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French Designer Sonia Rykiel Dies at the Age of 86

The French designer was synonymous with striped sweaters and Left Bank insouciance.

clock 13hMiles Socha

Fashion

Rihanna Said Eyeing Paris for Next Fenty Puma Show

The music star had launched the collection last February during New York Fashion Week.

clock 19hMiles Socha

Media

Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

clock 10hAlexandra Steigrad

Counterfeiters’ Holiday Payday: Real Money for Fake Goods

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Overview

In a holiday season brimming with finicky shoppers, aggressive markdowns and tough competition, retailers are facing pressure from the counterfeit and knockoff market ? especially in jewelry, accessories and apparel.

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Fashion Features

Teen Holiday Hits

Teens seem to want it all – from Sony PlayStations to sweaters and shoes – and

clock December 21, 2006Julee Greenberg

Fashion Features

Paper Partners for Growth

Almost a year a strategic repositioning took it from boutiques to department stores, Paper Denim & Cloth has found a new partner to help push the brand to new heights.

clock December 21, 2006Ross Tucker

Fashion Features

Ahmadi-Miller’s Next Generation

The label also is setting up a nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping women and children in Afghanistan whose lives have been affected by war.

clock December 21, 2006Rusty Williamson

Fashion Features

Bread & Butter Prepares for BBB Kraftwerk Show

Just a few weeks after pulling the plug on the Berlin edition of Bread & Butter, Karl Heinz Miller, founder and managing director, is charging ahead on his newest Berlin venture: BBB Kraftwerk.

clock December 21, 2006Melissa Drier

Fashion Features

The Year in Film

The Golden Globes kick off awards season next month, so it’s a good time to take a look at the leading films of 2006 in terms of dollars.

clock December 21, 2006Cecily Hall

Retail Features

Bergdorf’s Goes Modern on Level Three

With its easy, open flow and array of advanced European collections, the new 25,000-square-foot third level at Bergdorf Goodman neatly captures what the retailer calls a “modernist” mode.

clock December 21, 2006David Moin

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Susan Posnick Fills Out the Face

Susan Posnick, a makeup artist who spent 18 years as Mary Kay’s personal cosmetician, is expanding her eponymous line of color cosmetics, an assortment she calls “the anti-makeup-artist thing.”

clock December 21, 2006Holly Haber

People

Miss January

Hailing from Sioux Falls, S.D., actress January Jones knows something about small towns. So slipping seamlessly into the cast of “We Are Marshall,” the film opening Friday about a Midwestern hamlet with a lot of heart, came naturally.

clock December 21, 2006Emily Holt

People

Golden Eye

Though hardly a household name to Western audiences, Chinese director Zhang Yimou has been making his mark on the international cinematic scene for almost two decades, most recently in his martial-arts-heavy “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers.”

clock December 21, 2006Vanessa Lawrence

People

Red Carpet Flash

Though husband Bart Freundlich was by her side much of the evening, the happy-couple award went to Julianne Moore and Clive Owen at Monday night’s Cinema Society and GQ screening of “Children of Men.”

clock December 21, 2006WWD Staff

Retail Features

Wal-Mart Works on Image, Rebutting Critics With Mixed Results

Wal-Mart president and chief executive officer H. Lee Scott appeared on the Rev. Al Sharpton’s radio show in July to discuss ways the world’s largest retailer is changing corporate practices.

clock December 21, 2006Katherine Bowers

Fashion Features

Escada Looks to Revitalize Brand

After months of below-the-radar activity, Escada chief executive officer Frank Rheinboldt is taking visible steps to awaken and rejuvenate what he describes as a “sleeping beauty” of a brand.

clock December 21, 2006Melissa Drier

Fashion Features

Counterfeiters’ Holiday Payday: Real Money for Fake Goods

In a holiday season brimming with finicky shoppers, aggressive markdowns and tough competition, retailers are facing pressure from the counterfeit and…

clock December 21, 2006Liza Casabona

Memo Pad: Second Coming?… Teens Rule… New Style

Now that Time’s Person of the Year issue has been shipped (though the controversial reactions to the magazine’s choice of “You” are rolling in from readers on Time.com and columns from media pundits), deputy managing editor Stephen Koepp is making a move.

clock December 21, 2006WWD Staff

Retail Features

Retailers Go the Extra Mile To Earn Consumer Loyalty

Many consumers, who expect little in the way of service, anticipate even less during the holiday season.

clock December 21, 2006Sharon Edelson

Financial

Prada Buys Back Church’s Stake

Prada Group announced Wednesday that it has regained full control of British footwear brand Church’s.

clock December 21, 2006Luisa Zargani

Retail Features

Gucci Inks Lease for Trump Tower Space

Gucci signed a lease on Tuesday for what will be its biggest store in the world, a 45,000-square-foot, three-level emporium at 725 Fifth Avenue in Trump Tower here.

clock December 21, 2006Sharon Edelson

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Madonna’s Moment… Donna, Party Animal… Marc Mania…

Steven Klein has shot the ad campaign for Madonna’s second collection with Sweden’s fast-fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz.

clock December 21, 2006WWD Staff

Financial

Nike Net Up 8% in 2nd Qtr.

Nike Inc.’s earnings climbed 8 percent in the second quarter, driven by strong sales and a retroactive tax benefit.

clock December 21, 2006Whitney Beckett

Fashion Features

Bush Signs Wide-Ranging Trade Bill

President Bush signed a comprehensive trade and tax bill Wednesday that gives permanent normal trade relations to Vietnam and extends duty free benefits to companies that produce apparel in sub-Saharan Africa, the Andean region and Haiti.

clock December 21, 2006Kristi Ellis

Financial

NexCen Announces Blass Buy

NexCen Brands Inc. said Wednesday that it inked a $54.6 million cash and stock deal to acquire Bill Blass Holding Co. Inc.. The announcement confirmed a report in WWD.

clock December 21, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

In Brief: Limited Winner… Oxford President Resigns… Benetton Picks CFO

Riding on the heels of Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works’ success, Limited Brands is expected to come out on top this holiday season, according to Mark Montagna, retail analyst at CL King & Associates.

clock December 21, 2006WWD Staff

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