NexCen’s Tough Times: Bill Blass Owner Warns Over Future of Biz

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The owner of Bill Blass, Athlete's Foot and other operations saw shares fall 77.1 percent in trading Monday after the company said there is "substantial doubt" about its ability to continue as a going concern.

From This Issue

Melissa Sweet


2009: A Lace Odyssey

Gauzy gowns and chiffon shifts made a strong showing for spring 2009, but one of the oldest materials in the book stole the spotlight.

clock May 20, 2008Court Williams

A tiara made by Henri Lavabre for Cartier, circa 1913.


Jewels Shine At The V&A

London’s Victoria & Albert Museum is opening a more luxurious backdrop for its treasure trove of jewels.

clock May 20, 2008Nina Jones


Carol’s Daughter Thrives on HSN…

Carol’s Daughter and HSN are building a profitable partnership. In its initial outing on the channel earlier this month, Carol’s Daughter “substantially…

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Pascal Lamy

Government and Trade

U.S. Farm Bill Could Threaten Doha Talks

The $300 billion farm bill passed by Congress last week by enough votes to sustain a threatened veto from President Bush could ring the death knell for the…

clock May 20, 2008Kristi Ellis and John Zarocostas


Revisions Offered on Industrial Goods

Revised offers from the chairman of the Doha Round industrial goods talks aimed at lowering duties on manufactured goods that were circulated Monday appear…

clock May 20, 2008John Zarocostas

Apparel and city officials are discussing the Garment District's long-term plan.


Fashion Center BID Eyes Garment District’s Future

The Fashion Center Business Improvement District sees a future with pedestrian and bike lanes on Broadway, the possible relocation of 7th on Sixth to a…

clock May 20, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

Real Estate

CFDA Members Listen Closely, Planning for Changes

Earlier this month, a handful of Council of Fashion Designers of America members met with New York City officials to talk about potential rezoning plans for…

clock May 20, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

A Fall 2008 look from Bill Blass.


NexCen’s Tough Times: Bill Blass Owner Warns Over Future of Biz

What’s next for NexCen? The owner of Bill Blass, Athlete’s Foot and other operations saw shares fall 77.1 percent in trading Monday after the company said…

clock May 20, 2008Vicki M. Young


Simon Property Group Enlarging Two Centers

Simon Property Group Inc. is expanding two of its retail centers in Texas: The Domain, an upscale, mixed-use development in Austin, and the Grapevine Mills…

clock May 20, 2008Holly Haber

A provocative Cabana Cachaca ad.


Memo Pad: Adding Up… A Fine Line Indeed… New Staff…

If business among the women’s titles looks dismal, men’s fashion magazines don’t have much more to brag about. Men’s monthlies are reporting softer results,…

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Alexandra Wise

Fashion Features

Pomp and Circumstance

John Galliano in Savannah, Georgia? If the idea of the Parisian couturier and all-around over-the-top character in the Deep South seemed unlikely…

clock May 20, 2008Jessica Iredale

Calvin Klein Collection

Designer and Luxury

Scaling Back

Francisco Costa, the creative director of Calvin Klein Collection, was inspired by images of reptiles and scales for resort.

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Anya Hindmarch

Designer and Luxury

Anya Hindmarch Gets to Know China

China launches a national ban on plastic bags on June 1, but that impending transition had nothing to do with Anya Hindmarch’s recent visits to Shanghai and…

clock May 20, 2008Lisa Movius

Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi at Blake.

Fashion Features

6267 Blows Into Chicago

The 6267 design team of Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi looked a bit tired during a whirlwind visit here. Who could blame them?

clock May 20, 2008Beth Wilson

Ashley Olsen

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Morning Person… Star Light… Pop Top…

Resort shows are starting to attract their fair share of celebrities, from Jennifer Lopez at Dior to Diane Kruger at Chanel.

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Natalie Portman in Balenciaga at Eden Roc.


Water World

The must-have accessory in Cannes this weekend was an umbrella as torrential downpours played havoc with red-carpet dressing.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, in Lanvin, aboard Diego Della Valle's yacht.


The Love Boat

For Gwyneth Paltrow, one red-carpet premiere, two parties and three wardrobe changes is all in a day’s work.

clock May 20, 2008Marcy Medina


Benetton Eyes Emerging Markets’ Potential

Benetton Group SpA has big plans for emerging markets.

clock May 20, 2008Luisa Zargani

Designer and Luxury

Ferragamo Sees 10 Units in India by 2013

Salvatore Ferragamo SpA is beefing up its presence in India.

clock May 20, 2008Andrew Roberts

Akris looks on the runway.

Designer and Luxury

Akris Trunk Show at Bergdorf’s Nets $1M

Akris customers appear to be bucking the ailing economy, ringing up $1 million in sales during a three-day fall trunk show last week at Bergdorf Goodman.

clock May 20, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

The new Under Armour shop in Aurora, Ill.


Under Armour Opens Second Store

Under Armour Inc. opened its second retail door last week in Aurora, Ill., as the active brand hits a half-year of testing the direct-to-consumer concept.

clock May 20, 2008Whitney Beckett

An ad image for Kelly Ripa's Ryka line.

Marketing and Promotion

Ryka Readies for Growth With Ripa

With Kelly Ripa as its new face, Ryka plans to triple its business by 2009.

clock May 20, 2008Whitney Beckett

William Dillard 2nd revealed plans to trim the store base and cut capital expenditure by more than 45 percent.


Dillard’s to Cut Stores

Dillard’s Inc. chief executive officer William Dillard 2nd said Saturday that in hindsight, the department store chain entered too many markets it shouldn’t…

clock May 20, 2008Mark Friedman

Human Resources

Puma Names CEO at Chalayan

In a move to secure sales growth and profitability at its new subsidiary Hussein Chalayan, Puma AG named 33-year-old Giorgio Belloli as chief executive…

clock May 20, 2008Ellen Groves


In Brief: New Bags for Vittadini… Northpark Shooting… Edwards Starts…

Adrienne Vittadini has signed a new licensing agreement for its handbag collection with Sondra Roberts, a 25-year-old independent specialist.

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Today's Must Read

Inside Tom Ford Beauty’s Guangzhou store.


In-Store Beauty Retail Will Increasingly Be Driven By Tech, Services

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Social Studies

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