Despite Stock Market’s Jump, Few Mega M&A Deals Seen in ’08

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Overview

Retail rode Wall Street's roller coaster as the Federal Reserve Board's interest rate cut sent the market zooming. But daily thrill rides aside, the lack of credit could dry up any major deals in the industry for the foreseeable future.

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St. John's wool and rayon dress. Dittos belt.

Fashion Features

Spring Training

People attend parties for various reasons — obligation, interest, an opportunity to be photographed and free booze chief among them.

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Purecolor and Eve & A

Fashion Features

Separates, Accessories Thrive at Cautious Market

With economic concerns intensifying, value and managing inventory were priorities for buyers at the market here.

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39 Sixtyone's fall collection.

Sportswear

Velvet Design Team Aims to Widen Contemporary Footprint

Jenny Graham and Toni Spencer, the creative directors behind Velvet and Graham & Spencer, are rolling out a new young contemporary brand.

clock March 19, 2008Jeremy Allen

A Coach trenchcoat by Reed Krakoff and Phillip Lim.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Calling Amy… In The Trenchies…

Could Amy Winehouse, who couldn’t make it to the Grammy Awards last month due to visa issues, be crossing the pond for the Costume Institute gala on May 5?

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Legal

Baugur, Execs Under Investigation for Tax Evasion in Iceland

Baugur Group might face in any attempt to take over Saks Inc. The investment company and two Execs under investigation.

clock March 19, 2008Samantha Conti

Business Features

Wholesale Women’s Apparel Prices Tick Up in February

Wholesale prices for domestically manufactured women’s and girl’s apparel increased 0.2 percent in February from the previous month.

clock March 19, 2008Liza Casabona

The trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Despite Stock Market’s Jump, Few Mega M&A Deals Seen in ’08

Retail rode Wall Street’s roller coaster on Tuesday. The lack of credit could dry up any major deals in the industry for the foreseeable future.

clock March 19, 2008Jeanine Poggi and Samantha Conti and Kristi Ellis and Vicki M. Young

The Instinct product lineup.

Products

Beauty Beat: L’Oreal Upping Men’s Presence With Airness Fragrances…

In a bid to raise its game in the men’s category within mass market channels, L’Oréal France will introduce a line of fragrances with French activewear…

clock March 19, 2008Brid Costello and Ellen Groves

Business Features

John Varvatos to Receive Award From LIM

John Varvatos, president and chief executive officer of John Varvatos Enterprises Inc., will deliver the keynote address at LIM’s 69th annual commencement.

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Legal

Cotton Ads Banned By U.K. Authority

The U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority has banned a batch of ads by Cotton Council International, trading as Cotton USA, for making misleading claims.

clock March 19, 2008John Zarocostas

Human Resources

Vita Latest Boss Exec Exit

Hugo Boss has seen its third high-level resignation within a month, confirming on Tuesday that supervisory board president Giuseppe Vita will leave.

clock March 19, 2008Damien McGuinness

Look from Laundry.

Retail

PEI Touts Speedy Integration Of C&C California and Laundry

Perry Ellis International is already making moves in the women’s business.

clock March 19, 2008Whitney Beckett

Style from Faconnable.

Human Resources

Faconnable Forges On Following CEO Departure

Mark Brashear, Façonnable’s chief executive officer of six years, resigned abruptly this month, but M1, the brand’s owner, said it won’t let that…

clock March 19, 2008Sharon Edelson

Mergers and Acquisitions

Sun Capital Buys Frontier Spinning Mills

Sun Capital Partners Inc. on Tuesday said it acquired Frontier Spinning Mills Inc. for an undisclosed sum.

clock March 19, 2008Evan Clark

The limited edition Zippy organizer.

Marketing and Promotion

Vuitton Drives to Raise Profile in China

Thanks to Louis Vuitton, millions of Chinese people — and perhaps a few giant pandas — will catch a glimpse of some of the world’s finest…

clock March 19, 2008Miles Socha

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Media

Advice on Staying Ahead of the Trends

Live in the now is advice oft given to many an overstimulated, overwrought denizen of the 21st century. Don’t tell that to public relations pro Richard…

clock March 19, 2008Valerie Seckler

Paulo Nutini

Media

Memo Pad: Any Irishman Will Do?… Real or Just for Fun?… Puma Pumps…

The March issue of Good Housekeeping features a St. Patrick’s Day stew recipe from Conan O’Brien. The only problem is that O’Brien didn’t create the recipe…

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Elie Tahari

Retail

Print Dresses, Colored Trenches Top Spring Sales

Retailers may be worried about the economy and Wall Street’s woes, but the arrival of spring fashions should offer some hope.

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Banana Republic's "green" trench and scarf.

Marketing and Promotion

Newsreel: Banana republic Goes Green… Club Monaco Dips Into Swim…

Preparing for Earth Day on April 22, Banana Republic will launch a 50-piece eco-friendly green collection for women and men that will hit stores on April 8.

clock March 19, 2008Whitney Beckett

Touch Luxe's shining acrylic mesh dress.

Fashion Features

Sparkle Motion

When it’s time to shine, paillettes add pizzazz to everything from simple tunics to shimmy dresses and leggings. Here, Sass & Bide’s sequined silk top…

clock March 19, 2008Mayte Allende

First Edit at Bloomingdale's 59th Street flagship in Manhattan.

Retail

Bloomingdale’s Creates First Edit Shop

Bloomingdale’s is introducing a store-within-a-store concept, First Edit, which has the sensibility of a trendy multibrand specialty shop.

clock March 19, 2008Sharon Edelson

Financial

NexCen Taking Time With Blass

A year after buying Bill Blass, NexCen Brands Inc. is exercising patience.

clock March 19, 2008Whitney Beckett

Business Features

In Brief: Stetson’s New Top Hat… Land’s End Grows In Canada…

Stetson has named Pam Fields chief executive officer, filling a position that has been vacant for about three years.

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