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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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Barneys to Open in Scottsdale

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Raising the stakes on its aggresive national expansion, Barneys New York has signed an agreement in principle to operate a flagship in the Scottsdale Fashion Square in Arizona, WWD has learned.

From This Issue

The sales of Lord & Taylor and Jil Sander were two of 2006's biggest deals.

Financial

Buy, Buy, 2006

Acquisitions amounting to billions of dollars in volume characterized the year — and there’s no sign of a slowdown yet.

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Financial

Wall Street Winners

At a recent mergers and acquisitions seminar, several investors said there’s no better time to go private.

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Fashion Features

Fashion Moments I

Fashion moments of 2006.

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Converting Marshall Field's to Macy's in Chicago.

Retail

Macy’s Coast-to-Coast

The fabled retailer goes national.

clock December 12, 2006David Moin

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Fashion Features

Fashion Moments II

Fashion moments of 2006.

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Viktor & Rolf designed a bridal line for H&M.

Retail

Populist Movement

Mixing and matching the high and low ends of fashion has become an epidemic.

clock December 12, 2006Sharon Edelson

Saks rebuilds its New Orleans store.

Retail

Shake-Up At Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Inc.’s turbulent 2005 gave way to rejigging and rejuvenation this year.

clock December 12, 2006David Moin

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Fashion Features

Fashion Moments III

Fashion moments of 2006.

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Olivier Theyskens

Fashion Features

When Talent Isn’t Enough

Critically praised Olivier Theyskens couldn’t keep the house of Rochas rolling.

clock December 12, 2006Miles Socha

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Fashion Features

Fashion Moments IV

Fashion Moments of 2006.

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Recent Parsons design grad Tricia Royal created wardrobe_remix on Flickr, where anyone can post magazine-style fashion photos of themselves, like this one of Royal.

Fashion Features

Fashion’s Media Explosion

From the devil wearing Prada to Betty being ugly, popular culture embraced the fashion business this year.

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Fashion Features

Fashion Moments V

Fashion moments of 2006.

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Financial

Execu-Go-Round

Lots of new faces landed in corner offices.

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Donatella Versace tours the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Fashion Features

Smaller World

“Go global!” was a rallying cry heard more often and in more places.

clock December 12, 2006Amanda Kaiser and Katherine Bowers

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Fashion Features

Fashion Moments VI

Fashion moments from 2006.

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Fashion Features

Redefining the Beauty Store

An exercise in “brand enhancement” for two key retailers.

clock December 12, 2006Pete Born

Fashion Features

Going Green

L’Oreal’s purchase of natural beauty maker and retailer The Body Shop in March and its takeover of the Sanoflore organic brand in October heralded what is considered by industry watchers as a seismic industry shift toward green cosmetics.

clock December 12, 2006Jennifer Weil

Fashion Features

Launching Pad

If you’re trying to penetrate the crowded prestige fragrance field, move over.

clock December 12, 2006Julie Naughton

Financial

Revlon’s Rough Ride

Revlon will likely breathe a heavy sigh of relief when the ball drops in Times Square on New Year’s and wearily wave goodbye to a tumultuous year.

clock December 12, 2006Molly Prior

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Fashion Features

Fashion Moments VII

Fashion moments from 2006.

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Fashion Features

Power Shift

The change to a Democrat-controlled Congress will impact trade, taxes, wages and a host of other issues.

clock December 12, 2006Kristi Ellis

Fashion Features

In Memoriam

The following are among those from the worlds of fashion, retail, beauty and media who died in 2006.

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Hugh Hefner sandwiched by Nicky and Paris Hilton.

Fashion Features

They Said It …

Quotations culled from the pages of WWD in 2006.

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Fashion Features

Kate Rising

What a year for Kate Moss.

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A rendering of Barneys in Dallas.

Retail

Barneys to Open in Scottsdale

Barneys New York has signed an agreement in principle to operate a flagship in the Scottsdale Fashion Square in Arizona.

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Retail

H&M to Enter Japanese Market

Sweden’s Hennes & Mauritz said Monday it would open its first store in Japan in 2008, pointing to a period of accelerating growth for European fast-fashion firms in Asia.

clock December 12, 2006Robert Murphy

Fashion Features

In Brief: Gottschalks Future … Pomellato’s New York Plum

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

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Two top sellers at American Eagle Outfitters are the winter twist cable sweater and jeans.

Retail

Holiday Cliffhanger as Retail Sales Disappoint

Retailing dragged last week, with stores hurt by warm temperatures in the East and consumers holding back on gift purchasing.

clock December 12, 2006David Moin

Retail

Rating the Categories Last Week

Here’s how merchandise stacked up last week against the same period in 2005 at 12 Macerich super-regional shopping centers across the country.

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Keanu Reeves

People

Melee in Miami

Miami’s annual Art Basel lures everyone from serious collectors and celebrities to socialites and hangers-on.

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Eda Genc

Fashion Features

Love On the Cheap

When those $349 wedding gowns from Viktor & Rolf for H&M hit stores last month, all 1,000 of them were quickly swooped up by brides-to-be across the U.S. and Europe.

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As an Elvis impersonator crooned, Jerry Bouthier and Lucile Trouquet made it official in Sin City.

Fashion Features

What Happens in Vegas…

In the annals of unusual demands made by brides on their wedding days, Lucile Troquet’s request to twist her chestnut tresses into a bow that matches the oversized one adorning the front of her Viktor & Rolf for H&M wedding gown was a challenging one.

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Fashion Features

Picture Perfect

On a recent rainy Sunday afternoon in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, the ground was wet and soggy, covered with what remained of the fallen autumn leaves.

clock December 12, 2006Venessa Lau

The crowd outside a Marc Jacobs sample sale.

Retail

Clamping Down on Sample Sale Shoplifters

At the height of the sample sale season, manufacturers explain how they are being proactive about stopping shoplifting.

clock December 12, 2006Rosemary Feitelberg

Fashion Features

USTR: China’s Compliance Lagging

The pace of the economic and government reforms promised by China when it joined the World Trade Organization is showing signs of slowing even though more work needs to be done, according to a new federal study.

clock December 12, 2006Evan Clark

The corridor of treatment rooms.

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Whole Foods Testing Spa in Grocery Store … Symrise Shares Up in First Day of Trading

Spas and grocery aisles may seem unlikely bedfellows but that hasn’t stopped Whole Foods Market from pairing the concepts at a newly opened store here.

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Financial

Gucci Names Devine Head of Bedat & Co.

Shoring up management after the departure of Christian Bedat, Gucci Group has appointed William Devine, a Swiss watch veteran, to head its Bedat & Co. high-end timepieces brand.

clock December 12, 2006Robert Murphy

Stella McCartney

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Stella’s New Star … O’Sullivan Leaves … Fur Sure …

Stella McCartney has given birth in London to her second child, a baby girl named Bailey Linda Olwyn Willis.

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L.L. Bean's founder modeling a hunter's jacket in an early catalogue.

Fashion Features

Gorman’s Maine Event: L.L. Bean

Leon Leonwood Bean turned an abbreviation of his name into a household brand.

clock December 12, 2006Rosemary Feitelberg

Fashion Features

Duty Free Zones Spur Growth in Egypt

Egypt’s textile and apparel industry has boomed and is poised to begin taking share from Jordan since an accord two years ago among Israel, Egypt and the U.S.

clock December 12, 2006Ross Tucker

Ira Livingston

Fashion Features

Ira Livingston: 31 Years Pitching Cotton

The view from Ira Living­ston’s corner office in Cotton Inc.’s midtown Manhattan headquarters is dominated by the white marble spires of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which seems appropriate for a man who for 31 years preached the gospel of cotton…

clock December 12, 2006Ross Tucker

Media

Memo Pad: Who’s Got The Cheese … Is It The Name Or The Face?

There’s no love lost between The New York Times and The Washington Post, and now the battle is extending to the papers’ loyalty points programs thanks to David Carr.

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Financial

Obituary: Leon Mandelbaum, Mandee Founder

He died of natural causes related to old age, said his son, Kenneth.

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Fashion Features

Obituary: Van Smith, Costume Designer, Makeup Artist

Costume designer and not your run-of-the-mill makeup artist Van Smith, who let loose on the characters in John Waters’ films, died of a heart attack Dec. 5 at his home in Marianna, Fla., said his sister, Cynthia Van Voris. He was 61.

clock December 12, 2006Rosemary Feitelberg

Fashion Features

Fashion, Jewelry and Sculpture of New York’s Avant-Garde

Initiatives in Art and Culture, headed by Lisa Koenigsberg, hosted its eighth annual New York Fashion Conference.

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