In ‘Solid’ Paris Season, Stores Reduce Budgets, Demand Lower Prices

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Retailers praised a safe-but-solid Paris fashion season based on polished French chic while pushing sharp pricing and the “wow” factor to the top of their buying agendas.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Dov Charney


American Apparel Sells Stake to Lion Capital

London-based private equity firm takes 20 percent stake; injects $80 million.

clock March 13, 2009David Lipke and Samantha Conti

Lanvin RTW Fall 2009

Fashion Trends

Fall 2009 Runway Trend: Glitter Rocks

Paris fashion rocked — literally — as designers delivered glitter-dusted minidresses, chain mail-effect tunics and stone-encrusted coats.

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Retail Stocks Pick Up 14.8 Percent for Week

Retail shares extended their rally to a fourth day Friday, racking up a 14.8 percent gain for the week as the broader stock market rebounded from 11-year lows.

clock March 16, 2009Evan Clark

Nine West


Falling Market Caps Add to Uncertainty

Earnings, financing arrangements and stock listings put at risk.

clock March 16, 2009Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Government and Trade

January Imports Fall to Five-Year Low

Textile and apparel imports to the U.S. in January dip to the lowest level for that month in five years.

clock March 16, 2009Kristi Ellis

Designer and Luxury

Carlo Brandelli Exits Kilgour

Carlo Brandelli, the creative director for venerable Savile Row tailor Kilgour, has left the company.

clock March 16, 2009Emilie Marsh

Government and Trade

UNITE HERE Board Seeks to Curb Breakaway Faction

UNITE HERE union’s general executive board voted Friday to revoke the charters of the 15 joint boards that voted to disaffiliate.

clock March 16, 2009Kristi Ellis

H&M in Moscow.


Despite Grim Retail Climate, H&M Opens in Moscow

H&M’s first Russian store opened here Friday with a scrum for discount coupons and lines of up to 30 people clogging changing rooms.

clock March 16, 2009Alastair Gee


Shabby Chic Stores to Close

After quietly filing for Chapter 11 protection, liquidation sales imminent for Shabby Chic.

clock March 16, 2009Matthew Lynch


Where Will Jim Kelly Sit?… The New Yorker’s New Summit…

Will top editors who are removed from Time Inc. titles still be rewarded with a cushy job on the corporate side?

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Crabtree and Evelyn's cotton sateen robe and cotton nightgown.


NAP: The Undoing of a Sleepwear Dream

NAP Inc., a once-thriving $100 million lingerie company, endures serious financial problems.

clock March 16, 2009Karyn Monget

The Black Eyed Peas

Beauty Features

Lauder, Beckman Honored at March of Dimes Beauty Ball

The March of Dimes Beauty Ball brought out William Lauder, Richard Beckman, Fergie with the Black Eyed Peas, and Vanessa Williams.

clock March 16, 2009Julie Naughton

Rosato earrings.


Luxe Jewelers Aim to Dazzle at About J

At the About J Trade show, high-end fine jewelry firms, including Casato Roma, Chantecler, and Di Amor, tweak designs and expand product offerings.

clock March 16, 2009Stephanie Epiro

Benoit Missolin headband.

Accessory Trends

Premiere Classe Accessories Show Sees Fewer Buyers

Foreign visitors to the Premiere Classe accessories show in Paris drops 15 percent this year, while hats and scarves emerge as major trends.

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Graff’s Flame necklace.

Designer and Luxury

Luxury’s Lament: The End of Flaunting

Luxury business leaders, from Frederic De Narp of Cartier to Karl Lagerfeld to Judith Ripka, discuss the new stigma of buying luxe goods.

clock March 16, 2009Sophia Chabbott

Nina Ricci RTW Fall 2009

Designer and Luxury

Theyskens, Ricci Part Ways

Designer leaves fashion house.

clock March 16, 2009Miles Socha

Balenciaga RTW Fall 2009


Retailers Praise Paris Fashion Week, Reduce Budgets

At Paris Fashion Week, retailers liked what they saw while pushing sharp pricing.

clock March 16, 2009WWD Staff

Peter Marino with Anna and Gildo Zegna.

Fashion Scoops

Peter Marino’s Moment… Valentino Honored… Pierre Berge Objects…

Ermenegildo Zegna feted its new Tokyo flagship… Valentino will be the 13th recipient… Forever 21 will open its first store in Japan…

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Social Studies

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