock December 20, 2005WWD Staff

Vittorio Radice, La Rinascente

Financial

La Rinascente Details Revival Strategy

La Rinascente ceo Vittorio Radice, who transformed Selfridges into a hot store, has a plan to turn around Italy’s main department store chain.

clock December 20, 2005Luisa Zargani

Fashion Features

Beene Scholarship Endowment Contributes $1 Million to YMA

The YMA, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the future of the apparel, design, retail and textile industries, has received a $1 million endowment from the late Geoffrey Beene.

clock December 20, 2005WWD Staff

People

Trophy Wife

Chatting with British actress Emily Mortimer, who stars in Woody Allen’s “Match Point,” which comes out Christmas Day.

clock December 20, 2005Emily Holt

A shot of Madonna taken by her friend, Maripol, shortly before the release of "Like a Virgin."

People

Who’s That Girl?

She styled Madonna during her “Like a Virgin” phase and worked as the art director at Fiorucci back when it was the mecca for street fashion.

clock December 20, 2005Jacob Bernstein

People

Chic of The Week

Who says covered up has to mean prim and proper?

clock December 20, 2005WWD Staff

Mexx is trying a new layout on Oxford Street.

Fashion Features

Mexx’s Windows on the World

Mexx, the fast-fashion brand owned by Liz Claiborne Inc., has lifted the veil on its first new-generation flagship, a store that wants to be an oasis for the harried shopper.

clock December 20, 2005Samantha Conti

A look from Reem Acra.

Financial

The Bridal Business Branches Out

With coverage of celebrity nuptials and extravagant “encore” weddings, the $120 billion bridal industry is stretching out to new terrain.

clock December 20, 2005Rosemary Feitelberg

Auggie Tantillo, executive director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, Rep. Robin Hayes (R., N.C.) and Cass Johnson, president of the National Council of Textile Organizations.

Fashion Features

Hayes Juggles Trade and Textiles

Rep. Robin Hayes (R., N.C.), scion of the Cannon textile family, has played a successful balancing act as a four-term congressman.

clock December 20, 2005Kristi Ellis

Stephen Webster and Christina Aguilera

Fashion Features

Webster’s Femme Fatale Tour Ends in L.A.

London jeweler Stephen Webster stopped by the Chateau Marmont penthouse here this month for a champagne-filled private reception to celebrate his newest diamond collection, Femme Fatale.

clock December 20, 2005Rose Apodaca

Bulgari's Eau Parfumée au Thé Rouge.

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Bulgari Unveils New Eau Parfumee Scent … Kao Gets Go-Ahead on Kanebo Deal

After green and white, Bulgari has chosen red for the third installment of its series of tea-inspired scents, the same color scheme that’s found on the Italian flag.

clock December 20, 2005WWD Staff

Financial

Mall Operators Clamp Down on Teens

Anxious about large groups of loitering teens causing disruptive behavior, some U.S. shopping centers have imposed restrictions on hanging out.

clock December 20, 2005Sharon Edelson

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