Fortifying the Flagships: Growth Engines Getting Big Bucks in Tough Times

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In a year of cutting back on store openings, inventories, and staff, there's one place where some retailers aren't scrimping: the flagship.

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Avril Lavigne

Beauty Features

Procter & Gamble Prestige Products Adds Lavigne…

Procter & Gamble Prestige Products has added another celebrity star to its universe of scents with the inking of a fragrance licensing deal with singer…

clock June 4, 2008Stephanie Epiro and Jennifer Weil and Michelle Edgar

Aqua VI goes for a rocker vibe with a cashmere-blend sweater with metallic foil and discharge prints and scarf.


ASR’s Holiday Show Looks to Cost, Novelty

As the economy stumbles, budget-conscious items and screen-printed T-shirts topped retail buyers’ lists at the holiday edition of the ASR trade show.

clock June 4, 2008Khanh T.L. Tran and Rachel Brown

A look from Born Uniqorn.


California Lines Aim for Affordable Comfort

On the theory that everyone needs comfortable clothes, even in tough economic times, retail buyers are turning to casual, well-priced basics.

clock June 4, 2008Marcy Medina

Bloomingdale's main floor to be completely renovated.


Fortifying the Flagships: Growth Engines Getting Big Bucks in Tough Times

In a year of cutting back on store openings, inventories and staff, there’s one place where some retailers aren’t scrimping: the flagship.

clock June 4, 2008David Moin


NRF: Organized Crime Takes Higher Toll on Stores

Retailers were victims of organized crime at record rates last year, and evidence suggests that the increasing appeal of the Internet as the preferred place…

clock June 4, 2008Arnold J. Karr

Charles Nolan


Pretty In Prints

Donatella Versace really tapped into the cruise concept this season. She worked in a vivid color palette of bright orange, hot pink and cool blue, as in…

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Ashley Olsen and Eva Mendes in Calvin Klein Collection with Francisco Costa.


Funny Business

Talk about a tough crowd.

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Tom Ford on the set.

Fashion Features

Oh, Shoot

Tom Ford doesn’t fancy taking direction from anyone under any circumstance, great or small.

clock June 4, 2008Bridget Foley

Rachel Bilson

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Jumping Into Jeans… Double Salute… Gucci And The Movies…

Rachel Bilson was in New York on Tuesday to promote the release of “Jumper” on DVD and Blu-Ray with co-stars Hayden Christensen and Jamie Bell.

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Michael Kors


Feminine Charms

Michael Kors takes his girl to a beach party for resort, and a very luxe one at that.

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Garden of Delights


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Life’s a Picnic

That’s exactly what Stella McCartney proved with her resort collection. Presented at Jefferson Market Garden in New York City ? a cozy urban park…

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The French papers' extensive coverage of Saint Laurent's death.


Memo Pad: Gone, Not Forgotten… Strip Tease… Out of Frame…

The French media is preparing for a week that will be all about Yves.

clock June 4, 2008Stephanie D. Smith

Fashion Features

Prominent Figures Expected at Saint Laurent Funeral

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and First Lady Carla Sarkozy are expected to be among the 900 people attending funeral services for Yves Saint Laurent on…

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Mergers and Acquisitions

Sixty Group Buys Roberta di Camerino

Sixty Group has acquired high-end accessories brand Roberta di Camerino, giving the denim manufacturer an entry point to the luxury goods arena as it…

clock June 4, 2008Alessandra Ilari

Louis Vuitton


Dooney & Bourke Wins Ruling In Bag Battle With Louis Vuitton

A Manhattan federal judge has ruled in favor of Dooney & Bourke in a four-year trademark battle with Louis Vuitton.

clock June 4, 2008Evan Clark


Global Reach Propels Guess

Guess Inc.’s first-quarter income grew 34.5 percent partly because of several global factors, including European and Asian tourists who shopped in the U.S….

clock June 4, 2008Vicki M. Young


Hermes Not Interested in Sale

There is no “For Sale” sign hanging on Herm?s International.

clock June 4, 2008Katya Foreman

Mergers and Acquisitions

Arnault Diversifies With Yacht Firm, Recycler Buys

Luxury kingpin Bernard Arnault is still in a mood to spend ? but not for fashion.

clock June 4, 2008Miles Socha


In Brief: S&P Downgrades Liz…

Standard & Poor’s revised its credit rating on Liz Claiborne Inc. to “BB” from “BBB,” pushing the firm’s debt rating down into speculative or “junk bond”…

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