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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 7hMiles 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 14hMiles Socha

Media

Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

clock 4hAlexandra Steigrad

After Nixing Sun Bid, Kellwood Could Face Shareholder Pressure

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The heat on Kellwood Co. is expected to intensify.

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Fashion Features

Bravo, Milan

The most-viewed 2008 Milan spring collections on Style.com.

clock October 18, 2007Cecily Hall

Fashion Features

Ruby’s Ogle Follows Up With Signature Line

After launching a collection of skinny and boyfriend-fit jeans under the Ruby name last year, London-based designer Kate Ogle decided there was a more mature denim customer that her edgy brand hadn’t captured.

clock October 18, 2007Nina Jones

Fashion Features

Rampage Rolls Into Denim for Spring

Iconix Brand Group is rounding out the offerings of its Rampage brand with the introduction of a full denim collection.

clock October 18, 2007Ross Tucker

Retail Features

WeSC Opens in Paris

Swedish denim and streetwear label WeSC, or We Are The Superlative Conspiracy, has arrived in the City of Light.

clock October 18, 2007Emilie Marsh

Retail Features

Design Award Winners Talk Shop in New York

To outsiders, design is an amorphous discipline, a familiar word that doesn’t conjure up images of anything too concrete. But a handful of this year’s NDA winners gathered Tuesday to spell out some of the seemingly prismatic challenges they face and…

clock October 18, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg

Fashion Features

Krogner Denies Esprit-Roberto Cavalli Deal in the Works

Although Esprit remains on the luxury acquisition trail, the lifestyle company said Roberto Cavalli isn’t in its sights – and the Milan fashion house also vigorously denied speculation it is in talks with Esprit.

clock October 18, 2007Melissa Drier

People

Warm Up

London sure knows how to pre-party — the town has been ablaze this week with celebrations leading up to tonight’s Swarovski Fashion Rocks extravaganza at the Royal Albert Hall.

clock October 18, 2007WWD Staff

People

Grin and Bare It

Those who can’t make the trek to the Great Wall of China for Fendi’s fashion extravaganza on Friday can still get their Karl kicks in New York, starting Wednesday, when Rodolphe Marconi’s documentary “Lagerfeld Confidential” opens at Film Forum.

clock October 18, 2007Emily Holt

People

Eye Scoop: Dance With Me

Trust Ralph Rucci to elevate the ballet costume — usually the terrain of stretchy Lycra leotards and frilly tutus – to high art, literally.

clock October 18, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Print Condition

Quirky prints and vivid colors were key runway trends on both sides of the Atlantic, and J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons was smart to get in on the act. The creative director is right on target with her spring collection, which is filled with flirty little…

clock October 18, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Wang Goes West… On Target… Just Super…

Vera Wang has signed a lease for a bridal boutique at 8447 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles on the same block as Marc by Marc Jacobs.

clock October 18, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Malandrino’s Building Blocks

Catherine Malandrino is getting a new home. The 6,000-square-foot, two-level structure on the corner of La Cienega and Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles will house a new retail concept, Maison Malandrino, opening in March…

clock October 18, 2007Sharon Edelson

Financial

Kooba Partners With Private Equity Firm

Contemporary luxury designer brand Kooba has a new equity partner via Swander Pace Capital.

clock October 18, 2007Vicki M. Young

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: 6 Arrested in Counterfeit Scent Case… EU to China: Ease Import Policies

Counterfeit handbags and apparel have long been hot buttons in the news – now fragrance is poised to join the ranks.

clock October 18, 2007WWD Staff

Textiles

In Brief: Trade Bill Moves Ahead… Donna Hire… New Foundation…

A $56 billion spending bill that would increase funding for the Bush administration’s two trade-governing agencies and toughen enforcement of U.S. trade remedy laws is headed to conference after the Senate passed it 75 to 19 Tuesday night.

clock October 18, 2007WWD Staff

Financial

After Nixing Sun Bid, Kellwood Could Face Shareholder Pressure

The heat on Kellwood Co. is expected to intensify. Following the $1.96B company’s rejection Wednesday of a $543M bid by Sun Capital Securities Group LLC,…

clock October 18, 2007Whitney Beckett

Memo Pad

Memo Pad: Staffing Up… Home Away

Alpha Media Group is bulking up its management ranks with two hires. Joseph Mangione has been named chief marketing officer, coming out of retirement to take the job.

clock October 18, 2007WWD Staff

Financial

Tiffany’s Goal: Smaller Stores, Affordable Jewels

Tiffany & Co. has set an ambitious agenda, highlighted by a new, smaller store format to showcase accessibly priced women’s jewelry.

clock October 18, 2007Sophia Chabbott

Financial

Fresh Reports Emerge of Hilfiger Float

Apax Partners, which owns 80 percent of Tommy Hilfiger Corp., reportedly has retained Credit Suisse and Citigroup to study a European float of the business, possibly in London.

clock October 18, 2007WWD Staff

Retail Features

Brands Back Vote on Mexican Factory Union

Gap Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Express and Warnaco Inc. are urging authorities to allow workers at a Grupo Navarra jeans factory in Tehuacán, Mexico, to vote on creating an independent union.

clock October 18, 2007Evan Clark

Retail Features

Retail Apparel Prices Up for First Time in 7 Months

Retail prices on women’s apparel grew a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent in September, the first increase in seven months, though prices are still down 3.1 percent from a year ago.

clock October 18, 2007Evan Clark

Fashion Features

FashionCenterDallas Announces Revival Of Former Schedule

Responding to demand, FashionCenterDallas will return to a Thursday-to-Sunday market schedule next year.

clock October 18, 2007Holly Haber

Financial

Judith Ripka President Resigns From Jewelry House

Janice Winter has stepped down as president of fine jewelry firm Judith Ripka. Winter said she resigned from the 34-year-old, New York-based company to pursue other opportunities.

clock October 18, 2007Sophia Chabbott

Fashion Features

Contemporary’s Fall Favorites

The contemporary category has been booming at retail for the last few seasons, so what does that customer want for fall?

clock October 18, 2007Julee Greenberg

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