Despite Deep Recession, Fashion Firms Still See A Big Role for Couture

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Do dresses with six-figure price tags have a place in fashion magazines at a time of economic crisis? This is among the questions weighing on the industry as the high fashion shows get under way today.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Uniqlo Same-Store Sales Rise 6.4%

At Uniqlo, sales rise as consumers snap up t-shirts and summer tops.

clock July 2, 2009Koji Hirano


Retail Stocks Drop Last Week

Job figures hit retail shares.

clock July 2, 2009Arnold J. Karr


In Brief: Lee Ruturns to Bebe… Cross to Cota

Kathy Lee, senior vice president of merchandising at Forever 21 Inc., has rejoined Bebe Stores Inc. as chief merchandising officer of the retail division.

clock July 6, 2009WWD Staff

Malia and Sasha Obama dressed in Crewcuts for the inauguration in January.

Fashion Features

Kids’ Apparel Stronger Than Most Categories

When it comes to kids’ apparel these days, value and price are more paramount than ever.

clock July 6, 2009Cecily Hall and Julee Kaplan

Designer and Luxury

Kiton Readies Second U.S. Outpost

Italian luxury brand Kiton will open its second U.S. door this December in CityCenter, the hotel-casino-retail complex in Las Vegas.

clock July 6, 2009Brenner Thomas

The Faraone Mennella designers prepare for their show on HSN.

Accessory Trends

Medium Is the Message: Home Shopping Hits Its Stride

Accessories firms and designers, from Carlos Falchi to Loulou de la Falaise, team up with HSN and QVC.

clock July 6, 2009Caroline Tell

A fall look from Joseph.


Brit Retailer Joseph Revamping Stores, Label

Joseph, the fashion retailer that’s been selling designer labels to Londoners since 1972, is getting a long-awaited facelift.

clock July 6, 2009Nina Jones

Marion Cotillard in a Dior ad.


Memo Pad: Leibovitz Shoots Cotillard… Fur Naomi… A Triple…

The next chapter in the Lady Dior advertising saga, featuring Marion Cotillard, sees the actress continuing her adventures.

clock July 6, 2009WWD Staff

Isla Fisher in Melinda Maria.


Costume Jewelry Shines on the Red Carpet

Lower-priced baubles stealing thunder of high-end pieces.

clock July 6, 2009Marcy Medina

A top-selling baby doll by Frederick’s of Hollywood.


Innerwear Outlook: The Price Must Be Right

Lingerie firms forced to keep a lid on prices in tough economy.

clock July 6, 2009Karyn Monget

Clients at the Armani Privé show last January.

Designer and Luxury

Couture Rides the Economic Storm

Fashion houses, such as Chanel, see fewer clients, but stress health of couture.

clock July 6, 2009Miles Socha and Katya Foreman and Rachel Mascetta


Execs Identify Key Challenges for Innerwear

Retailers and vendors believe they will have to continue to contend with a number of issues critical to remaining viable.

clock July 6, 2009Karyn Monget

Acqua Fiorentina


Creed Offers a Taste of Florence

The House of Creed is infusing a bit of Florentine flavor into its veritable and voluminous mix of fragrances with the launch of Acqua Fiorentina for women.

clock July 6, 2009Gillian Koenig

Paris Scene


Couture Week: Paris Scene

Check out a graffiti exhibit, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy’s hairstylist, a hot rooftop lounge and a display of Breguet watches while in the City of Light.

clock July 6, 2009WWD Staff

Designer and Luxury

Prada Ramps Up Retail

Prada continues to open stores at a quick pace, with plans to unveil a new 6,500-square-foot unit at Place Beauvau 92 in Paris in mid-July.

clock July 6, 2009Andrew Roberts

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger


Industry Braces for California Crisis

Merchants said California state government’s decision to issue IOUs will undermine already weakened consumer confidence and spending.

clock July 6, 2009WWD Staff

Beth Ditto

Fashion Scoops

Jeff Koons and Beth Ditto Drop In… Paris Je T’Aime… Madonna’s Style…

Jeff Koons and Beth Ditto held court in different corners of London Wednesday night.

clock July 6, 2009WWD Staff


Ralph Lauren’s Compensation Dips 40.6%

Polo CEO Ralph Lauren logs salary increase as awards payments fall from ’08.

clock July 6, 2009Arnold J. Karr and Lisa Lockwood

Tom Ford’s acetate and metal sunglasses, Gucci’s crocodile bag with bamboo details, and gold-plated bracelets with glass beads from Roxanne Assoulin for Lee Angel. Seven For All Mankind shirt; Marc by Marc Jacobs shorts.

Fashion Trends

Resort Accessories Trend: Day Trippers

There are plenty of dramatic, good-looking and frisky accessories from Tom Ford, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and others.

clock July 6, 2009Roxanne Robinson

Blake Lively wearing a key color.


Fall Color Forecast: Bright and Sunny

This fall’s color trends pop with a Smurf-like blue, rain-slicker yellow and, perhaps more appropriately, a pink reminiscent of Pepto-Bismol.

clock July 7, 2009Rosemary Feitelberg


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Rebecca Minkoff to Skip N.Y. Fashion Week, Profiles Powerful Women

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