Feeling Luxe’s Squeeze: Factors Drop Barneys Over Sale Uncertainty

No cover image


The financial vise is tightening on Barneys New York, with some factors no longer approving spring orders as a result of uncertainties over the luxury chain’s future. SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

From This Issue

Business Features

Penney Profits Fall in Fourth Quarter

Numbers beat expectations; first-quarter loss projected.

clock February 20, 2009Alexandra Steigrad


Phillips Named Publisher at In Style

In Style poached a Vogue veteran to be its next publisher: Connie Anne Phillips.

clock February 20, 2009Stephanie D. Smith

Government and Trade

Apparel Prices Rise 0.3 Percent in January

Less discounting boosts prices.

clock February 20, 2009Liza Casabona

Blake Lively

Fashion Scoops

Ralph’s Lively Front Row

Blake Lively chose Ralph Lauren’s Friday show as her sole fashion week outing. “We’ve been working 17 hour days,” said Lively.

clock February 20, 2009WWD Staff

Santigold, Nicole Richie, Alicia Keys and Leigh Lezark

Fashion Scoops

Zac Posen Fall 2009: Zac’s Rhapsody

Despite the exile of most A-List celebs to awards central LA, Zac Posen’s front row Thursday still landed some star wattage.

clock February 20, 2009WWD Staff

A saucy look by Fifi Chachnil.


Lingerie Miami Draws Celebs

Neither the recession nor a cold snap deterred celebrities, including hosts Eva Longoria Parker and Veronica Webb, from turning out for Lingerie Miami.

clock February 23, 2009Rebecca Kleinman


De Beers Reduces Diamond Production

De Beers is addressing the slowdown in demand for diamonds by reducing its production levels.

clock February 23, 2009Samantha Conti


Impairment Pads Rafaella 2nd-Qtr. Loss

Sales for Rafaella declined 4.4 percent.

clock February 23, 2009Vicki M. Young

A Fossil watch.


Lower Profits at Fossil, Cuts Planned

Fossil Inc. matched anal­ysts’ estimates with lower fourth-quarter earnings last week but forecast a slow beginning to 2009.

clock February 23, 2009Alexandra Steigrad


Wal-Mart to Settle Bias Suit for $17.5M

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. agreed to pay $17.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit charging the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer with discrimination.

clock February 23, 2009WWD Staff

David and Evan Yurman

Designer and Luxury

David Yurman’s Moment in Time

David Yurman will introduce its newest men’s watch, dubbed the Classic, today.

clock February 23, 2009Sophia Chabbott

Louis Vuitton boutique at Bloomingdale’s.


Findings: Vuitton Opening… Louboutin Heads to Sao Paulo…

Accessories still bring in the customers, as evidenced by the Louis Vuitton event at Bloomingdale’s on Thursday night.

clock February 23, 2009WWD Staff

Richard Heeds does a goth Tinkerbell.


Innerwear Vendors Deal With Adversity

Innerwear executives feel anxious about fall orders, but see brisk business for immediate orders.

clock February 23, 2009Karyn Monget

A bag from Coach’s Poppy collection.


Coming Up Poppies: Coach Launches Poppy Line

The new Coach Poppy line has a broader price range and a younger look, with design elements like bright colors and sequins.

clock February 23, 2009Sophia Chabbott

Luella Bartley

Designer and Luxury

Luella Grows Up: Brand Plans Expansion

She’s still got the East End studio, the Brit hippie look and some of the coolest friends in town.

clock February 23, 2009Samantha Conti

Posnick’s new lipsticks.

Color Cosmetics

Posnick Offers Color Essentials

Makeup artist Susan Posnick has designed a line of lipsticks called Color Essential with the intention of making it easy for any woman to pucker up.

clock February 23, 2009Holly Haber

Diana Ross at Diane von Furstenberg.

Fashion Features

Ringside Seat: Images From New York Fashion Week

From Diana Ross’ appearance at the Diane von Furstenberg show to Kirsten Dunst seated front row at Rodarte, celebrities sizzled at New York Fashion Week.

clock February 23, 2009WWD Staff

Skin Care

SkinCeuticals Sales Hit $3.1 Million in Italy

Less than two years after launching in Italy, SkinCeuticals’ business here has blossomed.

clock February 23, 2009Stephanie Epiro


Crowds Flock to YSL Art Exhibit

Thousands of people visited the Grand Palais to view a collection of 700 pieces of art that once filled the apartments of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé.

clock February 23, 2009WWD Staff

Government and Trade

NYC Plans to Aid Fashion Industry

The NYCEDC is expected to unveil several initiatives to bolster the fashion industry and improve buyers’ experiences when in town for trade shows.

clock February 23, 2009Ross Tucker

Proenza Schouler RTW Fall 2009


Retailers Get Sense of Optimism From Fall Shows

Most retailers thought designers at New York Fashion Week offered realistic and inspired clothing.

clock February 23, 2009David Moin and Rosemary Feitelberg and Marc Karimzadeh and Miles Socha and Beth Wilson and Whitney Beckett and Julee Kaplan

Dior jewelry’s Idylle aux Cyclades bracelet.

Fashion Scoops

Dior, Go Fish… Leonard Cohen Calling… A Smile on Bond Street…

Dior’s “Coffret de Victoire” features one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces… Leonard Cohen played the Beacon Theatre… The fashion flock toasts The Smile…

clock February 23, 2009WWD Staff


Earnings Season to Test Retail Stock Lows

Where is the bottom for retail stocks as the broader market sinks deeper into a six-year low?

clock February 23, 2009Matthew Lynch and Alexandra Steigrad

Inara George of The Bird and the Bee.

Designer and Luxury

New York Playlist: Designers’ Groove Is in the Heart

Designers from Alexander Wang to Isaac Mizrahi kept it interesting this season by making their runway music as personal as their collections.

clock February 23, 2009Tara Bonet-Black


Memo Pad: A Down Tempo ‘Project Runway’… Reader’s Digest in Trouble…

Flamboyant contestants and celebrity guest judges have added flair to past “Project Runway” finale shows at Bryant Park…

clock February 23, 2009WWD Staff

David Jackson

Business Features

Factors Drop Barneys Over Sale Uncertainty

The financial vise is tightening on Barneys New York.

clock February 23, 2009David Moin and Vicki M. Young and Jean Scheidnes


Today's Must Read

A$AP Rocky


‪A$AP Rocky, Takashi Murakami Join The Broken Arm and Prada Party

clock 8hMimosa Spencer

Social Studies