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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 8hMiles 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 5hAlexandra Steigrad

Dillard’s in Hot Seat: Two Investors Step Up Pressure on Retailer

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Overview

Add Dillard's Inc. to the list of retailers coming under fire from activist shareholders. Barington Capital Group and Clinton Crop revealed they own more than 5.3 percent of Dillard's shares.

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Department Stores

Dillard’s in Hot Seat: Two Investors Step Up Pressure on Retailer

Add Dillard’s Inc. to the list of retailers coming under fire from activist shareholders.

clock January 30, 2008Vicki M. Young

Trends and Analysis

Surefire Sellers In Vogue at ASR

In a winter of discontent, retail buyers flocked to the ASR Trade Expo in search of sure back-to-school sellers like denim and fleece, as well as items such…

clock January 30, 2008Faye Brookman and Khanh T.L. Tran and Anne Riley-Katz

Ready-to-Wear and Sportswear

Agenda Matures

Agenda, regarded as the edgier, younger streetwear sibling to the ASR trade show a few blocks away, appears to be growing up.

clock January 30, 2008Anne Riley-Katz

Financial

Esprit Holdings First-Half Earnings Rise 37%

Company says it will look at possible acquisitions as private equity money flowing into takeovers slows down.

clock January 30, 2008Jeanine Poggi

Memo Pad

Memo Pad: Awards, Please… Fish or Foul?… For Hill, Sort Of…

Third time’s a charm for Glamour vice president and publisher William Wackermann.

clock January 30, 2008Irin Carmon and Stephanie D. Smith and WWD Staff

Legal

Raymond Chu Pleads Guilty In Tax Evasion Scheme Case

Raymond Chu, owner of a firm that does sewing work for couture companies, pled guilty to charges that he was involved in a $480,000 tax evasion scheme…

clock January 30, 2008Liza Casabona

Digital

Shoe Star Finalists Announced

Nine West and Footwear News are one step closer to finding out who will be fashion’s next big shoe designer.

clock January 30, 2008Caroline Tell

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: The Write Stuff… Fuzzy Wuzzy… Fly Boy…

If Nicolas Ghesqui??re ever considers a career change, speech writing might not be it.

clock January 30, 2008WWD Staff

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: U.K. Personal Care Firm Buys Sanctuary Spa…

PZ Cussons is dipping its toes into the spa market.

clock January 30, 2008Brid Costello and Ellen Groves

Textiles

Earth-Friendly Future Fashion

The message will be in the material at EarthPledge’s FutureFashion show at Gotham Hall Thursday.

clock January 30, 2008Sharon Edelson

Real Estate

Three Choo Openings Set for Europe

Jimmy Choo is set to open three freestanding stores around the Mediterranean over the next six months.

clock January 30, 2008Samantha Conti

Financial

Luxottica Sales Climb in Qtr., Year

Italian eyewear giant Luxottica Group SpA on Tuesday posted midsingle-digit growth in fourth-quarter and full-year sales after acquiring the Oakley brand…

clock January 30, 2008Andrew Roberts

Watches

Swiss Watch Exports Clock Double-Digit Growth

Exports of Swiss watches posted double-digit growth in December, suggesting high-end timepieces may sidestep turbulence in the economy thanks to robust…

clock January 30, 2008Robert Murphy

Intimates and Activewear

Early Snow Should Boost Winter Ski Apparel Sales

Ski retail is looking up at last, thanks to plentiful snow in most resort communities.

clock January 30, 2008Whitney Beckett

Intimates and Activewear

Newsreel: Rachel Pally Launches Swim… Pull-In Pushes Swimsuits… TYR Olympic Suit…

Jersey queen Rachel Pally is diving into new territory.

clock January 30, 2008Whitney Beckett and Lucie Greene and Rachel Brown

Trends

Forest Ranger

Edgy classics, cozy layers and a shock of color – that’s how some firms are approaching the great outdoors for fall.

clock January 30, 2008Court Williams

Marketing and Promotion

Industry Upbeat on Halston Plan

Will Net-a-porter.com and Halston change the fashion cycle?

clock January 30, 2008Sharon Edelson and Marc Karimzadeh

Real Estate

Ports 1961 Names Wenzel to U.S. Post

Ports 1961 has promoted Jacqui Wenzel to president and head of U.S. operations, a newly created role.

clock January 30, 2008Marc Karimzadeh

Ready-to-Wear and Sportswear

Special Delivery

“There’s no more need for basics,” said Douglas Hannant…

clock January 30, 2008WWD Staff

Handbags

In the Bags

New York Fashion Week is almost here, and two accessories firms – Anya Hindmarch and Celestina – are getting a jump-start on the action.

clock January 30, 2008WWD Staff

Marketing and Consumer Behavior

Low Expectations Weigh on Confidence

Last month’s improvement in consumer confidence was short-lived as consumers, assessing the short-term jobs outlook, turned pessimistic in January.

clock January 30, 2008Vicki M. Young

Government and Trade

Stimulus Plan Riding on Senate

The Senate intends to introduce an economic stimulus plan today that is broader than the $150 billion package backed by President Bush and passed Tuesday in…

clock January 30, 2008Kristi Ellis

Business Features

In Brief: American Apparel Lawsuit… Nordstrom Expands… Anne Klein Departure…

American Apparel Inc. and founder and chief executive officer Dov Charney have agreed to binding arbitration in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed in…

clock January 30, 2008WWD Staff

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