The Grinch Comes Back: Shoppers Pack Stores, But Very Few Are Buying

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Fashion Scoops

The White House: Margiela to Launch Apt and Homeware

Maison Martin Margiela has dropped a monumental hint that it’s ramping up its line of home objects.

clock December 5, 2008WWD Staff

Poppy Delevingne


Hearty Party

Socials dance the night away at Winter Wonderland Ball.

clock December 8, 2008WWD Staff

Kira Plastinina and Nicole Richie

Fashion Scoops

Richie Fetes Plastinina’s Latest Moscow Opening

Nicole Richie flew into Moscow for the Friday night opening of Kira Plastinina’s new shop-in-shop at TsUM department store.

clock December 8, 2008Alastair Gee

Human Resources

Talbots Taps Chief Operating Officer

Former Claiborne exec Michael Scarpa to join firm.

clock December 8, 2008Arnold J. Karr and Matthew Lynch

A look from the shuttered Imitation line.

Business Features

Sparks Closing Imitation and Imitation of Christ

Josh Sparks is closing Rockwood Management Group and his two fashion brands, Imitation of Christ and Imitation.

clock December 9, 2008Julee Kaplan


Prana Taps Crooke As Chief Executive

Prana Living LLC has hired Michael Crooke as chief executive officer.

clock December 9, 2008Whitney Beckett

Chanel’s Ultra Correction Line Repair items.

Skin Care

Chanel Aiming to Gain Share With Antiaging Treatment Line

Chanel will add a new weapon to its antiwrinkle arsenal starting in January with the aim of taking a frontline position in the war on aging.

clock December 9, 2008Brid Costello


L’Oréal Cutbacks Hitting U.S. Unit

L’Oréal USA will eliminate about 500 jobs.

clock December 9, 2008Pete Born

François-Xavier Lalanne


Obituary: French Artist François-Xavier Lalanne

François-Xavier Lalanne, the French artist known for surrealistic sculptures that often doubled as furniture, died Sunday evening at his home in Ury. He was 81.

clock December 9, 2008Robert Murphy

A look from Ecko Red.


Ecko Red Relaunches for Winter Selling

Marc Ecko Enterprises relaunched Ecko Red, a juniors line, at retail late last month.

clock December 9, 2008Julee Kaplan

Cotton production is expected to decline 6 percent next year.

Government and Trade

Cotton Prices, Consumption to See Further Declines

The global cotton industry is likely to continue to see declines in price and demand next year as the economic downturn intensifies.

clock December 9, 2008John Zarocostas

A Ross store.


Value-Oriented Chains See Opportunity Amid Recession

Some discount retailers see opportunity in the toxic stew of negative economic factors.

clock December 9, 2008Georgia Lee and Elizabeth Thurman

A window display touting the deals to be had.

Ready To Wear

Blizzard of Sales Dig Stores in Deep

After months of deep discounting, retailers will be in need of some serious ingenuity to get shoppers back to buying full-priced items in the months ahead.

clock December 9, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg


Retail Shares Get 3.1 Percent Boost

Retail shares rallied Monday for the fifth consecutive trading session, gaining 3.1 percent.

clock December 9, 2008Evan Clark

Antony Karabus

Business Features

CFOs Adjust to Shaky Retail Climate

According to a recent study, retail finance executives took unprecedented steps to limit damage to their holiday businesses, and they’re ready to go further.

clock December 9, 2008Arnold J. Karr

Human Resources

David Alexander Named Citi Trends President

David Alexander, former president and chief operating officer of Family Dollar Stores Inc., has joined Citi Trends.

clock December 9, 2008Jean E. Palmieri and Alexandra Steigrad

Marjorie Garber


Shakespeare in Our Times: To Beep or Not to Beep

The book “Shakespeare and Modern Culture” hits shelves today.

clock December 9, 2008Jacob Bernstein

Aritzia has opened at Water Tower Place in Chicago.


Aritzia in Stateside Growth Push

Vancouver-based contemporary retailer Aritzia, a relative newcomer to the U.S. market, is extending its reach.

clock December 9, 2008Beth Wilson

Panelists Josh Button, Mary Alice Stephenson, Les Steiger, Mindy Grossman, Zac Posen and Alex Gonzalez.

Business Features

Fashion Panel Calls for Creativity and Innovation

HSN Inc.’s Mindy Grossman expects more creativity to emerge out of the economic downturn.

clock December 9, 2008Whitney Beckett

The Macy’s Herald Square shop-in-shop for Kensiegirl opened last month.


Kensie Expands Under Claiborne

It’s been almost three years since Liz Claiborne Inc. purchased two small Vancouver-based contemporary brands called Kensie and Mac & Jac.

clock December 9, 2008Julee Kaplan

A Macy’s shopping bag.


Macy’s and Tiffany Discuss Sustainability Plans

Being green and generating a profit are not mutually exclusive, competing values for businesses.

clock December 9, 2008Lisa Lockwood and Caroline Tell

Julie Gilhart

Designer and Luxury

New York Fashion Conference Talks Green

Green is the new luxury.

clock December 9, 2008Sarah Haight

Wenda Harris Millard


WWD Media Summit: MSLO Exec Discusses Online Platforms

MSLO’s Wenda Harris Millard says media firms must tap in.

clock December 9, 2008Irin Carmon

Cindi Leive, William Lynch, Jim Schacter and Lisa Stone.


WWD Media Summit: Plate Tectonics

Dealing with the changing landscape of content.

clock December 9, 2008Irin Carmon

Esi Eggleston Bracey


WWD Media Summit: Mobile Message

Brands must go where the consumers are.

clock December 9, 2008Belisa Silva

Shoppers outside Macy’s Herald Square.


The Grinch Comes Back: Shoppers Pack Stores, but Few Are Buying

Retailers are back in a selling funk.

clock December 9, 2008David Moin and Rusty Williamson and Holly Haber and Sharon Edelson and Georgia Lee and Jean E. Palmieri and Julee Greenberg and Anne Riley-Katz

The January 2009 cover of O, The Oprah Magazine.


Memo Pad: Oprah Opens Up About Falling Down

Oprah Winfrey discusses her recent weight gain and her life.

clock December 9, 2008WWD Staff

Doo-Ri Chung at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund dinner.


Doo-Ri to Launch Lower-Priced Line Next Year

Designer Doo-Ri Chung plans to launch a lower-priced line with her signature feminine silhouettes.

clock December 9, 2008Marc Karimzadeh


Arcandor Management Shift Stirs Speculaton

Talk swirls of Kaufhof/Karstadt merger.

clock December 9, 2008Melissa Drier


Barington Seeks Dillard’s Records

Barington and Clinton renew campaign for concessions and transparency.

clock December 9, 2008Evan Clark


FBI Arrests Suspects in FedEx Hijacks

Recent attempt was second to fail at diamond theft.

clock December 9, 2008Matthew Lynch

Fashion Scoops

Sing It Back

Roisin Murphy was a front-row fixture during Europe’s ready-to-wear shows and now the fashion-hungry singer looks set for an even closer view of the action.

clock December 9, 2008WWD Staff

Dawn Ostroff


WWD Media Summit: Passion Drives CW Network

The CW’s Dawn Ostroff on how the network built its niche.

clock December 9, 2008Stephanie D. Smith

Lauren Zalaznick


WWD Media Summit: NBC’s Zalaznick Knows Her Consumer

Lauren Zalaznick of NBC Universal always finds it funny when people describe her as a risk taker.

clock December 9, 2008Amy Wicks

Scott McDonald, Dave Balter, Jon Gibs, Lisa Holladay, David Shiffman and Marisa Thalberg.


WWD Media Summit: Finding the Right Yardstick

Measuring the audience in the digital age isn’t easy.

clock December 9, 2008Amy Wicks

David Lauren


WWD Media Summit: Follow the Leader

David Lauren on how Polo stays modern with technology.

clock December 9, 2008Marc Karimzadeh

Cathie Black


WWD Media Summit: Evolution or Extinction

Cathie Black of Hearst Magazines sees innovation as magazines’ key to success.

clock December 9, 2008Stephanie D. Smith

Samir Arora, Keith Clinkscales and Martha Nelson.


WWD Media Summit: Brave New World

Media brands adapt to new channels.

clock December 9, 2008Stephanie D. Smith

Beyoncé Knowles


Miami Sound Machine

Lenny Kravitz and daughter Zoë, Venus and Serena Williams and Russell Simmons all crowded into Blade in Miami.

clock December 9, 2008WWD Staff


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