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Prada Profits Slump 25% in H1 as Sales Falter

Revenues dropped 15 percent, despite the "first signs of improving trends in Mainland China.”

clock 45mGordon Sirlisi

Beauty

Stash SJP Brings Edge to Celebrity Fragrance Game

SJP's unexpected strategy to face celeb fragrance fallout.

clock 10hRachel Strugatz

Business

Emanuel Chirico Talks Raf Simons at Calvin Klein

PVH ceo Emanuel Chirico expects big things from Raf Simons’ take on Calvin Klein.

clock 21hEvan Clark

Bankruptcy Bell Tolls: Steve & Barry’s Model Collapses Under Crunch

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The Steve & Barry's business model officially collapsed on Wednesday, the victim of razor-thin margins squeezed even more by tight credit and the reluctance of shoppers to either drive or spend.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF TODAY'S ARTICLES

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Intimates and Activewear

Benetton Confirms Guidance for 2008

MILAN ??? Benetton Group SpA said Wednesday that preliminary estimates of first-half revenues indicated growth of around 5 percent at constant exchange.

clock July 10, 2008Andrew Roberts

Financial

Retail Shares Beaten Down as Stock Market Searches for Bottom

Retail stocks were battered Wednesday when stock markets tumbled amid the latest round of fears about the housing slump and troubled mortgage lenders.

clock July 10, 2008Matthew Lynch

Legal

Calif. Polo Employees Granted Class-Action Status in Compensation Suit

A U.S. district judge in San Francisco Tuesday granted class-action status to a lawsuit by former employees of stores operated by Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.

clock July 10, 2008Matthew Lynch

Financial

Bankruptcy Bell Tolls: Steve & Barry’s Model Collapses Under Crunch

The Steve & Barry’s business model officially collapsed on Wednesday, the victim of razor-thin margins squeezed even more by tight credit.

clock July 10, 2008Vicki M. Young

Fashion Features

Gucci, Giannini Pay Homage to Rome

Gucci creative director Frida Giannini said she was in a holiday mood ? as in ?Roman Holiday.?

clock July 10, 2008Luisa Zargani

Fashion Scoops

Sound of Music

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy may make serenading France’s president a private affair, but VIP members of the first lady’s Web site have been granted a two-hour preview.

clock July 10, 2008WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Sound of Music

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy may make serenading France’s president a private affair, but VIP members of her Web site have been granted a two-hour preview..

clock July 10, 2008WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Party Train

A typically eclectic group of filmgoers hit the Cinema Society and Cond?? Nast Traveler screening of “Transsiberian” Tuesday night.

clock July 10, 2008WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Topshop’s New Jeans

Denim is going upscale at Topshop.

clock July 10, 2008WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Tam, Virtually

Vivienne Tam is the latest designer to join Stardoll, the virtual world for tweens with more than 18 million members.

clock July 10, 2008WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Splashing Around

It’s never too early for summer for Dsquared’s Dean and Dan Caten.

clock July 10, 2008WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Just For Laughts

Italian comedy met high fashion at the German embassy in Paris last week when Nymphenburg unveiled 25 limited edition sets of 16 figurines.

clock July 10, 2008WWD Staff

Lifestyle

Vancouver: Scene

From the sea and snow-capped mountains to its vibrant restaurant and pub action, Vancouver shines as a world-class city.

clock July 10, 2008WWD Staff

Lifestyle

Vancouver: Vital Stats

City Population… Region Population… Average Annual Retail Rent…

clock July 10, 2008WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Vancouver: Going Young, Green and Local

Lauded as one of the world’s most livable cities, Vancouver’s residents celebrate its natural wonders with an eco-centric spirit all their own.

clock July 10, 2008WWD Staff

People

Former Marionnaud CEO Found Guilty

Marcel Frydman, former chief executive of Marionnaud Parfumeries, was found guilty of having trumped up the company’s account.

clock July 10, 2008Jennifer Weil

Memo Pad

Memo Pad: Getting Back In Style

For the last year, the top brass at Time Inc. sought to reinvigorate In Style Magazine.

clock July 10, 2008Stephanie D. Smith

Intimates and Activewear

Swimwear: Showgirl

This cruise season, designers are giving swimwear a theatrical bent just in time for the upcoming swim shows.

clock July 10, 2008Kim Friday

Memo Pad

Memo Pad: Saving the forests

The first half of 2008 had 291 magazine launches, down 75 from the same period a year ago…

clock July 10, 2008Amy Wicks

Denim

A New Crop of Stars Prepares for Sales

New celebrity designers include Rachel Bilson for DKNY, LL Cool J for Sears, Avril Lavigne for Kohl’s and Kristin Davis for Belk.

clock July 10, 2008Julee Kaplan

Denim

Denim Report: Lighter Feel Blooms for Spring

Denim companies exhibiting at last week’s Bread & Butter Barcelona fair were taking their fashion cues from the Seventies…

clock July 10, 2008Barbara Barker

Denim

Denim Report: Anticipating Slow Fall, Retailers Shift Away From Premium

The back-to-school season is shaping up to be disappointing for the denim industry.

clock July 10, 2008Ross Tucker

Denim

Battling Back-to-School Challenges

The apparel industry is bracing for what could be a bumpy back-to-school season.

clock July 10, 2008Julee Kaplan

Human Resources

Maidenform Taps Reznik as Chief Executive

Maidenform Brands Inc. has appointed president Maurice S. Reznik chief executive officer of the 85-year-old bra company.

clock July 10, 2008Karyn Monget

Human Resources

Via to Payless As President, CEO

LuAnn Via has been named president and chief executive officer of Payless ShoeSource Inc.

clock July 10, 2008Sophia Chabbott

Financial

Shake-up Atop Charming Shoppes

Shares of Charming Shoppes Inc. rose 3 percent Wednesday after Dorrit Bern resigned as chairman, chief executive officer and president…

clock July 10, 2008Sharon Edelson

Film and TV

Amber Waves

“Judd Apatow is a teenage boy trapped in a grown producer’s body,” says up-and-comer Amber Heard, who appears in the director’s film “Pineapple Express.”

clock July 10, 2008Amanda FitzSimons

Trends and Analysis

Corporate Cachet

The Reputation Institute has released its third annual Global Pulse Study which ranks 600 US-based retailers by corporate reputation.

clock July 10, 2008Cecily Hall

People

Christie Brinkley’s Trial Style

If justice is blind, Christie Brinkley hasn’t gotten the memo. The supermodel is making a point to appear every inch the “Uptown Girl” for the tabloid press.

clock July 10, 2008WWD Staff

People

Snapshot: English Rose

Felicity Jones likes to mix her media. This fall, she’ll be starring in one of this year’s most anticipated films, "Brideshead Revisited."

clock July 10, 2008Nina Jones

Financial

Carrefour Sales Rise 6.7%

France’s Carrefour, the world’s second largest retailer after Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said that second-quarter sales grew 6.7 percent at constant exchange rates.

clock July 10, 2008Robert Murphy

Human Resources

Marks and Spencer Shareholders Approve Rose as Executive Chairman

LONDON ??? Despite opposition from some shareholders, Marks and Spencer Group plc chairman Stuart Rose was elected executive chairman.

clock July 10, 2008Nina Jones

Handbags

Resort Accessories: The Golden Touch

Designers are going for the glitter for resort, adding gold to many pieces.

clock July 14, 2008Shoshanna Fischhoff

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