Markdowns Go Global: French Retailers Join Price-Slashing Trend

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Takashimaya Full-Year Net Profit Drops 37%

The ongoing economic crisis and declining consumer sentiment bit into the group’s results.

clock April 10, 2009Koji Hirano



Barneys Debt Downgraded Monday

S&P cut the luxe retailer Barneys’ debt to “CCC,” but shares remained flat Monday.

clock April 13, 2009Evan Clark

Ambiente in Palm Desert, Calif.

Ready To Wear

Sportswear Brand Ambiente Enters U.S. Market

WWD interviews Michael Boveleth, managing director of Ambiente, about the German sportswear company’s launch in the United States.

clock April 14, 2009David Moin

One of Ashley Turin’s designs.


Retail Boutiques Blossom on the Lower East Side

Boutiques take advantage of lower rents.

clock April 14, 2009Sharon Edelson


Gerszberg Hampshire Offer Hits Snag

Efrem Gerszberg’s NAF Holdings races against Friday deadline to buy Hampshire Group Ltd.

clock April 14, 2009Matthew Lynch


In Brief: Giving Isaac Mizrahi Credit

Limiting distribution of the Isaac Mizrahi-designed Liz Claiborne line to just one store per mall could be a good thing.

clock April 14, 2009WWD Staff

Sebastian sponsors a photo contest.

Beauty Features

Sebastian Sponsors Photo Contest

Sebastian Professional is celebrating the unconventional with its “New to the Eye” fashion photography contest.

clock April 14, 2009Susan Stone

Rick Owens carries the wax model of his head that will be displayed in the London store.

Designer and Luxury

Rick Owens Opens London Store

Rick Owens has opened his first store in London on Mayfair’s old-world South Audley Street.

clock April 14, 2009Nina Jones

FIG’s “FIGlet” interns dressed in Corey Lynn Calter dresses.

Ready To Wear

Dallas FIG Buyers Keep Tight Focus

Retailers seek on-trend fashion but orders shrink.

clock April 14, 2009Holly Haber

Discounts at Celio


European Retailers Join in Markdown Mania

French and U.K. retailers — including Etam, La Redoute, Marks & Spencer and Selfridges — are adopting aggressive price-cutting tactics.

clock April 14, 2009Ellen Groves

Paul Smith San Francisco store exterior

Designer and Luxury

Paul Smith Hosts Snappy San Francisco Party

Yves Béhar, Susie Tompkins Buell and Derek Holbrook feted the opening of Paul Smith’s first San Francisco store.

clock April 14, 2009Joanna Ramey

Singer Lola Ponce in Belstaff with the Audi A3 Cabriolet.


Fashion Brands Increase Exposure to Battle Downturn

Belstaff, Façonnable and Trussardi are boosting brand awareness.

clock April 14, 2009Alessandra Ilari

A view of the Fashion Access Show that ran concurrently with Prime Source.


Global Economic Woes Dominates Prime Source

At Prime Source Forum, apparel executives assessed the impact of the recession on aspects of the supply chain, from manufacturing to retailing.

clock April 14, 2009Constance Haisma-Kwok

Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis


Haiti Aims to Rebuild Textile Sector

Prime Minister Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis spoke in New York on Monday promoting textile and apparel manufacturing in Haiti.

clock April 14, 2009Ross Tucker

Georges Seurat inspired this Carolina Herrera gown.

Designer and Luxury

Bridal Designers Outsmart the Recession

Bridal designers like Carolina Herrera have jumped into the new season with ingenuity and some, such as Vera Wang and Lela Rose, have also razored prices.

clock April 14, 2009Rosemary Feitelberg

Nicole Miller's crystal earrings, Reem Acra's silk-covered rhinestone and crystal necklace, Oscar de la Renta's silk satin and tulle clutch with Swarovski crystals, Junko Yoshioka's silk and rhinestone belt and Romona Keveza's silk tulle veil.

Designer and Luxury

Bridal Fashion Trend: White Tide

Frothy and fresh, this season’s bridal accessories featured elaborate design elements like stacked rosettes, clusters of beads and gems and mountains of tulle.

clock April 14, 2009Court Williams

Carolina Herrera's unconventional ivory and black fils coupé gown — a nod to Edouard Manet — is accented by a Tiffany & Co. diamond and platinum butterfly brooch.

Fashion Trends

Bridal Fashion Trend: Classical Variations

Bridal looks can be serene and soft, but designers like Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang offered more dramatic styles, too.

clock April 14, 2009WWD Staff

The Versace-Lamborghini travel collaboration.

Fashion Scoops

Versace Revs Up… Officer Clergerie… Lake Bell and Lyn Devon…

Versace has partnered with Lamborghini… Robert Clergerie was made an officer… Lake Bell co-hosts dinner and trunk show for Lyn Devon…

clock April 14, 2009WWD Staff

A Street of Shops display for Kooba.


Henri Bendel Brings Back Street of Shops

Of all of Geraldine Stutz’s innovations for Henri Bendel, the Street of Shops is perhaps the most beloved.

clock April 14, 2009Sharon Edelson

Domenico De Sole speaking at the University of Pennsylvania.

Designer and Luxury

Domenico De Sole Advises Luxury Should Stay the Course

Domenico De Sole, chairman of Tom Ford International, told Penn students ““the key is to stay the course and not change the brand.”

clock April 14, 2009Rachel Lockwood

John Paul Jones


John Paul Jones on Merce Cunningham

Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones performs Thursday night at the opening of “Merce at 90” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

clock April 14, 2009Emily Holt

"The Birthday Present" by Barbara Vine


A ‘Birthday Present’ From a Baroness

Ruth Rendell discusses “The Birthday Present,” her latest thriller under her nom de plume Barbara Vine.

clock April 14, 2009Nina Jones

A look from Mortimer’s fall 2009 collection.


Eye Scoop: Minnie Mortimer Does Dresses

The social-turned-designer fetes her latest collection tonight at Cooper Square Hotel.

clock April 14, 2009WWD Staff

Bergdorf’s cross-merchandises Bottega Veneta ready-to-wear and home.


Bergdorf Expands the World of Bottega Veneta

Bergdorf Goodman is having a Bottega Veneta moment and hoping recession-weary shoppers feel it, too.

clock April 14, 2009David Moin

Oscar de la Renta took First Lady Michelle Obama to task for wearing a sweater to meet Queen Elizabeth II.


Memo Pad: Oscar de la Renta Visits ‘The View’

Oscar de la Renta aims to calm the storm over his criticism of the First Lady Michelle Obama for wearing an Azzedine Alaïa sweater during her royal visit.

clock April 14, 2009Rosemary Feitelberg


Talbots Posts $366.5M Loss in Quarter

The Talbots Inc. on Monday posted sharp fourth-quarter declines, including a net loss of $366.5 million and a comp-store sales drop of 24.6 percent.

clock April 14, 2009David Moin and Alexandra Steigrad


Daily Stock Wrap: April 13, 2009

The day’s top gainers and losers.

clock April 14, 2009WWD Staff


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The Estée Lauder beauty hub at Debenhams


Debenhams Collapses Hours After Arcadia Files for Bankruptcy

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