Red Flag for Luxury Sales: Saks, Neiman’s Rise But Worries Set In

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Luxury is hitting some speed bumps. Saks Inc. and Neiman Marcus Group reported healthy quarters, but the U.S.' top two luxury chains admitted they're feeling the recession, with slowdowns in shopper traffic.

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Stephen I. Sadove

Designer and Luxury

Red Flag for Luxury: Saks, Neiman’s Rise, But Worries Set In

Saks Inc. and Neiman Marcus Group reported healthy quarters, but the U.S.’ top two luxury chains admitted they’re feeling the recession.

clock March 6, 2008David Moin


Memo Pad: Out of the Cold… Simply More

When Brian Farnham left his post as editor in chief of Time Out New York in late January, his official statement in the magazine’s release was comically…

clock March 6, 2008Irin Carmon and Stephanie D. Smith

Alexander McQueen's knitted dress, prettily sprinkled with snowflakes.


Knit Parade

Cozy, comfy and chic ? what’s not to love about the simple sweater dress? This season, designers served up the winter staple in myriad stylish ways,…

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In Brief: Taking on the SEC… Union Charges

The former chief merchandising officer for A?ropostale Inc. filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleging it…

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Jane Hudis and Mindy Grossman


Lauder’s BeautyBank in Deal With HSN

BeautyBank hopes to bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “only available through this special TV offer.”

clock March 6, 2008Julie Naughton and Pete Born

Uli Becker


Adidas Net Up 63%, Names New Reebok Head

Adidas AG appointed a new chief executive officer for Reebok, as the Canton, Mass.-based brand’s performance blemished an otherwise strong fourth quarter…

clock March 6, 2008Whitney Beckett


Fed Sees Spending Drop

U.S. economic growth last month showed a continued softening as retailers turned in generally subdued sales reports, according to the Federal Reserve…

clock March 6, 2008Liza Casabona


Specialty Apparel Sales Ease

Sales growth at specialty apparel stores slowed to a crawl in February as shoppers made fewer trips to the mall.

clock March 6, 2008Evan Clark


Court of Appeals Affirms Ruling Against Polo Ralph Lauren

The battle over polo ponies has ended. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed an earlier ruling in favor of the United States…

clock March 6, 2008Liza Casabona

Eva Mendes in Calvin Klein Collection.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Still Friends… Miu Miu Makes a Move… Delayed Pleasure…

Following Eva Mendes’ trip to rehab, some wondered what her status was with Calvin Klein – since she was tapped for an upcoming perfume ad campaign.

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Palm Trees, L.A. style.


L.A. Retailers Seek to Set Themselves Apart in Unstable Market

Los Angeles retailers have already weathered a three-month writers’ strike and a steep housing market decline, but more tough times may be ahead.

clock March 6, 2008Anne Riley-Katz

Schoolteacher-turned-denim retailer Tiffany Mesko.

Human Resources

Denim Retailer Not Crying the Blues

Leave it to a former schoolteacher raised in Louisiana to teach a lesson on how to sell designer dungarees at the beach.

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The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

Fashion Features

L.A. Fashion Schools Earn High Grades

New York may have the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons The New School for Design, but Los Angeles boasts its own world-class fashion schools, as…

clock March 6, 2008Kathryn Hadeka

A party in L.A.'s fashion district.

Fashion Features

It’s Showtime

Los Angeles Fashion Market, Fall I, March 14-18, at California Market Center, The New Mart, Cooper Design Space and Gerry Building

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Los Angeles is full of stark prints - Sixties polkadots...

Fashion Features

The Power of Prints

Los Angeles is full of stark prints – Sixties polkadots, New-Wave stripes and sweet flower motifs.

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A design from Elizabeth Emanuel's Art of Elegance line at BHS.


Emanuel Brings ‘Elegance’ to BHS

Elizabeth Emanuel, who made her name designing Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding gown with her then-husband, David Emanuel, is moving into the mass market.

clock March 6, 2008Lucie Greene


ASDA to Close George Stand-alone Units

Asda, Wal-Mart’s U.K. arm, plans to shutter its 11 stand-alone George clothing stores and instead open units selling a variety of nonfood items.

clock March 6, 2008Lucie Greene

Nicole and Michael Colovos founded the brand in 2001.


Habitual Heads to Auction

Premium denim label Habitual is on the auction block and could find itself in the hands of new owners by next month.

clock March 6, 2008Ross Tucker

A look from Frankie B.'s lower-priced group, Frankie B. Originals.


Frankie B. Gets Original

Premium denim brand Frankie B. is making its signature low-riding jeans more accessible for the budget-conscious consumer.

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Avril Lavigne


Avril Lavigne: Kohl’s New Girlfriend

Kohl’s Corp. has tapped into the music world for its latest exclusive. In a partnership with rocker Avril Lavigne, the 958-unit chain will launch the new…

clock March 6, 2008Lisa Lockwood

Erika Sussman and Roma Cohen


Alchemist Mixes Up Designer Cocktail

Alchemist boutique has devised a new formula. Since relocating from a one-year-old temporary location around the corner to a permanent address at 438…

clock March 6, 2008Rebecca Kleinman


Chico’s Slides Into Red On Softer Sales in Qtr.

Chico’s FAS Inc. and Coldwater Creek Inc. swung to losses in the fourth quarter, hurt by sluggish sales amid a weakening economy.

clock March 6, 2008Jeanine Poggi

Business Features

Shareholder Move at Carrefour

Bernard Arnault is suddenly Carrefour’s largest shareholder.

clock March 6, 2008Robert Murphy


A.B.S. Signs Swim License

A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz is diving into swimwear for resort 2009.

clock March 6, 2008Whitney Beckett

The entrance of DC USA.


D.C. Shopping Gets Boost From $150M Project

DC USA, a 540,000-square-foot, $150 million shopping center anchored by Target, is opening this week in the ethnically and economically diverse Columbia…

clock March 6, 2008Betsy Lowther

Tory Burch


Social Studies

On Monday night, Bravo threw a bash for its new reality series, “The Real Housewives of New York City,” which follows the lives of five women meant to be…

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Rachel McAdams


Wedding Belles

In the stylized Forties drama “Married Life,” in theaters Friday, Patricia Clarkson plays the wife of Chris Cooper, who falls for Rachel McAdams and plans…

clock March 6, 2008Marcy Medina


Designer and Luxury

The New York Look

The top 20 most-viewed New York fall collections on

clock March 6, 2008Cecily Hall


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