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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.

clock 8hAmanda Kaiser and Tiffany Ap

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.

clock 15hLayla Ilchi

Business

Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case in China

The decision could be a landmark ruling for Western brands in China.

clock 22hNyima Pratten

The End of the Affair: Claiborne, Rodriguez Terminate Partnership

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Overview

In a joint statement made today, Narciso Rodriguez and Liz Claiborne Inc. said they are ending their 18-month-old partnership.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF TODAY'S ARTICLES

From This Issue

Mergers and Acquisitions

Winser Said Eyeing Control of Aquascutum

According to industry sources here, ceo Kim Winser is eager to take control of Aquascutum, which will likely be put up for sale by Renown Inc. soon.

clock October 7, 2008Samantha Conti

Designer and Luxury

Sergio Rossi Names Creative Director

Francesco Russo joins Gucci Group brand; will present first.

clock October 7, 2008Miles Socha

Designer and Luxury

Gibo Deal Revives Rochas

New ready-to-wear collection to be presented March 2009.

clock October 7, 2008Miles Socha and Brid Costello and Alessandra Ilari

Financial

Crisis Imperils Retail Plans for Global Growth

S&P Retail Index off 6.2 percent Tuesday.

clock October 7, 2008Evan Clark and Arnold J. Karr and Liza Casabona and Matthew Lynch and Alexandra Steigrad

Maxine Dillon

Fashion Features

Ones to Watch

Los Angeles Fashion Week features young designers.

clock October 8, 2008Marcy Medina

Fashion Features

Gen Art Showcasing New Designers

Group taps Maggie Gyllenhaal and Mandy Moore to host events.

clock October 8, 2008Khanh T.L. Tran

Chanel RTW Spring 2009

Fashion Trends

Grid Way

Karl Lagerfeld knows what a girl wants: those Chanel classics with a twist.

clock October 8, 2008WWD Staff

Charlotte Ronson at her spring 2009 
New York Fashion Week show last month.

Ready To Wear

J.C. Penney Banks on Charlotte Ronson

Contemporary line to be carried in 600 Penney’s doors this spring.

clock October 8, 2008Julee Kaplan

The Fred Segal location in Santa Monica, Calif.

Beauty Features

Fred Segal Beauty Shuttering

Fred Segal Beauty is closing this week after 16 years in business amid a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed against Fred Segal’s owners.

clock October 8, 2008Rachel Brown

Financial

Parlux Expects to Post 43.2% Sales Gain

Parlux, the Fla.-based fragrance producer, said it expects to report net sales for the second fiscal quarter reaching $53 million.

clock October 8, 2008Matthew W. Evans

Markets

Fashion Group International of Chicago Honors Rising Stars

Individuals and companies feted in apparel, accessories, retail, home and beauty.

clock October 8, 2008WWD Staff

Financial

In Brief: Master P Strikes Back… Tarrant Fights Delisting… Finish Line CEO..

Rapper Master P answered allegations of trademark infringement that Pepe Jeans London LLC made against him with a countersuit.

clock October 8, 2008WWD Staff

Retail

Retailers Assort for Customer Wants

More retailers are adopting assortment planning processes and software to identify local tastes and then match product shipments to them.

clock October 8, 2008Cate T. Corcoran

The Stylebop home page.

Technology

e-Tales: Stylebop opens in U.S…. GSI to Buy Innotrac… Owl’s Lab New Hoots…

German online retailer Stylebop has expanded its service to the U.S. and opened an office in New York.

clock October 8, 2008WWD Staff

Uniqlo robot Wakamaru

Technology

Bits & Bytes: Uniqlo’s Robot Friend… Group Think… CelebStyle Launch…

Last month, the Uniqlo store in Soho got an unusual addition to its staff: Wakamaru, a robot that greets customers.

clock October 8, 2008Cate T. Corcoran

Sean Connery in an ad for Louis Vuitton.

Media

Bonding With Vuitton… Ad Spending Forecasts Drop… Glam Media Chases Luxe…

Bonding With Vuitton… Ad Spend Forecasts Drop… Glam Media Chases Luxe…

clock October 8, 2008WWD Staff

Business Features

Sergio Rossi Taps Russo

Sergio Rossi has a new creative director, Francesco Russo, who will show his first collection for the brand for fall 2009.

clock October 8, 2008Luisa Zargani

The $110,000 motorcycle.

Retail

Neiman’s Offers Fantasy Christmas Gifts

Luxury retailer maintains tradition amid global economic crisis.

clock October 8, 2008Holly Haber

Narciso Rodriquez

Human Resources

Claiborne, Rodriguez Terminate Partnership

In a joint statement made today, Narciso Rodriguez and Liz Claiborne Inc. said they are ending their 18-month-old partnership.

clock October 8, 2008Marc Karimzadeh and Julie Naughton

Kent Anderson

Marketing and Promotion

WWD Branding Forum: Retailers Talk Multichannel Efforts

With the growth of TV shopping, mail-order, e-commerce and now mobile technologies, no longer can stores simply offer their wares Monday to Sunday.

clock October 8, 2008WWD Staff

Marc Jacobs

Fashion Scoops

Marc Jacobs’ Homage… Eau de Pugh… Ghesquière Seeing Green

Marc Jacobs, whose 2001 collaboration with Stephen Sprouse opened a floodgate of possibilities for Louis Vuitton, has a major homage in the works: Sprouse.

clock October 8, 2008WWD Staff

Financial

Daily Stock Wrap

Daily Stock Wrap

clock October 8, 2008WWD Staff

Mandy Moore with ultimate fighters Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson at Barneys New York.

Fashion Scoops

Biceps Meet Barneys… Bash for Baz… Rock the Boat…

Several of UFC?s ultimate fighters were out of their element at a fete for Coach president Reed Krakoff?s new photo book, ?Fighter.?

clock October 9, 2008WWD Staff

Michelle Obama at the presidential debate in Nashville, Oct. 7.

Fashion Features

Election 2008: The Fashion Trail

As their husbands paced the stage at Belmont University Tuesday evening, Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama took the opportunity to show their patriotic colors.

clock October 9, 2008WWD Staff

Essentialist

Today's Must Read

Sen. Charles Schumer at podium with Leo Gerard of United Steelworkers.

Business

Democrats Help Launch ‘Trump Outsource Watch’

clock 17hKristi Ellis

Social Studies