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Ullman’s Agenda for Penney’s: Inject Buzz and Maybe Beauty

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J.C. Penney's new chairman and ceo wants more buzz about the store and its brands, higher productivity, Internet pizzazz and maybe a beauty revival.

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Myron Ullman

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Ullman’s Agenda for Penney’s: Inject Buzz and Maybe Beauty

J.C. Penney’s new chairman and ceo wants more buzz about the store and its brands, higher productivity, Internet pizzazz and maybe a beauty revival.

clock January 14, 2005David Moin


Apparel, Accessories Sales Down in Dec.

Holiday selling finished strong, but there were a few soft spots such as apparel and accessories sales, which fell 0.6 percent in December.

clock January 14, 2005Kristi Ellis

Fashion Features

USTR Asks for WTO’s Help

WASHINGTON — The office of the U.S. Trade Representative has asked the World Trade Organization to establish a dispute-settlement panel to intervene in a case it filed against the European Union over what it claims are “inconsistent”…

clock January 14, 2005Kristi Ellis


Analysts Bullish on Wal-Mart Stock

Despite Wal-Mart’s stagnant stock price the last five years, analysts say it’s the right time to snap up its shares thanks to several positive catalysts.

clock January 14, 2005Meredith Derby

H. Lee Scott


Wal-Mart Mounts P.R. Blitz of Critics

Wal-Mart used its formidable skills at execution Thursday to launch a major, coordinated public relations effort aimed at refuting its opponents.

clock January 14, 2005Katherine Bowers

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Fashion Features

Quote of the Week

“I am working on some things that have nothing to do with ready-to-wear, and I’m not ready to announce anything.’’

— Tom Ford

clock January 14, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

In Brief: Cole Shares Plummet … Consumer Calling

COLE SHARES PLUMMET: Shares of Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. plunged 7.9 percent, closing at $27.01 Thursday after the firm lowered its fourth-quarter sales and earnings guidance to below analyst consensus estimates due to a…

clock January 14, 2005WWD Staff

Hilary Swank



Double trouble in the Aston house … A weekend getaway to “Dye Fore” … Kate Moss sets a birthday bash for herself at her English estate.

clock January 14, 2005Aileen Mehle

Beauty Features

Beauty Aids Tsunami Victims

NEW YORK — Tsunami victims and the Asian-Pacific regions that have perished from the Dec. 26 natural disaster are receiving aid from some of the beauty industry’s biggest players — as well as some of its smallest.


clock January 14, 2005WWD Staff

Chad Hayduk, Trae Bodge and Scott Catto, founders of Three Custom Color Specialists.

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Trio Blends Skills to Nurture Cosmetics Firm

NEW YORK — When Trae Bodge, Scott Catto and Chad Hayduk — the three cosmetics gurus behind Three Custom Color Specialists — began whipping up custom-blended color cosmetics in 1997, little did the trio know that eight years…

clock January 14, 2005Julie Naughton

Odile Roujol

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Lancome Intl. Names Roujol To Deputy Post

NEW YORK — Lancôme has named Odile Roujol deputy general manager of its international business, based in Paris.

Roujol is a nine-year veteran of L’Oréal SA, Lancôme’s parent. She is currently deputy general…

clock January 14, 2005WWD Staff

The Reaction for Her ad visual.

Beauty Features

Cole Set for Second Reaction

After scoring a hit this fall with his men’s version, Kenneth Cole hopes to see a similar reaction for his newest women’s scent this spring.

clock January 14, 2005Julie Naughton

Vera Wang's Sheer Veil.

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A New Veil for Vera Wang

Vera Wang is taking another trip to the retail altar this spring with Sheer Veil, a limited-edition fragrance that will roll out in April in just 320 doors.

clock January 14, 2005Julie Naughton

New Nars colors, clockwise from top: Cactus Flower blush, Orgasm lip gloss and Capucine lip lacquer.

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Sexy Hues to Drive Nars Sales

NEW YORK — Nars Cosmetics Inc. is no stranger to sexy themes in color cosmetics, judging by the success of its six-year-old peachy pink blush called Orgasm. Now, the Shiseido-owned brand will introduce — that’s right — another…

clock January 14, 2005Matthew W. Evans

Jergens Natural Glow

Beauty Features

Skin Creams Now Add Color

NEW YORK — The newest spin on body lotions is banking on beauty being skin deep. Kao Brands and Procter & Gamble will introduce moisturizers that subtly build a darker skin tone over time, called Jergens Natural Glow and Olay Quench Radiance…

clock January 14, 2005Molly Prior

Beauty Features

New Facial Shines Light on Fighting Wrinkles

NEW YORK — In an extreme example of counter-intuitive beauty marketing, a Costa Mesa-based skin care concern is recommending clients bake under an ultrahigh-beam light box aimed directly at their faces. And here’s the even wackier part:…

clock January 14, 2005Dana Wood

Beauty Features

Seidl Leaves Zotos Intl.

NEW YORK — Bob Seidl, president and chief executive officer of Zotos International, is leaving the company effective Jan. 31. Seidl joined Zotos in 1999 and most notably oversaw the 2002 acquisition of Joico, created the company’s ISO hair…

clock January 14, 2005Andrea Nagel

Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Ultimate Sheer Tinted Moisturizer.

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Critical Mass: Wet ‘n’ Wild Takes Markwins Into Big League

NEW YORK — Markwins International is playing with the big beauty brands.

This spring, its Wet ‘n’ Wild division will add several new items including an Ultimate Sheer Tinted Moisturizer and an Ultimate Cover Smooth Foundation….

clock January 14, 2005Faye Brookman

Susan Sarandon will be in Revlon’s new Age Defying ads.

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Revlon Ads Retain Hollywood Flavor

NEW YORK — Revlon’s ad campaign aims to do more than just deliver the company’s new product message. For the first time in years, Revlon’s TV, print, online and in-store ads will all reflect the same images concurrently, a…

clock January 14, 2005Andrea Nagel

Rodney Cutler’s new hair care products.

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Spa and Salon Openings Gear Up in 2005

The multibillion-dollar spa and salon industry isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. On the contrary, new locations — especially in New York — are opening at a record pace. Here, some of the area’s latest places to get…

clock January 14, 2005WWD Staff

Covering all the bases: November '04 Allure.


Shhhhh!!! Fun New Cover Line Secrets

New for spring: 785 ways to be sexy, beat stress, and sleep better while cutting down belly fat.

clock January 14, 2005Sara James and Jeff Bercovici

DKNY's newspaper-esque insert.


Memo Pad: Paper Chase … To and ‘Fro

PAPER CHASE: DKNY’s new ad campaign is inspired by one of life’s great pleasures: reading the Sunday paper. Shot by Peter Lindbergh and styled by Patricia Field, the campaign breaks in the…

clock January 14, 2005Jeff Bercovici

Stylist Rachel Zoe Rosensweig.

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Fashion Scoops: Diamond Deal … Lunch Lines … We Hear …

DIAMOND DEAL: Century-old jeweler Kwiat has formally teamed up with Lisa Michelle Boyd, stylist to Charlize Theron, to design a red-carpet collection that will make its debut at Oscar time. About a…

clock January 14, 2005WWD Staff


Calif. Deliveries Still Slowed

LOS ANGELES — After an almost two-day shutdown in service in the Los Angeles region because of heavy rains, Union Pacific Corp. said Thursday that two of its four main rail lines reopened while the other routes remained closed.


clock January 14, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

A T-shirt from the new Tokidoki line.

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Hard Candy Founder Enters T-Shirt Arena

LOS ANGELES — Can a Japanese art-infused T-shirt line succeed if it’s designed by an Italian and run by an American and Iranian-American?

The formula may work and then some, considering the line is the brainchild of Hard Candy…

clock January 14, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

Fashion Features

Obituary: Achille Maramotti

Achille Maramotti, founder of Max Mara Fashion Group SpA, died Wednesday in the family’s castle near Reggio Emilia. He was 78.

clock January 14, 2005Alessandra Ilari

Beauty Features

Marionnaud Said Sold To Firm in Hong Kong

PARIS — Marionnaud Perfumeries reportedly has been sold.

The ailing French perfumery chain was acquired by A.S. Watson, a Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. subsidiary, according to the Agence France Presse wire service here.


clock January 14, 2005Brid Costello and Jennifer Weil

Fashion Features

Shenkar College Fetes Rhonda Brown

NEW YORK — The awards dinner for Israel’s Shenkar College on Monday at Cipriani on East 42nd here couldn’t help but have a political undercurrent given the state of affairs in the Mideast.

The benefit, staged by the American…

clock January 14, 2005Evan Clark

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