A Big Retailer Falls: $2.5 Billion Mervyns Plans to Liquidate

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Catherine Keener with Michelle Williams, in Alexander Wang.


Title Wave: Viewers Trip Over Film ‘Synecdoche, New York’

Actress Michelle Williams snuggled with new squeeze Spike Jonze after Cinema Society film showing.

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Eric Wiseman


VF Gets Cautious, Trims Outlook

Expectations for the fourth quarter have been slashed to 3 to 4 percent revenue gains and 1 to 5 percent earnings-per-share gains.

clock October 17, 2008Ross Tucker

Business Features

Scarpa to Leave Liz Claiborne

Chief operating officer Michael Scarpa is the latest executive to exit Liz Claiborne Inc.

clock October 17, 2008Whitney Beckett



A Big Retailer Falls: $2.5 Billion Mervyns Plans to Liquidate

With bleak holiday forecasts ahead, Mervyns going-out-of-business sales may hurt competitors.

clock October 17, 2008Sharon Edelson and Evan Clark and Karyn Monget


Karabus Acquired… Innovation Seminar With Michael Gould…

PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada has acquired Karabus Management, a Toronto-based North American retail consulting firm, from Antony Karabus, founder and ceo…

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Garrard’s London flagship.

Fashion Features

Chapman Takes Guest Role for Garrard

Marchesa creative director and co-founder Georgina Chapman understands that every evening look calls for equally glamorous jewels.

clock October 20, 2008Sophia Chabbott

Government and Trade

Anticounterfeiting Measures Seen as Boost to Battle Bogus Goods

Federal help welcomed despite concerns over bureaucracy.

clock October 20, 2008Kristi Ellis and Liza Casabona


Nike Sues Wal-Mart Over Sneaker Patent

Nike alleges that its Shox shoe concept was infringed by Wal-Mart.

clock October 20, 2008Matthew Lynch

A real Vuitton and a fake.


Vuitton Awarded $3.5 Million in Counterfeiting Suit

In determining award, judge said goal was to deter similar behavior related to counterfeiting and infringement upon Louis Vuitton trademarks.

clock October 20, 2008Matthew Lynch

An Armani design for Solange Knowles.

Fashion Scoops

Solange Knowles’ Tour Wardrobe… Parties and Plays… Hurley Sent to Tower…

R&B diva Solange Knowles will wear a custom-made wardrobe by Giorgio Armani on her European tour, which kicked off in Berlin Saturday.

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Business Features

WWD/DNR CEO Summit Puts Focus on Leadership

With the world economy tanking, the fashion industry is in crisis management mode.

clock October 20, 2008WWD Staff


Credit Crisis Puts Debt Front and Center

Slow holiday to test stores’ financial flexibility.

clock October 20, 2008Evan Clark and Samantha Conti and Andrew Roberts and Louise Bartlett

Bags by George Gina & Lucy.


George Gina & Lucy Brings Buzz Stateside

With a name perhaps more fit for a sitcom than a handbag line, George Gina & Lucy is making its way to the U.S. after rapid growth in Europe.

clock October 20, 2008Caroline Tell

Soaring freight, labor and raw materials costs are hammering U.S. manufacturers.


Lingerie Firms Struggle With Higher Costs in Asia

Expenses, coupled with dismal sales, create challenges.

clock October 20, 2008Karyn Monget


Timeline: The Rise and Fall of Mervyns

Key moments in the long history of Mervyns.

clock October 20, 2008WWD Staff


Memo Pad: Staying Close to Home… Courage in Journalism Awards Ceremony…

Yet another sign the recession is encouraging magazines to cut back…

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The scene at Beyond Beauty.

Beauty Features

Organic Standards, New Brands Key at Beyond Beauty

Bright October sunshine failed to add sparkle to the sixth annual Beyond Beauty trade show last week.

clock October 20, 2008Rachel Tiplady

A model in the new store.

Designer and Luxury

D&G Fetes Opening of Beijing Flagship

D&G officially opened its first directly owned flagship store in Beijing on Thursday, after a soft opening during the Olympics.

clock October 20, 2008Luisa Zargani

Jenni Kayne RTW Fall 2005

Fashion Features

Unscripted Ending for L.A. Fashion Week

Los Angeles Fashion Week unable to gain traction as IMG-Smashbox partnership dissolves.

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Clockwise from top: Sonia Rykiel’s bag in sequined nylon and Lycra with resin; Sergio Rossi’s patent leather and grosgrain shoe, and Tom Binns’ gold-plated silver and pearl necklace.

Fashion Trends

Trend Report: Girl Power

The outlook for spring accessories is bright ? literally ? in feminine pieces with a shot of sass.

clock October 20, 2008Shoshanna Fischhoff

Martha Stewart


Jay Ahr Atelier Party… Christie’s Fetes Interior Designer Michael Smith…

Celebrations continue in hard times.

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Matt Sax


Rapper’s Delight

Acclaimed newcomer Matt Sax appears in his one-man hip-hop show.

clock October 20, 2008Elisa Lipsky-Karasz

Robert Duffy

Designer and Luxury

Marc by Marc Jacobs Opens in Madrid

Marc Jacobs International president Robert Duffy opens Madrid store.

clock October 20, 2008Barbara Barker

Cecil Balmond


Gravity’s Rainbow: Exhibit of Cecil Balmond Buildings

Balmond ? part-engineer, part-architectural designer, part indefinable tour de force ? developed many edge-of-the-envelope buildings over the last two decades.

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Daily Stock Wrap

Daily Stock Wrap

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Rockettes at the 2017 Tony Awards


Nordstrom to Sponsor Tony Awards Red Carpet 2018

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