A Piece of the Action: Minority-Stake Sales Seen M&A Focus in ’09

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Designer Ted Lapidus poses with one of his models in Paris in 1972.

Designer and Luxury

Ted Lapidus, ‘Poet of Haute Couture,’ 79

Ted Lapidus, the French fashion designer, died Monday in a hospital in Cannes. He was 79.

clock December 30, 2008Katya Foreman


Consumer Confidence Sinks to Record Low

December’s overall reading of 38 was wellbelow the 45 expected by economists polled by Thomson Reuters.

clock December 30, 2008Alexandra Steigrad

Jill Granoff

Business Features

CEOs’ Take on a Challenging New Year

Five chief executive officers shared their outlooks on 2009 and business goals for the year.

clock December 31, 2008Whitney Beckett

The Humiecki & Graef scents.


Pair Launches Humiecki & Graef Fragrance Line

A conversation with Humiecki & Graef’s Tobias Müksch and Sebastian Fischenich is like a romp through an irreverent humanities course.

clock December 31, 2008Susan Stone

Twin villas in Shanghai house Dunhill and Vacheron Constantin flagships, as well as the  ShanghArt art gallery.


Richemont Fuses Fashion and Art in Shanghai

Compagnie Financière Richemont’s recently restored villas in former French Concession are also home to the city’s oldest contemporary art gallery, ShanghArt.

clock December 31, 2008Lisa Movius

Harrods in Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5.

Designer and Luxury

Heathrow’s Terminal 5 Goes Exclusive

Prada, Gucci, Bulgari, Dior, Coach and Harrods all have expansive spaces in the $6.7 billion terminal.

clock December 31, 2008Nina Jones

A look from Soeur’s spring line.

Fashion Features

Designer Kids Wear a Growing Market

Kids wear is outperforming women’s wear, according to Richard Chamberlain, a London-based equity analyst at J.P. Morgan.

clock December 31, 2008Katya Foreman

Jovani’s silk dress worn with Joie’s leather jacket, a Daniel Swarovski necklace and Alexis Bittar bracelet and rings.

Fashion Trends

Prom Fashion: The Jacket Edge

It’s dress-up time. For prom, the options are endless, but making a look your own — with, say, a mix of feminine and tough-girl pieces — is a good way to go.

clock December 31, 2008Mayte Allende


Tarrant Settles American Rag Case

Tarrant Apparel Group has settled litigation with the firm with which it coowned the American Rag Cie brand sold at Macy’s.

clock December 31, 2008Matthew Lynch

Business Features

Executives Get More Stocks, Less Cash

Cash may be king in the current business environment, but it’s a smaller part of the king’s or queen’s pay.

clock December 31, 2008Matthew Lynch


Morgan Goes Bankrupt

Due to the current financial crisis, the French fast-fashion company Morgan has gone into administration.

clock December 31, 2008Jennifer Weil


E-Commerce Can’t Escape Retail Woes

Holiday e-commerce sales decline 3 percent.

clock December 31, 2008Arnold J. Karr

Cameron Hawaii is counting on trend-savvy Japan for the majority of its sales.


New Lines Born in Tough Times

California firms introduce new labels.

clock December 31, 2008Khanh T.L. Tran


West Watch: RRL Hits Melrose… More West Coast Debuts…

Los Angeles has welcomed back Ralph Lauren’s RRL label… Marie-Chantal opened her first West Coast store…

clock December 31, 2008WWD Staff


LA Police Seize $2.7M in Counterfeit Raid

Fake luxury brands among items seized.

clock December 31, 2008Marcy Medina

Richard Avedon, “Veruschka,” New York, January 1967.


Memo Pad: Greatest Hits… Lobbyist Sues Times for $27M…

International Center of Photography will show works from Avedon, Meisel…. The lobbyist whose ties to McCain were featured in a New York Times article…

clock December 31, 2008WWD Staff

Canova Bar

Designer and Luxury

Villa d’Este to Launch Luxury Products

The hotel Villa d’Este, a luxurious Italian escape for many stars, aims to turn itself into a brand.

clock December 31, 2008Luisa Zargani

Gianfranco Ferré RTW Spring 2009


European Firms Seek Minority Partners

Brioni, IT Holding, and Lanvin are among the high-profile firms said to be seeking minority partners.

clock December 31, 2008Miles Socha and Andrew Roberts

Brands that are exclusive to Macy’s, such as Tommy Hilfiger’s sportswear, or limited in distribution account for more than a third of the retailer’s sales.


Finance Execs Take Dim View of 2009

First few months will be critical as stores weigh the damage wrought by poor holiday sales.

clock December 31, 2008Vicki M. Young

Teresa Missoni’s T-shirt for LENY.

Fashion Scoops

Teresa Missoni for Climate Change… Queen Elizabeth’s Gifts…

Angela Lindvall, Teresa Missoni and Irina Lazareanu have designed T-shirts to benefit Al Gore’s Climate Project.

clock December 31, 2008WWD Staff


Retail Debt Headed for More Downgrades

Stocks rise despite sour outlook.

clock December 31, 2008Evan Clark


Daily Stock Wrap: December 31, 2008

Daily Stock Wrap: December 31, 2008

clock December 31, 2008WWD Staff


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clock May 25, 2018Samantha Conti

Social Studies