Economy Begins to Bite: Nordstrom Stays Course Despite Bumpy Outlook

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Nordstrom isn't about to let a tough fourth quarter and soft outlook for the year deter its long-term objectives. The specialty chain reported that for the fourth quarter ended Feb. 2, net earnings dropped 8.6 percent to $212 million.

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Views of the new Givenchy flagship in Paris.

Designer and Luxury

Givenchy Displays New Spirit With Paris Flagship

Givenchy unveils the final piece of its rejuvenation puzzle on Wednesday: a gallerylike Paris boutique featuring a series of black-box display suites and a…

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A look that would have delighted Holzer in the Sixties, a flared fur coat, worn with short leather gloves and a top-handle bag.

Designer and Luxury

Welcome to the Sixties

John Galliano’s fall collection for Christian Dior was a paean to some of the era’s style icons, including Baby Jane Holzer and Raquel Welch.

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Lucy Liu

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Art Nouveau… Get Up and Go… On the Record…

Forget about martial arts: Lucy Liu is wielding a paintbrush and turning out large-scale canvases.

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Rick Owens


Wild Cards

La vie sauvage was a strong motif on the Paris runways as designers let loose with leather, feathers and fur – not to mention tribal themes and racy…

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A.F. Vandevorst

Fashion Features

More From the Shows: A.F. Vandevorst… Cacharel… Bruno Pieters…

Duality in layered, monochrome male-female couplings was the underlying theme for designers Filip Arickx and An Vandevorst’s 10th anniversary collection, seen in a tailored cape jacket, say, worn over a soft velvet dress, or in a vermilion-hued silk…

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A jacket from Moncler's Gamme Rouge line.


Getting In Shape

What could sculpture possibly have to do with down jackets? Giambattista Valli intends to show the fashion pack on Friday night when he unveils his first…

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Economy Begins to Bite: Nordstrom Stays Course Despite Bumpy Outlook

Nordstrom isn’t about to let a tough fourth quarter and soft outlook for the year deter its long-term objectives.

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Shelley Fox

Fashion Features

Parsons Program Looks to Grow Perspective

In an era of emerging markets in unexpected places, synergies between unusual bedfellows and fast-changing technology, fashion graduates must be nimble and…

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Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Hourglass Expanding With Sephora… Diptyque Names Two Execs…

For niche makeup brand Hourglass Cosmetics, the time to expand its reach is now.

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L.L. Bean to Open First Midwest Store

L.L. Bean is leapfrogging from the Northeast to the Midwest for the first time, with a store opening set for the Chicago area in September.

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Abercrombie & Fitch in London.


A&F’s Lifestyle: ‘Paradise,’ Clothing and Nudes

Abercrombie & Fitch’s Quarterly is rising from the ashes — in a more cerebral and sophisticated form, but still with the nudity that made it infamous.

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In Brief: Stocks Up… Vying For Children’s Place

Retail stocks edged up on Monday after Standard & Poor’s reaffirmed its rating for Ambac Financial Group and MBIA Inc.

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Forster Willi's tulle embroidered with free-moving polyester circles.


Cutting-Edge Offerings Pay Off for PV Mills

Despite economic woes and the strength of the euro against the dollar, high-end brands and designers applauded Première Vision’s offering of innovative technical fabrics, bold color stories and underlining artistic flare for next spring.

clock February 26, 2008Emilie Marsh and Katya Foreman


Study Finds High Cotton Contaminant Levels

Twenty-two percent of raw cotton sold in the last two years was seriously or moderately contaminated, which poses a burden for spinning mills, according to a global industry survey.

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Buying, Attendance Soften at Texworld

Economic uncertainty contributed to a decline in visitors and reined in order writing at last week’s Texworld fabric fair at Le Bourget exhibit halls here.

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The specialty store Barbara Jean is dropping Prada...

Fashion Features

U.S. Stores Cut Back on European Buy

European shoppers visiting the U.S. are certainly getting a bang for their buck due to the euro’s might compared with the dollar. But in the months ahead, they might have a tougher time finding European labels in specialty stores.

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Katherine Heigl's Escada gown was a winner with Cachet's Michael Ruff.

Fashion Features

Market Basket: On With the Show

When Michael Ruff, sales manager for Cachet, a New York-based eveningwear company, tuned into the Oscars on Sunday, he saw red.

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The Tse flagship.


Tse Finds Natural Fit’ in SoHo

Tse believes its new 2,500-square-foot SoHo flagship here will position the brand to appeal to a younger consumer and absorb some of the trend-driven neighborhood’s energy.

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Ashley Olsen amid spring looks by The Row at Forty Five Ten.

Designer and Luxury

Ashley Olsen Touts Virtues of The Row

Journalists had been warned off interviewing Ashley Olsen during her appearance Thursday at Forty Five Ten here to promote her designer collection, The Row.

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Vertical Retail Sees Boost in Manhattan

The developer of The Shops at Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center wants to put to rest one enduring myth: that vertical retail doesn’t work in Manhattan.

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Wal-Mart’s China Sourcing to Remain Steady in ’08

Despite the rising exchange rate and concerns about product safety, the vice chairman of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Michael Duke, said Monday in Beijing that the retail giant’s level of procurement from China likely will remain steady this year at about $9…

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Lydia Delgado

Fashion Features

Madrid Exhibitors Up ‘Wow’ Factor to Raise Demand

Citing shrunken budgets and the domestic retail decline, exhibitors at Madrid’s SIMM trade fair weren’t afraid of the “R” word – far from it.

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Memo Pad: Goodbye and Hello… Only in New York… Nicole and Annie

Monday marked the first day of a regime change at Brant Publications, where Fabien Baron and Glenn O’Brien began their new jobs as co-editorial directors of…

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Javier Bardem


Country Fair

With the Vanity Fair party out, the Governor’s Ball, normally just a stop-over for winners and presenters, was way more packed than usual after Sunday’s…

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Rachel Weisz


Eye Scoop: Off Duty

While her Hollywood brethren jammed into the Kodak Theatre, Rachel Weisz had Oscar night off.

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