Chargebacks Reform: Vendors Hope Probes Level the Playing Field

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With chargebacks taking center stage in the Saks Fifth Avenue investigation, the question on people's minds is: Can the industry be rehabilitated?

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Fashion Features

Simpson License Could Be Sold

LOS ANGELES — Jessica Simpson’s master licensing deal with Andrew Kirpalani, chairman of JS Brand Management in New York, might soon find a new home.

After paying $10 million for the licensing contract in October, Kirpalani said he was in…

clock June 7, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller


Quiksilver Profits Surge 24.7%

NEW YORK — Quiksilver Inc. on Monday reported a 24.7 percent increase in second-quarter earnings, citing strong sales in its worldwide operations.

The surf apparel company also said that it launched a tender offer on Monday for the…

clock June 7, 2005Meredith Derby

Fashion Features

In Brief: Sea Change … Safety Dance … Poly Staple Dumping …

SEA CHANGE: The owner of Antik jeans is getting a new name. Marine Jet Technology Corp. will change today to Blue Holdings Inc., with a new pending ticker symbol to better reflect the nature of the company, said Paul Guez, chairman…

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An image from Hedi Slimane's book on Pete Doherty.


Hedi’s New Book: For Pete’s Sake

PARIS — Hedi Slimane, whose first two books of photography depicted desolate Berlin parks, tangles of speaker cable and grimy stairwells, tackled a much more complex, slippery and alive subject for his third: Pete Doherty.

In fact,…

clock June 7, 2005Miles Socha

Nadja Auermann for Blumarine

Fashion Features

Another Side of Helmut Newton

BERLIN — Famous and infamous for his naked, high-heeled amazons, Helmut Newton also left behind a considerable oeuvre starring designer-clad women.

This chapter of his work is assembled for the first time in “Helmut Newton: A Gun for…

clock June 7, 2005Melissa Drier

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Fashion Show … Robinson, Nee Rabanne … Housebound …

FASHION SHOW: Should Karen Elson decide to quit the catwalk, she’s got a fallback career: cabaret. The redheaded model wowed the crowd with her vocal performance Sunday night at Harper Bazaar’s party for CFDA…

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Massimo Macchi

Fashion Features

Ferre Looks to Accessories for Growth

Massimo Macchi, on the job five months as chief executive officer of Gianfranco Ferre, discusses his strategies for the Milan luxury goods firm.

clock June 7, 2005Luisa Zargani

Wang's sleeveless black wrap dress was a top item at Bergdorf's trunk show.


Vera Shows RTW at Bergdorf’s

Bergdorf Goodman’s recent Vera Wang trunk show underscored how women increasingly embrace the designer not just for her exquisite eveningwear and bridal dresses, but also for her ready-to-wear and sportswear.

clock June 7, 2005Marc Karimzadeh


Memo Pad: Luxe For Life … Maternal Materialism … Holly’s Hobby

LUXE FOR LIFE: As Harry Winston’s global director of communications for the last eight years, Carol Brodie frequently found herself lecturing on the finer points of fine jewelry to a TV audience that by and large…

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Gwyneth Paltrow wore her Fendi fur through most of "The Royal Tenenbaums."

Fashion Features

Fendi Furs Light Up Silver Screen

Fendi continues a 20-year tradition of having its furs on film in “Basic Instinct 2,” which ceo Michael Burke calls subliminal brand-building.

clock June 7, 2005Miles Socha

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Kenya’s Used-Clothing Conundrum

Deep in the heart of Kenya’s used clothing market can be found Africa’s plight, brought about by free trade and the global economy.

clock June 7, 2005Bambina Wise


China Turns to ‘GM’ Cotton Planting

GENEVA — The large-scale shift to genetically modified cotton production by China has the ability to alter global cotton production and trade in textiles and apparel, a new United Nations report said.

In a bid to reduce China’s dependence…

clock June 7, 2005John Zarocostas

Jeans using Invista's Lycra T400 fiber.


Stretch Adds to Denim’s Cachet

NEW YORK — Stretch fiber could help take denim even higher in the realm of fashion.

Jim Siewart, a consultant at the Jassin-O’Rourke Group, said the use of stretch fibers is making denim lighter and more durable, and therefore more…

clock June 7, 2005Ross Tucker

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Jackie Chan: Fakes Cop

ichemont’s Frederick Mostert joined actor Jackie Chan in a skit in Hong Kong to launch an international campaign titled “Fakes Cost More.”

clock June 7, 2005Fionnuala McHugh

A Somme travel kit.

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Expansion Plan Is Somme Strategy … New Scent for Cerruti

Expansion Plan Is Somme Strategy
NEW YORK — Niche skin care firm Somme Institute is taking its namesake brand to spas as part of an expansion strategy this year.

Each time Somme’s treatment collection is introduced at…

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A Business Practice’s Evolution

NEW YORK — Determining the origins of the chargeback is like trying to identify the first restaurant patron to press a $5 bill into the palm of a maitre d’s hand.

It seems the development of chargebacks — and the related issue of…

clock June 7, 2005Sharon Edelson

Fashion Features

Obituary: Stan Fieger, 80, Lingerie Exec

NEW YORK — Stan Fieger, a 50-year veteran of the intimate apparel industry, died May 17 of lung cancer at his home in Riverdale, N.Y. He was 80.

Fieger worked as a sales executive for a number of foundations, daywear and sleepwear…

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Fashion Features

Dallas Fashion Awards Selects Nominees

DALLAS — The Dallas Market Center, parent of FashionCenterDallas, has announced nominees for the 30th annual Dallas Fashion Awards, which honor firms for style, quality and retail sell-through.

This year’s competition includes seven fewer…

clock June 7, 2005Rusty Williamson


EU Trade Chief: China Luxe Market Growing Rapidly

GENEVA — China is more than an exporting behemoth, it is the fast-growing market for luxury goods imports, European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said Monday.

In a speech to textile producers in Florence, who are among those…

clock June 7, 2005John Zarocostas


Chargebacks Reform: Vendors Hope Probes Level the Playing Field

With chargebacks on center stage in the Saks Fifth Avenue investigation, the question on people’s minds is: Can the industry be rehabilitated?

clock June 7, 2005WWD Staff

Kirsty Hume in Marc Jacobs.


Some Like It Hot

NEW YORK — First the sweltering heat, then the heavens opened and finally, lightning struck.

The flashbulbs went into overdrive at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards and dinner Monday night as Kate Moss,…

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