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BREAKING: Consuelo Castiglioni to Leave Marni

Francesco Risso will become creative director of the label.

clock 1hLuisa Zargani


Reebok Names Steinbruck Creative Director

The designer has worked for Ellie Saab, Porsche Design and Kenneth Cole.

clock 6hJean E. Palmieri


Viktor & Rolf Debut Magic Fragrance Collection

Viktor & Rolf are debuting Magic, a new collection of six eaux de parfum.

clock 6hRachel Strugatz

Optimistic Italians: Brands Bullish in ’08, U.S. Economy Aside

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The growth of the U.S. economy may be grinding to a halt and dragging Europe down with it, but Italian fashion houses are still upbeat about business in 2008.

From This Issue

Rising labor costs in China are causing some companies to rethink their sourcing, but major foreign investment is likely to keep China on top for years to come.


Not So Fast…

Some rethinking is happening in the “factory to the world.”

clock February 19, 2008Kathleen E. McLaughlin

Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Cartier are among the towers at the Ginza 2-chome intersection.

Real Estate

Ginza on the Go

High and low, young and old, it’s all happening on Tokyo’s famous shopping strip.

clock February 19, 2008Koji Hirano

Consumers ages 16 to 30 are spending the bulk of the money in China.

Trends and Analysis

It’s All About Me

In the quest for China’s retail dollars, the “only-child” generation has emerged as the one to watch — and woo.

clock February 19, 2008Betsy Lowther

Direct, Internet and Catalogue

The Taobao Phenomenon

When 26-year-old Bai Yunwen decided to buy an iPod last year, she turned to popular online Chinese retail site to hire an agent who could…

clock February 19, 2008Betsy Lowther

Wu Nan

They Are Wearing

What’s on Your List?

WWD asked some of Beijing’s hip crowd for their favorite brands and how they like to shop.

clock February 19, 2008WWD Staff

The Greenbelt

Designer and Luxury

Manila: On the Retail Radar

The international luxury community is taking notice of the Philippines.

clock February 19, 2008Bambina Wise

Nicole Scherzinger in a Bench ad.

Designer and Luxury

Luxe Goes Local

As the Philippine economy surges forward, it is not just the international fashion brands that are enjoying unprecedented growth.

clock February 19, 2008Bambina Wise

Jewelry by Rose Poon.

Fashion Features

Eyes on China at Hong Kong Fashion Week

Overall business and the upbeat mood point to lots of potential in the region.

clock February 19, 2008Constance Haisma-Kwok

Cindy Lu of DH Wedding.


Here Come the Brides

The Chinese wedding industry is booming — and Hong Kong is leading the way.

clock February 19, 2008Constance Haisma-Kwok

Fall looks from Ferragamo.

Business Features

80th Year a Busy One for Ferragamo

As it continues to mark its 80th anniversary, Ferragamo has a big year planned.

clock February 19, 2008Alessandra Ilari


D&G Set to Expand Globally, Launch New Store Concept

To mark the evolution of the D&G brand since production was taken in-house two years ago, the company is investing in a global retail project and the launch…

clock February 19, 2008Luisa Zargani

Bono and Chuck Close


Russian Doll

Moscow in frigid midwinter is hardly the party destination of choice for the fashion and Hollywood flock.

clock February 19, 2008WWD Staff


Adults Only

Most actresses greet each new birthday with trepidation. Jennifer Dundas doesn’t suffer from such a condition.

clock February 19, 2008Vanessa Lawrence

Clemence Poesy


In Translation

French actresses are hot right now… Joining them is Clemence Poesy, a wisp of a girl who could be their little sister.

clock February 19, 2008Elisa Lipsky-Karasz


Prada Says IPO on Track for ’08

Despite a nervous stock market, Prada SpA is still set on going public this year.

clock February 19, 2008Andrew Roberts


A&F Posts 13% Net Gain, Eyes U.K. Growth

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is weathering the tough economic climate and is bullish on expansion, particularly overseas with A&F and Hollister.

clock February 19, 2008David Moin

Business Features

In Brief: Wilsons to Cut Stores, Jobs… Del Vecchio in Tax Probe

Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc. said it plans to close 160 stores and cut over 1,000 jobs in an effort to reduce costs.

clock February 19, 2008WWD Staff

Matteo Marzotto

Human Resources

Marzotto Exiting Valentino

The Valentino exodus continues. Valentino Fashion Group said Friday that company chairman Matteo Marzotto would leave the iconic atelier.

clock February 19, 2008Andrew Roberts



Puig Signs Shakira to Beauty Development Deal

Puig Beauty & Fashion Group is throwing another hat into the crowded celebrity fragrance ring.

clock February 19, 2008Julie Naughton

James Blunt

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Men About Town… Model Life… Restrictions Apply…

With the Oscars on Sunday, the Milan shows are proving to be light on major celebrities of the A-list Hollywood variety.

clock February 19, 2008WWD Staff

Patrizio Bertelli

Designer and Luxury

Optimistic Italians: Brands Bullish in ’08, U.S. Economy Aside

The growth of the U.S. economy may be grinding to a halt and dragging Europe down with it, but Italian fashion houses are still upbeat about business in 2008.

clock February 19, 2008Andrew Roberts

Designer and Luxury

Striking a Balance Between U.S. and Emerging Markets Key Talk at Altagamma Event

Once a beacon for Italian fashion companies, the U.S. is increasingly losing its pole position as regions such as China, India and the Middle East become…

clock February 19, 2008Luisa Zargani

Fall looks from Fay.

Human Resources

Giles Deacon Unveils More Feminine Look for Fay

The latest outerwear brand to believe that quilted nylon and silk flower appliqués belong together is the Tod’s Group-owned Fay, which has tapped Giles…

clock February 19, 2008Alessandra Ilari

Just Cavalli


Look Lively

It was all in the details for fall, as styles ranging from Seventies-inspired tunics to smartly tailored jackets were spiked with everything from flamingo…

clock February 19, 2008WWD Staff

Hogan's suede-and-velvet sneakers.


Wordly Wise

Globetrotters, take note – Thakoon Panichgul’s got your number this fall.

clock February 19, 2008WWD Staff

Julien Macdonald


Charmed Lives

From pleated blouses and pencil skirts to sweater dresses with overscaled cables, London fashion had its discreet – and indiscreet – charms.

clock February 19, 2008WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Out on a Limb… Gathering Moss… Something Blue…

As a former model, Alexa Chung knows her body well enough to go for what suits her best.

clock February 19, 2008WWD Staff

A trend area at Milano Unica.


Fighting Recession Focus of Unica

Italian textile firms plan to deal with a potential U.S. recession the same way they have tried to stave off Asian competition – by stressing quality,…

clock February 19, 2008Stephanie Epiro


Freight Rates, Synthetic Fibers Likely Victims of Rising Oil Prices

Despite the slowdown in the global economy, high crude oil prices are expected to persist this year, driven by supply shortfalls, brisk demand in dynamic…

clock February 19, 2008John Zarocostas

Two looks from Transit Par-Such.

Fashion Trends

Growing Up Contemporary

By many accounts, the contemporary customer has grown out of baby-doll dresses and cutesy T-shirts. This coming fall, designers appear to be growing up with…

clock February 19, 2008Marc Karimzadeh


Christina Aguilera Inspires Stephen Webster Silver Line

London jeweler Stephen Webster is introducing a new sterling silver collection inspired – and fronted – by his friend Christina Aguilera.

clock February 19, 2008Samantha Conti

Human Resources

Jones Names Kim to Anne Klein Unit

Jones Apparel Group Inc. has tapped Ted Kim to be vice president of design for its Anne Klein New York division, a new position.

clock February 19, 2008Marc Karimzadeh

Crystal Renn, the new face of EvansLondon, models a dress from the spring collection.


EvansLondon Heads Toward U.S.

EvansLondon is squeezing its ample silhouette into the crowded American apparel market.

clock February 19, 2008Sharon Edelson

The New York representation of the Freestyle campaign.

Marketing and Promotion

Reebok Kicks Off Freestyle Shoe Campaign

Reebok is taking its iconic Freestyle shoe on a world tour with last week’s launch of a campaign promoting an apparel and footwear line inspired by six…

clock February 19, 2008Whitney Beckett

Natalie Bancroft, the newest member of the News Corp. board, in Catherine Malandrino.


Memo Pad: All That Matters Is Rupert Likes Her… On Screen…

When Rupert Murdoch named 27-year-old Natalie Bancroft to the News Corp. board to represent the family that had sold him Dow Jones…

clock February 19, 2008Marc Karimzadeh and Irin Carmon and Amy Wicks


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American Apparel Keeping Options Open as Bidders Said Circling

clock 6hVicki M. Young and Kari Hamanaka

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