Obama Trade Policy Turns Toward the Center

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Fashion Trends

Fall 2009 Fashion Trend: My Fair Lady

Designers are placing their bets on ladylike, polished looks for fall.

clock May 7, 2009Antonia Sardone

Designer and Luxury

Giles Deacon Expanding Business

The critically acclaimed designer Giles Deacon plans to grow his label, Giles, with a new production and distribution deal.

clock May 11, 2009Samantha Conti


Arcandor Shares Fall 19 Percent Monday

Shares for Arcandor sink amid reports that the firm would be seeking state aid.

clock May 11, 2009Melissa Drier

Doha trade talks seek to lower global tariffs.

Government and Trade

USTR Kirk in Geneva Hopes to Revive Doha Talks

Obama said he wants to restart troubled trade negotiations.

clock May 12, 2009John Zarocostas

Exhibitors saw fewer buyers from the U.S. and Europe at this year’s show.

Government and Trade

Canton Fair Reflects China’s Troubled Economy

The textile and apparel section of the Canton Fair saw lower orders and fewer customers.

clock May 12, 2009Kathleen E. McLaughlin

Government and Trade

Chinese Textile Firms See Little Relief in Gov’t Plan

Chinese textile producers criticized the stimulus plan for their industry as inadequate to deal with the challenges they face.

clock May 12, 2009Lisa Movius

Trudy Sullivan and Laurie Dowley


Five-Star Moms: 31st Annual Outstanding Mothers Awards

Gert Boyle, Trudy Sullivan, and Deborah Walters were among the mothers honored at the Oustanding Mothers Awards luncheon.

clock May 12, 2009Jean E. Palmieri

Inside Club Cavalli in Dubai.

Fashion Features

Club Cavalli Heats Up Dubai

Roberto Cavalli launched Club Cavalli in Dubai on Thursday night with a lavish private party for the spot, the first designer club in the Middle East.

clock May 12, 2009Ritu Upadhyay

Business Features

Wal-Mart Defection Drains Heft From Comps

Mass retailer Wal-Mart will now only give quarterly comp updates and forecasts.

clock May 12, 2009Evan Clark

Ready To Wear

AmericasMart Sets New Market Format

AmericasMart Apparel in Atlanta returns to five-day shows.

clock May 12, 2009Elizabeth Thurman

Mergers and Acquisitions

Dorfman Agrees to Buy Cappelli Straworld

Cappelli CEO to lead new division.

clock May 12, 2009Vicki M. Young


Retail Stocks Decline 1.3 Percent Monday

S&P Retail Index dipped 4.36 points.

clock May 12, 2009Evan Clark

Fur by Dino Gaspari

Designer and Luxury

Furriers Shop Cautiously After Tough Season

It was a grueling season for fur retailers like Dittrich Furs, Canadian Fur Co., and Jacques Ferber Furriers.

clock May 12, 2009Brian Dunn

“ [I plan to negotiate] future trade agreements to create opportunities for all Americans.” - President Obama

Government and Trade

Obama Trade Policy Turns Toward the Center

President Barack Obama seems to be adopting a pro-trade agenda.

clock May 12, 2009Kristi Ellis and Liza Casabona

Pendleton for Opening Ceremony’s Navajo-pattern wool coat over Trina Turk’s cotton and nylon sweater and Nobody’s cotton denim jeans, with a Dagmar beanie and Cynthia Rowley boots.

Fashion Features

Fall 2009 Fashion Trend: Rustic Measures

This fall, some designers showed looks that wouldn’t be out of place on a hunting-and-fishing jaunt.

clock May 12, 2009Veronique Hyland

Elizabeth Bagley, former ambassador to Portugal, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and speechwriter Jon Lovett.


Memo Pad: Michelle O. Kowtows to Kors?… Special Tweet…

First Lady Michelle Obama wore a Michael Kors dress for the event. Some more cynical insiders wondered whether it was her way of making up to the designer.

clock May 12, 2009WWD Staff


Inter Parfums Profits Down 34.8%

The global economic crisis and negative effects of currency exchange led to declines across the board.

clock May 12, 2009Matthew W. Evans


Shares Plummet as Physicians Formula Falls to Loss

Loss of key customer pressures cosmetics firm Physicians Formula stock down more than 50%.

clock May 12, 2009Matthew Lynch

The Ludlow suit offers a slimmer fit.


J. Crew Men’s Store Opens in SoHo

J. Crew will open its third men’s-only store today at 484 Broadway in Manhattan, featuring a Suit Shop space and limited edition products.

clock May 12, 2009Jean E. Palmieri

A still from Karl Lagerfeld’s mini movie for Chanel.

Fashion Scoops

Chanel’s Fitting Room Follies… Gold Leaf… Literature Lauren…

“Turn to me and laugh,” Karl Lagerfeld can be heard saying as his camera records model Lara Stone trying on clothes in a five-minute movie.

clock May 12, 2009WWD Staff

A scene from “The Merchant of Venice.”


Hall of Fame: Director Edward Hall at BAM

The British director brings his all-male theater group to New York in “The Merchant of Venice.”

clock May 12, 2009Vanessa Lawrence

Prabal Gurung, far right, with friends.


Postcard to WWD: Prabal Gurung Heads Home

The Nepalese designer Prabal Gurung wrote to WWD on his first trip to India in a decade.

clock May 12, 2009WWD Staff

Brooke Astor and David Rockefeller in 2000.


Young at Heart: Brooke Astor Trial Update

Monday’s witness testified that even in her late 90s, Brooke Astor was young at heart.

clock May 12, 2009Elisa Lipsky-Karasz


Union Threatens Hartmarx Sit-in

Wells Fargo issues statement defending its actions.

clock May 12, 2009Kristi Ellis

Mergers and Acquisitions

Vineyard Vines Buys Stores Back From Mitchell Family

The sun has set on the partnership between Vineyard Vines and the Mitchell family.

clock May 12, 2009Brenner Thomas


Kapelson Named Head of Men’s Wear for MAGIC

Advanstar Communications has appointed a men’s wear veteran to its MAGIC trade show roster.

clock May 12, 2009Brenner Thomas


Daily Stock Wrap: May 11, 2009

The day’s top gainers and losers.

clock May 12, 2009WWD Staff

The venue for the Hollywood Domino party.


Cannes Film Festival Tones Down the Glitz

While there will be less parties and megayachts, Cannes this year has lined up a formidable roster of festival veterans.

clock May 13, 2009Katya Foreman and Ellen Groves


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