Denim’s New Direction: Brands, Retailers Wary Over Pressure on Prices

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Denim proved to be a winning category for retailers throughout the recession and its momentum carried through the holiday season — but the warning lights are flashing.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Giorgio Armani

Designer and Luxury

WWD List: Man Power

Top men’s luxury brands in China.

clock December 31, 2009Suzanne Blecher

Barbara’s Way gloves for cleaning and gardening.

Hats, Gloves and More

Tough Girl: Barbara Kavovit Finds Her Way Back

New licensing firm Barbara’s Way designs feminine gloves for housework and home improvement projects.

clock December 31, 2009David Moin


Italian Brand Culti Opens U.S. Unit

As part of its ongoing expansion plan, Culti, the Italian design, beauty and spa brand, has unveiled its first U.S. location.

clock December 31, 2009Beth Wilson

Human Resources

Buyer Mary Epstein Dead at 94

Mary Epstein, a former buyer, died Dec. 26 in St. Vincent’s Hospital here. She was 94.

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Lady Gaga


Lady Gaga’s Cameo on ‘Launch My Line’… Out-and-In at Four Times Square…

Lady Gaga is set to make a cameo on the Jan. 6 episode of “Launch My Line.”

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Denim sales at boutiques started to rise after the back-to-school season.


Denim’s New Direction: Brands, Retailers Feel Pressure on Price

Stores and brands report consumers are now reluctant to buy $250 premium jeans.

clock December 31, 2009Ross Tucker

Blake Lively in Christian Louboutin.


2009’s Most Ubiquitous Party People

The celebs, designers, and even a government official, who worked the red carpet this year.

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Michaelangelo L’Acqua


Mixing It Up: Q&A With Michaelangelo L’Acqua

If Michaelangelo L’Acqua hadn’t fallen out of love with mixing music for fashion shows, he wouldn’t have wound up the global music director for W Hotels.

clock December 31, 2009Karyn Monget

Louise Brooks in “Diary of a Lost Girl,” 1929.


Poster Child: Ira Resnick’s Passion

Ira Resnick’s girlfriends used to complain that he was in love with dead actresses.

clock December 31, 2009Lorna Koski

Chris Benz


Turning Over a New Leaf: Designer Share Their New Year’s Resolutions

Sophie Theallet, Chris Benz and Thakoon Panichgul talk about their goals for 2010.

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Signature brights from Desigual.

Ready To Wear

Desigual Set to Expand in 2010

Despite the global downturn, the Spanish fashion brand Desigual remains on a rapid expansion course, including the opening of its first German store.

clock December 31, 2009Melissa Drier

Fashion Scoops

Stephen Jones Makes the Honors List… Planet Levi’s…

An eclectic group of designers and fashion figures, including milliner Stephen Jones, have been named in Queen Elizabeth II’s 2009 New Year Honors list.

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In Brief: Suit Against Retailer Chick Downtown

Online boutique Chick Downtown owes $950,000, according to suit.

clock December 31, 2009WWD Staff


In Brief: Sockwell Retires from Claiborne Board

Oliver Sockwell has resigned as a director of Liz Claiborne Inc. after seven years on the board.

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Danner Sues Rag & Bone Over Boot

Boot maker Danner Inc. says Rag & Bone’s ‘Danner Combat Boot’ infringes on its marks.

clock December 31, 2009Matthew Lynch

Eyedonist is Safilo’s chain in the Far East.


Safilo Sells Some Retail Operations

Safilo Group SpA said Wednesday that it had sold a portion of its retail units to Hal Holding NV for 13.7 million euros, or $19.7 million.

clock December 31, 2009Rachel Mascetta


Retail Stocks Dip 0.5% Wednesday

Holiday sales appeared to lend credence to the notion that retailers are beginning to show signs of life.

clock December 31, 2009Evan Clark

Evisu’s new men’s denim looks debuted at Barneys this holiday.


Scott Morrison Puts His Stamp on Evisu

Six months into his tenure as global chief executive officer of Evisu, Scott Morrison has moved rapidly to reposition the denim and sportswear brand.

clock December 31, 2009David Lipke

South Africa’s Springboks players model Canterbury of New Zealand at England’s Rugby School, the birthplace of rugby.


Canterbury of New Zealand Eyes America

With a little help from Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus,” could America at last be embracing rugby? At least one company, Canterbury of New Zealand, hopes so.

clock December 31, 2009Jean Scheidnes

The Basler store in Troy, Mich.

Designer and Luxury

Bridge Label Basler Expands Retail in U.S.

Goldbach, Germany-based bridge label opened a freestanding store at Somerset Collection in Troy, Mich., this month.

clock December 31, 2009Marc Karimzadeh

Inside Assouline’s Las Vegas store.

Designer and Luxury

Assouline Steps Up Retailing and Custom Services

Assouline has turned its eye toward retail expansion and luxury services.

clock December 31, 2009Jean Scheidnes

From left, 3.1 Phillip Lim jacket and pants; Jil Sander’s shirt; 3.1 Phillip Lim belt; John Varvatos shoes; Louis Vuitton jacket, Versace shirt, Etro cotton pants and Valentino shoes.

Fashion Features

Spring 2010 Men’s Wear Trend: Fresh Prints

This season, designers are moving away from traditional men’s wear patterns of pinstripes, checks and the ever-popular plaid into more daring territory.

clock December 31, 2009Alex Badia

Wal-Mart’s Web site saw a 55.1 percent increase in unique visitors in November.


Storm Boosts Holiday Spending Online

ComScore reports 4.9% e-commerce growth for seasons.

clock December 31, 2009Arnold J. Karr


Israel’s Tefron in Financial Fray

Tefron Ltd., the Israeli manufacturer of seamless and cut-and-sew undergarments and activewear, is coming apart.

clock December 31, 2009Jessica Steinberg


Daily Stock Wrap: December 31, 2009

The day’s gainers and losers.

clock December 31, 2009WWD Staff

Linda Wells


Memo Pad: Editors and Publishers’ 2010 Resolutions

For magazine editors and publishers, the New Year’s resolution du jour is ad pages.

clock January 4, 2010Amy Wicks


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