2014 WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit: Revolution, Evolution

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The fashion and retail landscape is changing so rapidly that at times it seems executives never have a chance to catch their breaths. SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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CJ Yao RTW Spring 2015

Fashion Features

Shanghai Fashion Week Comes to a Close

The biggest name making an appearance in the Shanghai Fashion Week tents was Alberta Ferretti.

clock October 24, 2014Casey Hall

A spring look from the better Robert Rodriguez line.

Ready To Wear

Robert Rodriguez Moving to Better Sportswear

This Tuesday, One Jeanswear Group will unveil Robert Rodriguez as a better sportswear brand, with plans for a February launch for spring.

clock October 24, 2014Marc Karimzadeh

The Gucci dinner at Tokyo's sumo stadium

Parties

Gucci Marks Japan Anniversary

Frida Giannini and Patrizio di Marco mark brand’s 50th with gala dinner.

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Fashion Scoops

Ralph Rucci Headlining Cooper Hewitt Design by Hand Series

The designer’s keynote Nov. 4 lecture, which will feature a discussion with deputy director Brooke Hodge, will be held in the museum’s Great Hall.

clock October 27, 2014Rosemary Feitelberg

Media

Condé Nast Shuffles CNE, Media Group

The company is honing in on its digital and media teams.

clock October 27, 2014Alexandra Steigrad

Media

Hearst Magazines International Adds Three Digital Execs

The company is shifting its gaze to digital, adding three new jobs to the business side.

clock October 27, 2014Alexandra Steigrad

Nicole Miller's dress for the Sixers' Dancers.

Fashion Scoops

Nicole Miller Unveils Dresses for Philadelphia 76ers’ Dancers

The designer said the hook-up works well with the tag line for her latest ad campaign “You don’t have to wear a suit to feel strong.”

clock October 27, 2014Rosemary Feitelberg

Natalie Portman in Dior and Benjamin Millepied in Yves Saint Laurent.

Parties

Natalie Portman Cheers Husband at L.A. Dance Project Performance

Benjamin Millepied is more well known these days as Mr. Natalie Portman, but he’s also the founder of L.A. Dance Project.

clock October 27, 2014Lindzi Scharf

An illustration of Paul Poiret by Adrien Barrère.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Paul Poiret Poised for Brand Revival

The current owner of the Poiret trademarks plans to sell them via an online auction.

clock October 27, 2014Miles Socha

Lisa George

People

Michael George Opens Shop in East Village

Eight months after the death of floral designer Michael George, his wife Lisa has found a downtown address for the company that bears his name.

clock October 27, 2014Rosemary Feitelberg

The Bottega Veneta store in Boston.

Designer and Luxury

Bottega Veneta Opens Store in Boston

The label has opened a 2,500-square-foot store at 310 Boylston Street in The Heritage on the Garden in Boston’s historic Back Bay district.

clock October 27, 2014Sharon Edelson

Sarah Quinland

Financial

WWD CEO Summit: Sarah Quinlan, MasterCard

Investments in e-commerce are allowing department stores to blunt the effects of a sharp move away from shopping in the channel.

clock October 27, 2014Arnold J. Karr

Karen Katz

Retail

WWD CEO Summit: Karen Katz on Innovation

Katz, the president and chief executive officer of the Neiman Marcus Group, is grappling with change at the luxury chain — and it’s been coming on strong.

clock October 27, 2014David Moin

Andy Dunn and Jennifer Hyman

Retail

Rent the Runway’s Jennifer Hyman, Bonobos’ Andy Dunn Talk Brick-and-Mortar

Two brands born on the Internet — Bonobos and Rent the Runway — have turned to physical retail to expand their businesses.

clock October 27, 2014Rachel Strugatz

Government and Trade

VF Sustainability Report Details Plan of Action

VF Corp. outlined ambitious goals and addressed significant challenges in its global supply chain in the launch.

clock October 27, 2014Kristi Ellis

Joseph Altuzarra and Karis Durmer

Designer and Luxury

Altuzarra’s Joseph Altuzarra and Karis Durmer on Art and Commerce

To some extent, their holistic philosophy toward the business of fashion is owed to their respective unconventional paths into the industry.

clock October 27, 2014Jessica Iredale

Glen Senk and Ron Frasch

Business Features

Front Row Partners’ Glen Senk and Castanea Partners’ Ron Frasch Talk Innovatiion

Innovative ideas that have traction and scaleability are what initially grabs the attention of investors.

clock October 28, 2014Vicki M. Young

Trevor Edwards

Business Features

Nike’s Trevor Edwards on Reaching Tech-savvy Shoppers

Nike will continue to play up the experiential with female consumers.

clock October 28, 2014Rosemary Feitelberg

Marni Men's RTW Spring 2015

Designer and Luxury

Marni Men’s Returns to Runway at Pitti Uomo

Pitti Uomo continues its tradition of mixing emerging designers with established brands.

clock October 28, 2014Paulina Szmydke

Patrizio di Marco

Handbags

Di Marco’s Gucci ‘A Work in Progress’

Despite a disappointing set of third-quarter sales figures, Gucci ceo Patrizio di Marco maintains that the luxury giant is on the right track.

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Richard Baker

Human Resources

Hudson’s Bay’s Richard Baker Discusses Acquisitions

The governor and chief executive officer of the Toronto-based retailer, said the quickest way to grow is by purchasing a complementary retail business.

clock October 28, 2014Jean E. Palmieri

Suzanne Lee

Textiles

Biocouture’s Suzanne Lee on the Future of Fashion

Suzanne Lee foresees a future in which “the frontier of fashion will be where designer jeans meet designer genes.”

clock October 28, 2014Arnold J. Karr

Dr. Qing Wu

Retail

Google’s Dr. Qing Wu Talks Consumer Trends

In his role as senior economist at Google, Dr. Qing Wu uncovers economic and consumer behavior from search trends.

clock October 28, 2014Lisa Lockwood

Yancey Strickler, Maria Pinto and Satya Twena.

Retail

Yancey Strickler, Satya Twena and Maria Pinto Discuss Crowd Funding

Designers have long turned to friends and family to bootstrap a collection, but thanks to Kickstarter, that pool of “friends” is much larger.

clock October 28, 2014Evan Clark

Armand Hadida

Retail

L’Eclaireur Set to Open First U.S. Store in L.A.

Armand Hadida is taking a leap across the pond.

clock October 28, 2014Paulina Szmydke

Human Resources

Bernd Beetz Named Interim CEO at St. John

All operations will continue to report to the current merchandising and operations teams reporting to Beetz. A fulltime ceo will be sought.

clock October 28, 2014WWD Staff

Steve Holmes

Retail

Intel’s Steve Holmes on Wearables

Steve Holmes, of Intel’s new devices group, said, “We believe that it takes a village to make really compelling products. It’s about creating a new ecosystem.”

clock October 28, 2014Sharon Edelson

A rendering of the Macy's store at Al Maryah Central on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi.

Retail

Macy’s to Open in Abu Dhabi

Retailer to open store in Abu Dhabi in 2018, its first unit outside the U.S.

clock October 28, 2014David Moin

Fashion Scoops

Sidney Toledano Elected to Guggenheim Board

For the past two years, Dior has sponsored the Guggenheim International Gala in New York.

clock October 28, 2014Jessica Iredale

Semi-finalists of the H&M Design Award.

Fashion Scoops

H&M Unveils Design Award Finalists

Hennes & Mauritz AB has selected a short list of 24 aspiring designers from 37 fashion schools worldwide for the fourth edition of its annual H&M Design Award.

clock October 28, 2014Joelle Diderich

Pierre Bergé

Fashion Scoops

Pierre Bergé’s Library to Be Auctioned

More than a thousand manuscripts and books are go under the hammer at Paris’ auction house Drouot in 2015.

clock October 27, 2014Laure Guilbault

Essentialist

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The set of "Karl For Ever"

Eye

Opera Director Robert Carsen Creates a Grand Set for "Karl For Ever"

clock 2hFiona Ma

Social Studies