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Presidential Election Seen Clouding the Spending Picture

Studies show that shoppers are both ready to spend for the holidays and holding off because of the election.

clock 6hDavid Moin and Evan Clark


Brooks Brothers Buys Alexis Bittar Jewelry Business

The retailer's Carolee division will operate the newly acquired label.

clock 6hJean E. Palmieri


Gigi Hadid on Bootie Collaboration With Stuart Weitzman

Gigi Hadid on her collaboration with Stuart Weitzman and the corresponding James Franco-directed film in which she boxes in heels.

clock 12hSophia Chabbott

January Surprise: Markdowns, Gift Cards Drive Strong Comps

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Those infamous "tough comparisons" aren't softening retail same-store sales just yet, as January comps came in stronger than expected.

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January Surprise: Markdowns, Gift Cards Drive Strong Comps

Those infamous “tough comparisons” aren’t softening retail same-store sales just yet, as January comps came in stronger than expected.

clock February 4, 2005Meredith Derby


Carrefour CEO Steps Down

In a major shakeup at the world’s second-largest retailer, Carrefour said Daniel Bernard, its chairman and ceo for the last 13 years, has resigned.

clock February 4, 2005Robert Murphy


Merged Kmart-Sears Falls Short in Rating

NEW YORK — Edward Lampert may be aware of what it takes to build a strong Sears Holdings Corp., but it wasn’t enough to push the corporate credit ratings of a merged Kmart-Sears into investment grade territory.

On Thursday, ratings…

clock February 4, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Quote of the Week

“Let’s be real — I’m obviously not at the level of a John Galliano…But I do have a certain style and a certain image that people respond to.’’

— Jennifer Lopez on the launch of her Sweetface…

clock February 4, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

In Brief: M&S Sells … Burns Gets Intimate

M&S SELLS: Marks & Spencer plc has let go of a part of its past. The firm said Thursday it sold its former corporate headquarters at Michael House on London’s Baker Street for 115 million pounds, or $216.2 million, to…

clock February 4, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features


The first Child magazine children’s fashion show will be held on Monday, Feb. 7. The date was incorrect in a Fashion Scoop on Wednesday.

clock February 4, 2005WWD Staff

Countess Jacqueline de Ribes



This is the weekend of the superdazzling Corviglia Club’s 75th or Diamond Jubilee … The First Lady comes to town … Cindy keeps her clothes on.

clock February 4, 2005Aileen Mehle

Exterior and interior of Barneys Co-op in Atlanta.


Barneys Co-op Gets Southern Exposure

Kicking off a major expansion, Barneys New York opened a Co-op store in Phipps Plaza, a luxury mall in Atlanta’s Buckhead district.

clock February 4, 2005Georgia Lee

A Roy Lichtenstein work.


Place Your Bid

MILAN — Roy Lichtenstein paintings and Greek marble statues are just a few of the Versace family artworks going on the auction block this spring through Sotheby’s and Italian house Porro & C.

Sotheby’s has categorized the…

clock February 4, 2005WWD Staff

Macy Gray

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Gray Joins the Fray … The Boy Show … Donnkenny’s Deal Time

GRAY JOINS THE FRAY: Macy Gray, the eclectic R&B singer, will launch her first fashion collection at WWD Magic later this month, joining fellow singers such as Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson,…

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Gene Kahn


The Trials and Tribulations of May Co.

May Co. has come under intense scrutiny since Gene Kahn resigned as chairman and ceo and speculation of a takeover by Federated heightened.

clock February 4, 2005Sharon Edelson


When It Comes to Comps, Federated Betters May

NEW YORK — As far as comps go, it was a top-notch year for Federated Department Stores, but the same can’t be said for May Department Stores, the rival retailer Federated is said to be eyeing for acquisition.

Federated finished its…

clock February 4, 2005Vicki M. Young

Beauty Features

Scent Sales Leap at Christmas

NEW YORK — The fragrance industry got a big present at Christmas in the form of a huge sales gain.

The December sales gain was massive enough to save the entire year, putting the women’s business into the plus column for the first…

clock February 4, 2005Pete Born

The new mascara launches in May.

Beauty Features

Uemura Hopes for Shu-In With Mascara

NEW YORK — Shu Uemura plans to go to new lengths with its upcoming mascara launch.

FiberXtension Lengthening Mascara, coming in May, makes lofty claims: that it will deliver a lash-lengthening formula with a complement of compatible…

clock February 4, 2005Julie Naughton

Beauty Features

Kiehl’s Nabs Mancuso

NEW YORK — You could call Kevin Mancuso the hair apparent.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 has signed the noted editorial hairstylist to a consultancy gig, helping to create and refine the brand’s new Stylist Series of hair products….

clock February 4, 2005Julie Naughton

The Z Zegna ad visual.

Beauty Features

Zegna: Rhapsody in Blue

Ermenegildo Zegna, along with fragrance licensee YSL Beaute, will introduce Z Zegna, the house’s second fragrance, later this spring.

clock February 4, 2005Julie Naughton

Mark Knitowski, Marcia Mossack, Sherry Baker and Barbara Calcagni.

Beauty Features

Victoria’s Secret: She’s in Love

Victoria’s Secret is hoping to reach a consumer with a taste for the finer things in life with the May launch of its newest scent, So in Love.

clock February 4, 2005Bryn Kenny

P&G recently relaunched several Clairol brands, including Herbal Essences, to help bolster hair color sales.

Beauty Features

P&G’s Task: Turning Razor Blades Into a Beauty Brand

Procter & Gamble may be basking in the afterglow of its planned $57 billion purchase of The Gillette Co., but the hard part will be making it work.

clock February 4, 2005WWD Staff

New from Jane: ColorStick Eye Crayons.

Beauty Features

Jane’s Second Act: Maturity

NEW YORK — When Lisa Yarnell, along with a group of investors, bought Jane Cosmetics one year ago, the beauty executive pledged to give up her beloved Chanel cosmetics — piece by piece — once the fledgling beauty company was able to…

clock February 4, 2005Molly Prior

Beauty Features

Henkel Cosmetics and Toiletries Net Up

BERLIN — The cosmetics and toiletries division of the Henkel Group had a strong fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, with operating profit rising 31.5 percent to 70 million euros, or $90.8 million at average exchange rates, and sales growing 22.9…

clock February 4, 2005Melissa Drier

Beauty Features

Topnotes: Givaudan Appointment … Arcade Moves … Alster Appearances …

GIVAUDAN APPOINTMENT: Givaudan Fragrances has named James Krivda as vice president of perfumery for the firm’s New York Fine Fragrance Creative Center. He reports to Cosimo Policastro, executive vice president for…

clock February 4, 2005WWD Staff

Linda Marshall, Annette Green, Dionne Warwick, Ed Kavanaugh and Jennifer Marshall.

Beauty Features

OCD Event Raises $126,000

NEW YORK — Beyond Beauty, the cosmetics industry’s fund-raiser for the James E. Marshall OCD Foundation, held its inaugural dinner on Jan. 26, saluting Ed Kavanaugh and Annette Green.

Despite the winter weather, Kavanaugh, the…

clock February 4, 2005WWD Staff

23 by Michael Jordan.

Beauty Features

Men’s Corner: Jordan’s 3rd Scent Is a 23

NEW YORK — While he may spend more time on the links rather than on the court these days, retired basketball phenomenon Michael Jordan is returning — to the fragrance game, that is.

A new men’s cologne, called 23 by Michael…

clock February 4, 2005Matthew W. Evans

Ahava’s new packaging.

Beauty Features

Ahava Revamps for U.S. Appeal

NEW YORK — Israel-based beauty company Ahava, which hails from a country no bigger than the size of the state of New Jersey, wants to blanket North America with its skin care products.

Ahava products, known for mineral-rich formulas…

clock February 4, 2005Molly Prior

Beauty Features

Snippets: Revlon’s Catwalk … Redken Taps Guido … Backstage Beauty Gets Hip …

REVLON’S CATWALK: In a first for the 73-year-old beauty company, Revlon will preview its fall-holiday cosmetics collection during New York Fashion Week. The company has teamed up with budding design duo Christopher Crawford, 25,…

clock February 4, 2005WWD Staff

Sharon Waxman

Waxing Rebellious

NEW YORK — Any job as glamorous as Sharon Waxman’s is always going to come with unwanted attention. As Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times, Waxman has been the frequent subject of Page Six gossip items. First, it was her alleged…

clock February 4, 2005Jeff Bercovici

Dawn Eden, as she appears on her Web site.

Memo Pad: The Gilles World … Dawn of the Desk … Teenage Growth Spurt …

THE GILLES WORLD: With Gilles Bensimon’s contract coming up for renewal, talk is percolating that the Elle publication director is set to move on, possibly to a post at Hachette headquarters in Paris. But…

clock February 4, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

China Trade Issues Heating Up in Congress

Cries are getting louder from domestic manufacturers and a contingent of lawmakers for Congress to get tough on China’s unfair trade practices.

clock February 4, 2005Joanna Ramey

Fashion Features

Importers Not Concerned Over Bush Speech Snub

WASHINGTON — President Bush’s State of the Union address Wednesday night didn’t mention his trade-expanding ambitions, but proponents in the apparel importing community aren’t dismayed.

They are confident that White…

clock February 4, 2005Joanna Ramey

Heidi Klum in the new PSA.

Fashion Features

Couric, Klum Promote Cancer Tests

NEW YORK — Heidi Klum is helping Katie Couric give a little razzmatazz to the subject of colorectal cancer screening.

As part of the “Be Seen, Be Screened” campaign, the “Today” show host lined up the German…

clock February 4, 2005Rosemary Feitelberg


Eskandar Thinking Big

NEW YORK — While most rookies on Manhattan’s fiercely competitive retail scene enter with caution, London-based designer Eskandar is starting out with a 4,000-square-foot store.

Over a din of screeching machinery, Eskandar talked…

clock February 4, 2005Rosemary Feitelberg

Britney Spears Curious

Beauty Features

Britney Boosts Arden Net

NEW YORK — Elizabeth Arden Inc. can thank Britney Spears for double-digit earnings gains in the second quarter.

For the three months ended Dec. 31, the New York-based beauty products manufacturer posted a 49.6 percent earnings gain to…

clock February 4, 2005Ross Tucker

Fashion Features

Ford Highlights Creativity Conclave

LOS ANGELES — Tom Ford, sharing his thoughts on fashion and creativity, said: “Nothing made me happier than to see something that I had done copied.’’

Reflecting on his days at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, the designer…

clock February 4, 2005Kavita Daswani


Lagerfeld Taps Senior VP

NEW YORK — George Kolasa has been named senior vice president of global marketing for the Karl Lagerfeld Division and New Business Development at Tommy Hilfiger USA Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tommy Hilfiger Corp.

Most recently,…

clock February 4, 2005WWD Staff


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