A Challenged Couture: Asian Demand a Lifeline for Rarefied Fashion

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An influx of younger clients from fast-developing Asian markets is helping to lift Europe’s few remaining couture houses.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Philippe Benacin


Montblanc Teams with Inter Parfums

New fragrance license is for 10 and a half years.

clock January 22, 2010Jennifer Weil

Fashion Features

Jean Arnault, Father of LVMH Chief, Dies at 90

Funeral services for Jean Arnault were held at the Saint-Germain-des-Pres church Saturday, said Pierre Godé, Bernard Arnault’s adviser.

clock January 22, 2010Joelle Diderich

Dockers’ teaser for its Shazam! mobile smartphone Super Bowl promotion will run on 500 Web sites prior to game day, Feb. 1 to 7.

Marketing and Promotion

Dockers to Advertise During Super Bowl

Brand returning to the game after eight-year absence.

clock January 22, 2010Valerie Seckler

Peter Hidalgo and Joseph Altuzarra

Designer and Luxury

FGI’s Rising Stars Luncheon Honors Budding Designers

Fashion Group International has found its Rising Stars for 2010, with Peter Hidalgo and Joseph Altuzarra picking up honors.

clock January 22, 2010Marc Karimzadeh

Kenzo models parade around the Place des Victoires, surrounded by 30 vintage Citroën DS cars.

Fashion Scoops

Kenzo’s Show Stops Traffic

For Kenzo’s finale, guests poured out on the Place des Victoires, complete with 30 vintage Citroën DS cars.

clock January 23, 2010WWD Staff

Zoe Cassavetes

Fashion Scoops

Front Row at Dior Homme

The Dior Homme show drew an eclectic crowd including director Zoe Cassavetes, photographer Mario Testino and architect Peter Marino.

clock January 23, 2010WWD Staff

Marc Jacobs, Nathalie Rykiel, Frédéric Mitterrand and Elisabeth Ponsolle des Portes.

Fashion Scoops

Marc Jacobs Honored in Paris

Marc Jacobs decorated as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by French Culture Minister Frédéric Mitterrand.

clock January 23, 2010WWD Staff

Zoe Cassavetes

Fashion Scoops

Kimmel’s Crowd in Paris

A cinema-heavy crowd, turned out for Adam Kimmel’s presentation. Guests included directors Zoe Cassavetes and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

clock January 21, 2010WWD Staff

DJ Panda By A Boy

Fashion Scoops

Pandas on Show at The Palais de Tokyo

Chinese artist Jiji, famous for his grumpy panda drawings and T-shirts, is getting his first solo show in France at the Palais de Tokyo.

clock January 24, 2010WWD Staff

Cover of InStyle magazine.


Fashion Titles See Ad Pages Rise… A Kardashian Reality…

Marie Claire, Lucky, and Harper’s Bazaar are posting increases in ad pages in the first quarter.

clock January 25, 2010WWD Staff


Retail Stocks End Tough Week With 1.9% Drop

S&P Retail Index dropped 1.9 percent Friday; December unemployment rises in 43 states.

clock January 25, 2010Evan Clark


Salter Resigns as CEO of Hilco Consumer Capital

Eric Kaup has been named interim ceo of the private equity firm.

clock January 25, 2010Lisa Lockwood

Ann Taylor's lace-trim bralet and thong.


Eberjey Teams With Ann Taylor

Exclusive line of daywear and undies debuts at Ann Taylor stores and anntaylor.com this week.

clock January 25, 2010Karyn Monget

Designer and Luxury

La Perla Takes Distribution In-house

La Perla has taken control of its longtime partner, London-based distributor Hornvale. Move adds 12 directly operated points of sale.

clock January 25, 2010Luisa Zargani

Fashion Features

In Brief: Perry Ellis Inks Kid’s License… Sam’s Club Cuts…

Perry Ellis International has signed a children’s wear license for its Perry Ellis brands with Fishman & Tobin, Inc.

clock January 25, 2010WWD Staff

Displays of couture at Chanel’s Ginza flagship store in Tokyo.

Designer and Luxury

Couture Houses Turn to Asia for Rejuvenation

As the couture shows get under way in Paris today, executives voiced optimism as they look for new customers in Asia.

clock January 25, 2010Miles Socha

Monica Botkier and Michelle Trachtenberg

Fashion Scoops

Michelle Trachtenberg Celebrates… Michelle O., Ma Belle?…

“Gossip Girl” star Michelle Trachtenberg was guest of honor Thursday at a dinner celebrating her handbag collaboration with Botkier.

clock January 25, 2010WWD Staff

Human Resources

Chad Kessler Said Out at A&F

Abercrombie & Fitch Co., reeling from poor results, has dismissed its top ranking women’s merchant, according to sources.

clock January 25, 2010David Moin

Look from Banana Republic’s Luxe Leisure collection.


Banana Republic Launches Capsule Line

Resort is the one season that should exist year-round, at least as far as Banana Republic is concerned.

clock January 25, 2010Jessica Iredale

The $25 T-shirt will benefit the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.


CFDA Launches Fashion For Haiti Effort

CFDA and its member designers have organized a nationwide effort to raise funds via a “Fashion for Haiti” T-shirt.

clock January 25, 2010David Lipke

Earrings from the Steve Madden collection.


Steve Madden Introducing Jewelry

Line to be done in licensed partnership with Lucas Design.

clock January 25, 2010Caroline Tell

Human Resources

Rite Aid Taps Standley as CEO

John T. Standley will become Rite Aid’s president and chief executive officer, effective June 24.

clock January 25, 2010Matthew W. Evans

Justin Giunta’s bejewelled Barbie.

Designer and Luxury

Designers Doll Up Barbies for CFDA Initiative

Barbie dolls styled by Isaac Mizrahi, Rachel Roy, Justin Giunta and others will go to auction this week.

clock January 25, 2010Marc Karimzadeh


Bebe Inks Handbag Deal With Accessory Network

Bebe has made a three-year licensing agreement with Accessory Network Group to design and manufacture a collection of handbags and small leather goods.

clock January 25, 2010Caroline Tell


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