Cash-Rich Retailers Spending Their Hoards

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Overview

Cash might not be as cool as it used to be. After building huge cash hoards following the 2008 financial crisis, retailers drew down their rainy day funds last year and are keeping less on hand.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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A clutch from Bulgari’s Serpenti collection.

Handbags

Bulgari Accessories Fall 2012

New additions to the line, inspired by the serpent motif Bulgari popularized in the Sixties and Seventies, included satin clutches with metal wrist bracelets.

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Trussardi RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Trussardi RTW Fall 2012

Umit Benan Sahin offered functional, utilitarian looks heavy on men’s wear touches.

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Bally RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Bally RTW Fall 2012

Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz presented a striking collection, which combined severe architectural shapes with feminine details.

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Aquilano.Rimondi RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Aquilano.Rimondi RTW Fall 2012

The designers’ inspiration was a cross between Marie Antoinette and the holy women depicted in Italian Baroque paintings.

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Giorgio Armani RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Giorgio Armani RTW Fall 2012

The designer showed a strong collection — which he dubbed “Easy Chic” — to close a strong Milan season.

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Versus RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Versus RTW Fall 2012

Donatella Versace and Christopher Kane’s show was, as Kane put it post-show, “young, cool, underground, ghetto, rebellious teenager.”

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Uma Wang RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Uma Wang RTW Fall 2012

The clothes were beautifully crafted in a combination of avant-garde Gothic and Western grunge.

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Elton John and Quincy Jones

Parties

Elton John’s Oscar Viewing Party Turns 20

The singer hosted his annual viewing party and AIDS benefit at the City of West Hollywood Park on Sunday night.

clock February 27, 2012Lexy Lebsack

Dsquared2 RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Dsquared2 RTW Fall 2012

Senior year in high school was Dean and Dan Caten’s idea for the clothes at DSquared this season

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Roberto Cavalli RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Roberto Cavalli RTW Fall 2012

A degree of youth and able-bodied maintenance has always been implicit in the designer’s animal-printed va-va-voom.

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A Giorgio Armani bag.

Handbags

Giorgio Armani Accessories Fall 2012

The brand showcased its Giorgio Armani and Emporio Armani accessories lines for the first time at Milan Fashion Week.

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Mantu RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Mantù RTW Fall 2012

Designer Gigi Vezzola took inspiration from the glamour of New York, the sophisticated atmosphere of London and the exotic modernity of Hong Kong.

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Gianfranco Ferrè RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Gianfranco Ferrè RTW Fall 2012

Frederico Piaggi and Stefano Citron put together a collection of architectural, often asymmetric looks.

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Sourcing at MAGIC highlighted duty free countries at its most recent show in Las Vegas.

Retail

Sourcing Specialists Seek Right Formula at MAGIC

Price, aptitude and speed-to-market proved to be key.

clock February 27, 2012Khanh T.L. Tran

Janice and Billy Crystal in Giorgio Armani

Parties

Vanity Fair’s Annual Post-Oscar Bash

Graydon Carter played host to a plethora of A-List stars, models, athletes, socials and even royalty.

clock February 27, 2012Marcy Medina

A view of KarmaLoop’s Web site.

Retail

KarmaLoop Inks Distribution Deal With Xiu.com

China’s leading online luxury e-tailer is targeting an annual volume of $500 million in 2012 due to the expansion of Western brands on its site.

clock February 27, 2012Vicki M. Young

Retail

Mobile Commerce on the Rise

A study from the CEA reports that mobile product owners plan to spend $575 on mobile purchases over the next 12 months.

clock February 27, 2012Vicki M. Young

Government and Trade

Fiber Price Sheet: February 31, 2012

The last Tuesday of every month, WWD publishes the current, month-ago and year-ago fiber prices.

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Catherine Malandrino looks.

Ready To Wear

Coated Jeans, Furs Hot Items at Coterie

Chunky knits, cashmeres, color-blocked sweaters, wraps, furs and dresses and coated and colored denim were the key trends at the show last week.

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Target

Financial

Cash-Rich Retailers Spending Their Hoards

Of the companies that have weighed in with year-end results, eight aggressive cutters have slashed their cash by a total of 41.5 percent over a year earlier.

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Fashion Scoops

Dolce, Gabbana Fete Spring Ad Campaign

The designers injected a shot of jet-set glamour into the party held at their Gold restaurant in Milan.

clock February 28, 2012Alessandra Turra

Naomi Campbell

Fashion Scoops

Front Row at Roberto Cavalli

The show closed with Naomi Campbell parading in a floor-sweeping gown.

clock February 28, 2012Luisa Zargani and Joelle Diderich

Fashion Scoops

Giorgio Armani Taps Luca Guadagnino for Short Film

Filmed in Italy’s Mantua and Cremona, close to the designer’s hometown of Piacenza, the three-minute film illustrates his spring collection.

clock February 28, 2012Luisa Zargani

Fashion Scoops

Tracy Reese, Clos du Bois Team Up

The designer has created a picnic basket fit for a fashionista and a foodie.

clock February 28, 2012Alexandra Steigrad

Rick Genest

Fashion Scoops

Front Row at Dsquared2

Neil Barrett and Rick Genest, aka Zombie Boy, took in the show.

clock February 28, 2012Luisa Zargani

Fashion Scoops

Paris Group Chairman Attends Gianfranco Ferré Show

All attempts to approach Ahmed Sankari were firmly thwarted by company handlers.

clock February 28, 2012Luisa Zargani

Fashion Scoops

Hôtel Plaza Athénée Launching Pop-Up Restaurant

The ephemeral restaurant, called Les Bancs d’Hiver (or “Winter Benches” in English), is located on an ice rink in the hotel’s center.

clock February 28, 2012Katya Foreman

Media

Jason Binn Launching Du Jour Magazine

The new title is comprised of a print version that will be published quarterly, as well as a monthly digital publication and weekly e-mailed newsletter.

clock February 28, 2012Amy Wicks

Media

Les Editions Jalou Partnering With French Concierge Service

Journalists from across Jalou’s stable of magazines will fortnightly update UUU’s team of concierges on the latest premium style tips and hot spots.

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Raf Simons, after his final Jil Sander show.

Fashion Features

Bridget Foley’s Diary: The Jil Sander Saga

Let’s hope Jil Sander’s third tenure at the house that bears her name is handled more gracefully than the debacle of the past few days.

clock February 28, 2012Bridget Foley

Financial

Dow Continues to Flutter Around 13,000 Level

Investor confidence has fueled rally back to 2008 levels.

clock February 27, 2012Evan Clark

Giorgio Armani RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Features

Milan Collections Fall 2012: The Finale

The shows closed with an emphasis on one of the biggest trends of the season: a mix of textures including furs, leathers, tweeds and lots of sparkle.

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Essentialist

Today's Must Read

Steve Aoki in his Asics.

Fashion

Asics Taps Steve Aoki as Brand Ambassador

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Social Studies