Reading the Recession: Global Players See Signs of Upturn

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Luxury firms like Hermès and Tiffany continue to feel the squeeze while L’Oréal is coming under increasing pricing pressure from consumers.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Designer and Luxury

Investor Writes Down Valentino Stake Again

Permira investor says fashion firm’s value declined 35 percent in half.

clock August 28, 2009Andrew Roberts


Retail Stocks Rise 1.1% for Week

J. Crew, Guess outperform competitors in a lackluster quarter for retailers.

clock August 31, 2009Evan Clark

Human Resources

Obituary: Alex Grass, 82

One of the founders of rite aid and pioneers of chain drugstore retailing, died Thursday, following a 10-year battle with lung cancer. He was 82.

clock August 31, 2009Faye Brookman


J. James Gordon, Textile Exec and Claiborne Investor, Dies at 78

Textile industry executive and one of the original investors in Liz Claiborne Inc., died Aug. 25 after a long illness. He was 78.

clock August 31, 2009Ross Tucker

The cover of Olivier Theyskens’ book.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Topshop’s Dance Off… Oliver Twist…

Retailer to collaborate with Freddy, the Italian dance and fitness wear label, to produce a collection of fitness wear.

clock August 31, 2009WWD Staff

LaVelle Olexa with Nicole Miller and the twentysomethings.

Fashion Scoops

LaVelle Olexa’s Mentoring Program

Industry alum admits it was tough leaving Lord & Taylor five months ago after marking her 20th year there.

clock August 31, 2009David Moin

A look at the ad campaign for Obsidian by Elle Macpherson Intimates.


Elle Macpherson Intimates to Launch Obsidian for Spring

Line will be distributed in U.S., Australia and U.K.

clock August 31, 2009Louise Bartlett

A Pro-Tech high-waisted shaper by Puma.


Puma Launches Innerwear and Bodywear

Sportswear line is launching its first line of licensed innerwear and bodywear for women, men and children in the U.S.

clock August 31, 2009Karyn Monget

Anya Hindmarch

Designer and Luxury

Anya Hindmarch’s Bespoke Collection Offers a Personal Touch

New accessories line, Anya Hindmarch Bespoke, will give her clients a chance to dip their toes into the designer’s creative process.

clock August 31, 2009Nina Jones

Stella McCartney


Stella in Eyewear Deal With Luxottica

Designer is boosting her lifestyle offerings with a new eyewear collection for spring.

clock August 31, 2009Caroline Tell

Mila Kunis


Factory Girl: Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis talks to WWD about playing a sexy scam artist in Mike Judge’s latest film.

clock August 31, 2009Emily Holt

Michael Kors on a recent African adventure.


Postcard: Michael Kors’ South Africa

The designer shops and goes on safaris in South Africa.

clock August 31, 2009WWD Staff

The National


New Neighborhood Joint on the LES

The National opened to little fanfare, but there’s a lot going on in the kitchen.

clock August 31, 2009Elisa Lipsky-Karasz

Images from Gucci’s children’s book for UNICEF.

Designer and Luxury

Gucci’s Snowman to Aid UNICEF

Finding a new theme for Gucci’s UNICEF holiday campaign seems to stimulate Frida Giannini as much as designing a new bag.

clock August 31, 2009Alessandra Ilari

The legal battle between Tiffany and eBay Inc. continues.


Global Players Hint Worst Might Be Over

While executives remain extraordinarily cautious, there is a growing sense that things may have bottomed out across the board.

clock August 31, 2009WWD Staff

Kim Kaufman’s 20-karat rose gold, 18-karat yellow gold, 18-karat palladium, gold and diamond necklace.


Novel Notions: New Jewelry Designers

Thirties chinoiserie, Philippine blossoms and flea market finds are a few of the whimsical inspirations of three new fine jewelry designers.

clock August 31, 2009Venessa Lau and Shoshanna Fischhoff

Mark Davis for Monique Pean’s 18-karat yellow gold, 18-karat white gold, fossilized mammoth ivory, smoky quartz, black spinel and ruby bangles.


Jewelry Designers Make Surprise Moves

A venerable diamond house goes playful, while two jewelry designers join forces.

clock August 31, 2009WWD Staff


PEI Inks Pierre Cardin License

Company links a five-year licensing agreement with S.A.R.L. de Gestion Pierre Cardin.

clock August 31, 2009David Lipke

Cover of POP magazine.


Memo Pad: Pop Art… September Issue…

It seems Pop magazine’s new editor in chief, Dasha Zhukova, was serious about making the relaunched title as much about art as fashion.

clock August 31, 2009WWD Staff


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