Fashion’s Loyalty Oath: Firms Insist Designers Vow, ‘Devoted to You’

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Unemployment Rises to 8.1 Percent

Department, specialty stores add 9,400 jobs.

clock March 6, 2009Liza Casabona


Ann Taylor Set to Close 163 Stores

Retailer Ann Taylor loses $375.6 million in quarter.

clock March 6, 2009Alexandra Steigrad

Doo-Ri Chung’s tights on the runway.

Hats, Gloves and More

Findings: Glitzy Gams by Doo-Ri… Weddings for Cole Haan..

Doo-Ri Chung didn’t intend for her crystal- and sequin-studded tights to cause a major stir among fashion insiders.

clock March 9, 2009WWD Staff

A ruby and diamond ring by McTeigue & McClelland.

Designer and Luxury

McTeigue & McClelland Opens New York Salon

Jewelers Walter McTeigue and Tim McClelland have opened their first Manhattan salon, available by appointment.

clock March 9, 2009Sophia Chabbott


Hartmarx Could Close N.Y. Hickey Freeman Flagship

Amid bankruptcy woes, Hartmarx Corp., Hickey Freeman’s parent, appears ready to shutter the Hickey Freeman flagship at 666 Fifth Avenue.

clock March 9, 2009Jean E. Palmieri

Pieces from the Meredith Wendell collection.


Bright Spring: Meredith Wendell Accessories

As a child growing up in Lewisburg, W. Va., Meredith German would often visit The Greenbrier, a nearby resort with grand interiors that were famously redone.

clock March 9, 2009Sarah Haight

A look from Tim Hamilton.

Fashion Features

An American in Paris: Tim Hamilton’s Debut Women’s Collection

Tim Hamilton is launching his first women’s collection with a presentation at Paris’ Galerie Hussenot.

clock March 9, 2009Venessa Lau


Hilfiger Merges U.S. and Canada Businesses

Tommy Hilfiger has merged Tommy Hilfiger Canada and Tommy Hilfiger USA Inc. under the umbrella of Tommy Hilfiger North America.

clock March 9, 2009Lisa Lockwood

Lindsay Lohan for Sevin Nyne.

Body Care

Glow On: Lindsay Lohan Launches Self-Tanning Mist

Lindsay Lohan tackles self-tanning with her latest product Sevin Nyne.

clock March 9, 2009Andrea Nagel

The New Yorker’s biannual Style issue.


Memo Pad: Streetwise Bill Cunningham… Slimane in L.A….

The New Yorker’s biannual Style Issue hits newsstands this week with profiles of Bill Cunningham and Alber Elbaz.

clock March 9, 2009WWD Staff


Permira Investor Writes Down Valentino Stake

The largest investor in private equity group Permira Advisers LLP has written down its stake in Valentino Fashion Group by more than half.

clock March 9, 2009Emilie Marsh and Andrew Roberts


15 UNITE HERE Locals Vote to Cut International Ties

Fifteen local boards of UNITE HERE, representing about 150,000 union members, voted on Saturday to break with the international parent union.

clock March 9, 2009Liza Casabona

Business Features

Nike Drafts Jeanne P. Jackson for New Post

Nike Inc. has drafted Jeanne P. Jackson, a member of its board since 2001, for the newly created role of president of direct to consumer.

clock March 9, 2009Whitney Beckett

Michelle Obama in the Liz Claiborne New York blouse designed by Isaac Mizrahi.

Fashion Scoops

Michelle Obama Wears Liz… Chalayan Designs Denim… Madonna’s Material…

On Thursday, Michelle Obama was spotted wearing a white ruffle Liz Claiborne New York blouse.

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Stuart Vevers at work.

Business Features

Creative Directors Replace Double-Duty Designers

Fashion firms demand designers’ loyalties.

clock March 9, 2009Miles Socha

Sadie Frost in “Touched…For the Very First Time.”


Sadie Frost Channels Madonna

Sadie Frost might be best known as Jude Law’s ex-wife, Kate Moss’ BFF or a founding member of London’s fast-living Primrose Hill set.

clock March 9, 2009Nina Jones


Retail Stocks Tread Water

S&P index unable to hold gains from earlier in day.

clock March 10, 2009Arnold J. Karr

Business Features

George Feldenkreis Named Miami’s Top CEO

Perry Ellis International’s chairman and chief executive officer George Feldenkreis can add another accolade to his resume: Miami’s top ceo.

clock March 16, 2009WWD Staff


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