Big Change at Gap Inc.: Tough CEO Search Ahead As Pressler Pushed Out

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Gap Inc. is looking for a merchant prince to work some retail magic. The struggling, 3,100-unit retailer on Monday pushed out Paul Pressler, its president and chief executive officer, after a failed four-and-a-half-year effort to turn it around.

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U.N. Report: World Economy to Slow

The world economy is forecast to grow by 3.2 percent in 2007, compared with 3.8 percent last year, and the weakening of the U.S. housing market is a major factor in the slowdown, a United Nations report said.

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U.S.-South Korea Talks Face Crucial Deadline

U.S. and South Korean negotiators completed their sixth round of talks for a free trade agreement in Seoul on Friday, with a deadline still looming and many issues to be resolved.

clock January 23, 2007Evan Clark

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U.S. Regains Top Spot For Foreign Investment

Foreign direct investment in China in 2006 fell by 3.3 percent, to $70 billion, while the U.S. regained the top spot as the world’s most attractive country for foreign investment, according to a United Nations report.

clock January 23, 2007John Zarocostas

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Texworld USA has outgrown its first home. Messe Frankfurt, which organizes the show, announced that Texworld USA will move to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York for its third show taking place July 17-19.

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A look from the Linea Rossa line.

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Linea Rossa on the Rise

Prada’s Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli have long been known to cater to women looking to dress up for work. But now the two increasingly want to cater to a woman’s down time as well with their line Prada Linea Rossa.

clock January 23, 2007Alessandra Ilari

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Italian Fashion Firms Back ‘Cezanne’ Exhibit

A group of fashion companies here is harking back to the Renaissance with its support for the arts and architecture.

clock January 23, 2007Luisa Zargani

A Paris winter look.

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Wild Weather

With global warming taking its toll, dressing for the elements is almost a daily lottery.

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Alfredo Botto Poala

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Pitti Filati Relies on Luxury, Performance Yarns

After experiencing a rebound in sales last year, high-end yarn spinners expect to keep the momentum going with the launch of new luxury and performance yarns at next week’s Pitti Filati.

clock January 23, 2007Stephanie Epiro

Interactive mirror suggests accessories to shoppers.


NRF Focuses on Technology for Growth

At the National Retail Federation conference here last week, retailers in growth mode emphasized the importance of well-chosen technology to analyze trends and respond swiftly to new opportunities.

clock January 23, 2007Denise Power and Cate T. Corcoran

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Jean Muir to Shut Down

Jean Muir, the 40-year-old London fashion house famous for its matte black and navy jersey knits and feminine shapes, will close in the spring.

clock January 23, 2007Samantha Conti

Charles Turlinski


Goody’s Taps Turlinski as Chief Executive

Goody’s Family Clothing named Charles “Chuck” Turlinski chief executive officer on Monday, rounding out the retailer’s new management team.

clock January 23, 2007David Moin

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In Brief: Pinault On Suez… Coming to New York

A day after he laid out $1.28 billion, for 5 percent of the BTP Vinci construction business, French entrepreneur Francois Pinault, who owns Gucci Group, on Friday said current market conditions precluded him from making a play for French utilities…

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The eveningwear showcase features multiple mannequins.


Giorgio Armani’s New Formula

For his latest retail statement in the midst of couture week here, Giorgio Armani is taking high fashion’s exclusive, personalized nature to heart.

clock January 23, 2007Miles Socha

Paolo deCesare

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Beauty Beat: Procter & Gamble’s Skin Care Bet

Procter & Gamble Co. jumped into the red-hot dermatological skin care business Monday by disclosing that it has acquired HDS Cosmetics Lab Inc., the marketer of Doctor’s Derma­tologic Formula, or DDF, skin care.

clock January 23, 2007Pete Born and Molly Prior

A look from Geren Ford's fall collection.

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Gen Art Evolves Off Runway

Gen Art, which will hold its show on Feb. 2 at the Waterfront at West 27th Street and 11th Avenue here, is forgoing the runway for what it calls The New Garde.

clock January 23, 2007Julee Greenberg


Sales at Swatch Up 12.3% in ’06

Watchmaker Swatch Group AG posted a 12.3 percent jump in 2006 sales, reached more than 5 billion Swiss francs for the first time.

clock January 23, 2007Jeanine Poggi

A view of Dries Van Noten's new Paris shop.


Van Noten Goes His Own Way in Paris

Dries Van Noten has fired the latest salvo across the bow of cookie-cutter luxury stores with his first shop here, located in a Left Bank neighborhood better known for flogging antiques than cashmere sweaters.

clock January 23, 2007Robert Murphy

Dita Von Teese

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Fashion Scoops: Hot Seat… Going Solo… Saluting Nan…

Is Chanel getting into the furniture business? Not quite. But the French fashion house has commissioned furniture maker Domeau and Peres to produce an armchair designed by Fabrice Hybert that is quilted red leather and inspired by a Swiss Army knife.

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Frozen Assets

The stars exchanged Hollywood awards madness for the mountains of Utah and the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend, but the partying remained in high gear.

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Funny Face

Anna Faris knows all too well about Hollywood typecasting. After finding fame in the horror spoof franchise “Scary Movie,” she’s found it hard to break out of her self-described “spoof girl” mode.

clock January 23, 2007Marcy Medina


Dark Age

Sundance darlings Catherine Keener and Ellen Page are back this year, playing a mother of six and a teenage girl left in her care, respectively, in the gritty in-competition drama “An American Crime.”

clock January 23, 2007Marcy Medina

Paul Pressler


Pressler Out, Robert Fisher Steps Up at Gap

Gap Inc. is looking for a merchant prince to work some retail magic.

clock January 23, 2007David Moin

Donna Noce and Kay Krill


Noce Steps Down as Ann Taylor Loft President

Donna Noce, president of AnnTaylor Corp.’s underperforming Loft division, has resigned, the company said Monday.

clock January 23, 2007Sharon Edelson

Helen Gurley Brown


Memo Pad: Watching Closely… Funny Guys… Time’s Up…

As 25-year-old Jared Kushner’s ownership of The New York Observer nears the six-month mark, staffers and readers alike are still waiting to see what lies ahead for his new prize.

clock January 23, 2007WWD Staff


May Exits Tween Brands

Tween Brands announced on Monday the departure of William May Jr., executive vice president and chief operating officer at the preteen apparel retailer.

clock January 23, 2007Jeanine Poggi


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