A Cloudy Crystal Ball: More Upbeat Consumer No Sign of Good Times

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Consumer confidence rose unexpectedly in December to an eight-month high, but that still might provide little for retailers to cheer about following a disappointing holiday selling season.

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A Cloudy Crystal Ball: More Upbeat Consumer No Sign of Good Times

Consumer confidence rose in December to an eight-month high, but whether that will continue is unclear after a mixed holiday season.

clock December 29, 2006Vicki M. Young


Chief Operating Officer Exits Penney’s

Are more high-level changes in store at J.C. Penney?

clock December 29, 2006David Moin and Vicki M. Young

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Importers Weigh In on Vietnam Program

Importers presented their idea of how a Bush administration plan to monitor and initiate antidumping cases against Vietnam should work.

clock December 29, 2006Evan Clark

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Quote of The Week

“People were driving around in convertibles with their tops down.”

clock December 29, 2006WWD Staff

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In Brief: Church Approaches Burberry

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

clock December 29, 2006WWD Staff

Andrew Simpson


Boy Toy

Chatting with actor Andrew Simpson, who almost skipped the audition for the role of Cate Blanchett’s teen seducer in “Notes on a Scandal.”

clock December 29, 2006Vanessa Lawrence


Snapshot: Busy Bee

Spotted almost 10 years ago at age 14 by Gerard Depardieu on the set of Asterix and Obelix Take on Caesar, Melanie Laurent is seeing her career take off big time.

clock December 29, 2006Emilie Marsh

Christian Etchebest's supreme of wild duck.


Game On

As soon as the cold weather sets in, Parisian menus go wild for game dishes.

clock December 29, 2006Chantal Goupil

Capture Totale Two-Step Night products.

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From Runway to Boudoir: Dior Makes Its Moves

Dior plans to rock retail with a host of runway-inspired beauty products next spring and continue to nurture its skin care business with two key additions to its Capture Totale franchise.

clock December 29, 2006Julie Naughton

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Guerlain to Launch Orchidee Eye Cream

Guerlain is aiming to replicate the success of its Orchidee Imperiale Exceptional Complete Care Cream with a companion eye and lip cream.

clock December 29, 2006Julie Naughton

Biotherm's new moisturizer.

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Biotherm Aims to Make a ‘Health Difference’

Biotherm is hoping its new moisturizer makes a “Healthy Difference” for consumers looking to try something new.

clock December 29, 2006Michelle Edgar

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Cosmoprof Asia Faces Its Future

Cosmoprof Asia boasted an increase in exhibitor numbers with a total up in the double digits this year versus the same session in 2005.

clock December 29, 2006Jane Moir

Dominique Conseil

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Aveda Harnesses Green Power

There’s been a wind of change blowing through Aveda’s primary manufacturing plant, ever since the Estee Lauder Cos.-owned natural-beauty brand switched its energy resources to wind power.

clock December 29, 2006Brid Costello

Vera Wang Princess

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Critical Mass: Early Results Forecast Ho-Hum Christmas at Mass

Despite being the perfect stop for procrastinators, most mass market retailers did not have the last-minute rush of holiday shoppers.

clock December 29, 2006Faye Brookman

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Jan Marini Takes Antiaging Approach Beyond the Hair Line

The antiaging products market is not only growing, for Jan Marini Skin Research it is spreading as well.

clock December 29, 2006Rachel Brown

Inside Fresh's Santa Monica store.

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A Fresh Gold Rush

Fresh is updating its mix for 2007 with a West Coast retail initiative and several product launches.

clock December 29, 2006Julie Naughton and Michelle Edgar

Lipstick Queen by Poppy King.

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Move Over Gloss, Here Comes the Queen

Australian lipstick designer Poppy King hopes to bring the bright accessory back into the spotlight.

clock December 29, 2006Michelle Edgar

Jorg Mingers

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Douglas’ Italian Milestone

Douglas has amped up its presence in Italy after it opened a new store on one of Milan’s busiest shopping streets.

clock December 29, 2006Stephanie Epiro

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Euro Notes: Cashing In … Viral Catches On … Dial M For Marketing …

When is the best time to tell shoppers about product promotions?

clock December 29, 2006WWD Staff

Select products from Ten by Alterna.

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Alterna Celebrates 10th With Ten

To celebrate 10 years in business and to tap into demand for luxury hair care products, Alterna Professional Haircare, based here, is now rolling out a new line, Ten.

clock December 29, 2006Kavita Daswani

Infusium 23's new look.

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Infusium 23 Requests Bottle Service

New Year’s is a time for reinvention, and Infusium 23 is ready for its makeover.

clock December 29, 2006Crystal Martin


Moschino to Unveil Milan Hotel in 2008

Moschino is bringing its sense of humor to the world of lodging.

clock December 29, 2006Luisa Zargani

The new Gus store.


Plassier’s Gus Brand Gets First Home

For Stephane Plassier, nothing is as masculine as a hodgepodge of stuff.

clock December 29, 2006Robert Murphy


Nine West Growth Continues

As part of its global expansion plan, Nine West Group opened flagships this month in several cities around the world, including Tokyo, Moscow and Hanoi.

clock December 29, 2006Whitney Beckett

The new LT Apparel Group logo.

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Lollytogs Name Change Comes With New Logo

Children’s apparel maker Lollytogs Ltd. is about to show off a new identity.

clock December 29, 2006Julee Greenberg


T-Box Opens Store in Tel Aviv

T-Box, a Turkish franchise featuring 60 different types of shrink-wrapped clothing, is the latest addition to the imported clothing and shoe stores on Sheinkin Street here.

clock December 29, 2006WWD Staff

Silda Wall Spitzer

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Silda Spitzer’s Southern Style

Silda Wall Spitzer discusses her fashion tastes, the foundation she and her husband founded and why her daughters don’t like to hear her sing.

clock December 29, 2006Elizabeth Morrow and Jessica Best


Memo Pad: A Prince Of A Publisher? … Hitting Turbulence … Resolute – For Now

He may no longer get to party like it’s 1999, but the artist known again as Prince may be about to broaden his media horizons.

clock December 29, 2006WWD Staff

Prince Michael of Greece

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From Russia With Love

Prince Michael of Greece knows his fair share of yarns about the royal jewels of Imperial Russia.

clock December 29, 2006Robert Murphy

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Royal Fanfare

They were the “It” bags of their day, carried by the beau monde ladies of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries to set off their outfits and fashioned in every material from intricately cut ivory to feathers and mother-of-pearl.

clock December 29, 2006Nina Jones

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Obituary: Jeanne Breitbart, Fashion Veteran, 85

Jeanne Breitbart, who embarked on a career as a fashion model at the age of 18 for Gold Tee Knitting Mills and Foremost Sportswear, and later became vice president of design for Majesty Specialties, based in New York, died Dec. 15 at her home in…

clock December 29, 2006Karyn Monget

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Princess Michael of Kent Lauds Kutoglu Collection

One thing Princess Michael of Kent, who says she is the only Roman Catholic member of the British Royal Family, would not do on her visit to Turkey last month was “bother the pope.”

clock December 29, 2006Suna Erdem


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