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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 12hMiles Socha

Fashion

Rihanna Said Eyeing Paris for Next Fenty Puma Show

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

clock 18hMiles Socha

Media

Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

clock 9hAlexandra Steigrad

A Tough Three Months: Neiman’s Sees Profit, More Markdowns Loom

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Neiman Marcus Group, continuing to suffer from the worsening economy and reduced consumer spending, reported that fiscal first-quarter profits fell 83.6 percent on a comparable-store sales drop of 14.5 percent.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF TODAY'S ARTICLES

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Department Stores

Neiman’s Sees Profits, but More Markdowns Loom

For the quarter ended Nov. 1, Neiman Marcus reported that profits were $12.9 million.

clock December 10, 2008David Moin

Mass and Off-Price

Kohl’s in Mudd Deal

Line to include apparel, accessories, jewelry.

clock December 10, 2008Ross Tucker

People

Freeze Frames

Wearing sunglasses at night is usually just obnoxious, but at Ray-Ban’s bash Tuesday evening for its re-released Clubmaster frames, the look was de rigueur.

clock December 10, 2008WWD Staff

Lifestyle

Letter From Buenos Aires: On the Edge in South America

Buenos Aires may beam with Old World elegance and 19th-century French mansions, but in recent years it also has blossomed as a vibrant design center.

clock December 11, 2008Maggie Kenny

People

Dinner for Jack Vartanian

Brazilian jeweler Jack Vartanian celebrated his new Madison Avenue store with a dinner at Sant Ambroeus.

clock December 10, 2008WWD Staff

Lifestyle

Buenos Aires Scene

Restaurants and shops to check out in Buenos Aires.

clock December 11, 2008WWD Staff

Government and Trade

Buenos Aires: Vital Statistics

CITY POPULATION… METRO AREA POPULATION… ARGENTINA POPULATION…

clock December 11, 2008WWD Staff

Ready-to-Wear and Sportswear

Contemporary Retailers: Survival of the Fittest

Many contemporary fashion boutiques are struggling to keep afloat during the economic turmoil.

clock December 11, 2008Julee Kaplan

Fashion

The List: Top Activities Consumers Plan to Increase

The top activities consumers have increased as a result of the recession.

clock December 11, 2008Cecily Hall

Fashion

The List: Top Activities Consumers Plan to Decrease

The top activities that consumers plan to decrease due to the recession.

clock December 11, 2008Cecily Hall

Financial

Retail Shares Rise 2.9 Percent Wednesday

Store stocks return to winning ways after one-day hiatus.

clock December 11, 2008Evan Clark

Financial

Cherokee Net, Revenues Slide in 3Q

Cherokee Inc. reported lower profits and royalties in the third quarter, citing weakness in the U.K. and an unfavorable shift in currency.

clock December 11, 2008Arnold J. Karr

Financial

G-III Reins in Guidance

Sales and income rose in the third quarter for G-III Apparel Group, but the firm lowered guidance for the fiscal year.

clock December 11, 2008Vicki M. Young

Financial

McGrady to Lead Retail Ventures

Third-quarter profits for Retail Ventures fall 85 percent.

clock December 11, 2008Evan Clark

Financial

Daily Stock Wrap

The day’s best and worst performers.

clock December 11, 2008WWD Staff

Financial

VF Promotion… New CEO a Tanger… Inglander Returns to Lacoste…

VF Corp. has named Karl Heinz Salzburger as corporate vice president and promoted him to president of VF International.

clock December 11, 2008WWD Staff

Digital

IStorez Creates ‘Shopping 2.0’ Experience

The last thing the retail industry needs is another reason for shoppers to avoid a trip to the mall.

clock December 11, 2008Jessica Iredale

Skin Care

Biotherm Adds Spokesmodels in Product Push

The L’Oréal-owned treatment brand has signed models Sasha Pivovarova, Mirhé Grimmelmann and Tasha Tilberg.

clock December 11, 2008Brid Costello

Mergers and Acquisitions

Unilever in Cosmivoire Buy

Unilever has acquired the soap business of Cosmivoire, an Ivory Coast-based producer with a market presence in West Africa.

clock December 11, 2008Brid Costello

Specialty Stores

Urban Outfitters Taps Operating Chief for Europe

Urban Outfitters Inc. named Andrew McLean to the new position of chief operating officer of the company’s European operating divisions.

clock December 11, 2008Sharon Edelson

Denim

Cost Cutting Key for Buyers at Denim by Premiere Vision

Recycled fabrics, as seen at Uco and Hellenic Fabrics, were among bestsellers.

clock December 11, 2008Ellen Groves

Business Features

Prada Signs Up for America’s Cup

Giving up the America’s Cup race may prove harder for Patrizio Bertelli than expected.

clock December 11, 2008Luisa Zargani

Memo Pad

Rodale Taps Editor for Women’s Health… Madonna vs the Mail…

Rodale has tapped a new editor in chief for Women’s Health: Michele Promaulayko, who was most recently executive editor of Cosmopolitan.

clock December 11, 2008WWD Staff

Fashion

Under Armour Beefs Up Apparel

Activewear manufacturer Under Armour is beefing up its apparel offering for spring to support the debut of its running footwear.

clock December 11, 2008Jean E. Palmieri

Designer and Luxury

Rag & Bone Opens Men’s Unit

Contemporary brand Rag & Bone now has two stores in New York.

clock December 11, 2008Jean Scheidnes

Department Stores

A Tale of Two Sakses

Stores hold dueling inaugural ball events.

clock December 11, 2008Susan Watters

Department Stores

Holiday Windows Shine On

Holiday window themes run the gamut from outer space to peace and love.

clock December 11, 2008Sharon Edelson and Alessandra Ilari and Katya Foreman

People

Sex Ed: FIT Exhibit Studies Seduction

“Seduction,” the latest exhibition to bow at the Museum at FIT, examines how clothing plays into temptation and enticement.

clock December 11, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

Department Stores

Milan Fashion Brands Open Stores

Prada, Miu Miu, Max Mara and Versace all open new units.

clock December 11, 2008Alessandra Ilari

Fashion Features

Stefano Gabbana Sounds Off About the System

Gabbana is convinced that a fur coat sitting in a window in the sweltering heat of July or a chiffon top beckoning on a foggy November day doesn’t make sense.

clock December 11, 2008Alessandra Ilari

Parties

Swell Auras, Lovely Dinners and Shining Stars

Casey Spooner was offering some nuggets on the economy at a dinner to celebrate the Aura, a new phone from Motorola that retails for around $2,000.

clock December 11, 2008WWD Staff

People

Horse Play With ‘Equus’ Actor Richard Griffiths

To meet Richard Griffiths is, at the outset, to be disappointed.

clock December 11, 2008Nick Axelrod

Fashion Scoops

Laura Bush’s Next Act… Mandy Moore Rings a Bell… Record Rocks…

Tony Blair revealed Laura Bush will be working with his wife’s organization, Foundation for Women.

clock December 11, 2008WWD Staff

Ready-to-Wear and Sportswear

Saks to Close All but Two Bridal Salons

Saks Fifth Avenue is shuttering 16 of its 18 bridal salons to make room for higher-growth businesses.

clock December 11, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

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