Ann Taylor’s New Beauty: Enters Category to Help Reignite Growth

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Along with several other growth initiatives on the drawing boards, AnnTaylor Stores Corp. now sees the beauty business as a major opportunity. Perhaps that's why its upcoming fragrance is called Possibilities.

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Items from the updated range.

Beauty Features

It’s Bath Time for Sephora

Sephora’s bath line is bubbling up at retail. The retailer is relaunching its eponymous bath and body collection this month, with six products each available in seven scent variations.

clock October 19, 2007Julie Naughton

Boots' U.R. Beautiful area.

Beauty Features

Pulling Up Boots: Chain Adds Premium Twist

Boots the Chemists is polishing up its beauty offer. The Nottingham, England-based health and beauty retailer this month inaugurated Boots Premium Beauty Concept, an assisted self-service format that includes prestige and niche brands and services.

clock October 19, 2007Brid Costello

Items from Lauren Hutton's fall collection.

Beauty Features

Hutton Eyes Retail

Lauren Hutton, wild-haired, barefoot and wearing an unbuttoned oxford shirt that exposes a white tank top, is carrying a watermelon to the garden of her Venice, Calif., home just blocks from the ocean.

clock October 19, 2007Rachel Brown

Billy B's brush line.

Beauty Features

A Brush With Comfort

Annoyed by uncomfortable makeup brushes, makeup artist Billy Brasfield decided to craft ideal ones – without protracted handles or excess ounces – for his own use.

clock October 19, 2007Rachel Brown


Wal-Mart Revives Price-Cut Strategy

Under pressure from Wall Street and hungry for a big win at holiday, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is signaling it will focus on prices.

clock October 19, 2007Katherine Bowers


House Bill: Duty Free Imports for Poor Nations

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday that would give duty free treatment to imports from the world’s poorest countries, a move opposed by the U.S. textile industry.

clock October 19, 2007Kristi Ellis

Jani Friedman

Beauty Features

Adding Up Beauty: Investment Banking Firm Demeter Group to Focus on Beauty

In recent years, shoppers have embarked on a mad dash to discover emerging beauty brands, as they look beyond department stores to specialty shops, TV and the Internet for new lines.

clock October 19, 2007Molly Prior

The Le Mystere Skin assortment.

Beauty Features

Le Mystere Creates Skin Care

Le Mystere LLC, the upscale lingerie marketer, has entered the beauty game. The firm introduced late last month a line of four skin care products called Le Mystere Skin at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street location.

clock October 19, 2007Matthew W. Evans

Beauty Features

Snippets: Origins Move… Avon Celebrates Cancer Survivors…

Origins has named Maleka Dattu senior vice president and general manager of Origins North America, a newly created position.

clock October 19, 2007WWD Staff

Joel Palix

Beauty Features

Making Faces

The always-surprising Thierry Mugler is about to step into the combative arena of makeup marketing with a cosmetics and fragrance line called Dare the Metamorphosis, which is based on the designer’s belief that people can sculpt new identities with…

clock October 19, 2007Jennifer Weil

Beauty Features

Nestle Considers Selling L’Oreal Stake

Nestle could sell its 27.89% stake in L’Oreal in 2009, once its agreement with the French beauty giant expires in April of that year, NestlE CEO Peter Brabeck said Thursday.

clock October 19, 2007Ellen Groves


China’s Golden Weeks Credited With Driving Consumption

Consumption is expanding in China, at least according to the retail figures from the recently concluded National Day holiday.

clock October 19, 2007Lisa Movius

Richard Baker (right)


NRDC Ups Buying Power With IPO

NRDC Equity Partners, parent of Lord & Taylor, has formed NRDC Acquisition Corp. to raise $360 million for the possible purchase of one or more operating…

clock October 19, 2007David Moin


In Brief: Nike In Sale-Leaseback Plan… McCreight Appointment

Nike Inc. is partnering with real estate firm CB Richard Ellis in a sale-leaseback of its Cole Haan and Nike Bauer facilities in Yarmouth, Maine, and Greenland, N.H.

clock October 19, 2007WWD Staff

Quentin Harris DJ-ing at Webster Hall with David Morales.


Behind the Groove

It’s one in the morning on a school night, but you’d never know it at Webster Hall. House music blares as gay black men vogue on a makeshift runway.

clock October 19, 2007Jacob Bernstein

Ingo Wilts, Bruno Salzer and Andre Maeder.

Fashion Features

Showing Who’s Boss in Manhattan

Rather than get lost in the melee of fashion weeks in New York, Milan, London or Paris, Hugo Boss preferred to wait until the fashion crowd had taken a breather and pulled together an event for 1,000…

clock October 19, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg

Evelyn Lauder flanked by Karin and Stephen I. Sadove.


Saks’ Pink Rink for the Cure

“This is just beautiful, look up,” said Suzanne Johnson, general manager of the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship. “And look at the ice. It’s all pink.” So what if her feet were cold.

clock October 19, 2007David Moin


Clarins Sales Up 8 Percent in 3rd Quarter

Driven by sustained growth in its beauty division, gains in its fragrance branch and recovery of orders in the U.S., Groupe Clarins posted third-quarter 2007 sales of 231.8 million euros, or $318.5 million at average exchange, up 8 percent on the same…

clock October 19, 2007Jennifer Weil

Adrienne Lazarus, Petra Nemcova and Kay Krill in front of the Possibilities ad.

Beauty Features

Ann Taylor’s New Beauty: Enters Category to Help Reignite Growth

Along with several other growth initiatives on the drawing boards, AnnTaylor Stores Corp. now sees the beauty business as a major opportunity. Perhaps…

clock October 19, 2007David Moin and Pete Born

Fashion Features

Stella McCartney’s at Barneys, Naturally

Stella McCartney is bringing a “green” collection exclusively to Barneys New York. The specialty retailer asked the designer, who has famously renounced meat and leather, to create the line.

clock October 19, 2007Sharon Edelson


Prada Said Nearing Pick of IPO Bankers

It looks like Prada SpA is getting closer to carrying out its oft-postponed IPO. Speculation here is rife the company is about to name its lead bankers for the IPO, which is expected to take place sometime next year.

clock October 19, 2007Amanda Kaiser and Samantha Conti

Fashion Features

ABC Carpet Hosts Eco-friendly Fashions

Held in ABC Carpet & Home, the eco-friendly “FutureFashion” show Wednesday included looks from 12 designer lines such as Halston, Peter Som, Daryl K, and Oscar de la Renta.

clock October 19, 2007Jacinta Green

A look from Seven For All Mankind's spring collection.


VF Net Rises, Revenues Top $2B

Booming sales in its outdoor division and a revenue bump from the newly formed contemporary brands segment lifted earnings for VF Corp. in the third quarter and pushed revenues beyond $2 billion.

clock October 19, 2007Ross Tucker


New York & Co. Drops Concept

New York & Co. Inc. said Thursday that it will discontinue the faltering JasmineSola concept to focus on higher return opportunities.

clock October 19, 2007Jeanine Poggi

Lauren Bush carrying a World Feed bag.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Points East… Honoring Galanos… Starry Night…

No Forbidden City for him. Karl Lagerfeld had his nose to many grindstones in Beijing on Thursday, not only conducting a massive, international casting call for his Fendi show tonight on the Great Wall of China…

clock October 19, 2007WWD Staff


Memo Pad: Back Again – Twice… Back to Base… Thanks – and We Aren’t A Dinosaur…

Reports of Vogue Living’s death may have been exaggerated — or at least premature. The Vogue shelter spin-off, downgraded last year to a “13th issue,” appears this week for the second time…

clock October 19, 2007WWD Staff

"Basic Black" book cover.


Black on Black

While Cathie Black’s new book on getting ahead at work and in life is called “Basic Black,” her shoe sensibility runs contrary to the title. The president of Hearst Magazines prefers footwear with flair, since shoes, more so than a colorful jacket or…

clock October 19, 2007WWD Staff

Interior view of Cartier at NorthPark Center.


Cartier Doubles Size in Move to NorthPark

Cartier has moved to a larger space in a new neighborhood and expectations are high. The luxury jeweler opened a 2,500-square-foot store this month at NorthPark Center here that is double the size and inventory of its previous location at Galleria Dallas.

clock October 19, 2007Holly Haber


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