Prada’s Smooth Sailing: Profits Rise 66 Percent But No IPO Timing Set

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Economic slowdown? Not at Prada SpA. The Italian luxury group said that earnings increased by almost two-thirds in 2007, following bumper sales of leather goods and accessories and growth in the Asia-Pacific region.

From This Issue

Colorful prints abound in African clothing.

Street Style

West Africans Send Message With Designs

Although many West African women are turning toward Western-style apparel, the majority favor brilliantly colored African fabric designs that are often…

clock April 1, 2008Joyce Barrett

From top: KBC's silk; rayon, nylon and spandex from Philea Textiles; Reynaud Rexo's polyester; silk from Confetti Fabrics; Waltex Tricot's rayon, nylon, polyester and cotton knit.


Split Decision

Textile manufacturers are hedging their bets in an uncertain economy by pumping a little bit of everything into the market for spring 2009.

clock April 1, 2008Court Williams

Approximately 8,000 guests and 2,000 exhibitors attended Interstoff Asia.


Green Leads Interstoff Asia

Organizers of Interstoff Asia Essential began repositioning the fair toward eco-friendly textiles last year and this edition saw the results of those moves.

clock April 1, 2008Constance Haisma-Kwok

A belted look from Sonia Bogner.

Fashion Features

Jackets Are Back in All Shapes and Sizes

Jackets are making a comeback, and stores expect the category to gain strength going into fall.

clock April 1, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

Full-length coat with a rhinestone belt buckle.

Street Style

Weathering the Elements

Riga is not for the thin-blooded, but locals manage to maintain their sense of style despite the near-constant chill.

clock April 1, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

Business Features

G-III Apparel Earnings Rise

Apparel maker G-III Apparel Group Ltd. reported on Monday that fourth-quarter earnings more than doubled, boosted by sales in outerwear and dresses.

clock April 1, 2008Jeanine Poggi

The "ADAM Loves Dogs" T-shirt.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Midsummer Roman Dream… Setting China… Cast of Characters…

To fete its newly refurbished Rome store on Via Condotti and its 70-year presence in the Eternal City, Gucci will show its new cruise collection there on…

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Lovenia's silk-lined rayon velvet dress with Stuart Weitzman shoes; men's wear and shoes from Dior Homme.

Fashion Trends

Best Foot Forward

Mario and Kristi Yamaguchi may be making all the right moves on “Dancing With the Stars,” but fall’s short, shimmering party dresses are already winners.

clock April 1, 2008Bobbi Queen and Christina Ropert

A Chen Man artwork

Designer and Luxury

‘China Design Now’ Offers Cultural Overview

In the lead up to and under the pretext of this summer’s Beijing Olympic Games, China-themed events are proliferating around the globe.

clock April 1, 2008Lisa Movius and Laura Mitchell

The show of Ferragamo's fall collection for 1,200 guests alongside the Huangpu River.

Fashion Features

Ferragamo Celebrates 80th Anniversary in Shanghai

At the opening of the exhibition “Salvatore Ferragamo: Evolving Legend 1928-2008” on Friday at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, the biggest crowd-pleaser wasn’t the collectable bags…

clock April 1, 2008Lisa Movius

Patrizio Bertelli


Prada’s Smooth Sailing: Profits Rise 66 Percent But No IPO Timing Set

Economic slowdown? Not at Prada SpA.

clock April 1, 2008Andrew Roberts


HSBC Remains Bullish on Luxury

Luxury players are better prepared than in the past to weather the current economic downturn — and are at the ready with an arsenal of cost-cutting measures, including scaling back store expansion, reducing boutique staffing and trimming…

clock April 1, 2008Miles Socha

Naeem Khan with a model in one of his fall dresses.

Fashion Features

Dallas’ Fashion at the Park a Crowd-pleaser

Barneys New York creative director Simon Doonan walked the runway in high heels, Mischa Barton mingled and nine of the 15 shows at NorthPark Center’s Fashion at the Park were sellouts.

clock April 1, 2008Holly Haber

David de Rothschild


Space Invaders

On Friday night Balenciaga opened the doors to its futuristic new Los Angeles boutique.

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Lauri Firstenberg


Access Hollywood

The City of Angels is becoming the city of artists. Rent is cheap, galleries are popping up in Chinatown and Culver City, and artists David Hockney, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha and Rosson Crow are already ensconced.

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Andrea Jung, Patrick Dempsey and Claudia Poccia.

Beauty Features

The Doctor Is In: Avon Taps Dempsey

Avon Products Inc. has a doctor in the house, albeit a pretend one.

clock April 1, 2008Rachel Brown


Memo Pad: Will They Blog About This Too?…

Cathy Horyn, fashion critic for The New York Times, first came up with the idea for a blog in August 2006.

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Kimora Lee Simmons

Fashion Features

Simmons Doing Line for J.C. Penney

J.C. Penney Co. Inc. is launching an exclusive junior sportswear collection designed by Kimora Lee Simmons. The line, called Fabulosity, is to hit stores in July for back-to-school.

clock April 1, 2008Rusty Williamson

Inditex, parent of the Zara chain, said net income in the 12 months through Jan. 31 reached 1.25 billion euros, or $1.73 billion.


Expansion Boosts Inditex Net

Inditex Group, the Spanish retailer that owns the fast-fashion Zara chain, on Monday said aggressive openings in Asia and Russia drove profits up 25 percent last year and that sales remained robust in February and March.

clock April 1, 2008Robert Murphy


In Brief: Gen Art Deadline… Hoop in Chapter 11… Kellwood Debentures…

The deadline for submissions for this year’s Gen Art Styles runway show is April 4.

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