No Letup in Bad News: Major Stores Report Steep Drops in Profits

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The evidence just keeps building that consumer have slammed their wallets shut when it comes to buying apparel. A trio of major department stores all showed signs of wear and tear in reporting their first-quarter financial results.

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Alvin Colt at home in 2007.

Designer and Luxury

Obituary: Designer Alvin Colt

He was larger than life, literally and figuratively.

clock May 16, 2008Lorna Koski

Chanel's new space at Bergdorf Goodman.


Chanel Goes Interactive at Bergdorf’s

There’s a new shopping experience in store for Bergdorf Goodman beauty consumers.

clock May 16, 2008Julie Naughton

Stila's Marchesa palettes.

Beauty Features

Stila Does Marchesa Collection

With a partnership with Marchesa and a new chief marketing officer, Stila Cosmetics is attempting to fashion its future.

clock May 16, 2008Julie Naughton

Michael Henry, Debbie Murtha, Sherry Lay, Linda Carroll, color insight manager for Ampacet, Jane Hertzmark Hudis and Karen Young.


FGI Panel Explores Retailing Strategies

Debbie Murtha, senior vice president of cosmetics for Macy’s Merchandising Group, issued a call to arms during a recent Fashion Group International beauty…

clock May 16, 2008Matthew W. Evans

Murad's Intensive Wrinkle Reducer.


Murad Aims to Quadruple International Business by 2012

Murad Inc. is keeping it all in the family — for now.

clock May 16, 2008Rachel Brown

An Amouage Jubilation scent.


Amouage to Grow Distribution, Store Count

The Amouage fragrance house is celebrating its 25th anniversary by expanding its dominion.

clock May 16, 2008Brid Costello

Black Betty men's items.

Body Care

Betty Beauty Men, Skin Lines In Brand’s Pipeline for 2009

On the heels of capturing the CEW Indie Award held here May 9th, Nancy Jarecki, founder of Betty Beauty Inc., is literally out of breath.

clock May 16, 2008Andrea Nagel

An ad visual for PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics.

Beauty Features

Critical Mass: PeaceKeeper Powers Growth Organically

Jody Weiss, chief executive officer of PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics, shakes her head and chuckles when she sees some of the beauty brands jumping on the natural…

clock May 16, 2008Faye Brookman

Cedric Munch of Kenzo with Parfumelle perfumery store owner Fares Lahoud.


Perfume Trade Show Makes Debut in N.Y.

For the first time, the Perfume Expo America held its three-day trade show, which started on Monday, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York.

clock May 16, 2008Michelle Edgar

The Precision Brow Planing Bar kiosk in the Time Warner Center.


Eyebrow Guru Christi Harris Plots Expansion With Kiosks

Dallas beauty entrepreneur Christi Harris says her Precision Brow Planing Bar has made it at the Time Warner Center in New York, and now she’s ready to…

clock May 16, 2008Holly Haber

L'Bel's Renovance Jour and Renovance Nuit day and night moisturizers.

Marketing and Promotion

L’Bel Brand Finds Success In Secondary U.S. Markets

It wasn’t simply international wordplay when direct-sales beauty brand Ebel Paris switched its global name to L’Bel Paris this year.

clock May 16, 2008Rachel Brown

Ammon Carver styles "Cashmere Mafia" star Bonnie Somerville's hair.

Beauty Features

Snippets: Boots Changes… Clarins Appointments… Freshwater Pearl

Boots International North America has officially named Kevan Quantock as the company’s chief executive officer.

clock May 16, 2008WWD Staff

Massimo Ferretti

Human Resources

Pollini Picks Design Team to Grow Brand

It’s the start of something new at Pollini. In a bid to grow and move the brand forward, Aeffe SpA revealed a new design duo.

clock May 16, 2008Alessandra Ilari

Rinko Kikuchi in ck Calvin Klein.

Designer and Luxury

Calvin Klein on the Road in Tokyo

Don’t expect a Calvin Klein megastore here anytime soon. The American fashion brand is reaching out to Japanese customers in its signature understated style.

clock May 16, 2008Amanda Kaiser

Interior view of Bottega Veneta's Cannes boutique.

Real Estate

Starstruck: Bottega Veneta Opens Boutique in Cannes

Bottega Veneta is using the allure of the Cannes Film Festival by inaugurating its new boutique on Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes, France, on Wednesday.

clock May 16, 2008Alessandra Ilari

A visual for The Essence by Porsche Design.


Speed Racer

Groupe Clarins is adding some horsepower to the Porsche Design portfolio, which is expanding into fragrance.

clock May 16, 2008Jennifer Weil


McComb Defends Plan to Shareholders

William L. McComb and Liz Claiborne Inc. have seen a tumultuous 12 months since the company’s last annual meeting, and the one the chief executive officer directed Wednesday crystallized the turmoil.

clock May 16, 2008Whitney Beckett

McKay Belk, Olin Lancaster and Michael Gould.


Traub, Wek Among Image Award Honorees

Icons from different corners of the fashion world, from Marvin Traub to Alec Wek and the Belks, were under the spotlight Wednesday night for the annual…

clock May 16, 2008David Moin and Karyn Monget

Denise Seegal

Human Resources

Denise Seegal Exits VF Corp.

Denise Seegal, president of VF Corp.’s sportswear coalition, is leaving the company less than a month after VF said Nautica women’s sportswear will be closed.

clock May 16, 2008Whitney Beckett


Urban Outfitters Sees Net Rise 44.9% in Qtr.

Urban Outfitters Inc. on Thursday posted first-quarter earnings that rose 44.9 percent, buoyed by a decrease in markdowns.

clock May 16, 2008Jeanine Poggi

Jack Black and Angelina Jolie at Cannes.


Eye: Panda Giants

Eva Longoria Parker is still basking in her honeymoon period.

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Karl Lagerfeld with Anna Mouglalis in Chanel.


Eye: Beach Vibe

“Is he here yet?” Zoe Kravitz wondered, waiting for Karl Lagerfeld’s arrival at the Chanel-hosted dinner at Casa Tua Wednesday night. “I am sure he will…

clock May 16, 2008WWD Staff

Rendering of the Chanel store on Robertson Boulevard.

Marketing and Promotion

Chanel Brings New Concept to Robertson

Chanel is changing the game on Robertson Boulevard.

clock May 16, 2008Anne Riley-Katz

Sean Avery: The new face of couture?


Memo Pad: Reporting For Duty— The Mslo Trickle… Changing Seats

Sean Avery started his internship at Vogue on Monday, and already staffers at Cond?? Nast Publications Inc. are buzzing about the New York Ranger star’s…

clock May 16, 2008Irin Carmon and Stephanie D. Smith and Amy Wicks

A watch from Buccellati's new Anthochron line.

Designer and Luxury

Gianmaria Buccellati Introduces Anthochron

Anthochron, the new watch line by Gianmaria Buccellati, is aimed at consumers looking for off-the-beaten-path luxury.

clock May 16, 2008Alessandra Ilari

Human Resources

Hugo Boss Names CEO

Claus-Dietrich Lahrs, managing director of Christian Dior Couture, was named chief executive officer of Hugo Boss AG on Thursday.

clock May 16, 2008Evan Clark


Jacobs Employee Released on Bail

Kyle Avila, who was arrested Monday for stealing $62,000 from a Marc Jacobs boutique in the West Village here, was released on bail Wednesday, the Department of Correctional Services said Thursday.

clock May 16, 2008Jeffrey Podolsky

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Balmain’s Main Man… Muti’s Turn… Pin Up

Could Christophe Decarnin, the designer who is heating up Balmain with his short and sexy frocks, be extending his creative duties to men’s wear?

clock May 16, 2008WWD Staff

Earnings at Kohl's and Nordstrom were down.


No Letup in Bad News: Major Stores Report Steep Drops in Profit

The evidence just keeps building that consumers have slammed their wallets shut when it comes to buying apparel.

clock May 16, 2008Evan Clark and Vicki M. Young and Jeanine Poggi

Bernard Arnault


Arnault Confident in LVMH

America may be sliding into recession and Europe’s economies stagnating, but LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton boss Bernard Arnault on Thursday said he remains bullish on luxury.

clock May 16, 2008Robert Murphy


Bulgari Sees Slight Profit Drop

Despite a 4.6 percent drop in first-quarter earnings, brought on by sales decreases in Italy and the United Kingdom and the weak dollar, Italian luxury group Bulgari SpA on Thursday confirmed its guidance for 2008, pending no further deterioration in…

clock May 16, 2008Andrew Roberts

Fashion Features

In Brief: Senate Approves Farm Bill… Tiffany’s Board

The Senate passed a more than $300 billion farm, nutrition and conservation bill Thursday by a veto-proof majority, setting the stage for a showdown with President Bush.

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Dan Caten, Roberto Martone and Dean Caten.

Beauty Features

Dsquared2 Knocks on ‘Wood’ Again

Dan and Dean Caten, the Canadian designers behind Dsquared2, looked no further than their men’s scent He Wood for inspiration to create their debut women’s…

clock May 16, 2008Stephanie Epiro


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