As Designer Sales Lag, Retailers Fret Fashion In Need of Some Fixing

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Another season of shows ended earlier this month, during which retailers and editors had the chance to see thousands of looks come down the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris. Enough to find something to whet consumer appetites?

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Stein Mart Posts Loss in Qtr.

Stein Mart Inc. swung to a fourth-quarter loss, hurt by steep markdowns to move merchandise.

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Ross Stores Sees Earnings Gain

Ross Stores Inc. posted fourth-quarter and full-year earnings growth, buoyed by strong sales in its dresses and footwear categories.

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Human Resources

Mergers Drive Change At N.Y. Staffing Firms

New York’s two major staffing resource firms for the fashion industry, Project Solvers and 24 Seven, are undergoing changes on the home front.

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Children’s Place to Part Ways With Disney Chain

The marriage of Children’s Place Retail Stores Inc. and the Disney Store chain is coming to an end after more than three years.

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Madonna in Roberto Cavalli.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: All About Image… Dressing Italian… Diesel Hops, Silver Sets Up Shop…

Stefano Pilati seems to have a thing for supermodels that have recently been cloaked in controversy.

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The runways often don't provide what customers are looking for.

Designer and Luxury

As Designer Sales Lag, Retailers Fret Fashion In Need of Some Fixing

Another season of shows ended earlier this month, during which retailers and editors had the chance to see thousands of looks come down the runways.

clock March 24, 2008Marc Karimzadeh and Luisa Zargani and Whitney Beckett and Andrew Roberts

Sheri Wilson-Gray and Margie Connelly of Brown Shoe, with Leonello Borghi of Wathne.


Via Spiga’s Back and Wathne’s Got It

Via Spiga wants its customers to feel modern, urban and edgy in its shoes — and now they can carry that attitude around.

clock March 24, 2008Sophia Chabbott


Diamond Industry Braces For Challenging Times

The diamond world is in the middle of a significant shift, industry executives said at the Plumb Club Forum here.

clock March 24, 2008Rachel Strugatz

Camila Alves and her bag designs.

Fashion Features

Camila Alves Carried Away With Bags

When Camila Alves was jetting around the world as a runway model for Valentino and Carolina Herrera, or shooting campaigns for Escada and Giorgio Armani, the one thing she needed the most was a bag that suited all her needs and that wasn’t something…

clock March 24, 2008Kavita Daswani

Lee Chaden

Human Resources

Hanesbrands’ Chaden: a Career Driven by ‘Wanderlust’

Lee Chaden has seen his share of boom periods and tumultuous times during a diverse, 42-year career.

clock March 24, 2008Karyn Monget

A look at a rock 'n' roll-inspired lounge


Lucky Brand Inks Deal With Wonderbrand’s Nick Graham

Lucky Brand Jeans has signed a licensing agreement with Wonderbrand LLC to produce a line of Lucky Brand underwear and loungewear for women and men.

clock March 24, 2008Karyn Monget

Custo Barcelona's nylon and silk velvet chain tights with Diesel's sweater and shirt and shorts from DKNY Jeans. Scarf from Converse by John Varvatos; Cesare Paciotti shoes.

Fashion Features

Heady Hose

Hosiery manufacturers have come up with some wild creations for fall — but they aren’t pulling anyone’s leg. Fresh designs with eye-popping prints or tweaked-out openwork suggest the looks that are already staples of downtown Manhattan, where…

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Runway looks from Somarta, support-surface and mintdesigns.

Fashion Features

Japan Fashion Week Theatrics Highlight Innovative Styles

Japan Fashion Week showcased just about every runway antic imaginable — from bunny masks to models in coffins and even drag queens in bouffant hairdos.

clock March 24, 2008Amanda Kaiser and Koji Hirano

The exclusive shop.

Designer and Luxury

Designer Eskandar Builds Out at Bergdorf Goodman

Eskandar, a small designer brand with a devout following, has a growing footprint at Bergdorf Goodman.

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Nicole Richie in Miu Miu.


Full House

Like moths to a paparazzi-fueled flame, Hollywood’s party fixtures swarmed Prada’s Los Angeles store Wednesday night for a bash celebrating the ethereal…

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Joseph La Piana


State of the Artist

For certain members of the media and fashion elite, a Joseph La Piana painting is about as indispensable a home accessory as a Sub-Zero fridge or a Pratesi…

clock March 24, 2008Amanda FitzSimons

Anna Mouglalis in "I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster."


Gangster’s Paradise

Everybody has a rebellious side, according to Anna Mouglalis

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Items from Darac Beauty.

Color Cosmetics

Beauty Beat: Darac Puts His Touch…

The makeup artist known as Darac has a taste for the unorthodox, as is evident by the introduction of his first eponymous makeup collection in his more than…

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Coin Upgrades Milan Flagship

Coin, one of Italy’s most historic department stores, has given its flagship here a $16 million facelift.

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Memo Pad: Baby Bytes… New York Worked Once, So Why Not Again?…

Jennifer Lopez’s twin babes helped break records in terms of traffic to its Web site on Thursday, the day the issue hit newsstands.

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Bear Stearns could lay off 5,000 New York City employees.


Wall St. Cutbacks Could Weigh on Luxe

The wave of pink slips about to hit Wall Street should be a warning to New York’s luxury retailers, although the ripples of Bear Stearns’ fall last week might not be fully felt until bonus season next winter.

clock March 24, 2008Evan Clark

Dylan Lauren and Kira Plastinina

Fashion Features

Kira and Dylan’s Candy Collaboration

Kira Plastinina has a sweet tooth, and what better way to satisfy the urge than by opening Dylan’s Candy Bar outposts in all her U.S. stores.

clock March 24, 2008David Moin

Fashion Features

In Brief: Savannah Honors…

The Savannah College of Art and Design will honor Pierre Cardin, Jonathan Adler and Elle Decor editor in chief Margaret Russell at its third annual SCAD Style Etoile Awards on April 10.

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