Industry Strategizes to Battle Inflation

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The squeeze is definitely coming. Retail apparel prices may have fallen last month, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index, but that’s only a temporary lull.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Loft RTW Fall 2011

Fashion Features

Loft RTW Fall 2011

“The biggest thing is the play on proportions,” said Gary Muto, Loft’s president, when asked how the collection has evolved for this season.

clock April 14, 2011David Moin


Retail Apparel Prices Down in March

Stores continued to refrain from passing on higher costs from soaring cotton prices through to consumers.

clock April 17, 2011Kristi Ellis


E-mail Security Breach Ensnares Polo, Others

Lacoste, New York & Co., Target, Bebe Stores and Eddie Bauer were also affected.

clock April 17, 2011Lisa Lockwood

FLOP: Something tells us Khloé Kardashian never waited tables but she sure plays the part well. FIX: Viktor & Rolf’s cocktail shirtdress makes a subtle reference to waitress-chic, but it would flatter — not to mention fit — Kardashian’s curves.

Fashion Features

Fashion Rehab: Costume Party or Red Carpet?

These Hollywood starlets took the term “dressing up” way too literally. WWD offers chic solutions for their ghastly getups.

clock April 18, 2011WWD Staff

Ralph Esmerian being taken into custody Monday.


Ralph Esmerian Pleads Guilty in Fraud Case

Former chairman of Fred Leighton could face 30 years in prison for fraud involving financing of the high-end jeweler.

clock April 15, 2011Evan Clark

Cotton prices have doubled in the last year.


Will Consumers Pay the Price?

As prices for raw materials and labor continue to skyrocket, wholesalers and retailers could face a third-quarter hit in sales.

clock April 18, 2011Karyn Monget

Necklaces from Robert Lee Morris.


Silver Setting a High Bar

The price of the precious metal is skyrocketing, and it shows no signs of waning, yet demand is higher than ever.

clock April 18, 2011Rachel Strugatz

Nick Hayek


Q&A: Nick Hayek, Swatch Group

The ceo of the world’s largest watchmaker sat down with WWD to discuss future expansion, the competition and which jewelry brands put a sparkle in his eye.

clock April 18, 2011Joelle Diderich

Alexis Bittar’s DUMBO showroom.


Alexis Bittar Basks in Lucite Longevity

The jewelry designer has built his success on the material’s clarity.

clock April 18, 2011Rachel Strugatz

Lady Gaga


Twenty Years of Alexis Bittar

The designer created his first pair of round, button clip Lucite earrings in 1991.

clock April 18, 2011Rachel Strugatz

Cover of “Handbag Designer 101.”


Emily Blumenthal’s Long Garmento Road

Nearly six years in the making, “Handbag Designer 101” is slated for release this fall.

clock April 18, 2011Rachel Strugatz


Industry Strategizes to Battle Inflation

Apparel inflation is averaging 17.4 percent for most retailers, with some seeing increases as high as 30 percent.

clock April 18, 2011Vicki M. Young

A bangle is hand-painted in Alexis Bittar's workshop.


Alexis Bittar’s 7-Step Lucite Process

Every detail is designed by Bittar himself, even the clasps.

clock April 18, 2011Rachel Strugatz

Sting performs


Sting, Elton John Help BCRF Raise $4.3M

The evening set a fundraising record for Evelyn Lauder Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s annual gala.

clock April 18, 2011Julie Naughton and Pete Born

Tory Burch in her own design.

Fashion Scoops

Tory Burch’s Trendy Brigade… Hannah MacGibbon Staying at Chloé…

At the second annual dinner with a designer hosted by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, guest of honor Tory Burch soaked up the accolades.

clock April 18, 2011WWD Staff

Cover of Wired magazine.


Memo Pad: Wired’s New Creative Director… Celine Names Director of P.R….

Brandon Kavulla is taking over Scott Dadich’s old job as creative director at Wired magazine.

clock April 18, 2011WWD Staff

Lindsay Owen-Jones


Lindsay Owen-Jones Fighting Lawsuit

On Friday, the former L’Oréal chairman filed two separate complaints.

clock April 18, 2011Katya Foreman



SEC Probe of Zale Now Closed

A federal lawsuit involving the company is dismissed, but a state court shareholder action is still pending.

clock April 18, 2011Vicki M. Young

Clockwise from top left: Dannijo necklace, Lee Angel bracelet, Erickson Beamon necklace, Noir bracelets, Kara by Kara Ross bracelet, CC Skye rings, Flutter by Jill Golden necklace, Lulu Frost brooch bracelet.


Accessories Trend: Tough Luck

Costume jewelry goes industrial for fall with oversized geometric shapes.

clock April 18, 2011Roxanne Robinson

Marc by Marc Jacobs’ rose gold-plated stainless steel watch with rose gold and dégradé crystal dial.

Accessory Trends

Everything’s Coming Up Rose

For fall, the watch market is enamored with the warm, glowing hue of rose gold.

clock April 18, 2011Roxanne Robinson

The Coach bags for Net-a-porter.

Designer and Luxury

Coach Links With Net-a-Porter

Brand is reissuing five classic handbags from the Seventies to be sold exclusively through the e-tailer.

clock April 18, 2011Sharon Edelson

Carol Lim, Chloe Sevigny and Humberto Leon

Fashion Features

Opening Ceremony Arrives in Hong Kong

The brand exported a few New York signifiers — including Chloë Sevigny — to celebrate its debut.

clock April 18, 2011Ellen Sheng

Social Studies