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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 12hMiles 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 18hMiles Socha

Media

Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

clock 9hAlexandra Steigrad

Plotting Lacroix’s Future: Owners Seeking Investor To Fund Brand’s Growth

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Overview

Christian Lacroix is embarking on a new growth phase — and looking for a strategic partner. WWD has learned that Lacroix has engaged Savigny Partners LLP to explore the possibility of a minority investor to accelerate the company's expansion.

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Lifestyle

Scene: Meat Men… Player’s Club… Naughty? Nice

A look at some of Las Vegas’ newest lounges and restaurants.

clock February 12, 2008WWD Staff

Retail Features

Precise Plans

New Orleans retailers brace for active buying armed with new ground rules.

clock February 12, 2008Sharon Donovan

Trends and Analysis

Keeping the Faith

Manufacturers come to WWDMAGIC optimistic that they have the right products to attract buyers.

clock February 12, 2008Kristen Carr Jandoli

Trends and Analysis

Fear Factor

Vendors look for innovative ways to combat a shaky economy.

clock February 12, 2008Elizabeth Thurman

Financial

Slow Going

Companies expect economic concerns to put a damper on sales.

clock February 12, 2008Nola Sarkisian-Miller

Ready-to-Wear and Sportswear

Points of Emphasis

WSD companies see proper pricing and a heavy helping of prints as the keys to a successful season.

clock February 12, 2008Beth Wilson

Hats, Gloves and More

Luxe Luck

Vendors are finding success at the higher end of the accessories market.

clock February 12, 2008Kavita Daswani

Financial

Optimistic Outlook

Manufacturers forecast growth for their businesses in 2008.

clock February 12, 2008Rusty Williamson

Trends

Print Condition

Designers still favor floral and geometric patterns on everything from maxidresses to blouses and coats.

clock February 12, 2008WWD Staff

Financial

Currency Affairs

The high value of the euro versus the dollar puts a strain on otherwise rising sales.

clock February 12, 2008Kavita Daswani

Intimates and Activewear

Revealing the Market

Lingerie vendors unveil new lines to new buyers at WWDMAGIC.

clock February 12, 2008Melanie Lasoff Levs

Juniors

Positive Signs

Though other sectors appear to be slowing, experts forecast a growth year for children’s wear.

clock February 12, 2008Joanna Ramey

Fashion Features

Sea Change

Swimwear continues its voyage toward becoming a year-round category.

clock February 12, 2008Rachel Brown

MAGIC Marketplace

Las Vegas Convention Center and Las Vegas Hilton, Feb. 12-15, 2008

clock February 12, 2008WWD Staff

Mergers and Acquisitions

Kellwood Takes Sun Offer

Kellwood Co. surrendered and entered into a merger agreement with Sun Capital Securities Group LLC.

clock February 12, 2008Whitney Beckett

Financial

Dior Sales Up 9% in 4th Quarter

Citing strong sales of ready-to-wear, fine jewelry and handbags, Christian Dior said fourth-quarter sales gained 9 percent at constant exchange to 216.4 million euros, or $313.4 million.

clock February 12, 2008Miles Socha

Government and Trade

In Brief: Customs Ruling Challenged… Safilo Buys Two

A coalition of 97 associations and companies, including Target Corp., Neiman Marcus Group, Macy’s Inc., Levi Strauss and J.C. Penney Co., sent a letter to…

clock February 12, 2008WWD Staff

Jewelry

Loulou de la Falaise Line Heads to HSN

Loulou de la Falaise will introduce her first collection of costume jewelry and fashion accessories on the Home Shopping Network.

clock February 12, 2008Caroline Tell

Mergers and Acquisitions

G-III Acquires Andrew Marc In $42M Deal

G-III Apparel Group Ltd. has acquired Andrew Marc, the outerwear and handbag manufacturer, from Gordon Brothers Group, for about $42 million including…

clock February 12, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

Trends

Checks, Please

Got plaid? If the fall collections are any indication, New York designers certainly do. Chief among them: Ralph Lauren.

clock February 12, 2008WWD Staff

Financial

Plotting Lacroix’s Future: Owners Seeking Investor To Fund Brand’s Growth

Christian Lacroix is embarking on a new growth phase – and looking for a strategic partner.

clock February 12, 2008Miles Socha

People

Vuitton Gallery Offers Critical Views

A backlit sign proclaiming “Welcome to Baghdad” greets visitors at the Espace Louis Vuitton gallery here, the first indication the luxury giant isn’t shy of…

clock February 12, 2008Miles Socha

Fashion Features

Stores Cheer New Fashion Direction for Fall

Change is good. Especially when there’s a new shape in fashion and it comes at a time when consumers, even those at the luxury level, are reticent to spend money in the face of a cloudy economic picture.

clock February 12, 2008Sharon Edelson and Beth Wilson

Intimates and Activewear

Kawakubo Teams With Speedo for Limited Edition Swim Style

Six months before the Summer Olympic Games, Speedo will unveil its fastest swimsuit ever today, Fastskin LZR Racer, with a design twist.

clock February 12, 2008Whitney Beckett and Nina Jones

Human Resources

IT Holding’s Perna Discusses Timing of Lars Nilsson Move

Referring to the short-lived marriage between Lars Nilsson and the house of Ferre, IT Holding’s Tonino Perna believes that in the case of divorce, it’s…

clock February 12, 2008Alessandra Ilari and Miles Socha

Parties

Paint Job

Hollywood hasn’t had much to party about lately, but this past weekend it made up for some lost time.

clock February 12, 2008WWD Staff

People

Out of Africa

For a little over a decade, chef Marcus Samuelsson has revolutionized the way New Yorkers view – and consume – Scandinavian food with his much lauded…

clock February 12, 2008WWD Staff

Trends

Pump Up the Volume

As the London collections got under way, designers were playing with proportions, inflating here, shrinking there – all to “Alice in Wonderland” effect.

clock February 12, 2008WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Hi-Ho Silver… Anya’s Eden… Bronzed Brits…

Paris fashion house Azzaro and Los Angeles style guru Cameron Silver, who owns the Decades vintage boutique, are ending their four-year collaboration on amicable terms.

clock February 12, 2008WWD Staff

Textiles

Recession Fears Seen Impacting Paris Textile Shows

Organizers of next week’s Première Vision show are trumpeting creativity and innovation to hold off the economic storm clouds, and at the Texworld show, producers believe the financial pressure on buyers could steer firms toward offerings from…

clock February 12, 2008Robert Murphy and Katya Foreman

Textiles

Pitti Filati Mills Anticipate Slow Sales in ’08

High-end yarn producers at Pitti Filati expected to face an unsettled year in the face of a possible U.S. recession, higher wool prices and euro-dollar exchange rate woes.

clock February 12, 2008Stephanie Epiro

Financial

Scoop Picks CEO, Set to Build Brand

Scoop has the visionaries – co-owners Stefani Greenfield and Uzi Ben-Abraham. Scoop has the money – an unnamed private investor.

clock February 12, 2008Sharon Edelson

Memo Pad

Memo Pad: Here, There, Everywhere… Controversy As Part of the Marketing Plan…

Hearst Magazines is continuing its tear into the digital world.

clock February 12, 2008WWD Staff

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Blanchett on SK-II

Cate Blanchett doesn’t mince words, particularly when it comes to her skin.

clock February 12, 2008WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Oscars Ramp-up Goes Full Steam

With the end of the three-month-old writers’ strike in sight, designers and stylists are revving up for the red carpet at the Oscars.

clock February 12, 2008Marcy Medina

Financial

Yellow Rat Settles Lawsuit in N.Y.

Apparel retailer Yellow Rat Bastard, which is based in New York City and controlled by Henry Ishay, has settled a $1.4 million lawsuit involving unpaid wages and employee overtime with the New York State Attorney General’s office.

clock February 12, 2008Jessica Best and Laura Pelcher

Financial

Raffin Succeeds Marinelli at Frette

Paul Raffin has been appointed group chief executive officer of Frette Inc., succeeding Enrico Marinelli.

clock February 12, 2008Karyn Monget

Fashion Features

Color Walks the Runway

The fall runway gave legwear another huge push this season, as ready-to-wear firms accessorized bare legs with some key emerging trends.

clock February 12, 2008Caroline Tell

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