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A&F Finds 'Growing Up' Tough Now that Sex No Longer Sells

Abercrombie is aging its models to show it is no longer a "teen" brand; company reported a Q2 loss.

clock 8hVicki M. Young

Media

Barbie Becomes Paid Social Media Influencer

Through her Instagram account, Barbie “produces” sponsored content.

clock 3hMaghan McDowell

Fashion

Costume Institute's Next Subject Said to Be Rei Kawakubo

The exhibit next spring would be only the second the Met has devoted to a living designer.

clock 3hWWD Staff

Chico’s in $205M Deal to Acquire Boston Proper

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Overview

David Dyer just made a $205 million bet that there’s lots of growth left in the misses’ category. SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Financial

A&F Scores 64.4% Net Gain in Quarter

Strong international sales boost results.

clock August 17, 2011Alexandra Steigrad

Mergers and Acquisitions

Chico’s in Deal To Acquire Boston Proper

The $205 million deal is expected to close within 45 days.

clock August 17, 2011Evan Clark and Alexandra Steigrad

Government and Trade

U.S.-made Textile and Apparel Prices Rise in July

Overall PPI up 0.2 percent for the month.

clock August 17, 2011Arthur Friedman

Memo Pad

New York Editor Chris Rovzar to Join Vanity Fair

He will be the title’s digital editor.

clock August 17, 2011Zeke Turner

Ready-to-Wear and Sportswear

Perry Ellis Black Collection to Launch This Fall

The all-black line will launch in Macy’s and Dillard’s stores on Sept. 15.

clock August 17, 2011David Lipke

Intimates and Activewear

O’Neill to Launch Activewear

The Irvine, Calif.-based surf company is teaming with Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin to venture outside of surf, snow and youth-oriented fashion.

clock August 17, 2011Khanh T.L. Tran

Retail/Business

Brooks Brothers Targets Younger Consumers With New Flatiron Store

Brooks Brothers will open a new concept store in the Flatiron District of New York City later this fall to cater to college students and young professionals.

clock August 17, 2011David Lipke

Financial

Limited Brands’ Q2 Profits Rise

Comp-store sales at the company increased 9 percent over last year’s second quarter.

clock August 17, 2011Sharon Edelson

Fashion

Men’s Trend: Summer Chino

The khaki pant is at the epicenter of the vintage Americana trend that continues to dominate the premium sportswear market this season.

clock August 18, 2011Alex Badia

Trends

Resort 2012 Trend: Hot Spot

There’s nothing cutesy about these polka dots. The quintessential pattern has grown up for resort.

clock August 18, 2011Mayte Allende

Business

Apparel Boosts Target

The retailer reported a 3.7 percent increase in net earnings in the second quarter.

clock August 17, 2011Sharon Edelson

Clothing/Furnishings

Men’s Wearhouse B&T Skews Toward Tailoring

Retailer has opened the first of its Big & Tall test stores as part of a push into that key segment.

clock August 18, 2011Jean E. Palmieri

Ready-to-Wear and Sportswear

Billy Jealousy: From Skin Care to Sportswear

Luxury men’s skin care brand Billy Jealousy is branching out into casual sportswear.

clock August 18, 2011Karyn Monget

Designer and Luxury

The Progression of Preppy Style

“Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style” out in October, is a scholarly exploration of the roots of preppy style.

clock August 18, 2011David Lipke

Memo Pad

Dockers Goes Designer

The brand will begin selling a series of collaborations next month with the six finalists from GQ’s Best New Designers in America showcase.

clock August 18, 2011David Lipke

Business Features

CFDA Picks Second Fashion Incubator Group

The designers for the class of 2012-2014 will move into their Fashion Incubator studios at 209 West 38th Street in May, when the second season begins.

clock August 18, 2011Vicki M. Young

Fashion Scoops

Lady Gaga’s Sister Designs… All for the Kardashian Wedding…

Her younger sister Natali Germanotta will create the costumes for “Simon Says” a new off-Broadway show, starring the Tony-nominated Brian Murray.

clock August 18, 2011WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Giambattista Valli, Macy’s to Collaborate

The designer’s exclusive limited time collection for the retailer bows on Oct. 26.

clock August 18, 2011Sharon Edelson

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clock 3hLorelei Marfil

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