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Gloria Guinness and Truman Capote at a boxing match.

Fashion Features

Stay Puff: WWD Captured an Era Before It Went Up in Smoke

Cigarettes are no longer the glamorous accessory they once were. Here, WWD’s photographers cut through the haze with shots that define the time.

clock November 12, 2008Court Williams

Donatella Versace and Jet Li.

Fashion Features

Donatella Versace Visits Earthquake Zone

Designer tours Sanjiang, China.

clock November 11, 2008Kathleen E. McLaughlin

Ready To Wear

Buyers Downsize at Dallas’ Fashion Industry Gallery

The emphasis is on purchasing smaller, more focused lines.

clock November 12, 2008Rusty Williamson

Hard times are getting even harder for re-tailers and manufacturers in California.


Industry Endures Lean Times in California

All signs point downward with no quick end in sight.

clock November 12, 2008WWD Staff


General Growth Paints Bleak Picture

General Growth acknowledges that it may seek bankruptcy protection with debt deadlines looming.

clock November 12, 2008Arnold J. Karr and Evan Clark


TJX Looks for Deals and Real Estate

Off-price giant moving aggressively despite tamed Q4 outlook.

clock November 12, 2008Evan Clark


Tarrant Q3 Net Down

Declining retail business and Mervyns’ bankruptcy resulted in a third-quarter drop in profits for Tarrant Apparel Group.

clock November 12, 2008Matthew Lynch

Sears last week became one of the first retailers to jump into mobile commerce with a Web store specially designed for mobile phones called


Sears Opens Web Store for Mobile Phones

Retailer sees ‘strong future’ in the category.

clock November 12, 2008Cate T. Corcoran

Marketing and Promotion

Shopflick Uses Video to Connect With Customers

Shopflick uses video to help emerging designers build relationships with customers.

clock November 12, 2008Cate T. Corcoran

A cashmere rib vest shown as part of a travel collection by Angel Chang at the Asian Contemporary Art Fair New York this month.


Bits & Bytes: Positively Electric Vests… Bronze Minilaptop ASUS Eee PC S10…

A cashmere rib vest keeps its wearer extra toasty with a heat-conducting silver lining, while the latest minilaptops come in bronze colors.

clock November 12, 2008WWD Staff

Intel held a technology fashion show for the media in New York last week that paired nine new devices based on Intel technology with the appropriate characters and outfits.


Gadgets Galore at Intel Fashion Show

Nine devices based on Intel technology make an effort to be more stylish.

clock November 12, 2008Cate T. Corcoran

Richard Shortway


Richard Shortway, Former Conde Nast Exec

Richard Shortway, a longtime executive of Condé Nast and former publisher of Vogue, died late Monday night of cancer at age 84 at his home in Bel Air, Calif.

clock November 12, 2008Stephanie D. Smith

Rihanna is featured in the new Gucci white Tattoo Heart Collection campaign.


Let It Snow for Rihanna… Conde Nast Cuts… Books Boost Rodale

On Nov. 19, Gucci’s Frida Giannini and Rihanna are brightening New York…

clock November 12, 2008WWD Staff

Mulberry’s new “Please may I have ...” ad at offers a place to post wish lists and entree to its just-launched U.S. Web site.

Marketing and Promotion

Fashion’s New Circuit: Social Networks

Europe’s fashion and luxury goods companies are wooing bloggers and infiltrating social networking sites to entice a new breed of customer.

clock November 12, 2008Samantha Conti

Martin Lindstrom, author of “Buyology”.

Fashion Features

In Search of the Buy Sign

Book explains contextual marketing.

clock November 12, 2008Valerie Seckler

Tory Burch

Ready To Wear

Founder Power: A Key to Success in Tough Times

Companies with a distinctive point of view, a resonating culture and a visionary founder who’s still involved are faring better than others.

clock November 12, 2008Whitney Beckett

Diane Keaton, Washington, Milla Jovovich, Linda Evangelista, Andie MacDowell, Carol Hamilton, Dayle Haddon and Karen Fondu.

Beauty Features

L’Oréal Legends Gala Raises $4.3M

A heady mix of Hollywood and retail heavyweights turned out Monday night at the American Museum of Natural History for the annual L’Oréal Legends Gala.

clock November 12, 2008David Moin and Pete Born

Richard Mast, Howard Kreitzman, Francine Klein, Michael Gould, Nicky Kinnaird and Judith Pilkington.


Bloomingdale’s Opens Space NK

Bloomingdale’s ceo Michael Gould called the partnership with Space NK “a seminal moment” for the department store’s beauty business.

clock November 12, 2008Julie Naughton

Government and Trade

Obama Aide: No Link Between Stimulus Package and Colombian Trade

John Podesta said the Colombia free trade agreement should not be linked to a $100 billion economic stimulus package being crafted by Democrats in Congress.

clock November 12, 2008Kristi Ellis

Mannequins from the Phansi museum in Durban, South Africa.


ABC Home Promotion Focuses on Africa

The event spotlights about $1 million worth of Congolese raffia wraps, indigo textiles from Mali, Rwandan pottery and other indigenous merchandise.

clock November 12, 2008David Moin

Ready To Wear

Claiborne Plans to Outsource Mexx to Li & Fung

Drastic wholesale markdowns hurt third quarter profits for Liz Claiborne.

clock November 12, 2008Whitney Beckett

A Henri Bendel tote.


Henri Bendel Rolls Out Accessories Stores

Henri Bendel is branching out again, this time into accessories stores with Bendel-branded products.

clock November 12, 2008Caroline Tell

SMET by Christian Audigier’s leather jacket over Raquel Allegra’s recycled cotton shirt and Ina Soltani’s leather vest and pants. Sandra Müller necklace; Streets Ahead belt; Charles David shoes.

Fashion Trends

Tough Rider

Leather, sturdy hardware and edgy legwear make for biker-girl looks that don’t require a Harley.

clock November 12, 2008Hellin Kay


Today's Must Read

Mary Charteris, Tyrone Wood and Harley Viera-Newton


Cartier Hosts Queen's Cup in Windsor

clock 2hNatalie Theodosi

Social Studies