Christmas Draws Nigh: Stores Cut the Glitz Amid Signs of Gloom

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With stores building up their exclusive items and toning down the glitz, the look of holiday is changing — but so is the outlook for business.

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From Saks: Kaufman Franco glazed cotton trench, $2,195, and Carolina Herrera leopard-print calf trench, $6,995. Inset, Vhernier pave diamond watch, $27,200.


Christmas Draws Nigh: Stores Cut the Glitz Amid Signs of Gloom

With stores building up their exclusive items and toning down the glitz, the look of holiday is changing, but so is the outlook for business.

clock August 28, 2006David Moin

Paul Charron


Liz Yet to Find a Successor for Charron

The search for Paul Charron’s successor at Liz Claiborne Inc. has highlighted the difficulty of finding a suitable candidate in today’s world.

clock August 28, 2006Whitney Beckett

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Coming This Week

A look at the coming week’s events.

clock August 28, 2006WWD Staff

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In Brief: True Religion Taps Levi Designer

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

clock August 28, 2006WWD Staff

Mischa Barton in Missoni.



Rachel Zoe hosted a dinner for shoe designer Brian Atwood at the Chateau Marmont, where a few of the partygoers kicked up their heels.

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Johnny Cragg, Royston, Antony and Christian Langdon.


Relative Values

The stories about bands of brothers overcome with sibling rivalry are legendary.

clock August 28, 2006Emily Holt

Badgley Mischka expects its corset-inspired looks to translate into lingerie.

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Badgley Mischka Adding Lingerie

The Iconix Brand Group has lined up yet another licensing deal for its Badgley Mischka label: lingerie with Ariela-Alpha International.

clock August 28, 2006Rosemary Feitelberg

Vassarette unveiled its spring collection of bras and panties.

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Intimate Notes: Sylene Launches Web Site … Vassarette Shows Off … Delta’s Better Quarter …

Sylene of Washington, a specialty lingerie and swimwear boutique, launched it first e-commerce Web site this month.

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Inside and outside the Change Lingerie store in Montreal.


Denmark’s Change Comes to Canada, Eyes U.S.

Change Lingerie of Denmark has opened its first three boutiques in Canada as an eventual springboard into the American market.

clock August 28, 2006Brian Dunn

Van Cleef & Arpels' Centennial Alhambra necklace.

Fashion Features

Van Cleef Still Growing at 100

Van Cleef & Arpels turned 100 this year, but Emmanuel Perrin, president and ceo in North America, feels it’s still maturing.

clock August 28, 2006Jennifer Hirshlag

A Van Cleef artisan puts the finishing touches on an earring from the Frivole collection.

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French Jewelry Firm Treasures N.Y. Gem

When Van Cleef & Arpels unveils the 11 one-of-a-kind pieces that make up its Tresor Reveles high jewelry collection this December, its New York atelier of 25 craftspeople will take pride in at least one of those creations.

clock August 28, 2006Jennifer Hirshlag

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Memo Pad: Feet First … Friday Closings … Channeling Greatness …

Conde Nast’s much-heralded launch of its business magazine Portfolio proclaims: “Business isn’t boring. Business journalism shouldn’t be either.”

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Baugur Makes Bid For House of Fraser

The bid values the 61-store chain at 1.48 pounds, or $2.79, per share.

clock August 28, 2006Nina Jones

Carson Pirie Scott on State Street in Chicago is closing next year.


State Street’s Carson Pirie Scott to Close

Carson Pirie Scott at One South State Street in Chicago will shut down by March 2007.

clock August 28, 2006David Moin


Legal Briefs

A Manhattan federal judge recently ruled in favor of Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., Calvin Klein Inc. and Calvin Klein Trademark Trust in a trademark dispute against Calvin Clothing Co. and Star Ride Kids Inc.

clock August 28, 2006WWD Staff


Done Deals & In Development: Developer Plans Plaza Hotel Rehab

Elad Properties is set to release a new set of plans for the retail portion of the legendary Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.

clock August 28, 2006Amy S. Choi


Travel Group Looks to Ease Duty Free Ban

A European trade organization representing the travel retail industry called on governments Friday to introduce a temporary security system to make it easier for U.S.-bound passengers to purchase liquid-based products, like cosmetics, fragrance and…

clock August 28, 2006Brid Costello


Beauty Beat: Parlux to Sell Perry Ellis Fragrances for $140M

Parlux Fragrances plans to remove the Perry Ellis brand from its fragrance portfolio.

clock August 28, 2006Molly Prior


Ghost Sets Plan To Refocus Biz

The new owners of British label Ghost plan to close down wholesale distribution worldwide and shutter their stand-alone stores in New York and Los Angeles.

clock August 28, 2006Samantha Conti

An example of a Web page on

Fashion Features

Jewelry Dot-Coms Reposition as Sales Grow

Fine jewelry has reached sales online of at least $1.9 billion and, according to Jewelers of America, a New York association for retail jewelers, that figure is expected to grow.

clock August 28, 2006Jennifer Hirshlag

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Fashion Scoops: Boudicca Moves On … Window Watchers

Zowie Broach and Brian Kirkby, the design duo behind Boudicca, are swapping the runways of New York Fashion Week for the catwalks of Paris couture.

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Red Room Saloon

Fashion Features

Roads Less Traveled

Off the beaten strip, Las Vegas offers simple pleasures that blast stereotypes of glitz and banish symptoms of overstimulation.

clock August 28, 2006Martine Bury

Dresses and other feminine looks are expected to be popular at WWDMAGIC.

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Different Directions

Denim will always have a place, but show exhibitors are expanding into different, more feminine looks this August.

clock August 28, 2006Nola Sarkisian-Miller

Companies like Free People are emphasizing dresses over denim for next spring.

Fashion Features

What’s In Store

At WWDMAGIC, retailers look for the next big thing.

clock August 28, 2006Melanie Lasoff Levs

Kenzie's silk satin beaded dress.

Fashion Features

Tailor Made

To achieve success, contemporary designers adjust their business strategies as well as their looks.

clock August 28, 2006Elizabeth Thurman

Coffee Shop's cotton jacket.

Fashion Features

For All Ages

Junior brands offer unique items that appeal to women in a wide age range.

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Debbie Shuchat's polyester dress at Window.

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Playing to Their Strengths

In a tough market, women’s sportswear and dressmakers stick to what they do best.

clock August 28, 2006Kristen Carr Jandoli

Little Earth's leather and metal collage bag, Peter Grimm's cotton hat and Icon's metal sunglasses.

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New Attitudes

Collections with rich back stories, accessories that serve multiple purposes and a focus on novelty and innovation are some of the ways accessories vendors are gaining an edge in an increasingly saturated market.

clock August 28, 2006Kavita Daswani

Key West's cotton and spandex halter and shorts.

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Moving Forward

A tough economy isn’t keeping casual lifestyle companies down.

clock August 28, 2006Rusty Williamson

Kenneth Cole Reaction's polyester bikini.

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Sea of Opportunity

Swim makers rely on good weather, strong design and name recognition to boost sales.

clock August 28, 2006Rachel Brown

Looks from Keedo's Fynbos group.

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Uncertain Times

Children’s wear companies remain confident, but brace for a slowing economy.

clock August 28, 2006Joanna Ramey

Dena Products' cashmere stole with rex rabbit fringe.

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Weathering the Storm

Higher costs and a shorter order cycle are straining businesses.

clock August 28, 2006Kavita Daswani

Neutral shades are popular in spring looks.

Fashion Features

Magic Marketplace

Las Vegas Convention Center & Las Vegas Hilton, Aug. 28-31, 2006

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