Japan’s Designers Adapt to Economy

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Overview

  As the fashion pack barely catches its collective breath from the conclusion of the Paris shows, Tokyo Fashion Week starts today, with designers here voicing optimism despite the looming challenges of growing their small businesses and a domestic economy that continues to sputter.   SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Diesel

Retail

Diesel Reinventing Its Stores

Diesel is extending its “Reboot” strategy from product to retail.

clock March 16, 2015Luisa Zargani

An Ann Taylor store.

Financial

Costs Hurt Ann’s Q4 Profits

Pre-tax air freight costs of $8.3M impacted Q4 results.

clock March 13, 2015Vicki M. Young

Wet Seal

Mergers and Acquisitions

Versa Capital Set to Acquire Wet Seal

The sale is subject to bankruptcy-court approval.

clock March 13, 2015Vicki M. Young

Pieces from the Fendi lancia Travel Capsule Collection.

Designer and Luxury

Fendi Launches Capsule Collection

Fendi is launching a Silvana Mangano Capsule Collection inspired by the concept of travel and by the iconic Italian actress.

clock March 13, 2015Luisa Zargani

Elton John

Fashion Scoops

Elton John Calls for Boycott of Dolce & Gabbana

Elton John did not take well to comments made by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in the Italian media about traditional families.

clock March 15, 2015Luisa Zargani

Civil Twilight

Lifestyle

SXSW Band Profile: Civil Twilight

The band, on tour through April, will play a handful of gigs at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Tex.

clock March 13, 2015Jenny Sundel

Bibhu Mohapatra, Ann Caruso and Rafe Totengco.

Parties

Love Heals Gala Raises Money for AIDS Education

The annual fund-raiser serves as a sort of homecoming to those who have been in Milan and Paris these past few weeks.

clock March 13, 2015Leigh Nordstrom

Manuela Pavesi

Human Resources

Manuela Pavesi, Photographer and Stylist, Dies

Italian stylist and photographer Manuela Pavesi died Friday in her hometown of Mantova after a long illness.

clock March 13, 2015Luisa Zargani

A screenshot of the Nowness homepage.

Media

LVMH’s Nowness Marks 5th Year

Nowness.com, the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned video platform that specializes in fashion, art and media content, is this week marking its fifth anniversary.

clock March 16, 2015WWD Staff

Media

Hearst Sushi Chef Spotted at Condé Nast Cafeteria

It came as a pleasant surprise to former Hearst employees now working at Condé Nast when they spotted a familiar face — namely the star sushi chef from their old cafeteria in the Hearst Tower.

clock March 16, 2015Alexandra Steigrad

Looks from Sorel.

Activewear

Sorel Footwear to Enter Outerwear

The Sorel footwear brand is preparing to follow its parent into the outerwear business.

clock March 16, 2015Arnold J. Karr

A look from Cynthia Rowley's new fitness line.

Activewear

Cynthia Rowley Talks Fitness Collection

With the full launch of her new fitness collection for fall, she hopes to have both her employees and their friends get firsthand experience wearing the line.

clock March 16, 2015Lisa Lockwood

Tokyo Inspirations

Designer and Luxury

Fall 2015 Designer Inspirations: Tokyo

Labyrinths, ancient ruins, mirages and midcentury skyscrapers all provided a creative spark for Japan’s fashion minds.

clock March 16, 2015Amanda Kaiser and Kelly Wetherille

Haider Ackermann RTW Fall 2015

Fashion Trends

Fall 2015 Trend: No-Holds Bold

Designers took graphic contrast to new dimensions for fall.

clock March 16, 2015WWD Staff

Media

Glamour Eyeing E-commerce

Glamour is getting ready to take the leap into e-commerce in some form this year, starting in the U.K. and the U.S.

clock March 16, 2015Laure Guilbault

Olivia Wilde in H&M’s Conscious Exclusive campaign

Media

Olivia Wilde Fronts H&M’s Conscious Exclusive Ad Campaign

Hennes & Mauritz AB will unveil today the campaign for its Conscious Exclusive collection, featuring Olivia Wilde.

clock March 16, 2015Joelle Diderich

Kendall Jenner promoted Calvin Klein to her 21.1 million Instagram follower.

Media

Social Media’s Elusive Goal: Return On Investment

Return on investment is something any brand with a social media presence is after. But how to get it remains the meta question.

clock March 16, 2015Rachel Strugatz

Yoshio Kubo Men's RTW Spring 2015

Designer and Luxury

Japanese Designers Hopeful as Tokyo Fashion Week Begins

Tokyo Fashion Week starts today, with designers here voicing optimism despite the looming challenges of growing their small businesses.

clock March 16, 2015Amanda Kaiser

Essentialist

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Supreme store in Milan

Fashion

Supreme Opens First Italian Store in Milan

clock 16hAlessandra Turra

Social Studies

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