Adapting for Survival: Vendors Redoing Model For Era of ‘New Normal’

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Even as vendors and retailers continue to struggle with nonshopping consumers and declining sales, the outlines of the world beyond the economic downturn are coming into focus.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Ann Taylor


AnnTaylor Shifts Strategy, Posts Loss

AnnTaylor ceo Kay Krill said new approach would increase in-store promotions while limiting markdowns.

clock August 21, 2009Alexandra Steigrad

Zoe Kravitz


A Mighty Heart with Charlotte Ronson

Charlotte Ronson followed up her L.A. bash with a fete in her hometown of New York City on Thursday night.

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Kathryn Neale Shaffer, Lauren Santo Domingo, Alexa Chung, Francisco Costa, Elettra Wiedemann and Melissa George


Calvin’s Clan Parties at Saks

Calvin Klein’s soiree at Saks felt more like a warm-up to fashion week than an in-store party, with appearances from Alexa Chung and Jessica Joffe.

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“Project Runway” Draws 4.2 Million Viewers

For Harvey Weinstein, it was worth the wait and the lawsuits for “Project Runway.”

clock August 21, 2009Stephanie D. Smith


Strickler Said Top Pick for Textile Negotiator Job

Former textile executive Gail Strickler is the leading candidate for the role of special textile negotiator in the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.

clock August 24, 2009Liza Casabona


Memo Pad: Looking to Hire

Martha Nelson is on the hunt for a new art director at

clock August 24, 2009Amy Wicks


Mettler Joins Stein Mart Board

Addition of Mettler to Stein Market board increases number of directors to 12.

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Retail Stocks Up Friday

Ben Bernanke’s talk of recovery lifts retail shares and three major indices.

clock August 24, 2009Arnold J. Karr


Plaintiffs Appeal Dismissal of Case Against Sears, Lampert

Judge had dismissed case involving Kmart bankruptcy.

clock August 24, 2009Matthew Lynch

Overall sales of men’s underwear are up in the first half.


Briefonomics: Forecasts From the Underwear Department

An upswing in sales of men’s underwear may mean the economy in general has turned the corner.

clock August 24, 2009Brenner Thomas

A rendering of Chanel’s in-store boutique at Selfridges.

Color Cosmetics

Chanel Opens New Boutique in Selfridges

A fragrant whiff of French flair will infiltrate Selfridges today when Chanel unveils a state-of-the-art fragrance boutique there.

clock August 24, 2009Brid Costello

A look at a point-of-sale visual for the Cacique Back Smoothing Bra.


Invista Teams With Lane Bryant on New Bra

New collaboration between Invista and Lane Bryant uses Lycra 2.0 tape garment technology for Cacique Back Smoothing Bra.

clock August 24, 2009Karyn Monget

NSR Nina Runsdorf multi-colored sapphire slice cuff with diamonds.

Designer and Luxury

Nina Runsdorf Introduces Colored Stones

Nina Runsdorf, a forerunner of incorporating diamond slices in her signature line NSR Nina Runsdorf, is introducing the company’s first collection in color.

clock August 24, 2009Sophia Chabbott

Rebecca Minkoff


Rebecca Minkoff Plots Growth

Rebecca Minkoff creates social networking website to build her brand.

clock August 24, 2009Caroline Tell

The Tea Time trend represents a mix of lace, tradition with a touch of vintage.


Mode City Lineup Proves Strong Mix

Mode City intimates and swimwear salon is set for Sept. 5-7 in Paris.

clock August 24, 2009Katya Foreman

Wallace Shawn


Like Father, Like Son: Q&A With Wallace Shawn

The prolific actor Wallace Shawn, and son of legendary editor William Shawn, is releasing an anthology of his musings, “Essays,” through Haymarket Books.

clock August 24, 2009Jacob Bernstein

Foreign direct investment in China fell by 35.7 percent in July.


Foreign Investment in China Declines

With its trade ties with the United States and other countries strained, China is working to reassure the world it remains the best place for foreign investors.

clock August 24, 2009Kathleen E. McLaughlin

Feed Projects co-founders Lauren Bush and Ellen Gustafson with a Millennium Villages community health worker wearing the new backpacks in Uganda.

Fashion Scoops

Feed Health Backpack Debuts… Marciano Calls Defamation Suit “Baseless”…

Lauren Bush and Vanity Fair will host the launch of the new Feed Health backpack at the Kenneth Cole store in Santa Monica, Calif., Wednesday.

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Veronica Webb stars in the campaign to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.


Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Launches Charm Initiative

CFDA marks 15th anniversary of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer with a QVC collaboration and new ads starring Veronica Webb.

clock August 24, 2009Marc Karimzadeh

Government and Trade

ITC Rules China Dumped Ribbon on U.S.

Decision could lead to sanctions.

clock August 24, 2009Liza Casabona

Inventory Reductions


Vendors Address the New Normal

Retailers are cutting inventories by 15 percent or more from a year ago to deal with the new nonshopping consumer.

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Nike, Hilfiger Among Dreier Ponzi Scheme Victims

Nike, Tommy Hilfiger and Diesel were caught in Marc Dreier’s Ponzi scheme.

clock August 24, 2009Matthew Lynch

DKNY’s cotton and spandex compression shorts and Chinese Laundry’s cotton, nylon and spandex socks. Adrienne Vittadini tank; Walter skirt; Tuk shoes.


Spring 2010 Legwear Trend: Color Guard

Bright is right for spring. Whether in loose wovens, patterned sheers or solid opaques, legwear in saturated tones add some pep to a step.

clock August 24, 2009Court Williams

A style from Nanette Lepore’s footwear collection.


Findings: More Lepore… Cyber Eyes… Natori Party…

Nanette Lepore is launching a footwear collection for spring with Peter Marcus Group, set to hit stores in February.

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“The Future Streets” installation in the Meatpacking District.


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