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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.

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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.

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Business

Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case in China

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

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Marc Shakes Up New York

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Overview

Marc Jacobs' voluminous collection caused quite a stir - some liked its direction and some didn't - as the New York shows rolled on.

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Fashion Features

Show Calendar

Listings are accurate as of press time and come from Ruth Finley’s Fashion Calendar. Attendees are encouraged to confirm times and locations.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 9

9 a.m.: Lela Rose, The Atelier,…

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Fashion Features

Marc Shakes Up New York

Marc Jacobs’ voluminous collection caused quite a stir – some liked its direction and some didn’t – as the New York shows rolled on.

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Fashion Features

Pinault Shifts Another PPR Executive

PARIS — Tightening his grip on his family’s retail and luxury empire, François-Henri Pinault on Tuesday made another top management change.

Less than a week after Pinault said he would succeed Serge Weinberg as PPR’s…

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Tina and Beyoncé Knowles at the Oscar de la Renta show.

Retail

Beyonce Gears Up for Holiday Launch

Beyonce’s House of Dereon label bows for holiday, the ink isn’t dry on her sportswear deal with Tarrant and now she’s eyeing footwear and jewelry.

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Pants Suit … Troubles for Wet Seal

PANTS SUIT: L’Koral Inc., the Los Angeles-based maker of Seven For All Mankind jeans has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against Lane Bryant, alleging unfair competition and false advertising by the plus-size retailer….

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Jennifer Garner

People

Suzy

Antique Roadshow: Palm Beach Edition … J.Lo the backstage perfectionist … Karl on Kate … Jennifer Garner’s college romance.

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Proenza Schouler

Fashion Features

Long on Charm – Proenza Schouler, Monique Lhuillier, Betsey Johnson and DKNY

Whether they riffed on the Sixties, the Forties or chose to play masculine against feminine, designers handled these themes with assurance as the New York collections continued. The result: plenty of great-looking clothes.

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Into the Trees … Grayed Out … Miss Jackson …

INTO THE TREES: It was a perfect example of, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” At the Marc Jacobs show in September, many of the celebs on-hand wouldn’t speak with reporters or pose for…

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BCBG Max Azria

Fashion Features

Winning Ways – BCBG Max Azria, Matthew Williamson, Reem Acra, Yeohlee and Sass & Bide

New York really does have it all, especially during this fashion week, when beautifully tailored separates, luxurious embellishments, sassy satins and jolts of color are flooding the runways.

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As retailers consolidate, designers find they have fewer buyers to wow at their fashion shows.

Fashion Features

Fashion Game: Advantage Retailers

As retailers grow larger through consolidation, buying power is concentrated and the store’s power over vendors gets stronger.

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Retail

Off the Mall: Sears Opening 25 Essentials

Sears, Roebuck and Co. said it was launching an off-mall, midsized format called Sears Essentials, featuring core products and convenience items.

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Financial

VF Grows Profits 18.6% in Fourth Quarter

Bolstered by strength in its core businesses, VF Corp. posted double-digit profits for both the fourth-quarter and year-end periods.

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Sarah Jessica Parker

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Sarah Jessica Parker: ‘Sex’ and Scents-ability

Sarah Jessica Parker has hooked up with Coty Inc. to create, as Parker described, “a timeless fragrance that women can have a relationship with.”

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At the site of the recently razed Silk Alley, only an empty alley and a pile of garbage remains.

Fashion Features

China’s Silk Alley Fades to Dark

BEIJING — China’s best-known spot for knockoffs has been completely knocked down.

The famous Silk Alley was closed and subsequently razed early last month, ending the market’s 20-year reign as the country’s best-known…

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Financial

Merger Mania Makes Factors Nervous

NEW YORK — Factors, companies that take responsibility for a firm’s receivables for a fee, are skeptical about any benefits to their vendor clients in the event Federated Department Stores and May Department Store Co. agree to merge into a…

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Utowa gracefully integrates plasma TVs for atmospheric effect in a relatively small selling space.

Retail

Adding Plasma to In-Store DNA

NEW YORK — Past the floral arrangements and under the sprawling “roller-coaster” twig installation suspended from the ceiling, there’s a high-tech side to the Utowa store in Chelsea here.

Utowa’s plasma TVs show…

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Beauty Features

Cacci Named President At Burberry Fragrances

PARIS — Marcella Cacci has been named president of Burberry Fragrances, a new position at Inter Parfums SA. She will start March 15.

In that role, Cacci will oversee strategy, management and operations. For five years, she has worked for…

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Legal

U.S. Seeks Stay of Safeguard Injunction

The Justice Department has turned to an appeals court to overturn a ruling that has stymied the government’s review of China safeguard petitions.

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The wide-ranging distribution and prices of Polo/Ralph Lauren products has bred demand for the designer’s fashions.

Marketing and Promotion

The Squeeze on Apparel’s Sweet Spots

NEW YORK — The sweet spots in the apparel business are growing fewer and farther between.

It’s a tough environment fostered by a consumer whose spending priorities are shifting and segmenting faster than ever; a dearth of fashion…

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A misses’ look from Protrend.

Fashion Features

‘Guerrilla Marketing’ of Misses’ Lines

Peter Kim is employing the marketing tools he has used at Hudson Jeans and Drunknmunky to his firm’s Nicola and E.K. Trends misses’ lines.

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Fashion Features

Oldham’s Future Focuses on Home And Book Project

LOS ANGELES — For designer Todd Oldham, creating fashion didn’t end when he sold the trademarks for his name six years ago to Jones Apparel Group.

Although he has since reacquired them, Oldham has focused his energies on the…

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Fashion Features

West Watch: Gold Digger … Surf Diva … Stalled Sale

GOLD DIGGER: “I still consider myself an L.A. designer,” said Jared Gold, enjoying a homecoming of sorts last week at the Aero & Co. boutique on trendy Third Street in Los Angeles. Fighting a flu, Gold was in town for…

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Fashion Features

British Invasion in Milan

MILAN — Should tea and scones start being served in between shows during Milan Fashion Week?

A handful of British designers, following the example of Burberry, are giving up London to present their fall collections in Milan, from Pringle…

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Drew Barrymore

Media

Memo Pad: Barrying the Hatchet … Glamour Push

BARRYING THE HATCHET: Principles are all well and good, but a girl’s got to have priorities, too. For Drew Barrymore, that means appearing on the cover of Vogue — an honor she reportedly passed up four…

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