• Ralph Lauren's 4Q profit rises 35 pct
    2013-05-24 04:48:38 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Lauren Corp. reported a 35 percent increase in fourth-quarter profit as the luxury retailer benefited from lower cotton prices and cost controls. But the seller of Polo and other brands saw its stock fall Thursday because its revenue fell below Wall Street expectations amid poor weather, economic challenges i...
  • Dior presents cruise fashions amid stars in Monaco
    2013-05-20 04:28:03 UTC

    MONACO (AP) — The glittering star power of Cannes migrated up the coast to Monaco for front-row seats at Dior's colorful, sexy cruise fashion show. With the Mediterranean Sea the picturesque backdrop, Dior showcased its 2014 collection on Saturday night. It was a wet, cold and generally miserable outside the white stage, but R...
  • Trade group slams safety pact for Bangladesh
    2013-05-16 04:55:53 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — The largest U.S. retail-industry group on Wednesday criticized an international pact aimed at improving factory conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry, saying it was a "one-size-fits-all" approach promoted by special interests. The National Retail Federation's statement came as more global retailers signed...
  • H&M backs safety accord in Bangladesh factories
    2013-05-13 16:45:14 UTC

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish fashion retailer H&M said Monday that it will sign up to a legally binding fire and building safety plan drawn up by unions in Bangladesh, following the deaths of hundreds of garment workers in a building collapse there last month. The company described safety issues as "extremely important," saying th...
  • Artist hurls paint into Learjet engine
    2013-05-01 05:12:36 UTC

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Princess Tarinan von Anhalt's creative process may be a bit more powerful than the average artist these days. She hurled paint into a Learjet engine on Tuesday from a tarmac in West Palm Beach, splattering the colors onto a canvas to create the abstract designs for which she has become known. The jet e...
  • Uggs? Ugh. NY Fashion Week battles the elements
    2013-02-09 10:26:56 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mother Nature is clearly not a fashionista. A blizzard forced Michael Kors to arrive at New York Fashion Week's "Project Runway" show on Friday in — gasp — Uggs. "I came in looking like Pam Anderson," he joked backstage, where the offending boots had been traded for tasteful black leather. Marc Jacobs p...
  • Dior: Jennifer Lawrence dress had no malfunction
    2013-01-29 17:27:34 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — That was no wardrobe malfunction — that was couture. When Jennifer Lawrence ascended the stairs to accept her SAG Award Sunday night, a bit of skin showed through the skirt of her gown, leading to some speculation that it had ripped. Dior Couture told The Associated Press that wasn't so. The design house ...
  • Picasso, Monets stolen in Dutch heist
    2012-10-16 16:41:07 UTC

    AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Thieves broke into a Rotterdam museum on Tuesday and walked off with works from the likes of Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse potentially worth hundreds of millions. Police haven't said how they pulled off the early hours heist, but an expert who tracks stolen art said the robbers clearly knew what they were af...
  • Louis V, Miu Miu and Elie Saab give grand finale
    2012-10-04 01:46:03 UTC

    PARIS (AP) — Marc Jacobs, more than anyone, knows that it's not what you say but how you say it. The Louis Vuitton showman thus capped an incredibly strong Paris fashion week — with help from artist Daniel Buren — by building a life-size shopping mall inside the Louvre. Understatement is not a word in Jacobs' vocabulary, so a collab...
  • Dior goes mini, in Raf Simons' debut ready-to-wear
    2012-09-29 21:43:56 UTC

    PARIS (AP) -- Freedom was at the heart of Belgian designer Raf Simons' debut ready-to-wear outing for Christian Dior - a confident show that twinned the essence of the 1950's "New Look," with the liberated hemlines of the 1960s. Simons, a minimalist, is in many ways the stark opposite of Christian Dior, the exuberant house founder ...
  • Fashion shows travel continents and eras in Paris
    2012-09-28 02:04:28 UTC

    PARIS (AP) -- Paris fashion has no boundaries and no borders. Thursday's cultural melting pot of spring-summer 2013 shows was proof enough. Curious designers, thirsty for new inspiration, ventured across the globe to bring new ideas and exotic cultures back to the catwalk. Manish Arora traveled to northwestern India's Rajasth...
  • Blake Lively Covers 'Marie Claire' July 2012
    2012-06-11 14:39:08 UTC

    Blake Lively is red hot in Balmain on the cover of Marie Claire‘s July issue, on newsstands, June 19. Here’s what the 24-year-old actress had to share: On the public’s perception of her: “People like to draw parallels between my life and the scandalous stories on Gossip Girl. I dress the same as my character, so they think, She l...
  • Kristen Stewart Covers 'Vanity Fair' July 2012 - VIDEO
    2012-06-05 11:24:50 UTC

    Kristen Stewart graces the cover of Vanity Fair‘s July 2012 issue. Here is what the 22-year-old Snow White and the Huntsman actress had to share with the mag: On not taking perfect pictures: “I have been criticized a lot for not looking perfect in every photograph. I get some serious shit about it. I’m not embarrassed about it. I...
  • Ashley Olsen, left, and Mary-Kate Olsen
    2012-06-05 03:55:07 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen took home the biggest prize at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards. The former child TV stars were selected Monday night as the country's top womenswear designers for their collection called The Row. "I'd like to thank you - you," Mary-Kate said, turning to her twin, ...
  • Bountiful bikinis at Rio fashion week
    2012-09-25 00:11:43 UTC

    Rio de Janeiro (AP) — Just how many variations can you spin off the marvel of simplicity that is the bikini? Judging by the options on spectacular display at FashionRio, the Marvelous City's five-day-long summer 2013 fashion extravaganza, the options are endless. Fancy pairing your string bikini top with spandex pants hung with r...
  • Dior exhibit traces 60 years of cinema
    2012-05-11 08:00:14 UTC

    GRANVILLE, France (AP) -- Going back to where it all began, a new exhibit in the childhood home of legendary designer Christian Dior in Normandy sheds new light on the house's huge contribution to the silver screen. The setting also provides rare insight into how a young Dior, who liked to spend time in the garden, became inspired b...
  • Gwyneth Paltrow: Boss Black Fragrance's New Face!
    2012-05-10 16:23:09 UTC

    Gwyneth Paltrow has been tapped as the new face of Boss Black‘s Boss Nuit Pour Femme scent. “To me, the Boss woman is driven, ambitious, and goes after what she wants, but she balances being strong and very feminine at the same time – characteristics that I strive towards in my own life,” the 39-year-old actress told WWD. Gwyneth...
  • Liberator of ladies' hair Vidal Sassoon dies at 84
    2012-05-10 01:26:05 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vidal Sassoon used his hairstyling shears to free women from beehives and hot rollers and give them wash-and-wear cuts that made him an international name in hair care. When he came on the scene in the 1950s, hair was high and heavy — typically curled, teased, piled and shellacked into place. Then came the 1960s, ...
  • Stars dress for Wintour-hosted, Prada-themed gala
    2012-05-08 15:16:30 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's known as one of the most glamorous red carpets of the year, with movie stars, models and even a few star quarterbacks putting on their most fashion-forward outfits for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala. Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltro...
  • Designer Louboutin hits back in red sole lawsuit
    2012-04-30 15:24:36 UTC

    LONDON (AP) — Renowned French shoe designer Christian Louboutin has defended his court battle to protect his famous red stiletto soles. Louboutin, who is suing fellow French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent for trademark infringement in a U.S. court, argues that he is not trying to monopolize the color red. The designer said Mond...
  • Kristen Stewart covers Elle U.K. and Jalouse: Which one's better?
    2012-04-28 17:09:58 UTC

    - Can't get enough Kristen Stewart? Well, you're in luck: The "Twilight" star is gracing the covers of two magazines' June issues. K.Stew looks fab on both the Elle U.K. and the Jalouse covers, while rocking two very different looks. For Elle U.K., the actress is sporting a retro bob, a cropped white sweater and a girlier look than...
  • Klum’s New Baby
    2012-04-27 14:10:29 UTC

    HEIDI KLUM has teamed up with Babies 'R' Us - the infant department of Toys 'R' Us - to create a new children's collection, Truly Scrumptious, which will launch this September. But, the range stretches further than the realms of fashion. "I made beds, curtains, blankets, washcloths, bath toys, wall decals, lamps, rugs, hampers, stuf...
  • Gaultier Takes Cannes
    2012-04-27 14:02:52 UTC

    ALONG with celebrating his 60th birthday this week, Jean Paul Gaultier has been named in the Cannes Film Festival jury line-up. With eight other panelists, the French designer will be responsible for selecting the winner of the Palme d'Or prize - the festival's highest honour. And with his passion for film and a long-standing ambition ...
  • Betsey Bankruptcy
    2012-04-27 13:46:54 UTC

    BETSEY JOHNSON has filed for bankruptcy protection under the Chapter 11 US Bankruptcy Code. Although the designer will remain creative director of her brand, the majority of its 63 stores and 350 employees will lose their jobs. "The decision to seek protection under Chapter 11 comes after months of rigorously pursuing alternative r...
  • Kristen Stewart & Garrett Hedlund Cover 'Jalouse' May 2012
    2012-04-27 06:39:42 UTC

    Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund relax in the front seat of a car on the cover of Jalouse magazine’s May 2012 issue. The 22-year-old actress and the 27-year-old actor star together in the upcoming flick On The Road. Here is the film’s synopsis: Just after his father’s death, Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), an aspiring New York wri...