Polo’s Cost of Growth: Short-Term Blip Ahead, But Outlook Still Bullish

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Polo Ralph Lauren kept a brisk gallop in the third quarter, but warned its pace may slow slightly for the fiscal year. The company posted third-quarter profits that leapt 20.9 percent — bolstered by strong sales of its luxury goods.

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Polo’s Cost of Growth: Short-Term Blip Ahead, But Outlook Still Bullish

Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. kept a brisk gallop in the third quarter, but warned its pace may slow slightly for the fiscal year.

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Miuccia Prada

Fashion Features

Miu Miu Makes Move to Paris Show

Signaling a push for her more affordable and experimental line, Miuccia Prada will show Miu Miu March 5 in Paris instead of in Milan.

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Liz Claiborne to Cut 500 Jobs

Liz Claiborne Inc. is streamlining operations and will eliminate 500 positions, or 4 percent of its workforce, to better manage its brand portfolio.

clock February 8, 2006Julee Greenberg

Fashion Features

In Brief: Urban’s Billion … Neimark’s New Gig

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

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Mischa Barton

Fashion Features

Bebe Taps Barton, Aims for Red Carpet

Mischa Barton is to be announced today as the new face of Bebe, rounding out Manny Mashouf’s dream team to boost the label’s profile.

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Dakota Fanning, photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair.


Memo Pad: Ford’s Entourage … Traveling Truman

If there’s ever a Tom Ford biopic, Jeremy Piven might want to audition for the lead.

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Marc Jacobs

Fashion Features

The New Grunge – Marc Jacobs

One could argue that with the world in turmoil, the timing is perfect for such a display, but runway politicking has never been Jacobs’ forte.

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Betsey Johnson

Fashion Features

The Cool School Collections – Betsey Johnson, adam+eve, Reem Acra, Max Azria Collection, Tse, Neil Barrett

Whether sexy or spiffy, simple or serene, certain designers showed looks that have a distinctive brand of charisma.

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Bill Blass

Fashion Features

Sophisticated Ladies – Bill Blass, Monique Lhuillier, Behnaz Sarafpour, Luca Luca

From flowing dresses to elegant wrap numbers, fall collections were characterized by a light-handed glamour, as designers favored young, fresh looks.

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Francisco Costa and Natalia Vodianova at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection show last Friday.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Natalia’s No Show … Think Pink … Not Oscar Ready …

Supermodel and Calvin Klein face Natalia Vodianova won’t be strutting down the Calvin Klein Collection runway this Thursday, but instead will take in the show with hubby Justin Portman from the front row.

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Sofia Coppola in Marc Jacobs.


Jacobs’ Ladder

If a designer’s cool quotient is measured by the number of hipsters clamoring to get into the after party, then Marc Jacobs is still at the top.

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Kelli O'Hara


Slumber Party

Kelli O’Hara is finally getting the chance to lighten up.

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Claire Danes


Front Row Flash

When it comes to New York Fashion Week, sometimes it’s possible to have too many industry friends.

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Daria Werbowy

Fashion Features

Werbowy’s Model Approach to Beauty

Daria Werbowy is a model stranded in a celebrity’s fashion world, and she can’t help but notice.

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Nave to Open First Freestanding Unit

When Onward Kashiyama launched the Nave collection in September, the concept was simple.

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Tonino Perna

Fashion Features

IT Holding’s Pressure to Evolve

Italian brand Malo is staging its first runway show in New York today in a bid to generate buzz and win over new customers in the U.S. market.

clock February 8, 2006Amanda Kaiser

Nearly twice as many women 50 and older were inclined to buy apparel because of store displays than because of magazine content they'd seen.

Marketing and Promotion

Fickle Fiftysomethings Vote With Their Feet

Americans 50 and up are showing little loyalty to fashion brands, unlike their predecessors at the same age.

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Antik Denim

Fashion Features

And in L.A., Fashion Week Taking Shape

With fashion week in New York at full throttle, the drums are beating louder for the runway shows here next month.

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Robert Rodriguez and a fall look.

Fashion Features

Man With a Plan: Robert Rodriguez Expands Line

Robert Rodriguez is ready for the spotlight.

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New technology has helped Nordstrom become more profitable while also enhancing customer service and selection.

Fashion Features

Nordstrom Tech Overhaul Boosts Profits

Nordstrom has a spectacular story to tell about new technology that enabled the retailer to embrace its traditions of customer service and unique assortments while shrinking inventory and dramatically improving margins and sales per square foot.

clock February 8, 2006Cate T. Corcoran

The aptly named OtterBox will keep an iPod dry and free of dust under the most adverse conditions. When used with waterproof headphones, an OtterBox-clad iPod can go for a swim or visit the desert. Videos can be watched and the click wheel controlled...

Fashion Features

Back To Basics For Wilsons

Wilsons Leather stores get fresh merchandise onto the sales floor 70 percent faster than at this time last year because of inventory scanners introduced four months ago.

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Liz Claiborne's Len Jacaruso and Wayne Dabney.

Fashion Features

WWD Fetes Service Stars

Retail’s giving side was honored in January during the WWD Exec Tech Community Service Awards.

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Retailers’ Suit Targets Health Legislation

The Retail Industry Leaders Associa­tion filed separate lawsuits Tuesday against government labor officials in Maryland and Suffolk County, New York

clock February 8, 2006Kristi Ellis and Evan Clark


Under Armour Net Up 13.5%

Performance apparel and licensed products lifted Under Armour to double-digit earnings and sales gains in its first quarter as a public firm.

clock February 8, 2006Melanie Kletter

Ella Moss dress for fall.

Fashion Features

Out With the Old, Slowly in With the New

Any buyer attempting to master the Fashion Coterie Trade Show knows a triumph is guaranteed only when a perfect balance is struck.

clock February 8, 2006Lauren DeCarlo

Madison jeans by Kasil, a Los Angeles-based denim brand.

Fashion Features

Crunch Time for Designers

Designers showing during New York Fashion Week aren’t the only ones under pressure from the calendar.

clock February 8, 2006Lauren DeCarlo

Sketches from Ya-Ya's fall collection.

Fashion Features

What’s Hot in the Booths

Buyers should have their coterie checklist in order, but are brands on the same page?

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