Fighting Off the Chill: Retailers Get Inventive To Combat Recession.

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When the going gets tough, the tough better get going. That clich? aptly describes today's retail climate, where the news seems to get worse from one day to the next.

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A baby-doll top and striped henley and plaid shorts from Piper & Blue.


Kmart Making Push for Women’s Apparel

Financier Edward Lampert appears to be investing in Kmart at last — and women’s apparel could be the first to show the effects.

clock April 15, 2008Sharon Edelson

Myron "Mike" Ullman 3rd


Merchants See More Tough Times Ahead

Retailers delivered a stark assessment of the challenges bedeviling merchants around the world as executives met here last week at the World Retail Congress.

clock April 15, 2008Robert Murphy

Reem Acra, Darcy and Ella Miller Nussbaum and Dylan Lauren at the Jewish Women's Foundation.


Industry Rallies for UJA-Federation

Fund-raisers can be long and filled with protocol, but not Thursday’s record-breaking $1.3 million benefit luncheon for the UJA-Federation of New York at the Waldorf Astoria.

clock April 15, 2008David Moin

Ken Hicks


Fighting Off the Chill: Retailers Get Inventive To Combat Recession

When the going gets tough, the tough better get going.

clock April 15, 2008WWD Staff

Trend areas at the show emphasized eco-friendly fabrics.


Trade Talk, Weak Economy Pervade Material World

The showdown between President Bush and Congress over free trade, and economic and retail woes, cast long shadows at Material World as industry executives sought strategies for uncertain times.

clock April 15, 2008Georgia Lee


Innovative Approach For Domestic Mills

Fabrics on display at Material World focused on fashion, performance and the environment, often in one package.

clock April 15, 2008Georgia Lee

Inside the De Beers store at NorthPark Center.


De Beers Opens Shop

De Beers has opened a store at NorthPark Center here, seeking to repeat the performance of the Houston unit that launched in September at the Galleria.

clock April 15, 2008Holly Haber

New Tarte items.

Beauty Features

Changes at Groupe Clarins

Executive changes are afoot at Groupe Clarins, where Philip Shearer has been named the new president of the company’s executive board, replacing Christian Courtin-Clarins, who is to become president of Clarins’ supervisory board.

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Ready To Wear

Record Attendance at Fashion Industry Gallery

Summer brights and early autumn harvest and metallic tones colored the shopping lists of buyers at the early fall market at Fashion Industry Gallery here.

clock April 15, 2008Rusty Williamson

Im Seon-oc

Fashion Features

Fashion Takes Spotlight in Seoul

Seoul aspires to become the fifth major international fashion city — and Seoul Collection is part of that drive.

clock April 15, 2008Vicky Sung

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen flanked by the Lane Crawford team, from left: Alfrayda Ayob, Seville Chow, Magali Ginsburg and Adam Hawkshaw.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: New Home… On Tour… Something Old, Something New

It was a manic Monday for many Gucci staffers, who started the week heading to a new venue — the house’s spanking new Milanese headquarters inside a…

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Christian Lacroix's sketch for Romeo & Juliet.

Designer and Luxury

Christian Lacroix All Over the Shop

For a guy who had spent most of the previous night’s transatlantic flight writing, Christian Lacroix was in top form, showing his trademark Gallic charm…

clock April 15, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

A look from Hanii Y.

Marketing and Promotion

Hanii Y Ramps Up, Y & Kei Ceases Production

The design team Hanii Yoon and Gene Kei are taking their company in a new direction and are eliminating their Y & Kei designer line in the process.

clock April 15, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

Here, J.Mendel's sheared mink coat over Naama Bezalel's silk dress. Monies necklace; Portolano gloves; vintage suitcase from What Goes Around Comes Around; Agent Provocateur stockings.

Fashion Trends

Grand Scheme

Retro-inspired furs, worn with a grand flourish, are just the ticket this winter, with shawl collars and classic broad-shouldered silhouettes that reflect a…

clock April 15, 2008Bobbi Queen

Erin Wasson in Alexander Wang.


West Side Story

This year was the first time the public was allowed to attend L.A. Art Weekend, but the open invitation to the hoi polloi didn’t drive away the fashion…

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Alexander Lobrano


Movable Feast

Food writer Alexander Lobrano has little stomach for overpriced tourist traps, steep markups on wines and “fashion restaurants.”

clock April 15, 2008Miles Socha


Memo Pad: You’re Either In, Or You’re Out Or You’re Not…

Take Nina Garcia, Elle, “Project Runway,” Lifetime Television and Bravo and what do you get?

clock April 15, 2008Irin Carmon and Stephanie D. Smith and Amy Wicks


Esmerian Gem Auction Delayed

Collectors hoping to snatch up some of the marquee jewels and gems from Ralph Esmerian’s storied collection might have to wait a little longer.

clock April 15, 2008Evan Clark


VS Sues Macy’s, Intertex Over Pink Trademark

Apparently, Pink is worth fighting over. The Victoria’s Secret division of Limited Brands Inc. filed suit against Macy’s Inc. and Intertex Apparel Ltd…

clock April 15, 2008Evan Clark

Fashion Features

Marc by Marc Jacobs Set to Open in Europe

Marc Jacobs is getting into European Union real estate.

clock April 15, 2008Emilie Marsh

Apparel displayed at the new Marni store.


Marni Rolls Out Freestanding Shop in Turkey

Marni is raising its profile in Turkey with the opening of its first freestanding store in Istanbul, housed in the chic Akaretler shopping district.

clock April 15, 2008Alessandra Ilari

Business Features

In Brief: Executive Appointment… Green To Stick With BHS… Warnaco Wages…

Perrine Houdoux-Stoclet has been named managing director of Kris Van Assche’s signature men’s and women’s fashion brand.

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