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Fashion's Game of Musical Chairs Quickens in Paris

The spring shows feature debuts at four major brands, prompting reflection on the pace of designer change.

clock 3hMiles Socha

Retail

Tough Times for Neiman's as Firm Battles 'Challenges'

The luxury chain has been battling the luxury malaise.

clock 18hDavid Moin

Retail

Focusing on Spring, Buyers Praise Milan's Creative Energy

The city has not lost its sizzle, once again led by Prada and Gucci.

clock 12hWWD Staff

Seeking the Hot Bag: Larger, Structured Looks Seen as the Keys for Fall

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Overview

The handbag shape for fall is bigger and better. At least that's the trend to emerge so far this fashion week, during which American designers continued their full-court press into the ever-booming handbag category long dominated by European brands.

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Fashion Features

Seeking the Hot Bag: Larger, Structured Looks Seen as the Keys for Fall

Evidence of the importance of bags was seen on the runways over the last week.

clock February 13, 2006Jennifer Hirshlag and Sophia Chabbott

Financial

Andrew Rolfe Exiting Gap International

Andrew Rolfe, president of the Gap International division of Gap Inc. for the past two years, is leaving the company to take a senior position at a private equity firm, TowerBrook Capital Partners LP.

clock February 13, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Bush Called to Action on Imports

The overall trade deficit jumped almost 18 percent last year.

clock February 13, 2006Evan Clark and Kristi Ellis

Fashion Features

Coming This Week

A look at the coming week’s events.

clock February 13, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

In Brief: Kors Hire

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

clock February 13, 2006WWD Staff

People

Feeding Frenzy

Fashion week, surprisingly enough, has been a foodie’s paradise.

clock February 13, 2006WWD Staff

People

Front Row Flash

Halle Berry slipped into the Ralph Lauren show Friday morning virtually unnoticed, wearing an equally low-key gray pantsuit from the designer’s fall collection.

clock February 13, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Cool Confidence – Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld

Dark palettes, few frills and well-worked details were some of the elements that made an impact on the runways.

clock February 13, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

A Sophisticated Air – Chado Ralph Rucci, Zac Posen, Sweetface, Matthew Williamson, Cynthia Rowley

Some of the recent fall collections were all about the pretty and polished, with designers turning out simple cocktail dresses, smart little jackets and great-looking patterned coats.

clock February 13, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Leading Ladies – Strenesse, Tory by TRB, Douglas Hannant, Malandrino, Nathan Jenden, Joanna Mastroianni, Manuel

Dressed up, high on cozy or sweetly simplified, the New York runways were big on attitude, from the chic to the glamorous to the sexy.

clock February 13, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Frock On – Carlos Miele, Zero Maria Cornejo, Temperley London, Zaldy

It’s all about dresses this season, from cozy little knitted numbers to all-out glamorous gowns.

clock February 13, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

A Little Bit Sweet, A Little Bit Sexy

Many lesser-known designers made it clear that they mean business this season, most notably Jeremy Laing.

clock February 13, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Stores Applaud New York’s Fall

Fashion week was one of contrasts and many superlatives.

clock February 13, 2006Sharon Edelson

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Fashion On Ice … Beauty Talk … Feeling The Love …

The Olympics opening ceremony held in Turin Friday evening was a tribute to Italian style and design.

clock February 13, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Facchinetti Consulting for New Moncler Line

Alessandra Facchinetti has traded sexy dresses and high heels for duvet jackets.

clock February 13, 2006Alessandra Ilari

Fashion Features

Clear Steps Into Fashion Week

With luxury a major factor in the retail marketplace, Elyse N. Kroll, executive director of ENK International, figured the wholesale world was ready for something special as well.

clock February 13, 2006Sophia Chabbott and Jennifer Hirshlag

Fashion Features

Paris Shows Take a Cultured Turn

Sophistication was the buzzword at the Premiere Classe and Eclat de Mode trade shows here, where gold, fur, leather and ethnic accessories were the focal point for buyers.

clock February 13, 2006Katya Foreman

Fashion Features

Leiber Calls On Vignola

Judith Leiber, the accessories firm famous for its jeweled minaudieres, has appointed Robert Vignola president and chief executive officer.

clock February 13, 2006Sophia Chabbott

Financial

Searching for Retail Opportunities

Gilbert Harrison, chairman of Financo, said he expects more consolidations in the retail sector this year, which could open the door for companies looking to find better real estate in key markets.

clock February 13, 2006Amy S. Choi

Fashion Features

Charity Foundation Heads to Magic

Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation Inc., the apparel industry nonprofit group recently formed to help people rebuild their lives following a natural disaster or tragedy, will participate in its first MAGIC show Feb. 21-24.

clock February 13, 2006Vicki M. Young

Financial

Staffing Agencies Merge

Project Solvers, a source for freelance and full-time personnel in the fashion and design-related industries, has merged with Resolve Staffing.

clock February 13, 2006Vicki M. Young

Financial

WWD Stock Index Slips 0.4%

Despite a growing gap between short- and long-term bond yields investors kept up vigorous trading late last week.

clock February 13, 2006WWD Staff

Financial

Puma Expects Surges in Net, Sales

Puma is kicking off a soccer-drenched year by upping its earnings and sales forecasts.

clock February 13, 2006Emilie Marsh

Financial

Analyst Touts Rise in Annual Cash-Out Data

The analyst sees this sort of activity as favorable for consumer spending, “as consumers typically spend extracted funds and/or savings from lower mortgage payments.”

clock February 13, 2006WWD Staff

Financial

Debating How Online Sales Fit Into Comps

Due to the ever-increasing popularity of apparel sales on the Internet, at least one expert says retailers should include Web-based same-store sales in their monthly sales reports.

clock February 13, 2006Meredith Derby

Financial

CIT: Consolidation Remains a ‘Huge Issue’

Mitch Cohen, executive vice president, western regional manager at CIT Commercial Services, discussed these and other issues with WWD in a recent interview.

clock February 13, 2006Liza Casabona

Financial

The New CEO: Not ‘Me’ but ‘We’

Ding dong, the bullies are gone. Now everyone wants a team player occupying the executive suite.

clock February 13, 2006WWD Staff

Memo Pad: Everything Must Go … Design Worth A Detour … French Ties

The curious new phrase circulating among executives at Conde Nast Publications’ 4 Times Square headquarters? “We’re out of inventory.”

clock February 13, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Benefit Teams With Ford Motor Co.

While they may not be long-lost cousins, the Ford sisters of Benefit Cosmetics and Ford Motor Co. have teamed up for a cosmetics launch.

clock February 13, 2006Matthew W. Evans

Fashion Features

Winds of Change Fan Salon Issues

Change was in the air at the Eurovet-operated Salon International de la Lingerie and Interfiliere trade fairs here.

clock February 13, 2006Karyn Monget

Fashion Features

French Cinema Focus of Salon Exhibit

The impact of intimate apparel on the silver screen was represented by authentic costumes and vintage posters featuring French film sirens such as Martine Carol.

clock February 13, 2006Karyn Monget

Fashion Features

Dekkers’ Flighty Experience

When Marlies Dekkers alighted in Paris, the feathers were flying.

clock February 13, 2006Katya Foreman

Fashion Features

Margaux’s Vintage Trousseau

A young designer line called Trousseau de Margaux was new on the scene, showing its neophyte collection of vintage-looking lingerie in the Spicy Garden section of the Salon International de la Lingerie.

clock February 13, 2006Karyn Monget

Financial

Maidenform Lowers Forecasts

Maidenform Brands Inc. lowered its fiscal 2005 and 2006 sales and operating earnings projections last week.

clock February 13, 2006Meredith Derby

Fashion Features

Lingerie’s Other Side

Shopping at some of the world’s most avant-garde lingerie stores doesn’t necessarily have to involve buying panties.

clock February 13, 2006Katya Foreman

Fashion Features

Hanky Panky Rolls Out the Concealer

Sheer doesn’t have to mean nude thanks to the Con­cealer, a line of skin-tone innerwear items designed to be worn under see-through apparel such as chiffon bohemian-inspired tops and lace dresses.

clock February 13, 2006Rusty Williamson

Fashion Features

Canadians, New Brands in Spotlight

Sleepwear will be a growing presence at the eighth edition of Lingerie Americas that is set for a three-day run starting Feb. 25 at the landmark Altman Building and Metropolitan Pavilion here.

clock February 13, 2006Karyn Monget

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