That Costs How Much? Retailers and Vendors Hit by Weakened Dollar

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American retailers at the Milan shows are already smarting from the anemic dollar - and that's before they even finish placing their orders.

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Costume Jewelry by Eugenie Niarchos for Azzaro.

Fashion Features

Scene: Dear John … Chic and Glitter … In the Bag …

Eat, drink, visit, relax.

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Fashion Features

Show Calendar

Following is the schedule for the spring 2008 ready-to-wear shows, running Sept.

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Marc Jacobs

Fashion Features

Sizing up Spring

The most-viewed New York spring 2008 collections on

clock September 27, 2007Cecily Hall

A dress from Estrella Archs.

Fashion Features

Ones to Watch: Devastee … Delfina Delettrez Fendi … Estrella Archs …

Some new faces on the scene.

clock September 27, 2007Katya Foreman


Loehmann’s Hits Downtown Chicago

Loehmann’s will open its first downtown Chicago store at 151 North State Street next month, adding to the discount retail presence on the street.

clock September 27, 2007Sharon Edelson and Beth Wilson


Technology Mixes With the Practical at Munich Textile Fair

Textiles took on futuristic but practical qualities at the Munich Fabric Start, held Sept. 4 to 6 at the MOC Sports & Fashion Center here.

clock September 27, 2007Damien McGuinness


Retailer IT Spending to Rise Modestly

Retailers’ information technology spending will rise 2 percent this year, a modest bump compared to 2006, but not so skimpy that priority projects will be put on the back burner.

clock September 27, 2007Denise Power

A rendering of Hirshleifer's new shoe store


Hirshleifer’s Expanding With Plan for Shoe Shop

Hirshleifer’s, the fashion emporium in Manhasset, N.Y., will indulge its passion for shoes in December with a new 1,200-square-foot store devoted to footwear.

clock September 27, 2007Sharon Edelson


In Brief: CEO Out… Holiday 2007 Gift Cards… WTO to Hear U.S. Case on China

The Children’s Place Retail Stores Inc. said Wednesday that its chief executive officer resigned after an internal investigation revealed violations of the company’s policies and procedures.

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Anna Netrebko at Lincoln Center.


High Notes

Considering Tuesday night’s star-studded Enduring Vision/Elton John Aids Foundation gala was held at the Waldorf-Astoria, where President George W. Bush was staying after speaking at the United Nations, the arrivals and security detail went rather…

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A look at's home page.

Fashion Features

Russell Simmons on Life Post-Phat Fashions

Russell Simmons may have given up his chief executive officer title at Phat Fashions, but one thing is certain— at age 49, he is far from retirement.

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A spring dress from Donna Morgan.

Fashion Features

Dresses Rule at Spring Nouveau Collective

Dresses in ladylike silhouettes prevailed for spring at the Nouveau Collective trade show.

clock September 27, 2007Rachel Strugatz

Alexander Wang, "Lost in Translation," 2007.


Paper Pushers

Don’t call Playground a glossy magazine. “It’s more of an editioned

clock September 27, 2007Vanessa Lawrence


That Costs How Much? Retailers and Vendors Hit by Weakened Dollar

American retailers at the Milan shows are already smarting from the anemic dollar – and that’s before they even finish placing their orders.

clock September 27, 2007Amanda Kaiser and Miles Socha

A Fendi To You clutch in patchwork leather.

Fashion Features

Price Check, Aisle Four!

Forget the Big Mac Index or anything so plebeian. After all, few fashion folk would dare inhale the carbohydrates.

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H&M Profits Increase 25 Percent in Quarter

Sweden’s Hennes & Mauritz on Tuesday said store openings and strong sales in new markets helped offset weak sales in August to propel third-quarter profits ahead 25 percent.

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Memo Pad: New Bag … Revolving Door … Who Was First?

There’s been some seat swapping in Elle’s accessories department.

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St. John looks on the runway.

Fashion Features

St. John Hones Offerings for Spring

St. John unveiled its spring 2008 collection here on Tuesday, along with the label’s new chief executive officer, Glenn McMahon.

clock September 27, 2007Marcy Medina

Fashion Features

The Baguette, Redux

More than ripples, Silvia Venturini Fendi triggered a wave in the accessories world when she launched the Baguette bag in 1997.

clock September 27, 2007Alessandra Ilari

Fashion Features

Industry Warns Congress On China Import Sanctions

Major U.S. retailers and manufacturers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Liz Claiborne Inc., Gap Inc. and J.C. Penney Co. Inc. are stepping up pressure on Congress to change legislation that could impose punitive duties on Chinese imports and lead to…

clock September 27, 2007Kristi Ellis


Neiman Marcus’ ‘Outstanding’ Year

America’s leading luxury chain throws its 100th birthday bash in its hometown of Dallas next month.

clock September 27, 2007David Moin

Beyonce Knowles

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Usher and Friends Fete Scents

For the second time in two weeks, the music community turned out in full force to support one of its own – Usher Raymond IV, known professionally as Usher – to ease his entry into the fragrance world.

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Terron E. Schaefer

Fashion Features

Adding Zip to Saks’ Shoe Floor

Not all brand-building exercises have to involve elaborate, multilayered marketing programs. Take Saks Fifth Avenue’s new shoe floor, 10022-SHOE.

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Sarah Gallagher

Business Features

The North Face Taps into Brand’s Soul

The North Face knew that just posting a photo of Dean Karnazes, the man who ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days last year, wouldn’t cut it…

clock September 27, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg

Melissa Reiff


Turning Employees Into Brand Builders

“People, culture and communication” are the keys to Container Store’s success, according to president Melissa Reiff.

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Kitty Yung

Fashion Features

Luxury Levi’s Boom in China

When Kitty Yung, general manager of Levi Strauss & Co.’s Chinese operations, brought the brand to China five years ago, not only was denim a minor category…

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Shepherd and Ian Murray

Fashion Features

Vineyard Vines: A Whale of a Time

Explaining how their company, Vineyard Vines, stemmed from wanting to enjoy life more, co-founders and co-chief executive officers Ian and Shepherd Murray…

clock September 27, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg

Fabio d'Angelantonio

Fashion Features

Eyes on Next Generation

Flip through the pages of any tabloid or celebrity-driven magazine and it’s clear Ray-Ban is back on the scene.

clock September 27, 2007Amy Wicks

Chris Jogis


Affluent Consumers Grow More Purposeful

A decade after MasterCard admitted in its marketing campaign that there are some things money can’t buy, the financial company is still cashing in on that…

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Kevin McSpadden


eBay: Victory at the Terminal

Shopping may be a sport to some, and eBay’s competitive bidding process on anything from a parcel of land in Arizona to an Evel Knievel lunch box can stir…

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D.J. van Hameren

Fashion Features

D.I.Y. Design at Nike

Almost every day, D.J. van Hameren, global general manager of NikeiD, sits with his colleagues and asks the question, what if?

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Lee Carpenter

Fashion Features

Design Forum: Preaching Ways to Stretch, Shrink or Break Out

“As a society, we have become brand polygamists instead of brand monogamists,” said Lee Carpenter, chairman and chief executive officer of Design Forum, a…

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Julie Supan


Channel Surfing on YouTube

When Julie Supan was hired as senior director, marketing, at YouTube, she came in under unique circumstances. “I needed to help launch a site and build a brand — with no budget,” said Supan.

clock September 27, 2007Amy Wicks

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: A Real Gem … Independence Day … Shady Characters …

His eyes forever shielded by dark glasses, Karl Lagerfeld certainly knows the ins and outs of eyewear design.

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Fashion Features

More From the Shows: Sportmax … Pollini by Rifat Ozbek … Moncler Gamme Rouge …

Out of the porthole came a bevy of retro beauties in sleek naval suits, high-waisted cotton tap pants and some slick lacquered tops for a high-seas outing with plenty of legs.

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