Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Business

Hong Kong Loses Ralph Lauren Flagship, Braces for More Closures

Ralph Lauren quietly shuttered its two-year-old 20,000-square-foot store last week. Other brands are expected to close boutiques in a city that has lost its luster for cash-rich mainland Chinese tourists.

clock 6hAmanda Kaiser and Tiffany Ap

Beauty

WWD Beauty Inc Honors the Industry’s Best for 2016

The 15th-annual awards ceremony recognized the accomplishments of a cross section of beauty executives.

clock 13hLayla Ilchi

Business

Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case in China

The decision could be a landmark ruling for Western brands in China.

clock 20hNyima Pratten

As Santa Heads North, Wal-Mart Comp Sales Dip South of Forecast

No cover image

Overview

From This Issue

A new version of the original Nautica fragrance

Fashion Features

Competitive Spirit

Unilever Prestige will begin round two of Competition this March, when it launches a new version of the original Nautica fragrance, which had been discontinued. Sources estimate the recast scent could ring up between $20 million and $25 million in…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Tracy Mullin, NRF

Fashion Features

As Santa Heads North, Wal-Mart Comp Sales Dip South of Forecast

NEW YORK — Retailers are fearing the worst holiday shopping season in three decades and, if the latest weekly sales figures from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are any indication, they may be right.

The world’s largest company Thursday…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Fashion Features

PPR Increases Gucci Stake

NEW YORK — Cutting the size of the bill coming due in 2004, Pinault-Printemps-Redoute SA quietly added 1 percent to its stake in Gucci Group NV during the past two months.

According to a Schedule 13D filed with the Securities and Exchange…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

YSL's M7

Fashion Features

In Europe, Image is Everything

PARIS — High-end designer creations led the way in Europe this holiday season but business was as tough as ever.

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, L’Oréal, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté and Procter & Gamble went into…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Martha Stewart

Fashion Features

Media ‘02: More Divas, More Catfights

NEW YORK — It was supposed to be the year the magazine world got its substance back. After Graydon Carter declared 9/11 to be the end of irony, journalists were poised to break free of their celebrity-induced stupor and begin anew.

In…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops

COURTING COURREGES?: French financier Alain Dumenil, who acquired the high-end footwear and accessories company Stephane Kelian earlier this week and took a majority stake in France Luxury Group in November, is studying the possibility of buying the…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Fresh Cash for J. Crew

NEW YORK — J. Crew Group got a brand-spanking-new platinum card for Christmas.

The New York-based apparel retailer reported Thursday that it has entered into a new $180 million credit facility with Wachovia Bank N.A. and Congress Financial…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Gina Paterno, Laura Lee Miller and Kellie Como.

Fashion Features

Unilever Reenters Competition

NEW YORK — Unilever is getting back in Competition this March with its Nautica fragrance of the same name.

While Nautica’s activewear apparel brand, Competition — first launched in 1996 — did have a men’s scent of…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Bernd Beetz with Jennifer Lopez

Fashion Features

J.Lo Scent: Still a Success

NEW YORK — Bernd Beetz is, well, glowing about the success of Glow by J.Lo, Lancaster’s newest fragrance.

“There are four other fragrances that I am aware of that have sold $40 million in their first four months on counter —…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

The Modelling Body Serum vials.

Fashion Features

Versace Adds Treatment Kits

NEW YORK — Versace has designs on expanding its skin care business with two new treatment kits.

The duo, which are launching exclusively in nine Neiman Marcus doors this month and will roll out to additional retailers this spring, join…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Eyeko’s packaging is inspired by Japanimation.

Fashion Features

Eyeko Bows in the U.S.

NEW YORK — Eyeko, a U.K.- based beauty brand with packaging reminiscent of Hello Kitty, has come Stateside. But while this line may appear to target teens, it actually enjoys a slightly older fan club of women aged 25 to 35….

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Ibiza Hippie, Escada’s latest fashion fragrance.

Fashion Features

Escada’s Spritz of Retro

NEW YORK — With Ibiza Hippie, Escada’s latest limited-edition fashion fragrance, Cosmopolitan Cosmetics is targeting a wider audience than the club-going crowd that descends on the Spanish island each summer.

Executives at Wella…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

A suburban New Jersey Target.

Fashion Features

Critical Mass: Holiday Shopping in Jersey

MILLBURN, N.J. — Waiting until the last moment was the maxim for Christmas 2002.

Despite a brisk start to shopping the day after Thanksgiving, sales had slacked off and retailers were hoping for a last-minute rush. The story was similar…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Top Notes

MEETING CHANGES: The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced changes to its annual Marketplace meeting. Retailers willing to participate in special Saturday meetings — called Saturday Meet the Market — will not pay any…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

A collection of Skin Milk products.

Fashion Features

From a Merchant to a Milkman

NEW YORK — During a six-year stint as a Wal-Mart merchandiser, Chris McClain said he developed a feel for what consumers would like.

And through his father — a one-time Helena Rubinstein sales executive — he became intrigued…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

New body care products from Body Bistro.

Fashion Features

Ayurvedic Newcomer Launches Body

NEW YORK — Eight months after entering the beauty industry with a face care line, a new Ayurvedic brand called Body Bistro has set its sights on — what else — body care.

While Body Bistro focuses on launching a body care line…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

The Healthy Garden.

Fashion Features

Macau’s Spa Philosophy to Rival Hotel Versions

MACAU, China — Spa Philosophy has opened its doors in Macau, making it both the enclave’s first-ever day spa and the world’s first fully oxygenated spa.

The decision to open a day spa in Macau, which boasts a population of…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

A new Clairol Professional ad.

Fashion Features

Snippets

IT’S ART: Clairol Professional is tying the artistic talents of professional colorists to a new advertising campaign. The new ads have the tag line “A stroke of color genius” and replace models with bold, dramatic images of artistic tools of the…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Model May Ma (as Cleopatra) has her makeup applied at the Ingrid Millet booth.

Fashion Features

Spa Themes Dominate Cosmoprof Asia

HONG KONG – With more than 35,000 visitors, attendance at Cosmoprof Asia was up 13 percent over the previous year. The region’s growing appetite for beauty products and the increased awareness of traditional Asian techniques and…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Manuel Canovas’ dual scent debut.

Fashion Features

Canovas Dives Into Fragrance

NEW YORK — Manuel Canovas, the Paris-based luxury firm known for its colorfully printed floral swimwear and home furnishings, is testing the waters of fine fragrance.

Canovas’ first fragrance effort, which consists of two scents…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Anna Molinari and Gianguido Tarabini

Fashion Features

Touring Molinari’s Hometown Hotel

CARPI, ITALY — Don’t expect flowery or ruched settees, romantic canopy beds or embroidered pillows at Anna Molinari’s hotel.

Actually, it’s hardly noticeable that the clean and minimal Touring Hotel here is the latest…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

“'Moscardino” cutlery by Pandora Design.

Fashion Features

The Eco Evolution Impacts Inside and Out

PARIS — Throughout much of the Nineties, it wasn’t easy being green, with environmental consciousness taking a backseat to sleek modernity.

But suddenly, “eco” is looming again as the new black, with European architects and…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Job Smeets’ wall cabinet.

Fashion Features

On The Drawing Board

SMEETS SPOT: The fashion world is quickly becoming familiar with the work of industrial designer Job Smeets, thanks to the Dutch fashion duo Viktor & Rolf. Smeets, who founded Studio Job in Amsterdam in 1998, is responsible not only for the whimsical…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Herb Ritts and Peñelope Cruz in March 2001.

Fashion Features

Herb Ritts, Photographer, 50

NEW YORK — Herb Ritts, the photographer whose work for everyone from Vanity Fair to Gap produced iconic images in the Eighties and Nineties, died Thursday at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 50.

The cause of death was…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Babette Kulik helps Christina Abbott try a Céline jacket on for size.

Fashion Features

Mayfair’s Fashion Feast

LONDON — On a recent Friday afternoon, in a sprawling flat not far from Hyde Park, a fire is crackling, champagne corks are popping and a woman called Babette is playing fashion godmother to a woman with cash but, until recently, no Manolos….

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Elizabeth Jane Howard

People

Jane Says

LONDON — She was the stunning, fair-haired stepmother who turned the young Martin Amis on to books — and who later left his father, Kingsley, when he refused to quit drinking. Her many lovers included writers like Arthur Koestler, Cecil…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Rooney on the rise. (From left) Taylor Locke, Ned Brower, Robert Carmine, Matt Winter and Louie Stephens.

People

Good Boys

LOS ANGELES — One wouldn’t exactly put The Cheesecake Factory in the same league as say, the Chateau Marmont, but it’s where Rooney, the latest hipster band on the rise, has elected to nosh.

Just who are these shaggy-haired…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

“Madame de Pompadour standing at her Dressing Table,” François Boucher, circa 1750.

People

Art Lover

LONDON — This country is currently obsessed with a royal mistress, but her name isn’t Camilla.

Two exhibitions are celebrating Madame de Pompadour, the mistress and later adviser to King Louis XV of France, and one of that…

clock December 27, 2002WWD Staff

Essentialist

Today's Must Read

Sen. Charles Schumer at podium with Leo Gerard of United Steelworkers.

Business

Democrats Help Launch ‘Trump Outsource Watch’

clock 14hKristi Ellis

Social Studies