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French Designer Sonia Rykiel Dies at the Age of 86

The French designer was synonymous with striped sweaters and Left Bank insouciance.

clock 11hMiles Socha


Rihanna Said Eyeing Paris for Next Fenty Puma Show

The music star had launched the collection last February during New York Fashion Week.

clock 17hMiles Socha


Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

clock 8hAlexandra Steigrad

Penney’s Posts Loss, Slew of Brands Set

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J.C. Penney Co. Inc. logged a $163 million first-quarter loss, but ceo Ron Johnson signaled that the retailer’s transformation is “way ahead of schedule” and setting the store on a more fashionable path.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Saks Inc. to Push Omni-channel Initiatives

Retailer on Tuesday reported that net earnings rose 13 percent in the first quarter, driven by a 4.8 percent same-store sales gain.

clock May 15, 2012David Moin


TJX Cos. Sees Q1 Profits Rise 57.6%

The off-price chain said May is off to a strong start and that the retailer began the “second quarter in an excellent inventory position.”

clock May 15, 2012Vicki M. Young

The Markets Features

International Trade Show Calendar

Listings are accurate as of press time, but attendees are encouraged to confirm dates and locations.

clock May 16, 2012WWD Staff

The Markets Features

China Fairs in Transition Phase

Organizers look to upgrade their shows as China manufacturing changes.

clock May 16, 2012Kathleen E. McLaughlin

Government and Trade

Macro Woes Require Micro Management

Textile and apparel suppliers are increasingly relying on their quick wits — and beefed-up services — to turn a profit.

clock May 16, 2012Samantha Conti and Arthur Friedman

Ready-to-Wear and Sportswear

Berlin Ready for July Blockbuster

Established venues are being joined by new exhibitions.

clock May 16, 2012Melissa Drier

Ready-to-Wear and Sportswear

Italians See Slow Progression

Exports key for second-half growth.

clock May 16, 2012Cynthia Martens

The Markets Features

Japan Getting Back on Track

Trade show organizers are reporting that buyer and exhibitor numbers are back to pre-disaster levels, and in some cases even on the rise.

clock May 16, 2012Kelly Wetherille

Ready-to-Wear and Sportswear

Contemporary Blooms at Dallas Market Center

Growing demand for trendy fashion retailing under $100 is attracting more young contemporary lines to the DMC.

clock May 15, 2012Holly Haber

The Markets Features

Patriotic Theme Lifts London Show Scene

There is no doubt that Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics are having a halo effect on the wholesale fashion business.

clock May 16, 2012Tina Baraga

The Markets Features

Paris Fairs Spring Forward

Shows move up on calendar for better compete.

clock May 16, 2012Katya Foreman


‘Hysteria’ Premieres in New York

The romantic comedy blended marital aids with Victorian prudishness at a Jimmyjane-sponsored screening on Monday night.

clock May 15, 2012Alessandra Codinha

Forecasts and Analysis

William McComb Talks Fifth & Pacific’s Strategy

At the company’s first annual meeting under its new name, McComb called 2011 a transformative year for the $1.52 billion firm.

clock May 15, 2012Lisa Lockwood


Penney’s Ron Johnson Touts Changes Despite $163M Loss in Q1

Retailer’s ceo signaled that its transformation is “way ahead of schedule” and is setting the store on a more fashionable path.

clock May 15, 2012David Moin and Evan Clark


Local Jewelry Thriving in Dallas

A pack of successful designers have emerged over the past decade, despite economic travails and the highly competitive nature of the business.

clock May 15, 2012Holly Haber


American Ballet Theatre Holds Spring Gala

The company held its annual spring preview at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House on Monday.

clock May 15, 2012Matthew Lynch


Tumi Sales, Earnings Gain in Quarter

North American direct-to-consumer sales rose 31.6 percent in the period.

clock May 15, 2012Vicki M. Young


Find ‘Retreat and Refuge in Nature’ With New Book

Francisca Mattéoli’s latest is about hotels that have spectacular natural settings.

clock May 15, 2012Lorna Koski


Coty and Avon: What Next?

Now that Coty Inc. has apparently abandoned its bid for Avon Products Inc., it’s up to the direct seller to fix itself — and Coty to look for a Plan B.

clock May 15, 2012Molly Prior and Rosemary Feitelberg


Gap Puts Focus on North America

“We were not happy with 2011,” the retailer’s chairman and ceo Glenn Murphy told shareholders at its annual meeting.

clock May 15, 2012Rachel Brown


Benetton Profits Drop 48%

Four months after it first revealed plans to go private, the company said Tuesday it will delist from the Italian Stock Exchange as of May 31.

clock May 15, 2012Luisa Zargani

Mass and Off-Price

H&M to Join The Shops at Columbus Circle

Retailer will open a 21,000-square-foot, two-level unit at the mall this fall, the first in Manhattan with a men’s shop with a dedicated entrance.

clock May 15, 2012Sharon Edelson

Fashion Features

ChinaFile: Beijing Gets Gaultier

The designer’s show last week brought out all the suppressed naughtiness in the city.

clock May 16, 2012Huang Hung

Designer and Luxury

Designers to Watch: Part One

Six under-the-radar brands that you should know.

clock May 16, 2012WWD Staff


Silver Jeans Co. Preps for Retail Close-up

The Winnipeg-based jeans firm with a 70-year heritage in the denim business anticipates opening a fleet of 25 to 30 stores in the next five years.

clock May 16, 2012Arnold J. Karr

Memo Pad

Fashion Brands Ramping Up Facebook Presence

While labels initially moved at a glacial pace into the social-networking space, they are now making small commitments to test the waters.

clock May 16, 2012Arnold J. Karr and Amy Wicks

Memo Pad

Bloomingdale’s Launches Big Brown Bag App

Currently available for the iPhone, the Android version of the app is set to launch Thursday.

clock May 16, 2012David Moin

Fashion Scoops

Design Agency I Love Dust Tapped for Karl Line

Bringing new meaning to the word “typeface,” the English collective did a clever take on Karl Lagerfeld’s iconic visage, rendering it in a collage of phrases.

clock May 16, 2012Miles Socha

Fashion Scoops

The Talbots Inc., Sycamore Partners Extend Deadline

The exclusivity agreement between the retailer and private equity firm has been extended until May 22.

clock May 16, 2012Vicki M. Young

Fashion Scoops

Temperley London Looks to Mayfair

The London-based label will open a 2,500-square-foot, two-story flagship on Bruton Street in November.

clock May 16, 2012Nina Jones

Fashion Scoops

Britain’s Royal Mail Launching Fashion Stamp Series

Collection will celebrate 10 of the country’s most renowned designers and their best-known creations.

clock May 16, 2012Catherine Tipple

Fashion Scoops

Lanvin’s CEO Elected to Chambre Syndicale Post

Thierry Andretta has been named the president of Chambre Syndicale for Men’s Fashion.

clock May 16, 2012Katya Foreman

Fashion Scoops

Target Readies Second Round of Shops

The new ones will be introduced Sept. 9 and will include Boston-based Patch NYC, Kirna Zabête, Odin and The Curiosity Shoppe.

clock May 16, 2012Sharon Edelson

Fashion Scoops

French Label Heimstone Opens Boutique on Rue Cambon

Founded by designer Alix Petit in 2007, the brand has opened a 750-square-foot boutique at No. 20 in a former cheese shop, preserving its original tile floors.

clock May 16, 2012Miles Socha

Fashion Scoops

Parsons’ M.F.A. Candidates Show Off Thesis Work

Donna Karan cohosted the presentation along with Marie Claire’s Joanna Coles and the college’s Simon Collins and Shelley Fox.

clock May 16, 2012Marc Karimzadeh

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