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French Designer Sonia Rykiel Dies at the Age of 86

The French designer was synonymous with striped sweaters and Left Bank insouciance.

clock 6hMiles Socha

Fashion

Rihanna Said Eyeing Paris for Next Fenty Puma Show

The music star had launched the collection last February during New York Fashion Week.

clock 12hMiles Socha

Retail

Retailers Conservative on Holiday Plans

Inventories are being kept tight in hope of increasing full-price selling and reducing markdowns.

clock 18hDavid Moin

In Focus

Roger Federer on His New Nike Collab

Roger Federer at the NikeLab store in NYC

The Year in Fashion

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Overview

WWD selected the biggest newsmaker of the year: the king of luxury, Bernard Arnault.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

From This Issue

Business Features

Newsmaker of the Year: Bernard Arnault

France’s richest man solidified his claim to fame this year as one of the fashion world’s boldest and most formidable power players.

clock December 12, 2011Miles Socha

Fragrance

Number 4: Star Scents

Coty chief Bernd Beetz is leading the charge in the resurgence of designer fragrance and continued strength in celebrity endorsements.

clock December 12, 2011Pete Born

Business Features

Number 2: Challenge in the East

China’s manufacturing sector took a big hit this year, but a fast-rising middle class has spurred growth from the retail side.

clock December 12, 2011Kathleen E. McLaughlin

Fashion Features

Fashion Moments of 2011

WWD highlights the most dynamic moments in fashion this year.

clock December 12, 2011WWD Staff

Financial

Number 1: The Economy

Volatile markets, rising prices, global unrest and debt crises made for some frantic financial headlines.

clock December 12, 2011Arthur Friedman

Parties

2011’s Most Memorable Bashes

From the icy climes of the February fashion weeks to an acid trip take on Santa’s Workshop, the Eye presents a look at this year’s party scene.

clock December 12, 2011WWD Staff

Designer and Luxury

2011 Newsmaker: John Galliano

The designer made the front page of newspapers worldwide this year for drunken outbursts that brought shame to the industry and cost him his job.

clock December 12, 2011Miles Socha

Business Features

Number 7: Tragedy and Recovery in Japan

Less than a year after the earthquake and tsunami devastated the nation, business has rebounded to pre-quake levels for most of the country.

clock December 12, 2011Kelly Wetherille

Department Stores

Number 10: J.C. Penney’s New Chief

Ron Johnson faces an uphill battle at the helm of the struggling retailer.

clock December 12, 2011David Moin

Business Features

Number 8: Karl Lagerfeld’s Banner Year

Fashion’s consummate overachiever outdid himself in 2011, unfurling collaborations and side projects galore.

clock December 12, 2011Miles Socha

Direct, Internet and Catalogue

Number 5: M Commerce and The Rise of the Machines

The explosion in online shopping — especially mobile commerce, from smartphone to tablet — has rabidly revolutionized the way we shop.

clock December 12, 2011Rachel Strugatz

Media Features

2011: Major Media Moments

WWD takes a look at some of the year’s most pressing matters.

clock December 12, 2011John Koblin

Digital

HSN’s Multi-Prong Approach

In a world quickly being taken over by e-, m- and F-commerce, the retailer has successfully forged its own digital path.

clock December 12, 2011Lisa Lockwood

People

2011: In Memoriam

The following are among those from the worlds of fashion, retail, beauty, media and society who died this year.

clock December 12, 2011WWD Staff

People

The Year in Fashion: They Said It

Quoting the quotable from 2011.

clock December 12, 2011Dianne M. Pogoda

People

Number 3: The Royal Wedding

The Duchess of Cambridge’s choice of a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown reinforced her position as one of fashion’s newest stars.

clock December 12, 2011Nina Jones

People

Number 6: Retail Revolution

Perhaps more so than any other person, Steve Jobs revolutionized retail, publishing, shopping, communication and turned geek into chic.

clock December 12, 2011Sharon Edelson

Business Features

Voter’s Choice: The Newsiest People of 2011

Here, visitors to WWD.com and attendees at the WWD CEO Summit weigh in with their rankings.

clock December 12, 2011WWD Staff

Financial

Number 9: The Return of the Fashion IPO

Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo and Michael Kors lead fashion back to public focus.

clock December 12, 2011Evan Clark and Luisa Zargani

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