Winter Weather Hits, And Retailers Shiver

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The coldest temperatures since the winter of 2013 blew through the Northeast and Midwest last weekend as snow fell across the Southern Plains and severe thunderstorms — even tornados — hit the Gulf Coast. SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Isabel Leonard as Cherubino and Marlis Petersen as Susanna in Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro," with sets and costumes by Rob Howell, at the Met.

Designer and Luxury

Theater and Opera Designer Rob Howell Talks Broadway and the Met

The British-born designer, who creates both costumes and sets, has three productions running in New York at once.

clock November 17, 2014Lorna Koski

Fashion Scoops

Pucci Moves in Milan

Emilio Pucci has moved to a two-story building with more spacious fitting rooms and a private VIP lounge.

clock November 14, 2014Cynthia Martens

Emily Weiss

Products

Emily Weiss’ Glossier Raises $8.4 Million

The new beauty line is a social brand born online that’s built on a two-way dialogue with consumers.

clock November 17, 2014Rachel Strugatz

Fashion Scoops

Lapo Elkann Confronts Diego Della Valle on Facebook

The Fiat scion responded online to criticism from Tod’s chief.

clock November 17, 2014Alessandra Turra

Opening Ceremony and Intel introduce MICA's functional features in panel hosted by Eva Chen.

Media

Intel, Opening Ceremony Talk MICA

The bracelet is untethered, it does not need a phone to connect — it uses an AT&T SIM card.

clock November 17, 2014Jessica Iredale

Eileen Fisher ads reflect the brand’s fashion and values.

Marketing and Promotion

Eileen Fisher’s Truth in Advertising

The company’s focus in marketing has been on simple styles and real women.

clock November 18, 2014Alexandra Steigrad

Jim Gundell and Jonci Cukier

Business Features

Sharing the Power at Eileen Fisher

Jonci Cukier and Jim Gundell joined the company within weeks of each other in 2004 and have shared the chief operating officer role for the past five years.

clock November 18, 2014Arnold J. Karr

The Isabella Rossellini campaign, 1998.

Sportswear

Eileen Fisher Timeline: Three Decades of Organic Growth

A look back at the company’s history.

clock November 18, 2014WWD Staff

Business Features

The Corporate Culture of Eileen Fisher

“We really care about people having integrated lives, with work and personal,” said Susan Schor, chief culture officer.

clock November 18, 2014Lauren McCarthy

Eileen Fisher denim jeans produced in the U.S.

Markets

Keeping It Green at Eileen Fisher

Sustainability efforts affect every step of the process.

clock November 18, 2014Lauren McCarthy

"People are always asking me how big I think [the company] will be. I don't know. It was never about how big it would be or having a real strategy." —Eileen Fisher

Human Resources

Eileen Fisher, the Accidental Designer

Over three decades, Fisher has built a standout brand while managing to stick to her values.

clock November 18, 2014Lisa Lockwood

Candice Reffe and Rebecca Perrin

Sportswear

Getting Creative at Eileen Fisher

The brand’s co-creative officers, Candice Reffe and Rebecca Perrin, are in charge of overseeing the design process.

clock November 18, 2014Taylor Harris

An in-store shop at Neiman Marcus in Chicago.

Designer and Luxury

Eileen Fisher’s Retail Message

Retail follows the same company tenets of sustainability, experimentation and customer engagement.

clock November 18, 2014Sharon Edelson

The Web site’s “& Behind the Label” section tells the story of the company’s sourcing and sustainability.

Media

Eileen Fisher in the Digital Sector

A major overhaul of the brand’s Web site emphasizes social and environmental issues.

clock November 18, 2014Rachel Strugatz

A linen knit tank over a silk dress, a linen scarf and a cotton scarf worn as a turban, all organic.

Fashion Trends

Eileen Fisher at 30: Desert Daze

Eileen Fisher’s spring collection is filled with light and airy pieces that layer together, capturing a nomadic yet ethereal vibe.

clock November 18, 2014Antonia Sardone

Urban Outfitters

Financial

Urban Outfitters’ Profits Decline Sharply in Q3

Negative comparable-store sales trends impacted results in the period.

clock November 17, 2014Vicki M. Young

Olivia Palermo, Dianna Agron, Dita Von Teese and Emily VanCamp, all in Carolina Herrera with the designer.

Parties

Carolina Herrera Hosts Mexico City Gala

Guests included actresses Emily VanCamp and Dianna Agron of “Revenge” and “Glee,” respectively; Dita Von Teese, and Marc Puig.

clock November 17, 2014Ivan Castano

Inside Valextra's first U.S. store.

Designer and Luxury

Valextra Opens First U.S. Store

The move comes on the heels of the ceo appointment of Alessandra Bettari, and just over a month since the departure of design director Alvaro Gonzalez.

clock November 17, 2014WWD Staff

Flipkart is increasing its focus on fashion.

Retail

Flipkart Beefs Up Fashion Team

India’s largest e-commerce site has tapped two proven executives to build its fashion category.

clock November 17, 2014Rosemary Feitelberg

Clockwise from top right: Yestadt Millinery’s straw hat; Rebecca Minkoff’s leather bag; Paul Andrew’s suede pump; Eddie Borgo’s 14-karat gold-plated collar; Botkier New York’s leather wristlet, and Stuart Weitzman’s suede sandal.

Accessory Trends

Spring 2015 Accessories Trend: The West Side

Accessories designers looked to the American Southwest for spring, drawing upon Santa Fe’s artistic traditions and desert landscapes.

clock November 18, 2014Roxanne Robinson

John Cheh

Business Features

Turning Sustainability From Burden to Asset

The concept of sustainability is evolving from a cost burden to manufacturers already under severe price pressures to a way of becoming more efficient.

clock November 18, 2014Arthur Friedman

Prosperity Knitwear Myanmar Ltd.’s new factory in Yangon.

Retail

As Myanmar Performs, Apparel Production Grows

A new factory in a duty-free industrial zone an hour outside of Yangon is the first of two plants to be opened by Prosperity Knitwear Myanmar Ltd..

clock November 18, 2014Joyce Barrett

Government and Trade

Companies Balance Reputations, Rewards in Myanmar

The country poses numerous risks for investors cautious not only about the financial stakes, but of their international reputations, as well.

clock November 18, 2014Joyce Barrett

An aerial view of the Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi.

Retail

Chalhoub Group Planning Abu Dhabi Megastore

At 200,000 square feet, the project is set to open in Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall in November 2015 and is being billed as the largest department store in the region.

clock November 18, 2014Ritu Upadhyay

Inside C21 Edition.

Retail

Century 21 Ups Ante With C21 Edition

The off-price department store chain is launching a new concept to undercut the incoming competition in downtown Manhattan.

clock November 18, 2014David Moin

Heather Edwab and Heather Geary

Retail

Two Heathers Brings Fashion to Hoboken

Heather Geary and Heather Edwab are hoping to fill Hoboken’s fashion void with Two Heathers, a women’s specialty store.

clock November 18, 2014Jean E. Palmieri

Inclement weather across the country has already skittish retailers further on edge.

Financial

U.S. Cold Snap Deepens Concerns Over Holiday

The coldest temperatures since the winter of 2013 blew through the Northeast and Midwest last weekend.

clock November 18, 2014Sharon Edelson and Arnold J. Karr

Media

Meredith Corp. Buys Mywedding.com

Acquisition comes a month after inking a licensing deal with MSLO to purchase the rights to Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings.

clock November 18, 2014Alexandra Steigrad

Swarovski’s Milan flagship.

Fashion Scoops

Swarovski Opens Flagship in Milan

The new 3,230-square-foot space spans three floors and is the first in Milan to carry the brand’s entire offering, including jewelry, watches and home décor.

clock November 18, 2014Alessandra Turra

A look from Comme des Garçons' collaboration with Bata Tennis.

Fashion Scoops

Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo Collaborates With Bata Tennis

Charles Pignal, the great-grandson of Bata founder Tomás Bata, relaunched and revamped the brand for the global marketplace last year.

clock November 18, 2014Roxanne Robinson

Fashion Scoops

Patrick Demarchelier Publishes ‘Dior New Couture’ With Rizzoli

Book provides a photographic account of the house through Demarchelier’s lens.

clock November 18, 2014Jessica Iredale

George Kotsiopoulos and his new fashion line for QVC.

Fashion Scoops

George Kotsiopoulos Launching Line for QVC

E Network’s “Fashion Police” stylist is returning to his roots of dressing women of different shapes and sizes.

clock November 18, 2014Khanh T.L. Tran

Essentialist

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Shoppers on Black Friday in New York City.

Business

Global Fashion Agenda Urges Careful Shopping on Black Friday

clock November 27, 2020Eva Kruse

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