fashion

Bloomingdale's Shoppers: Get Your Close-Up With NBC's Stars

Have you ever imagined walking down the red carpet with Christina Applegate, Eddie Cibiran or Kathryn Hahn? You don't have to stop dreaming. A fall marketing campaign by Bloomingdale's and NBC will enable customers to take pictures with digital versions of NBC's stars.

Researchers: Open Dressing Rooms Could Lower Sales

Consumers who don't feel good about their body image are less likely to purchase something they try on if they see an attractive shopper wearing the same thing, according to a study in the August issue of the Journal of Consumer Research.

Madonna Brings Edgy Teen Clothing to Macy's

Madonna and her 14-year-old daughter, Lourdes "Lola" Leon, have designed a juniors line for Macy's called Material Girl. But will the edgy style prove too sexy for teens -- and the parents they're shopping with?

Can a New CEO Fill
Lands' End's Sails?

Lands' End has named Edgar Huber, former CEO of Juicy Couture, as its new chief executive. Will he be able to breathe new life into the 48-year-old brand?

Back to the Future: Gap Remakes 1969 Jeans

In an attempt to turn around flagging sales, Gap has launched a new brand devoted to jeans from 1969, the year the company was founded. But can retro styles alone bring back its old popularity?

Gap Goes to Rome: Italian Store Builds on Global Push

As part of a larger push to bring its classic American design aesthetic to international markets -- and build on its recent Italian successes -- Gap will debut a flagship store in Rome on Via del Corso, a key shopping area, on Saturday.

Retailers Pin Back-to-School Hopes on Exclusive Lines

The nation's big retailers are betting on exclusive lines to ring up back-to-school sales, and also targeting kids and teens where they wile away the hours -- online -- with digital campaigns designed to both entertain and stoke a social-shopping experience tailor-made for the tech-savvy generation.

Gilt Groupe's CEO on Flash Sales' Fabulous Future

Gilt Groupe pioneered the private "flash sale" fashion website biz, which is now one of the fastest growing sectors in retail. Kevin Ryan, Gilt Groupe's CEO, spoke with us about growth opportunities, the world of private-sale sites, and competition -- including why it has a leg up on Amazon.

Retail Watchers Upbeat on Back-to-School Outlook

Firecracker remnants may still dot the nation's sidewalks, but retail forecasters are already talking about back-to-school shopping season -- and they're happy to do so. The improved economic environment is setting the stage for sales gains in everything from tablet computers to bold-colored jeans.

Refashioning Gap: CEO Sees Future in Outlets, Online

Gap might be undergoing an extreme makeover, but the chain is no longer the key growth engine of Gap Inc., CEO Glenn Murphy told investors Wednesday. The apparel giant is shifting its emphasis to its outlet businesses, newer divisions such as Piperlime and Athleta, and overseas growth.

Google Launches Fashion Site Boutiques.com

The Google (GOOG) algorithm just got stylish. The Internet giant today launches Boutiques.com, its new fashion site that applies the search engine to the world of clothes.

Burberry's Sales Growth Slows Amid China Push

Burberry reported 11% sales growth in its second quarter year-over-year Wednesday, but compared to the first quarter, that marked a slowdown for the luxury fashion powerhouse, and shares fell. Burberry also said it expects full-year pretax profit to be in the top half of market expectations.

Luxury Retailer Prada Considers Hong Kong IPO

Italian fashion label Prada is considering an IPO with primary listing in Hong Kong, rather than home-base Milan, accroding to reports. The luxury apparel and accessory company has scrapped four previous attempts at an IPO in the past 10 years, but now the time could be right.

Kenneth Cole Considering Selling Company

Kenneth Cole, designer and founder of Kenneth Cole Productions (KCP), is in talks to sell the shoe clothing company to Iconix Brand Group, a licensing company run by his brother, Neil. It is not clear when the takeover will happen, if at all, Bloomberg News reported without naming its sources.

August Retail Sales: Expect a Mixed Bag

Despite the searing weather and a lukewarm economic recovery, major merchants are expected to report growing retail sales in their August tallies on Thursday

Juarez Chic? Fashion Makes a Wrong Turn at the Border

Fashion label Rodarte and M.A.C. Cosmetics are changing some of the product names of a cosmetics and clothing line inspired by violence-ridden border town Ciudad Juarez. The collection features off-white chiffon and lace garments and lipstick and nail polish in shades referred to as Factory, Juarez and Ghost Town.