Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Beauty

Elf Cosmetics Files for IPO

The mass-market beauty company had $96.8 million in sales for the first half of 2016.

clock August 26, 2016Allison Collins

Fashion

Burkini Ban Rejected by French High Court

Rights groups applaud the decision as a victory for individual and religious freedom.

clock August 26, 2016Miles Socha

Beauty

Stash SJP Brings Edge to Celeb Scent Game

SJP's unexpected strategy to face celeb fragrance fallout.

clock August 26, 2016Rachel Strugatz

Gap Closing Forth & Towne

No cover image

Overview

Gap Inc. will close its fledgling Forth & Towne division, and, while the closure will cost the group $40 million before taxes, it is just a baby step toward reviving the complex, $16 billion retail conglomerate.

From This Issue

Retail Features

Emerging Markets, Eco-Friendly Products Spur Premiere Vision

Mills exhibiting at the Première Vision textile show found that the market was being driven by two distinct and sometimes divergent consumer segments.

clock February 27, 2007Ellen Groves

Fashion Features

Art, Jewelry Inspire Lace

Lace inspired by geometric jewelry and Art Deco motifs, along with matte finishes and neutrals were among the key trends for spring 2008 at Première Vision, with lace exhibitors citing solid orders.

clock February 27, 2007Katya Foreman

Fashion Features

Amid Texworld Tweaks, Basics Still Rule

A change of venue marked the newest stage of development for Texworld.

clock February 27, 2007Robert Murphy

Fashion Features

A Sixties Influence Among FIG Trends

Dresses, metallics, skinny denim jeans, bright geometric prints and anything with a Sixties’ twist inspired buyers at Fashion Industry Gallery’s recent market, as retailers rounded out their spring and summer buys and shopped some early fall collections.

clock February 27, 2007Rusty Williamson

Financial

Travel Troubles Affect Crowd at Moda Manhattan

Blame the lull in traffic at Moda Manhattan’s first February show on the Jet Blue Airways fiasco.

clock February 27, 2007Caroline Tell

Fashion Features

Potential, Challenges for Russian Fashion

With near-evangelical fervor, Anna Lebsak-Kleimans preaches the potential of the Russian fashion industry.

clock February 27, 2007Sharon Edelson

Fashion Features

Captain’s Table

Bernard Arnault clearly has an eye for diamonds in the rough: His acquisition

clock February 27, 2007WWD Staff

Retail Features

Cracking the Code

The house of Dior may be synonymous with Parisian chic, but the seeds of the designer’s creative consciousness can be found in a dwelling of the brick-and-mortar kind at Christian Dior’s childhood home: Les Rhumbs, or Compass Rose, situated in…

clock February 27, 2007Katya Foreman

Fashion Features

The Essentials

Christian Dior’s thirst for all things new didn’t stop at clothes: He even shook up the industry’s traditional perception of fashion models.

clock February 27, 2007Katya Foreman

Fashion Features

The Seamstress: Christine Platz

Seamstress Christine Platz spent almost four decades working under each of Christian Dior’s successors, from Yves Saint Laurent to John Galliano.

clock February 27, 2007Katya Foreman

Fashion Features

The Embroiderer: Lesage

Francois Lesage’s first encounter with Christian Dior was as a teenager, when he would accompany his father to present embroidery samples at the house.

clock February 27, 2007Katya Foreman

Retail Features

The Muse: Mitzah Bricard

Christian Dior’s cosmopolitan muse, the formidable Mitzah Bricard, has such a reputation that the house’s current couturier, John Galliano, is in thrall to her mystique as described by Dior in his memoirs.

clock February 27, 2007Katya Foreman

Fashion Features

Hair Today, Geisha Tomorrow

From real snakeskin glued onto eyebrows to tresses wound around shoehorns, Christian Dior’s runway makeup and hair take a wild ride from extravagant to impoverished.

clock February 27, 2007Ellen Groves

Fashion Features

The Beauty Pageant

Parfums Christian Dior is the pièce de résistance of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s beauty portfolio.

clock February 27, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

The American Way

In fewer than five years, Pamela Baxter and Terry Darland have turned Dior’s North American beauty business from a staid and languishing assortment into a fashion-forward line.

clock February 27, 2007Julie Naughton

Fashion Features

A Fine Vintage

The rarest vintage Christian Dior finds, according to Paris dealer Didier Ludot, are suits made from 1947 to 1949, estimated to be worth around $25,000.

clock February 27, 2007Katya Foreman

Fashion Features

Carry On

Christian Dior’s revolutionary and dramatic New Look didn’t exactly cry out for a statement handbag.

clock February 27, 2007Katya Foreman

Retail Features

Fashion Diplomacy

Sixty years to the day since Christian Dior presented his first collection in Paris, an exhibition documenting the designer’s special and often surprising relationship with Germany opened at Berlin’s Kunstbibliothek.

clock February 27, 2007Melissa Drier

Fashion Features

In Dior’s Galaxy

Screen icons like Marlene Dietrich, Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren are known to have been devotees, while loyal royals include Princess Grace and her daughter Princess Caroline, the Duchess of Windsor and Princess Diana.

clock February 27, 2007Emilie Marsh

Retail Features

For the Boys

He Launched a haircut and made tight, low-slung jeans and skinny suits the epitome of cool, compelling a famous couturier (Karl Lagerfeld) to shed more than 90 pounds in order to shimmy into his spare, exacting threads.

clock February 27, 2007Miles Socha

Fashion Features

Tinker, Tailor

Men’s wear existed at Dior long before Hedi Slimane. But it was a radically different business, founded on traditional tailoring and sporty outfits more fit for the yacht club than the dance club.

clock February 27, 2007Robert Murphy

Fashion Features

Proceeding With Caution

Though not present, thrifty consumers were never far from the minds of attendees at two trade shows here last week.

clock February 27, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg

Fashion Features

Brooklyn Industries Gets Artistic in “Southburg”

Brooklyn Industries, the indie spirit apparel label, has converted one of its facilities into a permanent contemporary art gallery with the hope of it eventually becoming an art institution or museum.

clock February 27, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg

Fashion Features

Market Basket

Oscar de la Renta will be the VIP guest at Kent State University’s annual student fashion show.

clock February 27, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Victoire de Castellane: Playing With Jewelry

Carnivorous plants, Cinderella’s slippers and blood-seeking vampires might not be typical themes in the fine jewelry game, but since Victoire de Castellane arrived at Dior nine years ago, she’s been busy shaking things up.

clock February 27, 2007Katya Foreman

Fashion Features

Steering the Ship

Pop into the Christian Dior flagship on Avenue Montaigne in Paris on a Saturday afternoon, and you have a pretty good chance of running into Sidney Toledano, the fashion house’s tireless and charismatic chief executive.

clock February 27, 2007Miles Socha

Retail Features

The Retail Plan

Red and gray anyone? Last fall, Christian Dior christened a 3,650-square-foot unit in Moscow’s GUM department store, facing the world-famous Red Square.

clock February 27, 2007Miles Socha

Fashion Features

Fantasy Island

From pirates to hobos, John Galliano’s 10-year tenure at Dior has been filled with the fantastical while keeping the house mantra firmly in mind. By Miles Socha

clock February 27, 2007Miles Socha

Fashion Features

Ferre at the Fore

An Italian at the helm of a great French couture house? Mon Dieu! By Alessandra Ilari

clock February 27, 2007Alessandra Ilari

Retail Features

The Quiet Man

Marc Bohan is Dior’s longest-tenured couturier to date.

clock February 27, 2007Robert Murphy

Retail Features

Assuming the Mantle

“Christian Dior was my master. The only one I recognize. I became his assistant at 18 and until his death, I shared his worktable. It was an incredible, moving exoiret, Madeleine Vionnet, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, Madame Gres. Still, each time I…

clock February 27, 2007Robert Murphy

Financial

Ten Years That Shook the World

“Monsieur Christian Dior, the stout and startled-looking grand vizier of the high-fashion Paris dressmakers, is the main reason most women look the way they do today,” Collier’s Weekly reported in 1955, eight years after the couturier set the fashion…

clock February 27, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Christian Dior’s Little Dictionary of Fashion

Never one to mince his words on the subject of style, Christian Dior in 1954 released the house’s “Little Dictionary of Fashion” littered with sartorial advice and the occasional acerbic gem. Here, some highlights:

clock February 27, 2007Katya Foreman

Fashion Features

One Legend to Another

Pierre Cardin remembers Dior’s first days. By Robert Murphy

clock February 27, 2007Robert Murphy

Financial

Nordstrom Profits Gain in Qtr., Year

Full-priced selling bolstered gross margins at Nordstrom Inc., leading to a 22 percent profit gain on a 14.6 sales increase for the fourth quarter.

clock February 27, 2007Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Financial

Strong Revenues Buoy Warnaco Net

Warnaco Group Inc. delivered robust fourth-quarter and full-year results that were boosted by the acquisition of Calvin Klein Jeans and related businesses in Europe and Asia.

clock February 27, 2007Vicki M. Young

Fashion Features

In Briefs

The Women’s Jewelry Association will hold its fourth annual”Women in the Know”conference on March 17 at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Kate Murphy amphitheater.

clock February 27, 2007WWD Staff

Financial

Claiborne to Close Mexx’s U.S. Units

With a new chief executive officer, Liz Claiborne Inc. is beginning to re-examine its brand portfolio, and the first casualty has hit the floor – Mexx’s U.S. business.

clock February 27, 2007Whitney Beckett

Financial

Gap Punts on Forth & Towne

Gap Inc. will close its fledgling Forth & Towne division.

clock February 27, 2007David Moin

Fashion Features

C’est Magnifique

Welcome to Paris! The land where anything is possible in matters of la mode, including zapping the fashion-jaded out of their ho-hum doldrums.

clock February 27, 2007Bridget Foley

Fashion Features

Kellwood to Discontinue Meister Sportswear

Kellwood Co. is eliminating David Mei­ster sportswear after this spring.

clock February 27, 2007Whitney Beckett

People

Mellow Yellow

Where has all the suspense gone? As expected, Vanity Fair drew an enviable guest list to its post-Oscar bash at Morton’s Sunday night, with the restaurant and tent teeming with types who don’t need last names:

clock February 27, 2007WWD Staff

Financial

Tiffany Stakeholder Seeks Better Results

Financier Nelson Peltz’s Trian Fund Management said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Monday that it wants to help Tiffany & Co. ramp up the luxury jeweler’s performance.

clock February 27, 2007Sophia Chabbott

Retail Features

Gaultier Expanding With Store Openings

The enfant terrible of French fashion is out to become a terrific retailer.

clock February 27, 2007Miles Socha

Fashion Features

Lolita Lempicka Lifts Sales at Pacific Creation

Parfums Lolita Lem­picka has reason to celebrate. Among other good news, especially about sales performance, the brand turns 10 this year.

clock February 27, 2007Ellen Groves

Memo Pad: Bringing Sexy Back… Starring Role… Tyler, Two

Book publisher Assouline is a darling of the fashion world with its tomes on style, design and art and its chicly minimal stores. Now its admirers can hire it – and not for vanity projects.

clock February 27, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Love Story… Double Life… Pressing on…

Chanel’s efforts to stamp out counterfeiting extends into the celebrity realm – and its latest target is Courtney Love.

clock February 27, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Get Out the Checkbook

HAUTE COUTURE CONFECTIONS ARE TRADITIONALLY THE STUFF of fantasy and Christian Dior’s made-to-measure collections certainly leave the house’s clients misty-eyed and dreamy.

“It’s [John Galliano’s] ability to create…

clock February 27, 2007Emilie Marsh

Latest Galleries

Social Studies