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July 7, 1988 | By Nancy Hass, Daily News Staff Writer
Danny Noble Ltd. Inc., the Philadelphia-based women's wear manufacturer that racked up $6 million of business last year, may be in the midst of financial turmoil, according to garment industry sources. Wall Street analysts say they first heard of trouble at the five-year-old company in the early spring, when store managers mentioned delivery problems involving the company's fall and holiday lines. Richard Fischer, the New York retail magnate who bought financial control of the Noble's operation in March 1987, told Women's Wear Daily on Tuesday that the company was "undergoing a reorganization," but he declined to elaborate further when reached at home in Manhattan yesterday.
NEWS
May 14, 2010
Giuliana Coen Camerino, 90, designer of handbags carried by Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and others, died Tuesday in Venice, Italy, home of the fashion house she founded in 1945 called Roberta di Camerino. Ms. Camerino is credited with making handbags a fashion item. Her distinctive bags would typically sport brass clasps created by Venetian craftsmen who make accents for gondolas or be made of velvet woven on antique looms. Ms. Camerino started designing handbags while in exile during World War II in Switzerland, where she fled to escape persecution of Jews in Italy.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
In her book The Battle of Versailles , Robin Givhan whisks readers back to an electric night in 1973 when five emerging American fashion designers bested their French counterparts . The 306-page tome, published by Flatiron Books, recounts how the industry's then-underdogs - Oscar de la Renta, Anne Klein, Bill Blass, Stephen Burrows, and Roy Halston Frowick (simply known as Halston) - surprisingly triumphed in a fashion show competition and fund-raiser that would benefit the crumbling Versailles palace.
NEWS
June 23, 2013
French designer Jean-Louis Scherrer, 78, who dressed such fashion plates as Jackie Kennedy at the height of his career, has died. The French Couture Federation said the designer died early Thursday in Paris. The cause of death was not immediately known. After training under Christian Dior, Mr. Scherrer launched his own label in 1962, holding his first show in a cellar. The house went on to become a symbol of uptown elegance in the 1980s. But it went through hard times financially and the house was sold.
NEWS
January 6, 2013 | By Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press
ROME - Rescue crews used boats and aircraft on Saturday to search for a small plane that disappeared in Venezuela carrying the CEO of Italy's Missoni fashion house and five other people. Twenty-four hours after the BN-2 Islander aircraft disappeared from radar screens on its flight of about 100 miles from Venezuela's resort island of Los Roques south to Caracas, the capital, no sign of the plane had been found, officials said. "We have no other news" about the plane carrying Vittorio Missoni, the head of the company; his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni; two of their Italian friends; and two Venezuelan crew members, said Paolo Marchetti, a Missoni SpA official.
NEWS
December 3, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Yves Saint Laurent introduced himself to the Soviet Union yesterday, and for the most part they got along fine. "Russian ethnic clothing has always inspired me," the fashion designer told an audience of art and fashion writers. "What interests me is the simplicity of the cut - Tolstoy's smock, for example. " Saint Laurent, making his first visit to the Soviet Union for the opening of an exhibit of his work, said he was there at the request of Raisa Gorbachev, who had asked him to come when she visited his boutique in Paris last year.
LIVING
December 5, 1997 | By Denise Cowie, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They deal with color, fabric, shape and texture. They dictate style. They are some of the most famous fashion designers in the world. But are they also decorators? They think so. Not only are fashion designers' houses "the best," says the irrepressible Bill Blass, but "some designers would have made better decorators, don't you think?" Well, that depends very much on individual taste, as Lisa Lovatt-Smith makes clear in her new book, The Fashion House: Inside the Homes of Leading Designers.
NEWS
May 11, 2013 | By Colleen Barry and Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press
MILAN, Italy - Ottavio Missoni, 92, patriarch of the iconic fashion brand of zigzag-patterned knitwear that has added a classy touch of color and style to countless well-dressed women, died Thursday. A statement by Missoni SpA said he "passed away serenely" in his home in Sumirago. The town, near Varese, is home to company headquarters. It was the second sorrow for the family in a matter of months. In January, Mr. Missoni's eldest child, company chief executive Vittorio Missoni, 58, disappeared with his wife and four others while flying in a small plane during a vacation to a Venezuelan island.
NEWS
October 24, 2006 | By Dwayne Campbell INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fashion and celebrity have been walking the same runway for some time now - stars hog fashion magazine covers and launch self-named lines, designers covet the stars for photo ops and red-carpet twirls from here to Cannes. So it should come as no surprise that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios (whew!), which wrapped here Thursday after 30-plus shows, seemed less about buyers, editors and fashion industry folk and more about the known and wanna-be-known who were ushered into front rows.
NEWS
July 7, 1996 | From Inquirer wire services
One of France's leading chefs hung up his wire whisk and wooden spoon at his Paris restaurant Friday, but he is cooking up big plans for his retirement. After years at the top of French gastronomy, Joel Robuchon lovingly prepared a final meal of his legendary versions of traditional dishes. "You have to know when it's time to quit," the three-star chef said. "A great chef has to be in great shape. Cooking is tough. It's like being an athlete who has to stay really fit. " For this sweet parting, Robuchon served the dishes that made him famous - mashed potatoes, simple and savory, caviar with cabbage cream, and lobster with asparagus.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
In her book The Battle of Versailles , Robin Givhan whisks readers back to an electric night in 1973 when five emerging American fashion designers bested their French counterparts . The 306-page tome, published by Flatiron Books, recounts how the industry's then-underdogs - Oscar de la Renta, Anne Klein, Bill Blass, Stephen Burrows, and Roy Halston Frowick (simply known as Halston) - surprisingly triumphed in a fashion show competition and fund-raiser that would benefit the crumbling Versailles palace.
NEWS
July 4, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
While the new French biopic Yves Saint Laurent shows how the designer's angst fueled his work - especially those iconic A-line dresses inspired by Piet Mondrian's paintings - the impact of his work is not the focus of the movie. Director Jalil Lespert chose instead to explore Saint Laurent's mental issues, his drug and alcohol abuse, and the tumultuous relationship with business partner and lover Pierre Bergé. It makes for a film that is intense, enjoyable, and fast-paced, filled with smashed vases, seductive looks, and sex scenes that are more than implied.
NEWS
June 23, 2013
French designer Jean-Louis Scherrer, 78, who dressed such fashion plates as Jackie Kennedy at the height of his career, has died. The French Couture Federation said the designer died early Thursday in Paris. The cause of death was not immediately known. After training under Christian Dior, Mr. Scherrer launched his own label in 1962, holding his first show in a cellar. The house went on to become a symbol of uptown elegance in the 1980s. But it went through hard times financially and the house was sold.
NEWS
May 11, 2013 | By Colleen Barry and Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press
MILAN, Italy - Ottavio Missoni, 92, patriarch of the iconic fashion brand of zigzag-patterned knitwear that has added a classy touch of color and style to countless well-dressed women, died Thursday. A statement by Missoni SpA said he "passed away serenely" in his home in Sumirago. The town, near Varese, is home to company headquarters. It was the second sorrow for the family in a matter of months. In January, Mr. Missoni's eldest child, company chief executive Vittorio Missoni, 58, disappeared with his wife and four others while flying in a small plane during a vacation to a Venezuelan island.
NEWS
January 6, 2013 | By Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press
ROME - Rescue crews used boats and aircraft on Saturday to search for a small plane that disappeared in Venezuela carrying the CEO of Italy's Missoni fashion house and five other people. Twenty-four hours after the BN-2 Islander aircraft disappeared from radar screens on its flight of about 100 miles from Venezuela's resort island of Los Roques south to Caracas, the capital, no sign of the plane had been found, officials said. "We have no other news" about the plane carrying Vittorio Missoni, the head of the company; his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni; two of their Italian friends; and two Venezuelan crew members, said Paolo Marchetti, a Missoni SpA official.
NEWS
May 14, 2010
Giuliana Coen Camerino, 90, designer of handbags carried by Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and others, died Tuesday in Venice, Italy, home of the fashion house she founded in 1945 called Roberta di Camerino. Ms. Camerino is credited with making handbags a fashion item. Her distinctive bags would typically sport brass clasps created by Venetian craftsmen who make accents for gondolas or be made of velvet woven on antique looms. Ms. Camerino started designing handbags while in exile during World War II in Switzerland, where she fled to escape persecution of Jews in Italy.
NEWS
October 24, 2006 | By Dwayne Campbell INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fashion and celebrity have been walking the same runway for some time now - stars hog fashion magazine covers and launch self-named lines, designers covet the stars for photo ops and red-carpet twirls from here to Cannes. So it should come as no surprise that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios (whew!), which wrapped here Thursday after 30-plus shows, seemed less about buyers, editors and fashion industry folk and more about the known and wanna-be-known who were ushered into front rows.
NEWS
October 18, 2006 | By Elizabeth Wellington INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
Alexis Small watches them all: Project Runway, America's Next Top Model, Ugly Betty, and Fashion House. She likes Bravo TV's Runway because it's "so real," and she tunes in to Ugly Betty because she's a fan of actress America Ferrera, the star of ABC's ugly-duckling-in-a-world-of-swans comedy-drama. But the 25-year-old publicist's favorite guilty pleasure is Top Model on the CW network. "It's almost like you get to live in a fantasy land," said Small, who lives in Lower Merion.
BUSINESS
October 3, 1998 | By Roy H. Campbell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Isaac Mizrahi, the flamboyant, lauded American designer, has become the latest victim of the financial squeeze in the increasingly competitive fashion business. Mizrahi was forced to close his doors yesterday when his longtime financial backer, the Chanel company, pulled the plug after years of losses. In its 10 years, the privately held Isaac Mizrahi Inc. rarely turned a profit on sales of an estimated $25 million a year, Chanel officials said in a statement. Mizrahi, 37, received the news Thursday morning.
LIVING
March 16, 1998 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES This article contains information from the Associated Press, Washington Post, Reuters and Knight Ridder News Service
Sonia Rykiel - one of the first to throw bras out of fashion in the rebel year of 1968 - celebrated 30 years in the fashion business. Cristina Ortiz did away with black and debuted in deep blue for the long-lived house of Lanvin. At the Givenchy show, Titanic star Kate Winslet sat next to Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, owner of Givenchy). Amid the usual array of buyers, models, celebrities and designers, low-key and way-out designs, came the announcement that when fall arrives, the City of Light will attempt to dazzle the fashion crowd with models who are not rail thin!
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