Gift Cards Lose Cachet As Anxious Consumers Opt to Buy the Basics

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The liquidation of high-profile chain Fortunoff has spooked some gift card purchasers.

Marketing and Promotion

Sign of the Times: Gift Card Sales Slump

The gift card, a symbol of conspicuous consumption before the recession, has become an indicator of economic hard times.

clock July 8, 2009Valerie Seckler

Isabel Lucas

Fashion Features

Front Row at Chanel: Anna Mouglalis, Danielle Steel and Zhou Xun

Anna Mouglalis, Peter Marino, Danielle Steel and Zhou Xun attended Chanel’s Fall 2009 Couture show in Paris.

clock July 7, 2009WWD Staff


Jones Shares Rise on Goldman Upgrade

Analysts said Jones Apparel Group will gain from improvements in midtier department stores, like Macy’s Inc., J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and Kohl’s Corp.

clock July 8, 2009Arnold J. Karr

Government and Trade

Hondurans Seek to Calm U.S. Apparel Industry

Honduran apparel industry executives arrived here Tuesday to tell their U.S. customers that it’s business as usual in the apparel sector.

clock July 8, 2009Liza Casabona


Lindsay Lohan in Tanning Product Lawsuit

Lindsay Lohan and her business partners have been accused of stealing the formula for Sevin Nyne Tanning Mist.

clock July 8, 2009WWD Staff


Study Finds M&A Slump Continued in First Half

Value of deals decline less than their number, according to Mergermarket.

clock July 8, 2009Vicki M. Young


Jack Victor Acquires Riviera

Tailored clothing brand Jack Victor has purchased certain assets, inventory and trademarks of fellow Canadian resource Riviera Inc., a better trouser maker.

clock July 8, 2009Brenner Thomas

Marketing and Promotion

Premium Fragrance Sales Rise in First Quarter

Overall sales of prestige fragrances may be down in U.S. department stores but sales of high-priced scents were up by double digits in the first quarter.

clock July 8, 2009Matthew W. Evans

Designer and Luxury

Friends of Tara Subkoff Set Benefit for Designer

Friends of designer Tara Subkoff, who has been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor that must be removed, plan a benefit to help raise money for her care.

clock July 8, 2009WWD Staff

Cover of People


Memo Pad: Michael Jackson Sells and Sells… Changes at Hachette…

It’s no surprise the celebrity weeklies are seeing a bounce in newsstand sales from coverage of Michael Jackson’s death.

clock July 8, 2009WWD Staff

Even in tough economic times, teens are still spending at the mall.

Marketing and Promotion

At the Mall, Even Teens Seek a Bargain

In a survey of American teenagers, 54 percent were spending more or about the same as they did in the previous six months, but they are newly value-conscious.

clock July 8, 2009Cecily Hall

Designer and Luxury

Brioni Net Falls, Names Sole CEO

Andrea Perrone to lead Italian luxury suit maker, Brioni.

clock July 8, 2009Emilie Marsh

Escada Retrospective in Berlin

Designer and Luxury

Emerging Designers Set the Pace in Berlin

There was no doubting the energy pulsing through the city during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin last week.

clock July 8, 2009Melissa Drier and Damien McGuinness and Susan Stone

Boss Orange RTW Spring 2010


Boss Orange Relaunches With Updated Look

The industrial setting was the perfect backdrop for the relaunch of Boss Orange during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.

clock July 8, 2009Melissa Drier

A Kitson T-shirt with Jackson’s likeness.


Retail Thriller: Stores Rush to Sell Michael Jackson Merchandise

T-shirts of Michael Jackson are flying off the shelf at Kitson, and A.B.S. is pushing Jackson-esque band jackets.

clock July 8, 2009WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Front Row at Lacroix: Well-Wishers Line Up

Louis Vuitton honcho Yves Carcelle was a surprising guest at Christian Lacroix’s on-a-shoestring couture show.

clock July 8, 2009WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Front Row at Alexandre Vauthier: Roisin Murphy Takes a Seat

Alexandre Vauthier delayed the start of his show Tuesday to wait for guest of honor and sometime brand ambassador Roisin Murphy.

clock July 8, 2009WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Scoop: Pick and Mix at Earl Pickens’ First Paris Show

American designer Earl Pickens’ first Paris show scored with one local political star, the former Socialist presidential candidate Ségolène Royal.

clock July 8, 2009WWD Staff

Adeline André Fall Couture 2009

Fashion Scoops

Adeline André’s Armor… Lagerfeld Speaks Up… Bookish in Paris…

Adeline André staged what could be the world’s smallest couture show Monday, showing just one look for women and one for men.

clock July 8, 2009WWD Staff


Daily Stock Wrap: July 07, 2009

The day’s top gainers and losers.

clock July 8, 2009WWD Staff

Delphine Arnault and Christian Lacroix

Fashion Scoops

Front Row at Givenchy: Snapping Lacroix and Delphine Arnault

“I feel relieved,” Lacroix said at the Givenchy couture show.

clock July 8, 2009WWD Staff

Stella McCartney’s new campaign.


Fauns for Stella… Early Look at the Numbers… Chamberlain Exits Talter…

“I’m a huge Bambi fan, and the film reminds me of my mum,” said Stella McCartney, referring to the late Linda McCartney, of her Bambi-inspired ad campaign.

clock July 20, 2009WWD Staff


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