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Retailers Keep Holiday Plans Conservative and Inventories Tight

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

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Fashion

Rihanna Said Eyeing Paris for Fenty Puma Show

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

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Retail

Aéropostale Bankruptcy Jeopardizes 10k Jobs

Teen retailer Aéropostale is awaiting a decision from a bankruptcy judge that is likely to impact whether it can find a buyer.

clock 9hVicki M. Young

In Focus

Roger Federer on His Nike Collaboration and Coming Back Strong in 2017

Roger Federer at the NikeLab store in NYC

Weather Gauge: Balmy Temps Boost Retail but Chill Is Forecast

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Overview

As balmy weather bathed much of the nation, most retailers basked in stronger-than-expected comp-store sales last month. Results were also bolstered by gift card redemptions.

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Financial

Weather Gauge: Balmy Temps Boost Retail but Chill Is Forecast

Balmy weather in January sent shoppers to malls, where they not only bought clothes on sale, but picked up full-priced spring fashions, too.

clock February 3, 2006Meredith Derby

Financial

Ruttenstein Bequests Detailed

Kalman Ruttenstein, Blooming­dale’s late senior vice president of fashion direction, left an estate worth more than $1 million.

clock February 3, 2006Liza Casabona

Financial

Avon 4Q Net Plunges 37%

Avon Products’ fourth-quarter profits fell by nearly 37 percent, hurt by restructuring costs and higher-priced discounting.

clock February 3, 2006Vicki M. Young

Financial

Citizens of Humanity in Berkshire Deal

Berkshire Partners has made an investment of $250 million to $300 million in Citizens of Humanity and now holds a majority stake in the firm.

clock February 3, 2006Vicki M. Young

Fashion Features

Quote of the Week

“I’m not trying to take over the world, but I do want to show that accessories can be made from a more ethical viewpoint.”

clock February 3, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

In Brief: Border Patrol … Limited’s CFO Change

A brief look at some of the day’s stories.

clock February 3, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

The Moody Views – Ports 1961, Reyes, Elie Tahari

Olympus Fashion Week doesn’t officially begin until today, but Elie Tahari, Ports 1961 and Reyes got a head start on the field.

clock February 3, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Summer of ’69

Gap has transformed dramatically since the San Francisco-based company started in 1969.

clock February 3, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: The Royal Touch … Looking For A Deal … Costume Kudos …

Parfums Givenchy apparently wants an upscale, aristocratic image for its next women’s fragrance, with an ad campaign reportedly starring Marie de Villepin.

clock February 3, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Tom Ford’s Getaway

Tom Ford is feeling blue–the blue of the Mediterranean sea, that is with Azuree, his second collection for the Estee Lauder brand.

clock February 3, 2006Julie Naughton and Pete Born

Fashion Features

Splash: Making a Marc

Marc Jacobs plans to wade back into the fragrance spotlight this spring with Marc Jacobs Splash, a trio of limited-edition scents.

clock February 3, 2006Julie Naughton

People

Diddy’s Big Night

The dapper rapper waded into a melange of celebrities ranging from Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Nelly, Kelis and Ashanti to the likes of Rev. Al Sharpton, Pamela Anderson and Ben Stiller.

clock February 3, 2006Julie Naughton

Fashion Features

Fashion Week Welcomes Beauty Sponsors

Beauty companies remain committed to supporting fashion week, with a host of players spinning fresh ideas to get in on what has become a marketing must for brands seeking glamour status.

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Fashion Features

Kanebo Cosmetics Eyes Overseas Growth

Tokyo-based Kanebo Cosmetics Inc., whose acquisition by Kao Corp. was officially completed this week, is eyeing China, Europe and the U.S. as growth markets.

clock February 3, 2006Matthew W. Evans

Fashion Features

Critical Mass: Smart Brands’ Antidote for Penny-Pinchers

One reason mass market beauty sales increases are stalled at less than 4 percent is because shoppers aren’t inspired to buy beauty on impulse.

clock February 3, 2006Faye Brookman

Fashion Features

Max Factor Gets an Updated Look

Following sales declines, Max Factor has tapped its best chance of capturing the fashion-forward, makeup aficionado it calls its ‘target customer’: Pat McGrath.

clock February 3, 2006Andrea Nagel

Fashion Features

Logistics Gets in the Way at Extracts

For years the show has raised the profiles of smaller entrepreneurial companies by shining a spotlight on their brands.

clock February 3, 2006Michelle Edgar

Financial

Elizabeth Arden Sees 4.1 Percent Rise in Income

Thanks to several recent fragrance launches and strong December sales with the Prevage skin care line, Elizabeth Arden Inc. reported a 4.1 percent increase in net income on a 7.1 percent gain in net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2006.

clock February 3, 2006Amy S. Choi

Fashion Features

Glamour Shorts

What do Glamour, Gwyneth Paltrow and a bunch of snow have in common? On the surface, not much.

clock February 3, 2006Marcy Medina

Memo Pad: Not-So-Plain Jane … Together Again … Matrimonial Blip …

New editors taking over existing magazines have a safety net of sorts: the ability to blame their predecessors for the parts of the magazine that don’t quite work.

clock February 3, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

USTR Launches Talks On South Korea Trade

U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman launched negotiations for a free trade agreement with South Korea on Thursday.

clock February 3, 2006Evan Clark

Fashion Features

CFDA Salutes Seven ‘Icons’

Standing beneath oversized photographs of the honorees’ signature work, Stan Herman offered pithy comments about Oleg Cassini, Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Mary McFadden, Diane von Furstenberg and Vera Wang.

clock February 3, 2006Rosemary Feitelberg and Marc Karimzadeh

Fashion Features

Obituary: Hazel Haire, 70, Designer

Hazel Haire, a women’s fashion designer who often collaborated with her husband, Bill, died Jan. 24 at the Chapin Home in Queens, N.Y. She was 70.

clock February 3, 2006William Cotto

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