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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 5hMiles Socha

Fashion

Rihanna Said Eyeing Paris for Next Fenty Puma Show

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

clock 11hMiles Socha

Retail

Retailers Keep Holiday Plans Conservative and Inventories Tight

Inventories are being kept tight in hope of increasing full-price selling and reducing markdowns.

clock 17hDavid Moin

In Focus

Roger Federer on His Nike Collaboration and Coming Back Strong in 2017

Roger Federer at the NikeLab store in NYC

J. Crew Group Unveils Stores in U.S., China

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Overview

J. Crew Group Inc. is advancing its global retail agenda this week via high-profile maneuvers for its J. Crew and Madewell divisions.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

From This Issue

Business Features

Europe’s Economic Outlook Brightens

Unemployment stabilizing and recovery set to be broad-based in the region by 2015.

clock May 21, 2014Samantha Conti and Arthur Friedman and Lorelei Marfil

The Markets Features

Paris Fairs Fine-tune for Growth

Despite persistent economic challenges, trade show organizers forecast steady attendance for the second half of 2014.

clock May 21, 2014Laure Guilbault

The Markets Features

Italian Venues Pick Up Pizzazz

A renewed energy is coursing through Italian trade shows, which have taken a more unified promotional approach.

clock May 21, 2014Cynthia Martens

The Markets Features

Germany Focuses on Berlin and Beyond

The German trade fair scene is on the move for the spring 2015 season.

clock May 21, 2014Melissa Drier

The Markets Features

London Forecast Sees Clouds Lifting

Trade shows are constantly upgrading their offer and focusing on inventive ways to boost numbers.

clock May 21, 2014Lorelei Marfil

The Markets Features

Chinese Fairs Take to Brand Building

Trade show organizers and product manufacturers said the Chinese domestic market is more important than ever to garment and textile manufacturers.

clock May 21, 2014Kathleen E. McLaughlin and Kelly Wetherille

The Markets Features

Turkey Ready for Prime Time

Eager to transform its image as merely a textile producer, the country is putting Istanbul at the center of its development efforts.

clock May 21, 2014Seda Yilmaz

Financial

M&S Full-Year Net Rises 13.8%

Shares of Marks and Spencer Group fell 1.1 percent Tuesday after the retailer gave a cautious outlook for the first few months of the current fiscal year.

clock May 20, 2014Nina Jones

Parties

Lights, Camera, Chopard!

Colin and Livia Firth, Sonam Kapoor and a bevy of models attended the jeweler’s Backstage party in Cannes.

clock May 20, 2014Joelle Diderich

Retail/Business

Thai Industry Assesses Unrest

The Thailand Garment Manufacturers Association expressed worries Tuesday about the repercussions of recent turmoil for the apparel industry.

clock May 20, 2014Dene-Hern Chen

Financial

TJX Q1 Profit Disappoints

Net income inched up 0.3 percent in the period, while net sales rose 4.9 percent.

clock May 20, 2014Vicki M. Young

Executive Changes

Target Canada Names Mark Schindele as President

Tony Fisher, the former president of the division, has left the company.

clock May 20, 2014Vicki 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 21, 2014WWD Staff

Mass and Off-Price

Wal-Mart Outlines China Expansion

The planned expansion and investment are part of a three-year initiative unveiled last October.

clock May 20, 2014Lara Farrar

Parties

Twenties Time Warp at ‘Bring Back the Ball’

The Museum of Art & Design’s young patrons gala honored time-experiment artist collaborative McDermott & McGough on Monday night.

clock May 20, 2014Kristi Garced

Memo Pad

Alex Gonzalez Named Creative Director at Elle

Most recently, he held a dual role at Elle parent company Hearst Magazines.

clock May 20, 2014Alexandra Steigrad

Department Stores

Nordstrom Execs Reverse Roles

Erik Nordstrom, formerly president of stores, has become president of Nordstrom Direct, while Jamie Nordstrom has become president of stores.

clock May 20, 2014David Moin

Designer and Luxury

New Designer Profile: Zaid Affas

The designer originally wanted to be an architect, and his affinity for three-dimensional structures is apparent in his debut collection for fall.

clock May 21, 2014Marcy Medina

Jewelry

Accessories Trend: The New Normal

A new jewelry lexicon is emerging as designers rework traditional shapes into novel and quirkily cool pieces.

clock May 21, 2014Lauren McCarthy and Roxanne Robinson

Memo Pad

Prada Unveils Fall Ad Campaign

The campaign, which features the up-and-coming model Mica Arganaraz, will make its debut in early July.

clock May 21, 2014Alessandra Turra

Fashion Scoops

Ralph Lauren Stages Fall Kids’ Show at New York Public Library

Hosted by Uma Thurman, the event marked the launch of the brand’s literacy initiative.

clock May 21, 2014Kim Friday

Fashion Scoops

Nails Inc. Signs Alexa Chung

In addition to being the new face of the U.K.-based brand, Chung also will collaborate on a six-shade collection.

clock May 21, 2014Jayme Cyk

Fashion Scoops

Urban Zen Foundation Brings Ilana Goor’s Work to NYC

Through May 29, the foundation is showcasing and selling the Israeli artist’s sculptures, furniture and lighting fixtures at the Stephen Weiss Studios.

clock May 21, 2014Marc Karimzadeh

Fashion Scoops

Giorgio Armani and Chinese Director Jiang Wen Toast Collaboration in Cannes

The designer provided costumes for lead characters in “Gone With the Bullets,” a new adventure movie set in Shanghai in the Twenties.

clock May 21, 2014Cynthia Martens

Fashion Scoops

Christian Lacroix’s Tackles Next Stage Challenge

The designer has been tapped to dress acclaimed French actor Guillaume Gallienne in the title role of “Lucrèce Borgia.”

clock May 21, 2014Miles Socha

People

Lorde on Influences — and Cosmetics

The 17-year-old Kiwi singer sits down with WWD to discuss the story behind her MAC Cosmetics collection, which bows in June.

clock May 20, 2014Julie Naughton and Pete Born

Designer and Luxury

Céline to Stage Runway Show in Beijing

As Céline’s sales have tripled globally, the brand’s China presence has grown apace, ceo Marco Gobbetti said in an interview Tuesday.

clock May 21, 2014Kathleen E. McLaughlin

Fashion Features

CFDA Incubator Class Perking Up

The new class of 2014-16 was honored by Target with a dinner at Manhattan’s High Line Hotel Monday night.

clock May 21, 2014David Yi

Designer and Luxury

Balenciaga Opens at Highland Park Village

The opening of the 1,150-square-foot Dallas unit was driven by demand, as was the unit slated to open in Santa Clara, Calif., home of Silicon Valley.

clock May 21, 2014Holly Haber

Business Features

Gap Inc. Hit by Web Hoax on Bangladesh Accord

Within hours of the firm’s annual meeting on Tuesday, a bogus Web site released a statement professional-sounding statement on behalf of the company.

clock May 21, 2014Kristi Ellis and Valerie Demicheva

Retail/Business

J. Crew, Madewell Expand Footprints in China, U.S.

J. Crew Group Inc. is advancing its global retail agenda this week via high-profile maneuvers for two of its divisions.

clock May 21, 2014David Moin and Ellen Sheng

Clothing/Furnishings

William Rast Headed to Lord & Taylor

The brand will offer full concept shops-in-shop for men and women beginning in mid-August.

clock May 21, 2014Vicki M. Young

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