Cautions for Luxury: Survey Finds Wealthy Less Keen on Category

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As if luxury brands didn’t have enough problems coping with the global recession, they now have to battle two perceptions in the minds of the wealthiest consumers they’re banking on to lead a recovery.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Sarah Brown and Christopher Bailey


Downing Street Fetes London Fashion Week

Christopher Bailey and other British talent gathered at 10 Downing Street, ­­for a party to kick off London Fashion Week.

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Debra Messing in Martin Katz Black and White Diamond Earrings.


Rocking Out Pre-Emmys

Guests Debra Messing, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Westfeldt, Brenda Strong, Courtney Ford and Jennifer Carpenter had their fill of both Champagne and bling.

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Alyssa Milano


Entertainment Weekly and Women in Film Fete

The bash at Sunset Marquis hotel drew an eclectic bunch including Sharon Stone, Jaime Pressly, Cecily Tyson and Sarah Silverman and the cast of “The Office.”

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Heidi Klum Hosts Pre-Emmy L.A. Confidental Magazine Party

The very pregnant Emmy nominee mingled with party-goers including Max Azria, Christian Audigier, Jason Davis and “Twilight’s” Rachel Lefevre.

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Tracey Emin


After Party for Westwood

British artist Tracy Emin took time away from her canvases to pop into Vivienne Westwood’s after-show party in London.

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Alison Mosshart


Browns Focus Fetes Mark Fast

Guests, including Jay Jopling, Tinsley Mortimer and her beau gathered at a private members club in Soho to listen to a set from DJ Alison Mosshart.

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Marketing and Promotion

Brighter Mood Permeates Beyond Beauty Show

Despite the general economic malaise, attendee traffic at the seventh annual Beyond Beauty Paris trade show rose 4 percent on-year.

clock September 22, 2009Jennifer Weil

Skin Care

ICS Products to Be Available on Gilt

International Cosmetic Surgery has partnered with Gilt Groupe.

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Greg Lauren


The World of Greg Lauren

Greg Lauren’s Art Looks At Style And Identity

clock September 22, 2009Jean Scheidnes

The port of Long Beach is a gateway to the U.S. for Chinese-manufactured goods.

Government and Trade

U.S.-China Tensions Mount Over Trade

A complicated trade relationship between the U.S. and China gets more contentious after President Obama decided to impose tariffs on Chinese tire imports.

clock September 22, 2009Kristi Ellis

Ruben and Isabel Toledo

Designer and Luxury

Reservations Only: Fashion Crowd Learns to Be Thrifty

Gallup reported there have been some positive signs in recent months, but comparisons to last September indicate the U.S. has a long way to go.

clock September 22, 2009Rosemary Feitelberg

Slow August same-store sales didn’t help analysts’ outlook for back-to-school.

Business Features

Anxiety Rises Over Holiday Season

B-t-s performance raised caution level despite some encouraging signs.

clock September 22, 2009Alexandra Steigrad

A photo collaboration between Laurie Simmons and Peter Jensen.

Designer and Luxury

The Doll Squad: Designer Peter Jensen Shows Works in Miniature

London designer Peter Jensen was first inspired by Frances Glessner Lee, heiress and amateur criminologist.

clock September 22, 2009Venessa Lau

Allegri uses hangtags to highlight product information.


Survey Finds Wealthy Less Keen on Luxe Category

A large percentage of wealthy consumers perceive that the quality and craftsmanship of luxury goods are worse today than in years past.

clock September 22, 2009Vicki M. Young


Bangladesh Sees Export Gains Based on Low Costs

Bangladesh’s position as one of the cheapest sourcing nations has shielded it from the worst and even allowed the country to pick up market share.

clock September 22, 2009Jahir Ahmed

The apparel industry is one of Bangladesh’s largest employers.

Government and Trade

Price Hunt Pushes Sourcing Beyond China

Vietnam, Bangladesh and Pakistan gain ground for sourcing, but China is still the easiest place for companies because it is so well established.

clock September 22, 2009Liza Casabona

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

Government and Trade

Chinese Economy Struggles to Evolve

China is on the upswing, but government leaders say innovation and domestic consumption are needed for the long-term health of the economy.

clock September 22, 2009Kathleen E. McLaughlin

Fashion Scoops

Judging by Daniel Lalonde…. Long Wait at H&M… Crazy for Kane…

Daniel Lalonde, fashion critic? The president and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton North America took a spin outside his regular job description.

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Texworld buyers.


Texworld Buyers See Quality Rising in Asia

An uptick in visitors translated into better sales and lifted the spirits of mills exhibiting at Texworld.

clock September 22, 2009Elena Berton

Recipients of Première Vision’s first PV Awards.

Fashion Features

Premiere Vision Vendors See Signs of Improvement

Weavers at last week’s Première Vision textile fair pulled out all the stops on the creative front for the winter season.

clock September 22, 2009Katya Foreman

An item from Rick Owens’ London show.

Fashion Features

Rick Owens Furniture Exhibit to Open in London

The designer Rick Owens will have his first-ever London furniture show, “Evolution,” at Sebastian + Barquet’s gallery.

clock September 22, 2009Samantha Conti

Deborah Needleman in her garden.


Memo Pad: Gathering Dominos… Joanna Coles’ Runway Pal…

Former Domino editor is about to launch Lonny, an online-only shelter magazine.

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Inside M Missoni.

Designer and Luxury

M Missoni Opens Milan Unit

M Missoni’s first Italian store will be officially unveiled today, with plans to roll out directly owned and franchised stores worldwide.

clock September 22, 2009Luisa Zargani

A piece from H.Stern + Grupo Corpo collection.

Human Resources

H.Stern Sees Executive Changes

Ceo of H.Stern North America, Ronaldo Stern, has been named executive vice president, and Susan Nicholas will take over his role.

clock September 22, 2009Sophia Chabbott


TJX to Buy Back Shares

The TJX Cos. Inc. board on Monday approved a new stock buyback program for as much as $1 billion of its common shares.

clock September 22, 2009Alexandra Steigrad

Business Features

Collective Brands Renames Stride Rite Unit

Collective Brands Inc. said Monday its Stride Rite Corp. unit will now do business under the name Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group.

clock September 22, 2009Caroline Tell


Daily Stock Wrap: September 21, 2009

The day’s top gainers and losers.

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