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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 14hMiles 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 21hMiles Socha

Media

Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

clock 11hAlexandra Steigrad

An Overheated System: Frenzied Fashion Seasons Propel Debate on Change

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Overview

It's day seven into the fall season, with a grueling month of fashion shows still to come.

From This Issue

Fashion Features

Petal Pusher

Accessories are in bloom for spring, as lush floral brooches, hair embellishments and headbands are proving this season’s prettiest accompaniments.

clock February 8, 2007Katya Foreman

Fashion Features

Hit the Floor Running

Exhibitors provide a look ahead at the fashions they’re bringing to Project Las.

clock February 8, 2007Laura Klepacki

Fashion Features

Full Coverage

Retailers returning to Project are prepared to work a little harder to make sure they don’t miss a must-have line.

clock February 8, 2007Kavita Daswani

Fashion Features

Stay-Fresh Packaging

Project Las Vegas continues to reinvent itself with new decor, innovative sponsorships and, of course, cutting-edge fashions.

clock February 8, 2007Nola Sarkisian-Miller

Fashion Features

Play Your Cards Right

What better place than Sin City for the opening of the world’s first Playboy Club in 21 years? Housed on the 52nd floor of The Palms’ new Fantasy Tower, the Playboy Club is Las Vegas’ only casino with the feel of an elegant lounge.

clock February 8, 2007Victoria J. Chin

Fashion Features

Trendy Shops Add to Miami’s Cool Factor

As national chains fill in new retail pockets, smaller businesses are staking their claims here, as well, supplying the hottest labels to the region’s savvy shoppers. Here, a look at a few of the freshest finds.

clock February 8, 2007Rebecca Kleinman

Fashion Features

A Return to Tried-and-True Brands at Berlin Shows

Denim manufacturers exhibiting at the Bread & Butter Kraftwerk and Premium trade shows here last week expressed continued faith in the denim market, but acknowledged that the style landscape was shifting.

clock February 8, 2007Damien McGuinness and Melissa Drier

Fashion Features

Invista Merges Technologies for New XFit Patent

Invista is taking advantage of New York Fashion Week to tout the latest development in its XFit Lycra spandex stretch fiber.

clock February 8, 2007Ross Tucker

Fashion Features

Jimmy Choo to Launch Eyewear, Fragrance Lines

With a new owner, Jimmy Choo is out to move beyond footwear and leather goods.

clock February 8, 2007Samantha Conti

Financial

Polo Profits Gain in Qtr., but Outlook Falls Short

Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. on Wednesday posted third-quarter results that beat Wall Street estimates by 11 cents.

clock February 8, 2007Vicki M. Young

Financial

Garnering Som Attention: NRDC Said Eyeing Label

Rich­ard Baker and Christina Johnson of NRDC Equity Partners fuelled speculation that NRDC is close to investing in the designer’s business.

clock February 8, 2007David Moin

Fashion Features

Brands Seek International Exposure at World Boutique

One way to attract only serious potential clients at a trade show is to build an enclosure around your booth and block the entrance with sheer fabric.

clock February 8, 2007Vicki Rothrock

Fashion Features

Israel Market Fosters Emerging Fashion Designers

The semiannual Designers Shuk, the Israeli term for “market,” featured 120 local, established and new designers here last week hawking discounted clothing and accessories.

clock February 8, 2007Jessica Steinberg

Fashion Features

CAFTA: A Long and Winding Road

The full benefits of the Central American Free Trade Agreement have proved elusive, but the pact still has the potential to spur economic growth, experts said.

clock February 8, 2007Evan Clark

Fashion Features

Wal-Mart, Unions Come Together for Health Care

The issue of health care costs brought together two longtime adversaries – Wal-Mart and organized labor.

clock February 8, 2007Kristi Ellis

Fashion Features

The Finest Jewels

The top 12 most familiar jewelry brands ranked by luxury consumers.

clock February 8, 2007Cecily Hall and Sophia Chabbott

Retail Features

Bottega Veneta’s New Rome Home

Bottega Veneta’s biggest store in Europe has officially reopened here, the first of 10 store openings scheduled for this year.

clock February 8, 2007Luisa Zargani

Fashion Features

Etro Sales Reach $334M in 2006

Etro SpA reported another year of double-digit growth in 2006 as it expanded in key markets such as Italy and South Korea.

clock February 8, 2007Amanda Kaiser

Financial

Benetton on Track For Earnings Target

Benetton SpA posted 2006 sales in line with its previous guidance and forecast double-digit profit growth for the current year.

clock February 8, 2007Amanda Kaiser

Fashion Features

In Brief: Sojin Says Farewell… Innovo Gets Joe’s Jeans Trademark

Sojin Lee, head of retail and buying at Net-a-Porter.com, has resigned. Lee was with the company for six years and is a close friend of Net-a-porter’s founder, Natalie Massenet.

clock February 8, 2007WWD Staff

Retail Features

Versace Plans Four New U.S. Flagships

Versace executives outlined plans Wednesday to launch four new flagships in major U.S. markets by 2010.

clock February 8, 2007Emili Vesilind

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: N.Y. Seeks Sunscreen Expiration Dates… Clarins Fined for Price Fixing… First American Unveils New Fragrance

Sunscreen products would be required to have labels with expiration dates and storage recommendations under legislation passed by the New York State Assembly.

clock February 8, 2007WWD Staff

Memo Pad: Fairing Well… Dreamgirl…Picture, Not Perfect…

Suri Cruise proved to be a bankable cover subject for Vanity Fair.

clock February 8, 2007WWD Staff

People

The Inn Crowd

As the manic week hit its midway point, every major hot spot in town was crammed with fashion devotees.

clock February 8, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Going Into Detail

This season, designers are mad for those little extra touches from discreetly buckled accents to the most lavish frou embellishments.

clock February 8, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Granny Steps Out

Le Silla, a company known for its decadent shoes, has gone down a surprisingly minimal track for fall.

clock February 8, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

A New Philosophy

Throwing a cocktail party around a tableau-like presentation can distract from the clothes.

clock February 8, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Frenzied Fashion Seasons Propel Debate on Change

It’s day seven into the fall season, with a grueling month of fashion shows still to come.

clock February 8, 2007Marc Karimzadeh

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Marc His Words… Katz Predicts… The Cat’s Meow…

So what does the real house of Yves Saint Laurent think about the references in Marc Jacobs’ fall collection to the legendary retired couturier?

clock February 8, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Inside Man

A few years ago Waris Ahluwalia was overcome with a passion to create jewelry. When he shows his jewelry, under the brand House of Waris, it’s an intimate experience.

clock February 8, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Luxury Liners

Plenty of fur, lots of leg and a whole lot of rich elegance. That’s what Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler and Narciso Rodriguez delivered with their glamorous collections.

clock February 8, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Mixed Messages

Familiarity may breed contentment, and that’s why some designers stick to favorite themes. Others are eager to combine disparate elements – not always with happy results.

clock February 8, 2007WWD Staff

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