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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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Streamlining Macy’s: Retailer Said Eyeing Consolidation Moves

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Overview

With Macy's under increasing pressure from the weakening economy, slumping stock and its challenging merger with May Department Stores, speculation is mounting that the retailer is looking to downsize its seven regional operations to thre or four.

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Retail

On a Mission

As retailers prepare for a trip to New York for the Fashion Coterie, they say they’re in search of new resources, seasonless pieces, sexy tops and…

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Cotton and viscose coat from Converse by John Varvatos with Alexander Maree's cashmere skirt and Sweetface's silk and spandex dress. Erickson Beamon's necklace.

Fashion Trends

Gypsy Caravan

For fall, some Coterie designers are going bohemian, showing looks inspired by the world’s most romantic wanderers.

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Falls

Retail

Standing Out

Exhibitors look to spice up their offerings to entice buyers in a slowing economy.

clock February 6, 2008Julee Kaplan

Budding designer Valentine Gauthier showed for the first time at Who's Next.

Fashion Trends

Fluorescents Glow at Paris Fairs

Fluorescent fabrics and chic bohemian cuts will be de rigueur for fall, according to buyers attending the Pret a Porter and Who’s Next apparel trade shows.

clock February 6, 2008Emilie Marsh and Ellen Groves

Stephane Verdino patent leather bags.

Retail

Bold Colors Stand Out at Premiere Classe, Bijorhca

Buyers attending the Premiere Classe and Bijorhca accessories trade shows here predicted that the category will remain the bright spot amid a potential…

clock February 6, 2008Ellen Groves

Macy's may be looking to consolidate its seven regional operations to three or four.

Financial

Streamlining Macy’s: Retailer Said Eyeing Consolidation Moves

Macy’s Inc. may be ready to pull the trigger on sweeping consolidations.

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Inside and outside the Fendi flagship in Beverly Hills.

Handbags

“It” Bag Returns at Fendi Relaunch

The bag that defined a generation of accessories is back at the relaunched Fendi flagship here.

clock February 6, 2008Anne Riley-Katz

Human Resources

Deb Shops Names CEO

Deb Shops Inc., the nationwide junior chain, has named 30-year retail veteran Diane M. Paccione as chief executive officer.

clock February 6, 2008David Moin and Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Victoria Beckham

Retail

Beckham at Saks for dVb

Victoria Beckham couldn’t turn her head easily (wrenched neck, nagging back pain) nor bend over (Louboutin stilettos).

clock February 6, 2008Katherine Bowers

Joy Bryant

Media

Memo Pad: VF Supports The Writers By Not Partying…

The Hollywood writers’ strike may be close to ending, but Vanity Fair has canceled its famed Academy Awards party.

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Quiksilver will launch a young contemporary line under the flagship brand.

Financial

Industry Strategies for an Unsettled Economy

Senior executives from an array of apparel manufacturers and retailers are hunkering down to weather the economic storm.

clock February 6, 2008Khanh T.L. Tran

Looks from Erik Hart's higher-end namesake line launching this fall.

Designer and Luxury

Beyond Morphine Generation, Hart Builds Higher-End Line

For Erik Hart, there’s more to life than a rock show. There are art galleries to visit, the streets of Tokyo and London to explore and a multimillion dollar…

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Designer and Luxury

Lisa Perry Steps Out

Sixties-inspired dress designer Lisa Perry is shifting distribution, with Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman and Nordstrom in the mix.

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Peter Lowy, ceo of Westfield, with model Seung-hyun Kang and John Caplan, ceo of Ford Models.

Fashion Features

Westfield, Ford Agency Award Models

Westfield Group put 50 aspiring models in the public arena as the Ford Supermodel of the World contest culminated last month.

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Shang-High Street Loft

Retail

A Retail Concept for an Evolving Shanghai

For all the talk of Shanghai’s growing middle class, fairly few retail or entertainment venues are dedicated to catering to their particular tastes and…

clock February 6, 2008Lisa Movius

Government and Trade

Commerce Official Questions Congress’ China Legislation

When it comes to managing the tense economic relationship with China, Christopher Padilla, under secretary for international trade at the Commerce…

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Government and Trade

Ukraine Inches Closer To Entry Into the WTO

The World Trade Organization approved Ukraine’s entry package on Tuesday, paving the way for the former Soviet-bloc nation to join the global trade body…

clock February 6, 2008John Zarocostas

Andrea Jung

Financial

Beauty Beat: Avon Profits Slip Despite Strong Revenue Growth

The first chapter of Avon Products Inc.’s ongoing turnaround plan delivered a dramatic ending, with the direct seller on Tuesday reporting a 17 percent…

clock February 6, 2008Molly Prior

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Designer and Luxury

Survey: Luxe Shoppers Willing to Spend

Although luxury shoppers’ favorite destination is Nordstrom, the high-end consumer also likes to hunt for bargains at off-price and discount retailers.

clock February 6, 2008Zara Wong

Wealthy consumers may be most drawn to luxuries seen as investments, like jewelry, watches and yachts.

Financial

Economy’s Spin Is New Twist for the Rich

The gyrations of the U.S. economy are likely to send even some of the country’s millionaires spinning away from robust luxury goods consumption.

clock February 6, 2008Valerie Seckler

Jay Baker with Terry Lundgren.

Human Resources

Who’s Training Future CEOs?

When was the last time a top retail or apparel executive was recruited to run a major company outside the industry?

clock February 6, 2008Whitney Beckett

Fashion widgets on a Facebook page.

Media

Facebook Users Pick Favorite Fashion Retailers

Facebook users can proclaim their affection for certain retailers ??? including Barneys New York, H&M, Coach and Marc Jacobs ??? on their profiles…

clock February 6, 2008Cate T. Corcoran

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Marketing and Promotion

Bits & Bytes

40% of Web shoppers say they are pressed for time.

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Bill Franks

Human Resources

Saks’ CIO Departs

Saks’ chief information officer Bill Franks retired at the end of last month.

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A rendering of Cole Haan's new store concept.

Retail

Jim Seuss: Putting Cool in Cole Haan

Jim Seuss has had one objective since being named Cole Haan’s chief executive officer two years ago ??? redefining the company.

clock February 6, 2008Sophia Chabbott

Leiber's Las Vegas store.

Financial

Leiber Brand Banks on International Appeal

Leiber is taking its particular brand of sparkle international.

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Marcia Gay Harden

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Just Doing What He’s Told… Singin’ In The Rain…

Proenza Schouler landed a front row full of its loyal socials:…

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Financial

VF Net Leaps 51.4 Percent

VF Corp. delivered a fourth-quarter earnings gain of 51.4 percent, which is against a tough macroeconomic backdrop that contributed to weakness in its…

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Chloe Sevigny and The Slits' Ari-Up

People

Crowded House

Cool chick Chloe Sevigny has loads of equally hip friends to call on when she decides to throw a party.

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LýWren Scott at Proenza Schouler

People

Early Birds

Look at you Tory, Milla, Georgina and L’Wren. So ahead of the game on your own collections that you have time to skip out of the studio and check out your…

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Financial

Charming Shoppes Closing Stores, Cutting Jobs

Charming Shoppes Inc. is the latest retailer to adopt restructuring plans, saying on Tuesday it will close 150 underperforming stores and cut about 200 jobs…

clock February 6, 2008Jeanine Poggi

Financial

Retail Shares Slide With Broader Market

Retail shares were trampled after an unexpected contraction in the service sector further signaled a recession.

clock February 6, 2008Jeanine Poggi

Human Resources

In Brief: Perry Ellis Gets Liz Brands… Aston Joins Roger Vivier…

Liz Claiborne has completed the sale of Laundry By Design and C&C California to Perry Ellis International for $37 million.

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