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Gucci RTW Spring 2010

Fashion Trends

Spring 2010 Runway Trend: White This Way

Milan designers hit an ivory coast for spring with a slew of all-white looks, from softly tailored pants and sheer blouses to frothy little dresses.

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From left: Robert Burke, Joseph M. Boitano, Khajak Keledjian and Ikram Goldman.

Designer and Luxury

Luxury Retailers Turn Back to Basics

High-end stores, such as Intermix and Ikram Goldman, return to the roots of luxe with an emphasis on both quality and scarcity.

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Alex Bolen

Designer and Luxury

At Oscar de la Renta, Expanded Offering Spurs Business

Alex Bolen, ceo of Oscar de la Renta, outlined areas for change at the enduring designer house.

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Daniella Vitale

Designer and Luxury

Gucci Aims to Elevate Customer Experience

After a bit of self-analysis, Gucci has some new priorities: elevate the customer experience in its stores and bring greater job satisfaction to employees.

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Gina Sanders

Designer and Luxury

Lucky Identifies Alpha Shoppers

Gina Sanders, vice president and publisher of Lucky magazine, has a message for the media: Women are still shopping.

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Vic Drabicky

Business Features

Building a Solid Foundation for Luxury Online

How do luxury brands adapt online, while maintaining an air of sophistication?

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Paula Sutter

Designer and Luxury

Diane von Furstenberg Focuses on Heritage

When Paula Sutter joined Diane von Furstenberg as president about 10 years ago, she was thinking about more than DVF’s famous wrap dress.

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Paul james

Designer and Luxury

Serving Up Luxe Overnight

Paul James, global brand leader of The St. Regis and The Luxury Collection, discusses catering to affluent consumers.

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Designer and Luxury

Mercedes Focusing on Core Values

t Stephen Cannon, vice president of marketing at Mercedes-Benz USA, skipped traditional summer car sales and instead focused on a value message.

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In Brief: Catherine Fisher Joins AnnTaylor

Fisher will lead media and internal communications.

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Norman Hsu Sentenced to More Than 24 Years

Government sought 30 years or more for Ponzi scheme by former men’s wear executive.

clock September 30, 2009Matthew Lynch

Business Features

Nike Ekes Out First-Quarter Profit Gain

Sales fall, but bottom line beats analysts’ expectations.

clock September 30, 2009Vicki M. Young


Sears in $6.2 Million EEOC Settlement

Sears Holdings Corp. agreed to pay $6.2 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

clock September 30, 2009Liza Casabona

Stephen Colbert with the October Glamour.


Memo Pad: Don’t Cheat on Stephen Colbert… DailyCandy’s New Look…

The most efficient way to get attention from Stephen Colbert is to write about him.

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A look from Schott’s sportswear collection, which will be part of the Fashion in Detroit runway shows this week.

Ready To Wear

Schott Revs Up Men’s Sportswear Line

Leather outerwear maker Schott NYC is launching a men’s sportswear collection for spring, including woven shirts, denim jeans, T-shirts and light outerwear.

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2006 Brings FTBC to Portugal.

Fashion Features

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Turns 15

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, now celebrating its 15th anniversary, really started with Ralph Lauren.

clock September 30, 2009Marc Karimzadeh

Evelyn Lauder

Human Resources

Q&A: Evelyn Lauder

Evelyn Lauder, who has raised more than $252 million for her Breast Cancer Research Foundation, talks to WWD about these issues.

clock September 30, 2009Pete Born

From left: Robert Burke, Joseph M. Boitano, Khajak Keledjian and Ikram Goldman at the "Luxury Redefined" forum.

Business Features

WWD Luxury Forum Recap: Reading the Winds of Change

A recap of WWD’s one-day forum, “Luxury Redefined: Strategies for Success in the New Economy.”

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Rodarte’s work will be on view at the Cooper-Hewitt.

Fashion Scoops

Rodarte’s Museum Trip… Coco Rocha Cohosts Ball… Indian Feast…

The fashions of Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s Rodarte label will be displayed at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum next year.

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The Prada Transformer’s latest evolution.

Designer and Luxury

Prada Transformer’s Final Evolution

Prada’s tetrahedron structure, the Transformer, was rotated and reconfigured for the fourth and last time for “The Student Takeover” project.

clock September 30, 2009Luisa Zargani

Looks at Selfridges third floor.


Youth Spurt: Selfridges Unveils Fresh Contemporary Space

Selfridges’ flagship just got a fresh jolt of energy thanks to a dedicated space for denim brands and young and contemporary labels, like Christopher Kane.

clock September 30, 2009Samantha Conti


With Consumers Wary, Fashion Industry Faces Long Road Ahead

Consumer confidence dipped unexpectedly in September, and many retail finance chiefs are concerned about excess inventory.

clock September 30, 2009Evan Clark

Workers at Modell’s prototype in Pelham Manor, N.Y.


Modell’s Sports a New Look

It’s a pivotal season for the 120-year-old Modell’s sporting goods, apparel and footwear chain.

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The American Apparel store on the Lower East Side is one of seven the retailer has equipped with RFID to better manage its huge assortment of styles.


American Apparel Loses 1,500 Factory Workers

American Apparel has fired about 1,500 immigrant production workers in the last month.

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Greg Wasson


Walgreens Earnings Slip in Fourth Quarter

Sales up 7.6% as SG&A increases 9.6%.

clock September 30, 2009Matthew W. Evans


Boots Brings Name to Waitrose

Health and beauty retailer Boots will rebrand as Boots 13 pharmacies it runs in Waitrose supermarkets in the U.K.

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Daily Stock Wrap: September 29, 2009

The day’s top gainers and losers.

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