Arnault’s Luxe Anthem: Recession Seen Short, Growth Still Buoyant

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An upbeat Bernard Arnault played down worries about a U.S. recession as the luxury juggernaut rolled on, sending net profits at LVMH up 8 percent last year to surpass the 2 billiion euro threshold.

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Genetic Denim


High Hopes

Economic concerns aren’t dampening spirits as vendors get ready to head to Project.

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Love Brigade's cotton jersey dress worn with Bailey 44's rayon and Lycra spandex turtleneck.


On the Road

Fall’s best streetwear is both casual and edgy, perfect for taking on a spin.

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Jackie Brander, owner of Fred Segal Fun.


Seeking Uniqueness

A softer economy might be causing retailers to look again at their open-to-buy budgets.

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A Seven For All Mankind clutch.

Accessory Trends

Business Partners

Accessories are by no means an accessory to Project. The contemporary trade show has been bulking up its selection of bags, belts, baubles and boots…

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Marc Jacobs International is caught up in a bribery scandal involving its favorite show space, the 69th Regiment Armory – and is the subject of a criminal…

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Human Resources

Macy’s to Cut 2,550 Jobs in Restructuring

Macy’s Inc. will downsize from seven to four regional operations, eliminating 2,550 positions from buyers to back-office workers and senior officials, as it…

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Bernard Arnault


Arnault’s Luxe Anthem: Recession Seen Short, Growth Still Buoyant

An upbeat Bernard Arnault on Wednesday played down worries about a U.S. recession as the luxury juggernaut rolled on, sending net profits at LVMH Moet…

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Brian Reyes

Fashion Trends

Lady Likes

Pretty is as pretty does. Unfussy florals, bold-hued motifs and chunky knits are just a few of the go-to items for fall’s ultracool sophisticate.

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Premium shakeout leaves room for small brands.


Premium Shakeout Leaves Room for Small Brands

The rise of some of the biggest premium denim names has been spurred by retailers concentrating their assortments on a core group of brands.

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Alexandre Caugant with his wife, Julia.

Designer and Luxury

Caugant Launches Pair of AC Labels

Alexandre Caugant is launching two tailored sportswear and denim lines for the fall selling season five months after leaving Blue Holdings.

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Ann Watson


Bendel’s Watson: Buying and Advising

Ann Watson, vice president and fashion director of Henri Bendel for the last two years, knows what she wants.

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Jewels in the Crown

The top 10 most prestigious jewelry brands ranked by high net worth consumers.

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Carla Bruni's biography book.


Memo Pad: Maybe They Should Just Hit A Jack-in-the-Box…

So where will the A-list crowd (not to mention the B- and C-list ones) migrate to after the last statuette has been doled out on Oscar night and the last…

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Kenneth Cole's spring campaign.

Marketing and Promotion

Cole Marks 25th With New Campaign

Kenneth Cole’s spring campaign, shot by Terry Richardson and breaking in March magazines such as Vogue, Men’s Health and Vanity Fair, is intended to…

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Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: E. Leclerc Pulls Six Products… Neal’s Yard Nabs Hook

French supermarket chain E. Leclerc has withdrawn from its shelves six products – including two beauty creams – whose prices it claims were raised…

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One of Marchesa's exquisite dresses, in lace lavished with lots of rosettes and a cutaway back.

Designer and Luxury

Baby’s Got Back

Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig know just how to weave that red-carpet magic, and the collection they showed on Wednesday was full of drop-dead…

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Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.


Polo Tops Estimates, Revenues Up

Bolstered by strong wholesale sales and a lower tax rate, Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. on Wednesday posted third-quarter results that easily beat Wall Street’s…

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Sun Urges Kellwood Shareholders To Take $21 Offer While They Can

A week before its $762 million tender offer expires, Sun Capital Securities Group LLC told Kellwood Co. shareholders Wednesday that “tendering is the only…

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Hugo Boss Sees Profits Gain 20%

Hugo Boss surpassed its earnings and sales goals for 2007, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday.

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Tarrant Files a Complaint Against American Rag Cie

Tarrant Apparel Group and its subsidiary, Private Brands Inc., filed a cross-complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court against American Rag Cie LLC and…

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Tory Burch


Eclectic Visions

Unusual mixes of fabrics ruled the runways, as designers featured everything from Native American styles in stained-glass colors to terra-cotta shearling…

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Kate Spade's fall collection.


Freeze Frame

Everyone loves a good movie, and with a reel playing Sixties and Seventies favorites – “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Breathless,” “Ciao Manhattan” – it was…

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Jennifer Lopez wearing Marchesa at the show.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: J.Lo’s Turn… K-Fed’s Visit… Tommy Preshow…

Even the jaded fashion crowd was impressed when Jennifer Lopez showed up at the Marchesa presentation on Wednesday.

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Inside Stella McCartney's Russia store.

Designer and Luxury

McCartney Opens in Moscow

Stella McCartney is making tracks in Moscow. The designer opened her first Russian store this week at Kuznetsky Most, in the center of town.

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Mannequins in Elie Tahari.

Designer and Luxury

Tahari’s U.S. Expansion Begins in the Sunshine State

Elie Tahari is basking in the sun for his sixth freestanding store.

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Human Resources

Limited Taps Exec for International Post

Preparing to grow overseas, Limited Brands Inc. on Wednesday named Martin Waters as executive vice president, international.

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Human Resources

Joseph A. President Exits Firm

As better knit company Joseph A. was in talks to be acquired by the Tharanco Group, Joseph A. president Carole Alexander left to take over as Nubby knitwear…

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In Brief: Miller Layers Up… Senate Economic Plan Stalls

Now that her fall show has come and gone, Nicole Miller has another project – a four-year licensing deal with Shayne Industries USA for a signature…

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Hanne Gaby Odiele in Miu Miu with Anouck Lepere.


In Bloom

Unlike the front rows of certain shows, Prada doesn’t need to pull strings (or dole out cash) to entice bold-facers to its regular fashion week bash at the…

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Sophia Bush

Fashion Features

The Ubiquitors

New York collections aren’t over and some of the season’s most celeb-heavy shows have yet to take place (i.e., Calvin Klein, Zac Posen and Marc Jacobs).

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Ready To Wear

ISPO Takes a Turn for the Chic

Abominable snowmen, beware. A new breed of fur-bedecked skiers with a penchant for glamorous styles is sending the outdoor and ski apparel category to new…

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