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Starbucks' Schultz Sees Sweeping Retail Consolidation

As U.S. retailing consolidates, Starbucks sees adding 12,000 stores worldwide through 2021.

clock 17hDavid Moin and Evan Clark

Business

Jewelry Brand Kendra Scott Puts Stake on the Block

The Austin, Tex.-based jeweler could be valued at $1 billion or higher in the Jefferies-run process.

clock 12hEvan Clark

Business

Hear J. Crew's Mickey Drexler Getting Succession-Minded

J. Crew Group is working to improve its business and moving to create a succession plan.

clock 21hDavid Moin

On and Off the Mark: Wal-Mart Finding Way With Target in Sights

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Overview

For years, Wal-Mart struggled to find the right apparel formula as its competitor, Target, solidified its reputation as the go-to discounter for affordable style.

From This Issue

A look from Pepe Jeans London's Andy Warhol collection.

Denim

Brands Look to Broaden Base at Bread & Butter

Denim brands are hungry for a bigger slice of the apparel pie.

clock January 31, 2008Emilie Marsh

Looks from Legend.

Denim

Girbaud Aiming High With Legend

Marithe & Fran??ois Girbaud believes denim’s place in fashion is the stuff of legend. So for fall, the firm will launch a high-end denim collection called…

clock January 31, 2008Julee Kaplan

1. PANTONE 18-3943 BLUE IRIS

Fashion Trends

A Season of Change

The top 10 Pantone colors chosen by New York designers for fall 2008.

clock January 31, 2008Cecily Hall

Cotton and spandex jacket from Baby Phat by Kimora Lee Simmons and Ten Feet's cotton dress. Vans shoes.

Denim

Flower Lane

Summer dresses strike a floral pose, from a sexy tropical-leaf motif to a playful fruit-and-flower print. These flirty junior looks will keep pretty young…

clock January 31, 2008Antonia Sardone

Financial

Rate Cut Does Little to Calm Investors

Wall Street lost midday gains Wednesday, as investors worried that a half-point cut in interest rates would not be enough to fix an economic downturn.

clock January 31, 2008Jeanine Poggi and Kristi Ellis

Coach's python bag.

Real Estate

Coach to Open First Russian Unit in April

Coach is off to Russia. The $2.9 billion American accessories firm revealed plans to enter the Russian market and open at least 15 stores within the next…

clock January 31, 2008Sophia Chabbott

Government and Trade

Value of Seized Goods Up 27%

The domestic value of counterfeit goods seized when passing through U.S. ports increased 27 percent last year, to $200 million.

clock January 31, 2008Liza Casabona

Sexy animal-pattern sequin tank top with a racer back by Natorious.

Sportswear

Josie’s Natorious Rtw

Glamour, easy separates, color and luxe fabrics are the hallmarks of Josie Natori’s first full ready-to-wear collection, Natorious.

clock January 31, 2008Karyn Monget

Noelle Reno in Ports 1961 with Matthew Mellon.

People

Mellon Ball

It’s unclear whether Matthew Mellon’s 44th birthday dinner in New York Monday night was for business or pleasure.

clock January 31, 2008WWD Staff

Lake Bell

People

Bell Du Jour

As she hops out of her Mini Cooper, with her Staffordshire bull terrier Margaret trailing at her heels, Lake Bell looks like a modern-day Audrey Hepburn…

clock January 31, 2008Marcy Medina

Melissa Auf der Maur

Designer and Luxury

Fashion Week Detour

Jangling nerves? Not for Liz McClean ??? her sanguine approach can be chalked up to creative collaboration.

clock January 31, 2008Sarah Haight

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Cinematic Moment… Pack It Up, Pack It In… On the ‘Net…

In fashion, everything can change with a single encounter. Take Yigal Azrou??l, for instance. The designer was introduced to budding director Chiara Clemente…

clock January 31, 2008WWD Staff

Erin Crandall and Kate Ciepluch

Retail

Shopping With Shopbop

When Erin Crandall landed a job at a little shop near her college in Madison, Wis., she was stoked.

clock January 31, 2008Julee Kaplan

Financial

In Brief: Arcandor Net Falls… Selective Eyewear Taps President… Gant Suspended…

In its short 2007 financial year, spanning the first nine months of 2007, taxes and write-offs for divisions it no longer owns drastically reduced net…

clock January 31, 2008WWD Staff

Gucci by Frida Giannini's a wool coat with leather trim, cashmere and wool turtleneck and wool and Lycra spandex riding pants.

Designer and Luxury

Horse Play

Frida Giannini is taking Gucci on an edgy ride for pre-fall, delivering a sporty collection full of linear shapes and soft textures. The mood of the…

clock January 31, 2008WWD Staff

A look from Wal-Mart's Metro 7.

Retail

On and Off the Mark: Wal-Mart Finding Way With Target in Sights

Is Target losing its cool and Wal-Mart finding its way at last?

clock January 31, 2008Sharon Edelson

A spring ad for BCBG Max Azria.

Business Features

Max Azria Set for Beauty Redux

Max Azria is jumping into beauty – and more. The chairman, ceo and designer of BCBG Max Azria Group said his $2 billion company based here is preparing to…

clock January 31, 2008Marcy Medina and Matthew W. Evans

Inside the new Rykiel store.

Real Estate

Renovated Rykiel Flagship Captures Firm’s New Spirit

Sonia Rykiel is kicking off its 40th anniversary year today by inaugurating its renovated flagship on the Boulevard Saint-Germain here, the creative soul of…

clock January 31, 2008Robert Murphy

A view of the online American Express Fashion Network.

Media

Memo Pad: Honoring Tina and Jack… Now They’ll Get to Sign Autographs…

Tina Brown hasn’t worked in magazines since the folding of Talk in 2002…

clock January 31, 2008Marc Karimzadeh and Irin Carmon and Stephanie D. Smith and Amy Wicks

Fashion Features

Danish Fashion Institute Weighs In on Models

The Danes are the latest to come to the rescue of too-skinny models – albeit about two years after everyone else.

clock January 31, 2008Katya Foreman

A pair of Care Label jeans.

Denim

Elkann to Launch Care Label at amfAR Event

Lapo Elkann has found a high-wattage launch board for the debut of the Care Label denim brand – the amfAR gala tonight at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.

clock January 31, 2008Alessandra Ilari

A look from the Tara Subkoff for Bebe line.

Marketing and Promotion

Bebe Teams With Subkoff

Bebe and Tara Subkoff are hooking up.

clock January 31, 2008Julee Kaplan

Stacey Bendet in her showroom here.

Sportswear

Bendet’s Business, Resume Still Growing

For some, keeping up with Stacey Bendet could be a little rough.

clock January 31, 2008Julee Kaplan

Financial

Fortunoff Said Exploring Reorganization

Jewelry and home furnishings retailer Fortunoff has stopped paying its bills in recent weeks and could be considering Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection…

clock January 31, 2008Vicki M. Young and Jeanine Poggi

Financial

Footwear Sales Cited as Boost for Tod’s

Italian luxury group Tod’s SpA on Wednesday posted double-digit revenue growth in 2007 despite a slowdown in retail sales and the underperformance of…

clock January 31, 2008Andrew Roberts

Financial

Esprit Reports 37% Rise in Earnings

Hong Kong-based apparel retailer Esprit Holdings Ltd. on Wednesday posted a 37 percent jump in earnings in the half and said it is considering possible…

clock January 31, 2008Jeanine Poggi

Coco Ribbon's bath and body products.

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: IFF Profits Slip in Qtr…. Coco Ribbon Enters Beauty

Fragrance supplier International Flavors & Fragrances said Wednesday that fourth-quarter profits slipped 1.6 percent on higher interest expenses

clock January 31, 2008Matthew W. Evans and Lana Rose Silva

A sketch from Dereon's new intimates and legwear line, launching for fall.

Marketing and Promotion

Dereon Enters Intimates, Legwear

Beyonce and Tina Knowles have just signed two new licensing agreements for intimate apparel and legwear for their young contemporary brand, Dereon.

clock January 31, 2008Julee Kaplan

Human Resources

Terri Eagle Departs John Hardy

John Hardy USA president and chief executive officer Terri Eagle has stepped down, a move that has been anticipated by industry insiders.

clock January 31, 2008Sophia Chabbott

Financial

Ann Taylor, Eddie Bauer Trim Staff

Specialty retailers AnnTaylor Stores Corp. and Eddie Bauer Holdings Inc., announced restructuring programs on Wednesday in an effort to bolster sales and…

clock January 31, 2008Jeanine Poggi

Government and Trade

Italian Industry Looks for Ways To Capitalize on China Market

An agreement aimed at improving relations between Italy and China was signed here Wednesday and marked a significant change of attitude within the nation’s…

clock January 31, 2008Luisa Zargani

Marketing and Promotion

Adidas Ups Fashion Week Presence

Adidas will fete its sports style division during New York Fashion Week with a series of events, including the Y-3 show.

clock January 31, 2008Whitney Beckett

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Calvin Klein’s Amy Mellen, Senior VP of Home, Is Leaving

clock 18hLisa Lockwood

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