Luxury in a Recession: Jewelers Market Designs As Investments, Rarities

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A year after the financial markets melted down and the days of freewheeling spending on luxury goods came to a grinding halt, top-tier jewelers have adapted to marketing their best pieces in this economy.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Tatler's Birthday Cake


Tatler Celebrates 300th Anniversary

Friends, fans and former cover girls gathered Wednesday night at London’s grand neo-classical Lancaster House to celebrate Tatler’s 300th anniversary.

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Heidi Mount in Chanel.


Coco Puffs and Fashion Buffs

A rainy, windy and chilly day would usually be cause for concerned event planners worried about turnout. Apparently that’s not a problem for Chanel.

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Estée Lauder Raises Forecast

The Estée Lauder Cos Inc. said better-than-expected sales and tight cost controls would lead it to “significantly higher” Q1 profits than previously projected.

clock October 16, 2009Evan Clark

Designer and Luxury

Li & Fung Plans IPO For Trinity

Executives will announce details of the offer for the menswear retailer on Tuesday.

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CIT Amends Debt Offer

CIT Group Inc. on Friday amended the debt restructuring offer that began on Oct. 1.

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Retail Stocks Rise 1.3 Percent Last Week

The S&P Retail Index ended the week at 393.03.

clock October 19, 2009Evan Clark


Joe’s Jeans Posts Double-Digit Sales Gains

Double-digit sales gains in its men’s and women’s businesses lifted earnings for premium denim player Joe’s Jeans during the third quarter.

clock October 19, 2009Ross Tucker

Residents riding on wooden boats pass by a flooded market in the town of Santa Cruz in the Philippines.

Government and Trade

Philippines Struggles to Rebound From Typhoon

Businesses in the Philippines look to rebuild after extreme flooding.

clock October 19, 2009Bambina Wise

Burberry’s Toronto flagship.


Burberry to Open in Toronto

Burberry takes a big stake in the Canadian market today with the opening of a 9,932-square-foot, two-level flagship at 144 Bloor Street in Toronto.

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Marla Sabo Named Vice Chairman at Hudson Jeans

Premium denim label Hudson Jeans has tapped Marla Sabo as the company’s vice chairman.

clock October 19, 2009Ross Tucker


Hanesbrand and Wal-Mart in Plus-Size Deal

Hanesbrand’s JMS line to be exclusive plus-size brand at Wal-Mart.

clock October 19, 2009Karyn Monget

Susan Boyle


Memo Pad: Looking Good, Susan Boyle… BusinessWeek’s New Era…

Susan Boyle liked the results of her Harper’s Bazaar makeover so much, she’s using the images for her latest album.

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A happy recipient of last year’s Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program.


Payless Expands Charity Program

Payless ShoeSource will distribute more than $1.2 million, in the form of 77,000 coupons, toward a free pair of shoes to children in need.

clock October 19, 2009Caroline Tell

Bags from the new Love Moschino collection.


Moschino Launches Contemporary Line

New contemporary-priced accessories line, Love Moschino, is launching for spring.

clock October 19, 2009Sarah Haight

A sketch of a gown from Badgley Mischka’s Mark & James line.

Fashion Scoops

Ailey Dancers to Wear Mark & James… Opening Night…

Dancers from the Alvin Ailey School of Dance will be among the first to wear gowns from Badgley Mischka’s new line Mark & James.

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A Leviev necklace.

Designer and Luxury

Jewelers Craft a New Path to Luxury

Fine jewelers market investment pieces and ultrarare, once-in-a-lifetime jewelry.

clock October 19, 2009Sophia Chabbott

Earrings from the Dweck Diamonds collection for QVC.


Me&Ro, Dweck Try Out Home Shopping

Me&Ro and Stephen Dweck have partnered with HSN and QVC, respectively, on fashion jewelry collections.

clock October 19, 2009Sophia Chabbott and Caroline Tell

A signature Undressed look by Marlies Dekkers for spring.


Marlies Dekkers Enhances U.S. Business

Marlies Dekkers has come a long way since creating her first Adam and Eve collection of provocative lingerie in Holland in 1991.

clock October 19, 2009Karyn Monget

A bodysuit from the Gorgeous Support collection.


Frederick’s Introduces New Shapewear Lines

Frederick’s shapewear collections Sleek & Sexy and Gorgeous Support are aimed at holiday and spring selling.

clock October 19, 2009Marcy Medina

Wendy Crowe and a model wearing a robe and cami by Wendy Glez Organic.


Wendy Glez Organic to Sprout for Spring

Lingerie designer Wendy Crowe is set to launch an organic cotton line for spring called Wendy Glez Organic.

clock October 19, 2009Kristen Studeman

Banana Republic RTW Spring 2010

Fashion Features

Banana Republic Spring 2010 Collection

Banana Republic is embracing its sportier side.

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Georgia May Jagger

Human Resources

Rimmel Taps Georgia Jagger and Coco Rocha

Georgia Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, and Coco Rocha will join Rimmel’s star-spangled lineup of spokeswomen.

clock October 19, 2009Brid Costello

An ad for the Jimmy Choo for H&M collection.


Jimmy Choo to Accessorize H&M

Jimmy Choo for H&M line will bow Nov. 14.

clock October 19, 2009Sophia Chabbott

Bonnie Brooks in The Room.


Canadian Retailer The Bay Revamps Designer Room

The Bay, Canada’s big department store, is showing some agility.

clock October 19, 2009David Moin

"The Queen Mother" by William Shawcross.


New Bio Chronicles the Queen Mother

Author William Shawcross recalls the Queen Mother’s pleasure-seeking spirit.

clock October 19, 2009Samantha Conti

Thurman, mother, in “Motherhood.”


Uma Thurman Figures Out ‘Motherhood’

The actress Uma Thurman stars as a harried New York mom in her latest flick.

clock October 19, 2009Elisa Lipsky-Karasz

American Eagle Outfitters Inc.


American Eagle’s Holiday Line Pleases Analysts

Most see improvements in AEO’s fashion approach and potential for better performance.

clock October 19, 2009Alexandra Steigrad


Hugo Boss in Union Talks Over Cleveland Factory

Six months after union officials said Hugo Boss intended to close its Cleveland suit factory the company has reversed its thinking.

clock October 19, 2009Brenner Thomas

Beauty Features

Shiseido Makes Eco-Friendly Moves

Shiseido is stepping up its environmental efforts with goals to reduce CO2 emissions at its plants and develop sugarcane-based polyethylene bottles.

clock October 19, 2009Amanda Kaiser

Beauty Features

Comme des Garçons Unveils New Fragrance

Comme des Garçons collaborates with Finnish design firm Artek on new scent, Standard.

clock October 19, 2009Hardeep Chohan

Chloé Spring RTW 2010

Fashion Trends

Spring Runway Trend: Practical Magic

Feminine looks weren’t the whole story for spring — Paris had plenty of sporty, utilitarian styles, too.

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