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French Designer Sonia Rykiel Dies at the Age of 86

The French designer was synonymous with striped sweaters and Left Bank insouciance.

clock 13hMiles Socha


Rihanna Said Eyeing Paris for Next Fenty Puma Show

The music star had launched the collection last February during New York Fashion Week.

clock 20hMiles Socha


Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

clock 10hAlexandra Steigrad

Counting Every Penny: Stores Build Up Cash To Weather the Storm

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Memo Pad

A New Mag at Conde Nast

Advertising revenues may be falling, but that hasn’t stopped Conde Nast from pressing ahead with its latest magazine launch.

clock December 9, 2008Samantha Conti


Wal-Mart to Pay Up to $54.3M

Retailer settles class-action suit over break time.

clock December 9, 2008Matthew Lynch

Fashion Scoops

Cutting Back at Theory

Add Theory to the list of companies shedding employees. The firm laid off about 50 employees late last week.

clock December 9, 2008WWD Staff

Retail Features

Study Finds Malls Plagued With Sea of Sameness

The economy isn’t the only factor working against malls.

clock December 10, 2008Whitney Beckett

Ready-to-Wear and Sportswear

JNY Encourages Women to Shop Their Closets

Encouraging women to shop their own closets might seem counter to the fashion industry’s mission of encouraging women to shop in stores.

clock December 10, 2008Whitney Beckett

Ready-to-Wear and Sportswear

Chloe & Reese Does Custom Apparel

Chloe & Reese last week launched a Web store to sell made-to-order clothing for women in creative industries who want classic, well-made clothes.

clock December 10, 2008Cate T. Corcoran

Direct, Internet and Catalogue

Easy Way to Web for Boutique Owners

Owners of small boutiques can now easily and inexpensively open online stores thanks to a point-of-sale software upgrade from Intuit.

clock December 10, 2008Cate T. Corcoran

Marketing and Consumer Behavior

Retailers Embrace Video for Holiday

A number of retailers have crafted online video campaigns to reach shoppers during the holiday season, including Sephora, J.C. Penney, Lowe’s and Target.

clock December 10, 2008Cate T. Corcoran

Color Cosmetics

P&G Aims to Make Beauty ‘Ageless’

Women are saying that their makeup, most notably their foundation, is making them look older.

clock December 10, 2008Andrea Nagel

Skin Care

Chanel Partners With Dassault Systèmes

Chanel and Dassault Systèmes announced Tuesday they have signed a strategic partnership agreement for scientific innovation.

clock December 10, 2008WWD Staff

Retail Features

Retail Overhauls Gain Momentum

As land grows scarcer and malls mature, shopping centers are turning to redevelopment to help engage customers.

clock December 10, 2008Anne Riley-Katz

Marketing and Promotion

Are Brands Becoming an Overheated Property?

John Gerzema, chief insights officer at Young & Rubicam, writes about the price of creativity in his new book, “Brand Bubble.”

clock December 10, 2008Valerie Seckler


Retail Stocks Break Winning Streak

Retail stocks moved lower Tuesday, ending a five-day winning streak and lowering stores’ market capitalization for only the second time this month.

clock December 10, 2008Arnold J. Karr

Government and Trade

World Bank Report Forecasts Global Trade Slump

China’s exports are forecast to grow by 4.2 percent in volume next year compared with a projected increase of 10.1 percent for 2008.

clock December 10, 2008John Zarocostas


Lower Sales, Profits for Oxford in Third Quarter

Firm scales back full-year guidance in light of tough market conditions.

clock December 10, 2008Arnold J. Karr and Brenner Thomas


In Brief: Nordstrom Product Case… Casual Male Poison Pill…

Nordstrom will pay a $60,000 settlement… Casual Male Retail Group Inc. instituted a shareholders’ rights plan Tuesday to discourage takeover attempts….

clock December 10, 2008WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Polar Project… Shop Talk… New Pals…

Sophia Bush and Brooke Shields feted jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald’s new line… Consumers may not feel like shopping much this holiday season…

clock December 10, 2008WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Garment Center Rezoning Making Headway

Union leaders are said to be on board with a proposal to preserve about 300,000 square feet in the Garment Center for apparel manufacturing.

clock December 10, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

Designer and Luxury

D&G Opens in L.A.

Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce will inaugurate a flagship for their D&G brand on Robertson Boulevard today.

clock December 10, 2008WWD Staff

Memo Pad

Memo Pad: Franca’s Coda

Franca Sozzani’s given free rein to photographer Bruce Weber, who filled L’Uomo Vogue’s December issue with a 100-plus page portfolio.

clock December 10, 2008WWD Staff

Specialty Stores

Brands Trim Prices as Japan Retail Worsens

Last week, Louis Vuitton and Dior cut their retail prices, joining a growing list of brands engaging in early markdowns, including Prada, St. John and Cartier.

clock December 10, 2008Amanda Kaiser

Ready-to-Wear and Sportswear

Kellwood Relocates Moderate Brands to L.A.

Kellwood Co. is making its biggest restructuring move yet, with about 10 percent of the company’s nearly 2,000 jobs affected.

clock December 10, 2008Whitney Beckett

Business Features

Stores Build Up Cash to Weather the Storm

Cash is the metric of the moment.

clock December 10, 2008David Moin and Evan Clark

Marketing and Promotion

Chilly Scenes of Consumer Spending for ’09

According to Boston Consulting Group, apparel is an area in which shoppers anticipate making their sharpest cuts in 2009.

clock December 10, 2008Valerie Seckler


Daily Stock Wrap

Daily Stock Wrap

clock December 10, 2008WWD Staff

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