Private Equity Group Said Close to Buying Ellen Tracy From Liz

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Liz Claiborne Inc. is said to be close to a deal to sell the Ellen Tracy brand to a consortium led Windsong Brands, a Westport, Conn.-based private equity firm. A source familiar with the talks said a deal is "close" to completion.

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Knee-highs from Chinese Laundry Legwear and Via Spiga's tights, both in nylon and spandex, worn with Chris Han's dress and Capezio pointe shoes.

Fashion Features

Let’s Dance

Twirl, ballerina, twirl. Colorful opaque and shimmering metallic legwear are just right for taking a bow. Here, Betsey Johnson Legwear’s nylon and spandex tights, worn with a Sweetface dress and Stuart Weitzman shoes.

clock January 7, 2008Court Williams

A spring 2008 Ellen Tracy look.


Private Equity Group Said Close to Buying Ellen Tracy From Liz

Liz Claiborne Inc. is said to be close to a deal to sell the Ellen Tracy brand to a consortium led by Windsong Brands.

clock January 7, 2008Vicki M. Young and Whitney Beckett

Fashion Features

Employment Down Across Retail, Production Sectors

Fashion retailers presented a mixed employment picture in December and U.S. producers continued to post declines, as tepid overall job growth and a jump in unemployment sparked concern of a worsening economic forecast.

clock January 7, 2008Evan Clark

Part of the Opium exhibition.

Beauty Features

Beauty Firms Dabble in Art

The art world is having a brush with beauty. Yves Saint Laurent Parfums, L’Oreal and Givaudan are among the companies hosting or sponsoring art exhibitions here.

clock January 7, 2008Ellen Groves

Fashion Features

BCBG Merges Two Lines To Form BCBGeneration

The young contemporary category – beyond juniors but not quite contemporary – continues its growth spurt.

clock January 7, 2008Marcy Medina

Karen Elson is featured in Celine's spring advertising.


Celine Names New U.S. President

Aiming to kick-start its wholesale business in America, Celine has tapped Simona Zerchi as its new U.S. president, effective today.

clock January 7, 2008Miles Socha


Rain Storms Batter California

A third storm in as many days battered much of California on Saturday, and retailers were left struggling to recover from the rain-soaked weekend with lighter than usual traffic evident at malls and stores throughout the state.

clock January 7, 2008Joanna Ramey and Anne Riley-Katz

Kathy Bufano


Belk Taps Kathy Bufano For Merchandising Post

Kathy Bufano, a merchant with a wide range of department and specialty store experience, has become president of merchandising and marketing for Belk Inc.

clock January 7, 2008David Moin


Talbots Exiting Kids’, Men’s

Talbots Inc., battling weak sales and seeing its stock price tumble, will discontinue its kids’ and men’s businesses by the fall to help the company focus on its core misses’, special sizes, Collection, accessories, shoes and J. Jill operations.

clock January 7, 2008David Moin and Arthur Zaczkiewicz

David Gandy in Dolce & Gabbana's calendar.

Fashion Features

Fig Leaf Not Needed

Michelangelo may have sculpted his David out of marble, but Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have sourced one in the flesh.

clock January 7, 2008WWD Staff

Christian Dior's holiday card features a collage by John Galliano.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Hair Apparent… Guten Tag, Zac… Luella Loves London…

John Galliano decided to start 2008 on a humorous note.

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Heather Mnunchin at a tea party at Saks Fifth Avenue.


Double Vision

The social swirl these days is looking less like a scene out of “High Society” and more like something straight from “Revenge of the Nerds.”

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Tahmima Anam


Separation Anxiety

With the success of novels such as Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Namesake,” Monica Ali’s “Brick Lane” and, of course, Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner,” South Asia and its immigrants have clearly caught the interest of a contemporary Western readership.

clock January 7, 2008Vanessa Lawrence

Sweet treats at Mauboussin.


Haute Chocolate

Forget fancy cocktails and hoity-toity mixologists. The newest bars in France are serving up chocolate.

clock January 7, 2008Chantal Goupil

The Mode City Fair is taking the express...


Mode City’s New Timing Causes Concern

Eurovet is creating a stir in the lingerie world. The trade fair giant said last month that it would move its 24-year-old Lyon, Mode City show to Paris from Lyon, France.

clock January 7, 2008Karyn Monget

A new tome on Raymond Yard.


New Book Tells Yard’s Tale

After 85 years in the jewelry business, Raymond C. Yard remains something of a hidden gem.

clock January 7, 2008Jessica Iredale

The Skyla frame from the anniversary collection.

Fashion Features

Leight Keeping Oliver Peoples’ Focus

Luxury eyewear company Oliver Peoples has been buffeted by change the last two years, but founder Larry Leight nurtures the vision he had when launching the firm in Los Angeles 20 years ago – creating top quality eyewear with a vintage ethos.

clock January 7, 2008Rachel Brown

Socks by Hansel From Basel.


Stepping Lively Into Spring

Coming off a strong fall, the legwear industry is looking for its third consecutive year of growth after a long dry spell.

clock January 7, 2008Caroline Tell

Emporio Armani's David Beckham billboard in Milan.


Memo Pad: Campbell’s Coup… Dreamy… Well-Hung Beckham…

What do you get when you pair Naomi Campbell with Hugo Chavez?

clock January 7, 2008WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Fashion Group Sets Rising Star Nominees

Fashion Group International has completed nominations for its 11th Rising Star Awards on Jan. 24.

clock January 7, 2008Marc Karimzadeh


Maurices’ Project Handbag Gets Under Way

Searching for the next must-have handbag, Maurices is staging a contest inviting designers or aspiring designers to submit a sketch.

clock January 7, 2008David Moin

Jeff Black of Lehman Brothers said Urban Outfitters is expected to perform well in 2008.


Rough Road Predicted for Retail in ’08

From Wall Street’s perspective, the retail sector is not the place to be in 2008, as analysts predict a recession or at the least a deeply softened economy.

clock January 7, 2008Jeanine Poggi


PacSun to Close All D.e.m.o. Stores

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. said Friday that it would be closing its remaining 154 D.e.m.o. stores “as soon as is practical,” which follows a strategic review of the business that was announced in October.

clock January 7, 2008WWD Staff


Patent Protection Gains Traction in Accessories

Patent protection is an important, and often overlooked, strategy for companies to consider.

clock January 7, 2008Dawn S. Kissi

Fashion Features

In Brief: Going Green

Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Jil Sander, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Narciso Rodriguez and Versace are among the companies that have signed up for…

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Trade Show Shifts Include Sharper Focus, More Global Presentations

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