Coming Under Pressure: Activist Shareholders Target Retailers Again

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The gadflies are back — and this time they've got deep pockets. Fashion firms that have faced, and are confronting activist shareholder campaigns.

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Daphne and Jasmine Guinness


Chanel Crossing

In the middle of a steamy and bustling Manhattan, Bulgari threw a relaxed garden party at the Elizabeth Street Gallery Wednesday night to introduce its…

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Nicole Kidman in Australia.


Best Foot Forward

Australia’s sweeping outback might seem an unlikely place for a well-shod woman to find herself settling down.

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Tannishtha Chatterjee in “Brick Lane.”


Snapshot: Home and Away

Cliché dictates that most aspiring actresses will wait tables to make ends meet. Tannishtha Chatterjee, who appears in the film "Brick Lane" opening…

clock June 16, 2008Vanessa Lawrence

Estée Lauder’s Super Flight Creme kit.

Skin Care

New Lauder Products Target Airline Travelers…

Estee Lauder is taking airport security regulations and skin care needs of frequent fliers on by introducing its first treatment products developed…

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Coming Under Pressure: Activist Shareholders Target Retailers Again

Target Corp., Dillard’s Inc., Chico’s FAS Inc., Charming Shoppes Inc., Syms Corp. and Haggar Corp. have faced activist shareholder campaigns.

clock June 16, 2008Evan Clark

Urban Outfitters’ inventories declined on a per-square-foot basis.


Inventory a Primary Focus in Difficult Climate

Stringent inventory control may be the mantra for most apparel retailers, but there is still plenty of fat to trim.

clock June 16, 2008Jeanine Poggi


Many IPOs on Hold in Rocky Financial Times

Initial public offering, anyone? Anyone?

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen


Olsens Expand Wardrobe With Jewelry

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen soon might not be wearing anyone but themselves.

clock June 16, 2008Caroline Tell

The Judith Leiber for Henri Bendel bag.


Findings: And the Award Goes To… Rare Stones… Damiani Appointment…

Henri Bendel feted contestants in the second annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards, whose bags are displayed in the retailer’s Fifth Avenue windows.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg in Balenciaga's fall campaign.


Memo Pad: New Sophisticate… Band On The Run… New Hires…

Shortly after christening the Balenciaga flagship in Los Angeles last April, designer Nicolas Ghesquiere barred shoppers from it for two days. But he…

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John L.A. Wilson


CW-X Sports Bras Take Quirky Road

The Wacoal Sports Science Corp. subsidiary of Wacoal Japan is counting on creative marketing and advertising to bolster its sports bra business in the U.S.

clock June 16, 2008Karyn Monget

Looks at Ea Lingerie’s contemporary interior.


Colombia’s Ea Lingerie Cultivates U.S. Market

Ea Lingerie is eyeing gold in the U.S. market.

clock June 16, 2008Rebecca Kleinman

Marvel’s Doop character on a proposed sleepwear piece.

Marketing and Promotion

From Barbie to Pepsi: The Next Generation of Deals

More than 6,000 brands were showcased at the annual Licensing International Expo, which is moving to Las Vegas next year, and the economic slowdown didn’t…

clock June 16, 2008Julee Kaplan

Michael Gould


Gould on Bloomingdale’s DNA

Bloomingdale’s has been driving hard to distinguish itself from the department store pack.

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Carolina Herrera

Fashion Features

Madrid Comes to N.Y.

As part of a plan to increase ties to the American market, the Council of Fashion Designers of Spain showed off some talent with “MadridFashionNewYork,” an…

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Just Cavalli

Fashion Features

Floral Arrangements

Resort is in full bloom as designers play with feminine garden prints.

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Fashion Trends

Fantasy Island

Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz glanced back to a Thirties glamour girl while injecting whimsy with fun embroideries and glitzy costume baubles.

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Giambattista Valli

Fashion Show Reviews

Dress Developments

“It’s all about effortless elegance,” says Giambattista Valli of his resort collection. To wit, he focuses on his specialty little dresses…

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Raf Simons and Germaine Kruip

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Fashion’s Honor Roll… Rodeo Honors Blahnik… Lopez Exits St. John…

Anna Wintour has been named an OBE, or Officer of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in England’s Queen’s birthday honors…

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Curator Pamela Golbin and Valentino.

Fashion Features

The Refinement of Valentino on Display

Some designers take years to define a signature look: Valentino Garavani had his practically out of fashion’s starting blocks.

clock June 16, 2008Miles Socha


Saks Stock Up on Takeover Probability

Shares of Saks Inc. rose 4.2 percent to close at $12.49 in New York Stock Exchange trading Friday after Citigroup Inc. issued a research note indicating a…

clock June 16, 2008Vicki M. Young and Nina Jones

Designer and Luxury

Bottega Veneta Tops Social Status Poll

It’s not showy, nor is it splashed with logos. But its perception as distinctive, elegant and less than ubiquitous has lifted Bottega Veneta to the top of…

clock June 16, 2008Valerie Seckler


Retail Apparel Prices Fall in May

Driven largely by discounting, women’s retail apparel prices eased in May, dropping a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent from the prior month and falling 4.4…

clock June 16, 2008Liza Casabona


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