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Retail

Aéropostale's Future Still Unclear; Liquidation Possible

The future of teen retailer Aeropostale is still unclear, as bidding at a court auction was continuing into the evening hours on Monday.

clock 9hVicki M. Young

Fashion

Carolina Herrera Hires Raffaele Ilardo as Vice President of Design

Raffaele Ilardo will head up creative development and design for the Carolina Herrera New York ready-to-wear and bridal collections.

clock 12hRosemary Feitelberg

Retail

Picking the Fashion Runway Winners With Big Data

An analysis of online patterns by big data firm Edited shows the runway styles most likely to resonate with shoppers.

clock 5hEvan Clark

‘Sex and the City’: For Better and for Worse Dressed

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Overview

Clad in a Vivienne Westwood wedding gown and attended by bridesmaid Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker prepares to tie the knot in "Sex and the City: The Movie."

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Film and TV

‘Sex and the City’: For Better and for Worse Dressed

Clad in a Vivienne Westwood wedding gown and attended by bridesmaid Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker prepares to tie the knot.

clock May 23, 2008Jessica Iredale

Memo Pad: She Was Worth It — Honest… Out The O Door…

A week after chief editorial director Bonnie Fuller exited American Media Inc., her former boss, David Pecker, joked…

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Financial

Battling the Slowdown With Tighter Inventory

Retailing has become a game of defense.

clock May 23, 2008Evan Clark and Jeanine Poggi

Financial

Ann Taylor’s First Quarter ‘Highly Promotional’

AnnTaylor Stores Corp. said Thursday first-quarter income fell 17.7 percent because of the softness and uncertainty weighing on the retail sector.

clock May 23, 2008Vicki M. Young

Financial

Dillard’s Net Down 93.7 Percent

Dillard’s Inc. trimmed expenses in the first quarter, but not enough to make up for higher markdowns, which propelled a 93.7 percent nosedive in profits.

clock May 23, 2008Evan Clark

Fashion Features

Finley Honored for Lifetime Achievement

It was Ruth Finley’s night at the High School of Fashion Industries on Wednesday, and Nicole Miller, Arnold Scaasi, Michael Kors and Carolina Herrera were among those who celebrated her career.

clock May 23, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg and Julee Kaplan

Intimates and Activewear

Victoria’s Secret Tests New VSX Sport Concept

Retailing is gaga for yoga.

clock May 23, 2008David Moin

Retail Features

E-Tales: Notes From the E-commerce Front

As other luxury retailers built huge online businesses, Barneys seemed to be napping on a Jonathan Adler pillow.

clock May 23, 2008Cate T. Corcoran

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Inside Out… Season’s Greetings… Design Doctor

Karl Lagerfeld is heading to Versailles next month, but for a photo, not a fashion show.

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Financial

IT Holding: ‘Not in Talks’ for Sale

Italian fashion group IT Holding SpA on Thursday firmly denied it is considering selling a majority stake, despite rumors of private equity interest.

clock May 23, 2008Andrew Roberts

Financial

H&M to Open Women-Only Store

When Sweden’s Hennes & Mauritz opens its first store in Saudi Arabia later this year, it will be an innovator.

clock May 23, 2008Robert Murphy

Fashion Features

Material World Heads West

Material World will launch Material World West, a new Los Angeles show, replacing its annual New York event.

clock May 23, 2008Georgia Lee

Financial

Analysts Say U.S. Luxe Has Room to Grow

Never mind the lousy economy: The United States remains an underdeveloped luxury market and offers strong short- and long-term growth prospects.

clock May 23, 2008Miles Socha

People

Eye: City Slickers

While jet-setting actresses party in Cannes, the New York social set has been swilling its fair share of Champagne.

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People

Rose Colored Glasses

What does the hotelier who has it all get for himself? In the case of Andr? Balazs, it’s his own wine label.

clock May 23, 2008Elisa Lipsky-Karasz

Skin Care

Liz Earle Expands Distribution in U.S.

Liz Earle has come to America.

clock May 23, 2008Rachel Brown

Olay Tones Up for Summer With Line Extensions

For Procter & Gamble Co.’s Olay brand, it’s all about improving skin tone this summer as the company introduces new items in the Definity, Total Effects and…

clock May 23, 2008Michelle Edgar

People

William Lauder Receives Honorary Doctorate From FIT

William Lauder, president and chief executive officer of the Est?e Lauder Cos. Inc., received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at the…

clock May 23, 2008Michelle Edgar

Beauty Features

Kinara Gives Customers Red Carpet Treatment

Los Angeles is no longer the only place to find the red carpet.

clock May 23, 2008Kavita Daswani

Beauty Features

Critical Mass: Enticing Shoppers to Mass, One Sample at a Time

In today’s economy, the best way to grow business is to court shoppers from other retailers or, in the case of manufacturers, from other brands.

clock May 23, 2008Faye Brookman

Beauty Features

Bond Girl Inspires Avon

Following a slew of celebrity alliances that most recently included signing Patrick Dempsey, Avon Products Inc. is inking a new kind of partnership that…

clock May 23, 2008Michelle Edgar

Beauty Features

Mizani Aims at Scalp to Grow Biz

Mizani, the prestige salon hair care brand for textured hair, is slated for 29 percent growth in 2008, a strong double-digit projection on the heels of 33…

clock May 23, 2008Andrea Nagel

Beauty Features

Arnold Cites Beauty Success To Branding and Innovation

Hundreds of members of the beauty industry gathered at the New York Hilton Wednesday evening to hear Procter & Gamble Co.’s Susan Arnold, president, Global…

clock May 23, 2008Andrea Nagel

Beauty Features

Fekkai Launches Home Hair Color Kit

Just a month after Frederic Fekkai launched an at-home glaze to boost hair color and add shine, the hairdresser to the stars is unveiling another…

clock May 23, 2008Andrea Nagel

Beauty Features

L’Oreal Awards Women in Science

L’Oreal and UNESCO named five honorees at its annual Women in Science awards ceremony, which was held on Thursday in Manhattan at the American Museum of…

clock May 23, 2008Michelle Edgar

Beauty Features

Global Spa Economy Hits $255B

For the first time, the spa industry has an official framework quantifying its size around the world.

clock May 23, 2008Andrea Nagel

Beauty Features

Unspoken Passion

Eva Mendes’ secret? Well, it may be revealed this fall ? that is, if Coty cleans up a steamy ad for its newest Calvin Klein fragrance, Secret…

clock May 23, 2008Julie Naughton

Beauty Features

P&G Hopes Aguilera Will ‘Inspire’ Its Fragrance Fortunes

Singer Christina Aguilera has channeled the spirit of another American pop figure, Andy Warhol, and melded it with one of the hippest influences in the…

clock May 23, 2008Stephanie Epiro and Pete Born

Forecasts and Analysis

Luca Luca Eyes Overseas Growth Under New Owner

Luca Luca has been acquired by The Equitium Group, a Miami-based investment firm that specializes in the consumer and luxury industries and also owns…

clock May 23, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

Designer and Luxury

Sales Everywhere: Designer Stores Join the Markdown Race

The designer flagships on Fifth and Madison Avenues here are feeling the pain and joining the song of the season: “Sale!”

clock May 23, 2008Sharon Edelson

Financial

Richemont Net Jumps, Chloe Sales Slow

Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA reported an 18 percent uptick in full-year net profits on the back of strong sales of luxury watches and jewelry, as…

clock May 23, 2008Nina Jones

Forecasts and Analysis

Cost Controls Drive Gap Profits

Through inventory control and expense reductions on several fronts, Gap Inc. generated higher earnings for the first quarter despite eroding sales.

clock May 23, 2008David Moin

Government and Trade

In Brief: Senate Overrides Farm Bill Veto… Tick Tock… Italian Job

The Senate voted 82-13 on Thursday to override President Bush’s veto of a $300 billion farm bill.

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