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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 View From Europe: Discounts Gain Steam As Holiday Sales Lag

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Underscoring the continent's dour retail mood this holiday season, a recent study by Deloitte in Paris said most French wanted cash as a gift and that 10 percent of the country wouldn't buy a single present.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF TODAY'S ARTICLES

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Kate Moss Topshop Winter 2008 collection.

Human Resources

Moss Signs New Topshop Contract

Kate Moss’s collection for Topshop is set to keep on rolling. The retailer announced Wednesday that the model has signed a new contract.

clock December 17, 2008Nina Jones

Retail

Macy’s Tweaks Credit Arrangements

Renegotiated facility eliminates capitalization from covenant calculation.

clock December 17, 2008David Moin

Business Features

Nike Profits Rise in Second Quarter

Nike continues to beat the economy, reporting a 9 percent gain in second-quarter earnings.

clock December 17, 2008Whitney Beckett

Fragrance

Annick Goutal Outlines Global Growth Strategy

The French fragrance house Annick Goutal is ramping up its international presence.

clock December 18, 2008Brid Costello and Jennifer Weil

Human Resources

Bettencourt: No Comment, L’Oreal Claim Upheld

L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt has issued a statement following reports that she gave photographer François-Marie Banier gifts of some 1 billion euros.

clock December 18, 2008Jennifer Weil and Ellen Groves

Liza Solarz and Jayme Klein attend Blind Brook High School in Rye Brook, N.Y.

Sportswear

Teens Discuss Recession’s Impact on Their Shopping Habits

An informal panel of 13 teens from the New York metropolitan area gathered by WWD found that they are creative and careful shoppers.

clock December 18, 2008Julee Kaplan

Target

Marketing and Promotion

The List: Commercial Appeal

The top 10 retailers based on consumers’ favorite TV holiday ads.

clock December 18, 2008Cecily Hall

Joseph Abboud's wool suit, Burberry London's silk cotton shirt. Etro's scarf, Gucci's belt, Thom Browne's gloves.

Fashion Features

Men’s Tailoring Goes Slim

Tailored clothing is far from recession-proof, but the category could be rejuvenated in 2009 as suit makers borrow a page from designers.

clock December 18, 2008Brenner Thomas

The store's courtyard includes a surf shop.

Retail

Tommy Hilfiger Embraces Miami

Tommy Hilfiger USA Inc. is opening a freestanding store in South Beach today.

clock December 18, 2008Whitney Beckett

Government and Trade

Search Continues for New Trade Chief

The search is on again for President-elect Barack Obama’s trade chief after the leading contender, Rep. Xavier Becerra, took his name out of the running.

clock December 18, 2008Kristi Ellis

Toby Kebbell  in G-Star's spring ads.

Denim

G-Star Raw Will Feature Actors in Its Spring Campaign

Amsterdam-based denim label G-Star Raw is abandoning models for its spring advertising campaign, opting instead for actors to show off its wares.

clock December 18, 2008Nina Jones

A rendition of Roger Vivier’s Cut Up Bag.

Fashion Scoops

Vivier DIY… Au Naturel With Ruffian… Karan’s Jingle…

Ines de la Fressange has worked alongside the Roger Vivier’s creative director, Bruno Frisoni, to create the Cut Up Bag.

clock December 18, 2008WWD Staff

Denim

Chop Chop: Martial Arts Apparel Firm TapouT Grows

TapouT, a leader in the mixed martial arts apparel market, is expanding into accessories and elevating its children’s line.

clock December 18, 2008WWD Staff

Equmen T-shirts slim the body and help improve posture.

Fashion Features

Equmen Launches Support Underwear

Are American men ready for their own version of Spanx?

clock December 18, 2008David Lipke

Saks new accessories shop in Beverly Hills.

Retail

Saks Grows Men’s Accessories

Saks Fifth Avenue adds accessories shops in three units.

clock December 18, 2008Jean E. Palmieri

KaDeWe in Germany

Financial

European Retailers Brace for Downturn

Department stores in Europe react more mildly than their American counterparts to financial crisis.

clock December 18, 2008Robert Murphy and Katya Foreman and Damien McGuinness and Alastair Gee and Andrew Roberts

Financial

Pacsun Proxy Threat

Two days after withdrawing its buyout offer for Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., extreme sports retailer Adrenalina again sought a meeting with PacSun.

clock December 18, 2008WWD Staff

Financial

Finlay Faces Further Fiscal Scrutiny

Jewelry retailer Finlay Enterprises Inc. said in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that its lenders are performing another review.

clock December 18, 2008Vicki M. Young

Financial

Daily Stock Wrap

The day’s best and worst performers.

clock December 18, 2008WWD Staff

Natascha Stolle

Fashion Features

New Arrivals

Fashion’s newest names are working myriad moods, from the girlish and bohemian to the androgynously cool.

clock December 18, 2008WWD Staff

Charlotte Russe will be the lone retailer of People’s Liberation.

Denim

People’s Liberation in Russe Exclusive

Charlotte Russe will soon become the exclusive retailer of the People’s Liberation brand.

clock December 18, 2008Julee Kaplan and Matthew Lynch

Denim

Seven For All Mankind to Expand in Japan

Premium denim leader Seven For All Mankind plans wholesale expansion and freestanding units in Japan.

clock December 18, 2008Ross Tucker

Christina Aguilera

Media

Aguilera Goes Retro… Pamela Meets Vivienne… Stella Goes Mobile…

Christina Aguilera tested the versatility of the little black dress last week at a shoot in Santa Monica, Calif.

clock December 18, 2008WWD Staff

Designer and Luxury

Bill Blass Couture Facing Closure

Having fended off closing its doors for months, Bill Blass Couture appears to be ready to face the inevitable.

clock December 18, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

Retail

Kira Plastinina U.S. Stores Face Closure

For Russian teenage design phenom Kira Plastinina, it looks like a quick rise and fall in the U.S.

clock December 18, 2008David Moin

Essentialist

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

Business

Democrats Help Launch ‘Trump Outsource Watch’

clock 17hKristi Ellis

Social Studies