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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 13hMiles 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 20hMiles Socha

Media

Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

clock 10hAlexandra Steigrad

A Tougher Turf Ahead: Polo Reduces Outlook Over Economy Worries

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Polo Ralph Lauren is the latest company to sound a warning blast about the months ahead. Even as Polo delivered second-quarter earning ahead of Wall Street expectations, the fashion group lowered its full-year spending slowdown.

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Financial

Off-Price Could Be Sweet Spot for Holiday

Midtier apparel retailers are gearing up for a holiday showdown, and analysts say off-price players could come out on top, leaving department stores and discounters fighting for middle-market share.

clock November 8, 2007Jeanine Poggi

Fashion Features

Laroche Names Marcel Marongiu as Consulting Artistic Director

Guy Laroche is taking another crack at reviving its moribund fashion business.

clock November 8, 2007Robert Murphy

Fashion Features

XOXO Founder Launches New Labels

Gregg Fiene is back in business. Fiene, the founder of mega junior sportswear brand XOXO, has returned with a pair of new brands, Sele and Taylor and Hyde, aimed at enticing modern junior and young contemporary customers.

clock November 8, 2007Julee Greenberg

Fashion Features

Coast Rides High Tide

For its third Miami event, the contemporary trade show Coast sought to build momentum. Coast president Karen Bennett said the show, which occurs three times annually, had doubled to 124 exhibitors since its January 2007 debut.

clock November 8, 2007Rebecca Kleinman

Fashion Features

Alberta Ferretti’s Active Philosophy

MILAN — Alberta Ferretti’s customers may now shed the designer’s staple tiers and ruffles for streetwear garb — her new active line called PHILO-sophy. The 50-piece collection that launches for spring fuses a club chic…

clock November 8, 2007Alessandra Ilari

Fashion Features

Bagging Rights

The top 12 handbag brands ranked by familiarity among luxury consumers.

clock November 8, 2007Cecily Hall and Sophia Chabbott

People

Head Coach

“How long has Coach been around?” queried Diane von Furstenberg Tuesday night when she hosted a dinner for the brand’s president and executive creative director Reed Krakoff.

clock November 8, 2007WWD Staff

People

Weird Science

The combination of sea slugs and French pastry is not generally the stuff of intellectual epiphanies, unless you have a dual major in neuroscience and English and pass time in the science lab reading Proust.

clock November 8, 2007Vanessa Lawrence

Financial

In Brief: Joining Go… YMA Panel With Dow

Pierre Letzelter has been named president of Groupe Go Sport, the sports equipment and clothing retailer owned by Rallye.

clock November 8, 2007WWD Staff

Textiles

House Seen Passing Peru Free Trade Deal

The House was expected to pass a free trade agreement with Peru Wednesday night that would make duty-free benefits permanent for apparel importers and open Peru’s market to U.S. exports.

clock November 8, 2007Kristi Ellis

Fashion Features

What’s Old is New, Lacroix Shows Fashion History

Given his encyclopedic knowledge of costume history, the exhibition Christian Lacroix has mounted at the Museum of Fashion and Textiles here could have been a dense, academic exercise…

clock November 8, 2007Miles Socha

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Gisele’s Dollars and Sense… Sporty Simons?… Spain’s Bounty…

Her boyfriend Tom Brady of the New England Patriots has been getting a hero’s welcome from the media after Sunday’s last-minute win over the Indianapolis Colts…

clock November 8, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Uniqlo’s New Looks: Second Time Around… Boy Meets Girl

After abruptly shuttering the bulk of its U.K. stores four years ago, Uniqlo is back. The Japanese casual fashion chain, owned by Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., on Wednesday opened the doors of two Oxford Street units…

clock November 8, 2007Samantha Conti

Retail Features

Union Looks to Double Distribution in ’08

Seattle Pacific Industries is taking the next step in building its Union premium denim label. The company, which also produces Unionbay, is turning attention to retail expansion after introducing its first sportswear collection in August…

clock November 8, 2007Ross Tucker

Financial

True Religion Earnings Rise in 3Q

Sales from company-owned stores helped drive earnings for True Religion Apparel in the third quarter, despite stagnating sales among the brand’s wholesale clients.

clock November 8, 2007Ross Tucker

Financial

Diesel USA Names Birkhold as CEO

Diesel has tapped VF Corp. veteran Steve Birkhold to be the new chief executive officer of Diesel USA. Birkhold replaces Panicko Philippou, who had been with Diesel for 12 years and was named ceo of Diesel USA in January 2004.

clock November 8, 2007Ross Tucker

Fashion Features

Industry Looks to Raise Stake in Organic Clothing

Sustainable clothing is evolving rapidly both for consumers and the industry. And public awareness of environmental issues is being generated at the highest levels.

clock November 8, 2007Rachel Strugatz

Financial

Walmart.com CEO Touts Growth

Walmart.com’s chief executive Raul Vazquez is bullish about apparel. “I have high hopes for apparel,” Vazquez said Wednesday. “We need to focus on basics like the stores.

clock November 8, 2007Sharon Edelson

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Fragrance Brands Propel Inter Parfums in 3rd Qtr…

Inter Parfums Inc. said Wednesday that sales and profits increased during the third quarter due to strength in its Gap, Banana Republic, Roxy, Paul Smith and Van Cleef & Arpels fragrance businesses.

clock November 8, 2007WWD Staff

Memo Pad

Memo Pad: Let’s Make A Deal… Him Again… Calm Before the Storm?…

Ron Burkle and American Media Inc.’s David Pecker are said to be meeting with banks to finalize the financing for Source Interlink Co…

clock November 8, 2007WWD Staff

Retail Features

Frette Moves Forward With Rollout, To Focus on Entering New Markets

Frette Inc. will open its 10th signature store in the U.S. at the Americana Manhasset Mall in Manhasset, N.Y., on the day after Thanksgiving.

clock November 8, 2007Karyn Monget

Textiles

Intellectual Property Task Force Updates Committee on Efforts

In testimony at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on intellectual property enforcement Wednesday, Kevin O’Connor, chairman of the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property, updated committee members on the task force’s efforts to…

clock November 8, 2007Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Financial

A Tougher Turf Ahead: Polo Reduces Outlook Over Economy Worries

Polo Ralph Lauren is the latest company to sound a warning blast about the months ahead.

clock November 8, 2007Vicki M. Young

Fashion Features

Plaid Behavior

Forget coordinating. This season, the freshest looks are layers of patterns — from plaids atop florals to checks over stripes.

clock November 8, 2007Mayte Allende

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