The Verdict on Milan: Buyers Praise Season, But Still Cut Budgets

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Amber Le Bon

Fashion Scoops

Amber Glows at Moschino

Simon and Yasmin Le Bon’s daughter Amber took in the Moschino Cheap & Chic show, fresh from guest editing the label’s new online boutique.

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Uniqlo's new retail concept for young women at Tokyo's Marui.


Uniqlo’s Feb. Comps Up 4.2 Percent

Japanese company also unveils a new retail concept targeting young women.

clock March 3, 2009Koji Hirano and Kumi Matsushita

Human Resources

Puma Top Resignation Announced

Puma AG announced the resignation of its chief financial officer Dieter Bock.

clock March 3, 2009Ellen Groves

Items marketed by Beiersdorf.


Beiersdorf Profits Jump 28.3 Percent

Nivea, Eucerin and La Prairie all posted double-digit gains in 2008.

clock March 3, 2009Susan Stone


Chico’s, Cache Report Fourth-Quarter Losses

Double-digit slides in same-store sales affect two misses’ retailers, Chico’s and Cache.

clock March 3, 2009Alexandra Steigrad


Bauer Suspends Publication of Arena

Men’s style title victim of recession.

clock March 3, 2009Samantha Conti

Dsquared Circus costumes designs for Britney Spears.

Fashion Scoops

Britney Spears Links With Dsquared

Dean and Dan Caten have designed costumes for Spears’ Circus Tour.

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Burberry Prorsum RTW Fall 2009

Fashion Trends

Fall 2009 Runway Trend: The Belt Way

Chalk it up to the cold winter, but for fall, belted coats were all over the Milan runways.

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The Four Seasons Hotel (Maui)

Marketing and Promotion

Core Customers Key for Luxury Players

High-end consumption may revert to being a millionaire’s club.

clock March 4, 2009Valerie Seckler

Cacharel’s vintage print collection, which launched for spring, sold well at the French brand’s Train debut.

Ready To Wear

Buyers Scour for ‘Special’ Items at Train

With retailers at the Train show here saying they reduced their open-to-buys by 10 to 33 percent for fall, only special items made the cut.

clock March 4, 2009Whitney Beckett

Buyers looked for colorful print dresses for fall, like this one from Jane Wang.

Ready To Wear

Buyers Take Notes at Moda

Retailers shopping Moda Manhattan were still determining how much lower their fall open-to-buys will be.

clock March 4, 2009Whitney Beckett

A silk "Peace" dress from Charlotte Sparre.

Designer and Luxury

Bright and Dark Colors Mix at D&A

At the fall edition of the Designers & Agents show, collections were either mostly all black and basic or bursting with color.

clock March 4, 2009Marc Karimzadeh

Sergio Rossi Fall 2009


Fall 2009 Accessories: The Glamorous Life

During the Milan presentations, certain leading indicators — accessories — showed no signs of the economic slowdown.

clock March 4, 2009Roxanne Robinson

Sir Paul Smith’s San Francisco store.

Designer and Luxury

Sir Paul Smith Lands in San Francisco

Paul Smith’s first freestanding store in San Francisco is scheduled to open next Monday.

clock March 4, 2009Marc Karimzadeh

Ready To Wear

Obit: Benesch, Founder of Fritzi of California

Ernest “Ernie” Benesch, who founded Fritzi of California with his wife, passed away on Feb. 15. He was 95.

clock March 4, 2009Joanna Ramey

Designer and Luxury

Obit: Claudie Pierlot, French Designer

French contemporary designer Claudie Pierlot died last week after a long battle with cancer.

clock March 4, 2009Ellen Groves

Business Features

Kenneth Cole Loss Grows to $12M in Qtr.

Inventory reduction cuts sharply into Kenneth Cole’s gross margin.

clock March 4, 2009Vicki M. Young

Merci decor.


Hip Concept Stores Multiply in Paris

Merci and Hôtel Particulier, two concept stores opening in Paris this month, breathe optimism into the retail landscape.

clock March 4, 2009Ellen Groves and Katya Foreman

Fashion Scoops

Margiela en Route… Sandove’s Close Call… Darwin & Doonan…

For those who missed the recent Maison Martin Margiela, at Antwerp’s fashion museum, it may soon be coming to a museum near you.

clock March 4, 2009WWD Staff


Body Shop Said Cutting 275 Jobs

The Body Shop is aiming to get in shape by potentially shedding almost 300 jobs.

clock March 4, 2009Brid Costello


Paris Hilton, Parlux Extend Scent Deal

The union of Paris Hilton and Parlux Fragrances Inc. will continue for another five years.

clock March 4, 2009Matthew W. Evans

Bernard Arnault on the cover of WSJ.


Memo Pad: Arnault and More… Agin Stays, Sort Of…

WSJ., the Wall Street Journal’s glossy magazine, is back with a fashion-themed March issue.

clock March 4, 2009WWD Staff

Business Features

Retail Stocks Fall Hard Tuesday

The S&P Retail Index ended Tuesday down 2.4 percent.

clock March 4, 2009Arnold J. Karr


Saks’ Frasch Set to Get $3M Cash Incentive

Saks Inc. wants a long-term relationship with Ron Frasch.

clock March 4, 2009Arnold J. Karr

Missoni RTW Fall 2009


Milan Buyers Upbeat, But Thrifty

Retailer buyers appreciated the sexy and strong silhouettes on the Milan runways.

clock March 4, 2009WWD Staff


Daily Stock Wrap: March 3, 2009

The day’s top gainers and losers.

clock March 4, 2009WWD Staff


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Looks from the Rapha + Outdoor Voices collaboration.


Outdoor Voices' Ashley Merrill Says Company Is Profitable

clock 18hJean E. Palmieri

Social Studies

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