A New Look for Jones: Vendor Buys 50% Stake In Rachel Roy Company

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Jones Apparel Group has acquired a 50 percent stake in Rachel Roy, giving the apparel giant a long-desired entry into the high-end contemporary market.

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Retail Stocks Pressured As Dow Slides 206 Points

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Government and Trade

U.S. Assailed on Trade View at WTO Forum

At a World Trade Organization forum here, the U.S. came under heavy pressure from other major countries over the continuing slide of the dollar, the…

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Beauty Features

Brands Bring Sustainability to the Forefront

Never mind calorie counting — shoppers can now total up the impact their beauty buys have on the environment.

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Sales at Zara's parent company, Inditex, gained 9 percent in the quarter.


Inditex Net Up 10%

Inditex Group, the Spanish retailer that runs Zara, on Wednesday said net income in the first quarter gained 10 percent despite adverse climatic conditions…

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The interior of Juicy Couture's Georgetown store offers a full range of product from the brand.

Fashion Features

Juicy Couture Expands With New Shops, Sleepwear

Pitching itself as “comfort food” in economically uncertain times, Juicy Couture continues its ongoing expansion, launching a new sleepwear collection and…

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A look from Leon Max.


Maxstudio Dresses Up With Line by Leon Max

The Leon Max line, started by the founding designer of contemporary brand Maxstudio.com, is relaunching for holiday as the Leon Max Collection.

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Shopbop.com has launched a "How to Buy Jeans" video.


Shopbop Simplifies Jeans Shopping

Shopping for jeans just got a little easier on Shopbop.com.

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Laura Benanti has her dress adjusted...

Street Style

Laura’s Dress Rehearsal

As Louise in the current revival of “Gypsy” at Broadway’s St. James Theatre, Laura Benanti endures 12 costume changes, including a pivotal one in the famous…

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Coco Rocha

Fashion Features

Model Opens Up About Pressure to Be Thin

“Be considerate, be compassionate and please remember how powerful your words can be and use them to make a positive change.”

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Front row: Damon Dash and Rachel Roy. Back row: Mortimer Singer, Stephen L. Ruzow, Marvin Traub, Wesley R. Card, Susan Metzger and Aslaug Magnusdottir.

Business Features

A New Look for Jones: Vendor Buys 50% Stake In Rachel Roy Company

Jones Apparel Group has acquired a 50 percent stake in Rachel Roy, giving the $3.85 billion apparel giant a long-desired entry into the high-end…

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Human Resources

Gap’s Message on Child Labor

In October, Gap Inc. came under fire with the disclosure that children as young as 10 worked in a sweatshop in India to produce children’s goods for the chain.

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Fed: Sluggish Economic Activity

U.S. economic activity was generally weak in April and May across the country, according to the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book report released Wednesday.

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Memo Pad: Churchward Departs… Two Are Better Than One…

Vogue’s longtime design director Charles Churchward is leaving the magazine after 13 years.

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Celebrated antebellum mansions are a hallmark of Charleston.

Real Estate

Charleston: A Magnet for Retail Development

Keep a close watch on retail and residential development in Charleston, S.C. But don’t blink — it may spurt ahead even faster.

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Blue Bicycle Books features rare books and a bicycle in almost every room.


Charleston: Scene

From trendy finds to rare African coffees, Charleston offers shoppers treats they don’t find elsewhere.

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Charleston: Vital Stats

City of Charleston population… Charleston metro area population… South Carolina population…

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A Forties handloom at Italian mill Denim Area.


PV’s Denim Show Grows in Second Edition

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Marketing and Promotion

Target Expands Go International Strategy

Isaac Mizrahi will soon be history at Target, and the Minneapolis-based retailer is moving on.

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Fashion Trends

Skirt Chasers

Colorful patterned skirts are emerging as a resort trend, offset by neutral shades up top.

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Jean Paul Gaultier and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Artful Characters… A Belgian Touch

Half of Marco Perego’s paintings, featuring demonized Disney characters for his first Parisian show dubbed “The Vivian Boys,” found new owners Tuesday night.

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Sexy sells: Sherri Hill's silk jersey dress with Swarovski crystals and sequins.

Fashion Trends

The Prom Squad

Short is red hot; beads, spangles and all manner of sparkles are a hit, and skin – lots of it – is in.

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The Time of Their Lives

There are few events in life that provoke such polarizing reactions as the memory of prom – from a nostalgic sigh to eye-widening horror.

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Shell Game

Frida Giannini takes her Gucci girl back in time with a Seventies-inspired collection that is part hippie, part rock ‘n’ roll – but oh so glamorous.

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Derek Lam


East Meets West

“There’s no need for white for resort; it’s all about color,” Nicole Miller said of her collection.

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Karl Lagerfeld


Eye: Display Cases

A little heat and a flash thunderstorm weren’t enough to keep New Yorkers from marking the Museum of Modern Art’s 40th annual Party in the Garden on Tuesday…

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Polo Ralph Lauren Taps Julie Berman

Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. is strengthening its communications efforts, tapping Julie Berman as senior vice president of corporate communications.

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Designer and Luxury

Lanvin Owner Said Looking for Investor

Speculation is mounting in Europe that Lanvin owner Shaw-Lan Wang is seeking a minority investor.

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St. John's fall ad campaign, shot by Mark Seliger.

Marketing and Promotion

The New Faces of St. John

Kelly Gray isn’t striking a signature pose with an entourage of scantily clad men, but she is back working on St. John ads – as a creative force.

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In Brief: Claire’s Tough Quarter… CITA Ruling

Lower sales and almost $49 million in interest expense dropped Claire’s Stores Inc. to a $35.6 million loss in the first quarter.

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