By Jessica Naziri, CNBC.com
Consumers are seeking out fashion that serves a function. From shoes that tone to fabrics that resist dirt and odors, more and more, clothes have to perform as beautifully as they look.
"When you look at the quest to get the consumer to buy, differentiating yourself from the competition is the goal," said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst for market research company NPD Group.
"Retailers are finding different ways and reasons to get consumers to buy again."
In the wake of the recession, consumers are wary. Although they are slowly starting to spend again, they are in an investment mindset, according to Cohen.
"They are looking for interesting products that could add real value to their everyday lives."
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It's a dog's life! From strutting the red carpet to eating out at expensive restaurants, these dogs owned by a head of state, music divas and even royalty are sometimes more famous than their celebrity owners.
They have fans following them on their personal websites and fashion labels inspired by them. To keep the mutts in the public eye, several celeb owners also regularly tweet about the lives of their pets.
We've put together a list of some of the world's most famous dogs that have made headlines. Click here to find out about their high lives.
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Referred to as "the first dog," Portuguese Water Dog Bo was gifted to the President Barack Obama and his family by Senator Ted Kennedy in April 2009.
Bo belongs to a hypoallergenic breed and was specially chosen because of eldest daughter Malia Obama's allergies. The President had promised his daughters a dog during his
- CNBC | Fashion – Wed, Jun 22, 2011 10:57 PM EDT
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Jason Wu Bandeau BikiniJason Wu, Alexander Wang and Chris Benz all added swimwear to each of their resort collections for the very first time this year.
Blame it on the tough retail climate, says Catherine Moellering, executive vice president of Donegar's Tobe unit.
"It's not totally surprising that we're seeing this," Moellering says. She notes many other designers are expanding their brands to other retail categories and cited Tory Burch, who recently entered eyewear category, as an example.
It's all about driving more volume and coaxing luxury shoppers to spend more, according to Moellering.
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But swimwear is tricky.
"It's not a lot of fabric to communicate the brand message," she says. "It's much easier to communicate what you're about with yards of fabric."
The shift to swimwear also speaks to the importance of a designer's resort collection.
Alexander Wang"It used to
By Dan Bukszpan, CNBC.comRead More »from 10 Cities Fit for Active Lifestyles
When it comes to resources for the physically active, not all US cities are created equal. Some have more parks and bicycle lanes than others. Some are blessed with perfect climates. Some are situated next to national parks. And some simply have a lot of gyms. But what they all have in common are attributes that encourage people to get outside and stay active.
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Seattle has many resources for the physically active. Discovery Park has miles of hiking trails over its 500 acres, and Lake Union is a popular destination for swimmers and water skiers. Alki Beach is accessible by a water taxi, and its appeal isn't limited just to swimmers. It's a popular destination for bike riders, inline skaters, joggers and even garden-variety pedestrians.
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Denver, Colorado is one of the most active cities in the United States. The bike-friendly city offers 850
By Nicole Lapin, CNBC.com
"A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips" - or so the saying goes about food impulses. But what about shopping impulses? Paul Hurley, CEO of one of the largest and most popular online "flash" sites, ideeli.com, says those urges can lead to a lifetime of profits.
"Because of the great recession, women - primarily women - flocked by the millions to ideeli," he told me on the set of "Worldwide Exchange." "We think that this is the beginning of a big, big wave of consumers who demand more than just a great value."
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The site - along with its competitors Gilt Groupe, Hautelook, and Ruelala - features limited time "flash" sales, thereby offering customers more than just a retail experience. According to Hurley, it's also about the thrill of the chase.
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By Cindy Perman, CNBC.com
If you're a man over 40 and re-entering the dating scene due to divorce or whatever circumstance, brace yourself - it's a whole new world out there.
You may be older and wiser, and really know who you are and what you want, but you have no idea what it's like to date in the new millennium.
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First of all, the vernacular is completely different. "Hey, baby" and "Page me" are no longer acceptable pick-up lines. Mixed tapes and roller disco parking at "Inspiration Point"are no longer acceptable forms of wooing. And there are at least 157 new technological ways you can embarrass yourself (see: Weiner, Anthony.)
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By Elizabeth Alterman, CNBC.com
Those costly winter heating bills might be out of sight momentarily, but they are never really out of mind.
If the thought of opening an electric bill this summer has you sweating even more than the heat itself, consider some ways to cut costs while simultaneously shrinking your carbon footprint.
Choosing energy-efficient products, making a few small repairs and adjusting some behavior can help consumers keep dollars from pouring out their often-drafty windows.
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By Jane Wells, CNBC.com
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I ask because yet another product is being blinged up with Swarovski crystals.
Really, webcam bling? For $580?
Well, hold onto your Swarovski-encrusted hat.
The whole let's-add-crystals-to-boost-the-pricetag thing may have jumped the shark.
FILA is celebrating its 100th anniversary by selling 100 pairs of ... Swarovski-covered athletic shoes. The shoe is called the FX2, and it comes in black or white, with one thousand crystals covering the back. Wear this shoe and you are begging for a flat tire. No word on the price or sizes, but any way you look at it, this is a really bigRead More »from Crystal-Studded Running Shoes? Really?
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By Colleen Kane, CNBC.com
The world's most beloved 89-year old and national treasure Betty White is teaming up with AARP to attract new members. The Get Over It! campaign features Betty in commercial spots, viral videos, and as the voice of the organization's membership line.
Betty is a fitting role model. She was just hitting her stride around age 50, playing Sue Ann Nivens on Mary Tyler Moore, a character she describes as "the neighborhood nymphomaniac." She was 63 when she took on her signature role as dingbat Rose Nylund in The Golden Girls, and now in her late 80s she's enjoying a contemporary Betty White comedy renaissance, including another TV role as Elka Ostrovsky in Hot in Cleveland.
"I think the message we all got is you can't get rid of me," she says with a giggle.
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By Daniel Bukzspan, CNBC.com The Oprah Winfrey Show airs its final original episode on May 25, 2011. When that happens, it won't just signal the end of a popular television show. It will signal the end of a venue that has catapulted obscure businesses to unexpected heights and increased sales beyond