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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.

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Fashion

Rihanna Said Eyeing Paris for Next Fenty Puma Show

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

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Retail

Retailers Keep Holiday Plans Conservative and Inventories Tight

Inventories are being kept tight in hope of increasing full-price selling and reducing markdowns.

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In Focus

Roger Federer on His Nike Collaboration and Coming Back Strong in 2017

Roger Federer at the NikeLab store in NYC

Versace Goes Vroom: Firm’s Net Leaps, Possible IPO in the Cards

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Overview

Gianni Versace SpA is back in the black and on track for a potential initial public offering. Versace said Thursday it posted net profits of 19.1 million euros, or $24.1 million, last year.

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Fashion Features

Critical Mass: IsaDora Expands Into Minerals

Walgreens has unearthed a new way to draw even more shoppers to its exclusive cosmetics brand IsaDora: mineral makeup.

clock March 30, 2007Faye Brookman

Fashion Features

Beauty Firm Gets Inspired By Ocean and Technology

When funding was slashed for an environmental research program out of Ashburn, Va., the people behind it had to come up with a creative way to keep it going.

clock March 30, 2007Kavita Daswani

Fashion Features

Snippets: Pure Rumor… Tigi’s Got Style… Colomer Goes Pro…

PureOlogy, the high-end hair care line catering to color-treated hair, is rumored to be on the auction block, with L’Oreal, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Sexy Hair Concepts among the leading contenders.

clock March 30, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

BeneFit Dolls It Up With Color

BeneFit Cosmetics is hoping consumers fall for the company’s upcoming makeup collection, Love Your Look.

clock March 30, 2007Michelle Edgar

Fashion Features

Top Notes: De Volontat To Clinique… Dente To Chanel… Facing It…

Arnaud de Volontat has been appointed regional sales director for Clinique Travel Retailing in the Americas region.

clock March 30, 2007WWD Staff

Beauty Features

Kingsley Targets Salons With U.S. Hair Care Relaunch

British trichologist Philip Kingsley, whose signature hair care line was formerly carried at Saks Fifth Avenue during the early Eighties, plans to relaunch the brand at salons in the U.S.

clock March 30, 2007Michelle Edgar

Beauty Features

From Pampers to Pampering: Spas and Salons Court Younger Set

Karla VandenBerg created the children’s hybrid spa/salon in 2001 in Yakima, Wash., to coax her haircut-weary son into agreeing to a trim.

clock March 30, 2007Rachel Brown

Fashion Features

Calvin Klein Rewrites Color Story

Calvin Klein Inc. is adding a little color to Cosmoprof this week.

clock March 30, 2007Julie Naughton and Pete Born

Fashion Features

Rykiel’s Belle on Her Toes

Sonia Rykiel has a new belle for its fragrance lineup.

clock March 30, 2007Julie Naughton

Retail Features

BHV’s French Male Call

Parisian men have a new place to be pampered.

clock March 30, 2007Ellen Groves

Financial

U.S. Gross Domestic Product Outpaces Forecast in 4th Qtr.

Thanks in part to strong consumer spending, the nation’s gross domestic product increased a greater-than-projected 2.5 percent in the fourth quarter, according to a Commerce Department report released Thursday.

clock March 30, 2007Evan Clark

Financial

Movado Net Grows, Sees Lower ’08 EPS

Watchmaker Movado Group Inc. said Thursday that earnings spiked in the fourth quarter but noted that it expects fiscal 2008 earnings per share to fall.

clock March 30, 2007Jeanine Poggi

Financial

KarstadtQuelle Turns Profit

KarstadtQuelle AG is back in the black.

clock March 30, 2007Melissa Drier

Financial

Fate of Wage Hike Tied to War Bill

Senate and House negotiators have begun the difficult task of reconciling two emergency war supplemental bills that would also raise the federal hourly minimum wage for the first time in 10 years to $7.25 from $5.15.

clock March 30, 2007Kristi Ellis

Financial

Aeffe Plans Initial Public Offering

Aeffe, the Italian clothing manufacturer that controls the Alberta Ferretti, Moschino and Pollini businesses, said Thursday it is planning an initial public offering here.

clock March 30, 2007Luisa Zargani

Beauty Features

Tod’s Net Leaps 23.8% in ’06

Tod’s SpA saw its 2006 net profits surge on lower costs and a more efficient production chain. Net profits for the year ended Dec. 31 rose 23.8 percent to 66.1 million euros, or $83.3 million.

clock March 30, 2007Amanda Kaiser

Beauty Features

Versace Goes Vroom: Firm’s Net Leaps, Possible IPO in the Cards

Gianni Versace SpA is back in the black and on track for a potential initial public offering.

clock March 30, 2007Amanda Kaiser

Financial

Strong Sales Help IT Holding Cut Loss

A onetime tax payment weighed on IT Holding’s results last year, although the company narrowed its loss to 11.5 million euros, or $14.5 million, compared with a loss of 18.7 million euros, or $23.4 million, in 2005.

clock March 30, 2007Luisa Zargani

Financial

Pucci Appoints Drouet New GM

Emilio Pucci has a new general manager: Didier Drouet, who joins the LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned fashion house from the jewelry firm Poiray.

clock March 30, 2007Miles Socha

Financial

TJX Reports on Identity Theft

In the first detailed report of a major security breach, TJX Cos. said information from 45.7 million credit and debit cards had been stolen by computer hackers beginning in July 2005.

clock March 30, 2007Katherine Bowers

Financial

Polo Takes Total Control of Web Site

Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. now has full ownership of Polo.com.

clock March 30, 2007Vicki M. Young

Memo Pad: Cutting Ties… There Is A Future… Sex And Other Things…

Don’t cross agency JGK, no matter how long it’s represented you. The agency is ending its representation of photographer and Elle international creative director Gilles Bensimon after more than 10 years of service.

clock March 30, 2007WWD Staff

Financial

Bloomingdale’s Expanding Quotation Rollout

Bloomingdale’s thinks it knows what 35- to 45-year-old women want: Quotation.

clock March 30, 2007WWD Staff

Retail Features

Another Opening Ceremony in L.A.

Fashion-forward New York specialty boutique Opening Ceremony will launch its second location on Sunday here with a mission to educate the West Coast on New York style.

clock March 30, 2007Emili Vesilind

Financial

Frankie B. Sued by Jordache Over Dittos Line

As Frankie B. readies to ship its Dittos branded jeans to retailers, Jordache filed a “trade name” lawsuit against the company.

clock March 30, 2007Liza Casabona

Financial

Investor Group Acquires Advanstar

Advanstar Holdings Corp., the holding company for Advanstar Communications Inc. and operator of MAGIC Marktetplace and WWDMAGIC, said on Thursday that it was acquired by an investor group led by Veronis Suhler Stevenson for $1.1 billion in cash.

clock March 30, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Courtin-Clarins Death Fuels Talks of a Sale

The death of Jacques Courtin-Clarins on March 22 has sparked speculation that the company he founded, Groupe Clarins, may be entertaining potential buyers.

clock March 30, 2007Molly Prior and Ellen Groves

Fashion Features

Korres Pursues IPO to Fund Store Expansion

Building a brand takes a strong foundation, belief in what it stands for and, yes – money.

clock March 30, 2007Andrea Nagel

Fashion Features

Molton Brown Revisits Roots With Hair Care Line

At some point, many brands return to their roots to reinvigorate their perception in the marketplace.

clock March 30, 2007Andrea Nagel

Fashion Features

Dior Homme Plans Accessories Growth

Fueled by a “fresh point of view,” courtesy of designer Kris Van Assche, Dior Homme plans to continue its expansion drive.

clock March 30, 2007Miles Socha

Financial

American Eagle Bolsters Executive Staff

After a strong year on most fronts, American Eagle Outfitters Inc. is pumping up its executive team.

clock March 30, 2007David Moin

Fashion Features

In Brief: Sea Swim Head… Blue Jean Ball

The SEA Group has appointed Kathy Van Ness as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of its Christina and Gottex divisions.

clock March 30, 2007WWD Staff

Financial

Jordan Expanding Effort To Fight Labor Abuses

The Jordanian government, with some international help, plans to expand on its efforts to curb labor abuses at apparel factories in the country, according to Jordan’s U.S. ambassador, Prince Zeid Ra’ad, and a joint Jordanian-U.S. report is set to be…

clock March 30, 2007Evan Clark

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