Art Versus Commerce: Can Margiela Expand Without Selling Out?

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Twenty years after the Belgian iconoclast founded a fashion house, his namesake brand is riding high and sailing into new, high-visibility categories like fragrance and fine jewelry.

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David Kennedy


Revlon Narrows Loss, Sales Dip

Revlon Inc. continued to whittle away at its debt, narrowing its first-quarter net loss to $2.5 million despite slowing sales.

clock May 2, 2008Molly Prior

E. Scott Beattie


Elizabeth Arden Posts 3rd-Qtr. Loss

The U.S. consumer was weaker over the first three months of the year than Elizabeth Arden Inc. anticipated, leading to losses as well as lower sales for the…

clock May 2, 2008Evan Clark

The pareo from the collaboration.

Marketing and Promotion

Tahari Fuses Art With Fashion In Collaboration With Scharf

Elie Tahari and his wife, Rory, have assembled an art collection that includes works by Robert Motherwell and Cy Twombly, as well as photography by Nan…

clock May 2, 2008Marc Karimzadeh


Bebe Income Falls

Hurt by sluggish sales, Bebe Stores Inc. posted a 35.4 percent drop in third-quarter earnings that was in line with Wall Street expectations.

clock May 2, 2008Jeanine Poggi

Net-a-porter will take advertising in its online magazine.


Net-a-porter Adds Advertising, Off-Price’s business continues to grow, and the company is moving in new directions.

clock May 2, 2008Cate T. Corcoran

A view of the Martin Margiela boutique in St. Petersburg.


Art Versus Commerce: Can Margiela Expand Without Selling Out?

Martin Margiela, the ultimate industry outsider, is trying out a new and unexpected persona: fashion’s next big thing.

clock May 2, 2008Miles Socha

Designs echoing Spider-Man's web by, from left, John Galliano, Giorgio Armani,

Fashion Features

Superheroes, Super Designs

Superheroes often operate in sinister worlds, but they can be oh-so-much fun to watch, as demonstrated here by Gareth Pugh.

clock May 2, 2008Marc Karimzadeh

The Diane von Furstenberg version of Wonder Woman.

Designer and Luxury

Wonder Woman Inspires DVF’s Holiday Collection

Diane von Furstenberg thinks it’s time to take Wonder Woman beyond the leotard.

clock May 2, 2008Marc Karimzadeh


Memo Pad: Crowing Rights, At Least for Now, at ASMEs

There were no multiple onstage moments for New York magazine’s Adam Moss or The New Yorker’s David Remnick this year at the National Magazine Awards.

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Behind the scenes at the Oscar de la Renta shoot at the Salk Institute.

Fashion Features

Oscar Mixes Fashion, Science for Ad Shoot

If only for a day, Oscar de la Renta dressed up the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego.

clock May 2, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

"Harmonium I" by Clifford Ross.


Art, Film ‘Embrace’ at Tribeca Film Festival

The 13 winners of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Artist Awards received more than the typical film festival prize of a check on Thursday.

clock May 2, 2008Sharon Edelson

NACDS' Steven C. Anderson.


NACDS Looks Ahead to Restore Growth

The sun shone brightly at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting this week, as the industry did its best to chase away the proverbial…

clock May 2, 2008Molly Prior and Faye Brookman and Andrea Nagel

Kira Plastinina's SoHo flagship.

Real Estate

Kira Plastinina Arrives in SoHo

With its flirty attitude and glittery club-inspired sportswear, Kira Plastinina today makes its U.S. retail debut by opening a 3,500-square-foot flagship in…

clock May 2, 2008David Moin and Anne Riley-Katz

Stephanie Seymour in a T-shirt designed by Jeff Koons in the Gap campaign.


Gap Takes an Art-T Approach

Gap is hoping for a boost of the artistic kind.

clock May 2, 2008Marcy Medina

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Her Madgesty… Designer Sighting… Mugler’s New Angel

“What’d you think this was, a Rolling Stones concert?” asked Madonna, who’d just done the opening lick of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” halfway into a…

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Products with the new Natural Certification seal.

Marketing and Promotion

Natural Seal Revealed to Beauty Industry

Members of the natural products industry gathered Thursday morning to reveal a seal that can be placed on qualifying products, which will set them apart…

clock May 2, 2008Andrea Nagel

Leslie Blodgett

Beauty Features

Bare Escentuals’ Profit Up 26% on Distribution Gains

Bare Escentuals’ net income gained 26 percent in the first quarter, as the mineral makeup firm continued to expand its retail distribution in the U.S. and abroad.

clock May 2, 2008Molly Prior

King of Shaves' women's items.

Skin Care

British Shave Brand Courts Women in U.S.

U.K.-based men’s grooming brand King of Shaves aims to crown a queen ??? or at least make a splash in the women’s shave cream market in the U.S. during…

clock May 2, 2008Matthew W. Evans

Select items from Eyes by Design.


Channel Surfing

Estee Lauder’s BeautyBank is heading to TV to reinvent its distribution strategy.

clock May 2, 2008Michelle Edgar

Lauren Glassberg

Beauty Features

Foundation Breakfast Kicks Off FiFi Season

The Fragrance Foundation gave out five of its FiFi awards at the organization’s FiFi Finalists breakfast at the Mandarin Oriental here April 25, an event that was hosted by WABC reporter Lauren Glassberg.

clock May 2, 2008Matthew W. Evans and Michelle Edgar

Peau Magnifique

Skin Care

Gurwitch Products Acquires ReVive Skincare

Luxury skin care brand ReVive has a new owner.

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Tim McGraw

Beauty Features

McGraw on McGraw

Tim McGraw is enthusiastic about his new fragrance, McGraw — and he has an idea for expanding Coty’s country influence: adding a little Faith to the mix.

clock May 2, 2008Julie Naughton

Beauty Features

Palix to Helm Mugler’s Mode et Patrimoine

Groupe Clarins has named Joel Palix managing director of Thierry Mugler Mode et Patrimoine, effective today.

clock May 2, 2008Ellen Groves

Joy Atkinson

Beauty Features

Symrise Net Falls 14.7% in First Qtr.

Flavors and fragrance maker Symrise reported Wednesday its net income for the first quarter of 2008 fell 14.7 percent to 29.2 million euros, or $43.7 million at average exchange…

clock May 2, 2008Jennifer Weil

Beauty Features

Expenses Lead to 10.8% Decline in IFF Profits

Profits were off at International Flavors & Fragrances as higher restructuring and interest expenses impacted first-quarter results.

clock May 2, 2008Matthew W. Evans


Bloomingdale’s, Union Finalize Deal

Members of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a new four-year contract, which covers about 2,000 employees at the 59th Street flagship.

clock May 2, 2008WWD Staff

Beauty Features

Bousquet-Chavanne Resigns Lauder Post

In another major jolt at the Estee Lauder Cos., Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne has resigned as a group president of the prestige market cosmetics leader after 17 years in the company’s top management.

clock May 2, 2008Pete Born

Cargo sits in the Port of Long Beach Thursday.

Fashion Features

Union Workers Shut Down West Coast Ports

Dockworkers shut down 29 West Coast ports Thursday, including the nation’s biggest at Los Angeles and Long Beach, to protest the war in Iraq.

clock May 2, 2008Rachel Brown

Fashion Features

In Brief: Fekkai’s New Owner… Boneparth’s Gig… Higher Child Labor Fines

It’s official — Procter & Gamble Co. on Thursday became the new owner of prestige hair care business Frederic Fekkai & Co.

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