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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 10hMiles 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.

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Media

Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

clock 6hAlexandra Steigrad

Aiming at Target: Ackman Seeks to Leverage 9.6 Percent Stake

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Overview

Activist investor William Ackman is shaking up Target Corp.

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Memo Pad

Memo Pad: Artist’s Interpretation… Losing Faith… Rolling On…

Magazine editors often change the photo portraits.

clock July 17, 2007WWD Staff

Financial

Aiming at Target: Ackman Seeks to Leverage 9.6 Percent Stake

Activist investor William Ackman is shaking up Target Corp.

clock July 17, 2007Erica Owen

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Avon to Cut Its Staff, Take $5M in Charges

Avon Products Inc. said it will trim head count and take $5 million in charges, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

clock July 17, 2007Molly Prior

Financial

Jones Promotes Operations Execs

Days after Wesley R. Card took over as president and chief executive officer, Jones Apparel Group Inc. is making several executive changes.

clock July 17, 2007Whitney Beckett

Financial

L.A. Ports Edge Toward Crisis

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the biggest port complex in the U.S., face a possible shutdown after negotiations between a clerical union and shipping companies reached an impasse Monday morning.

clock July 17, 2007Rachel Brown

Financial

In Brief: Carrefour’s Spanish Footprint… H&M June Sales… Galeries Lafayette Acqusition

Carrefour, the world’s second-largest retailer behind Wal-Mart, on Monday strengthened its position in the competitive Spanish market by buying 250 hard discount stores.

clock July 17, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Holt Renfrew Freshens Luxe in Laid-back Vancouver

Luxury chain Holt Renfrew has brought a cosmopolitan edge to this scenic city where the casual outdoor lifestyle rules.

clock July 17, 2007David Moin

Fashion Features

U.N. Ethics Pact Gains Backing

Environmental concerns, globalization and higher expectations among consumers for ethical business practices are encouraging major apparel and luxury goods companies to sign the U.N. Global Compact, a voluntary accord to promote good corporate practices.

clock July 17, 2007John Zarocostas

Fashion Features

WestPoint Said Eyeing Vietnam Plant

The largest towel maker in Vietnam is in talks with WestPoint Home about creating a joint venture with the New York-based company.

clock July 17, 2007Joyce Barrett

Fashion Features

Apparel Imports Could See Fallout From Tainted Chinese Goods

Product safety oversight is getting more scrutiny from Congress after the discovery of contaminated imports from China and could spill over into regulations and requirements for apparel importers.

clock July 17, 2007Kristi Ellis

Fashion Features

Denim Mills Offer Innovation, New Services at Kingpins

With sales in the premium denim segment contracting, the select group of exhibitors displaying denim fabric and hardware at last week’s Kingpins trade show here were focusing their attention on expanding services.

clock July 17, 2007Ross Tucker

Fashion Features

Theyskens Puts Imprint on Nina Ricci

Having infused the Nina Ricci runway with his ethereal and romantic vision, Olivier Theyskens is extending the aesthetic to the retail floor and the advertising page

clock July 17, 2007Miles Socha

Fashion Features

HSN to Feature David Rodriguez

David Rodriguez, the designer known for his red carpet-worthy styles, is betting that viewers of the Home Shopping Network will appreciate the clean elegance of his designs.

clock July 17, 2007Sharon Edelson

Fashion Features

Malandrino Line Heads to Japan

The New York firm has tapped PMD Japan Inc. to exclusively distribute the Catherine Malandrino collection throughout Japan, beginning with the spring 2008 collection.

clock July 17, 2007Marc Karimzadeh

Fashion Features

JanSport’s Michael Corvino in Fatal Car Accident

Michael Corvino, president of VF Corp.’s JanSport division, died in a car accident on Saturday near his home in Danville, Calif., the company said Monday.

clock July 17, 2007Ross Tucker

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Grand Stand… The Producer… London’s New Faces…

Retired couturier Yves Saint Laurent has been raised to Grand Officier of the French Legion of Honor, the second highest rank in the national merit system.

clock July 17, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

It’s a Mad, Mad Madison Avenue

There’s a scene in the pilot of “Mad Men,” AMC’s new drama about the lives of New York ad execs in 1960.

clock July 17, 2007Venessa Lau

People

Grazie Mille

Drawing out the fashion crowd in the middle of Milan’s sweltering July heat is nothing short of a miracle, as Karl Lagerfeld put it Sunday night at La Scala.

clock July 17, 2007WWD Staff

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