Armani Stays Course With Global Expansion

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Showing resilience in the face of a tough economy and propelled by growth across all brands, Giorgio Armani SpA reported a 1.5 percent increase in sales last year. SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Rachel Zoe


Marni Boutique Opening Draws Crowd

The fashion pack flocks to the opening of the Upper East Side’s new Marni boutique.

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Jennifer Aniston


Aniston Premieres ‘Management’ at Cinema Society

New York felt more like LA on Tuesday night at the Cinema Society and Tommy Hilfiger-sponsored premiere of Jennifer Aniston’s flick “Management.”

clock May 6, 2009WWD Staff

Hermès RTW Spring 2009


Hermès Sales Rise 3.2 Percent

Brisk sales of leather goods powered first quarter while perfumes, watches recede.

clock May 7, 2009Miles Socha


Armani Stays Course as Sales Gain in 2008

Propelled by growth across all brands and region, Giorgio Armani SpA reported a 1.5 percent increase in sales last year.

clock May 7, 2009Luisa Zargani and Miles Socha


Unilever Profits Drop 43 Percent

The consumer goods giant Unilever said sales fell 1 percent.

clock May 7, 2009Brid Costello

Ross Stores’ Michael Balmuth chalked up his firm’s 6 percent April same-store sales increase to “compelling bargains.”

Business Features

April Puts a Bit of Spring in Stores’ Steps

Same-store results remain soft but benefit from Easter shift, warm weather.

clock May 7, 2009Alexandra Steigrad and Arnold J. Karr

Gaetano “Guy” Mascolo

Human Resources

Obituary: Toni & Guy Co-founder Gaetano Mascolo

Gaetano Mascolo, one of the founders of Toni & Guy Inc, died suddenly Wednesday. He was 65.

clock May 7, 2009Andrea Nagel

The Love From New York ad.


DKNY Sending Love From N.Y.C.

Sending Love From New York masterbrand is the first travel-retail exclusive for the DKNY fragrance franchise.

clock May 8, 2009Julie Naughton

E. Scott Beattie


Arden Narrows Third-Quarter Loss

Elizabeth Arden Inc. continued its efforts to control costs during the third quarter.

clock May 8, 2009Molly Prior

Gerold Linzbach


Symrise Net Down 16%

Fragrance and flavors supplier Symrise posted a 16 percent drop in first-quarter net income due to high raw material prices and weaker sales development.

clock May 8, 2009Susan Stone

The school Givaudan cofunded with Agroforex in Laos.

Beauty Features

Givaudan Pushes Sustainability in Laos

Swiss flavors and fragrance supplier Givaudan cofunds a secondary school in a region where benzoin is harvested.

clock May 8, 2009Jennifer Weil

An ad for Ralph Lauren’s Polo Modern Reserve, featuring Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras.


Ralph Lauren’s Advertising Triple Play

The new ad campaign for Polo fragrance features Argentine polo sensation Nacho Figueras.

clock May 8, 2009Gillian Koenig

Kevin Otero

Human Resources

Otero, Carranza Promoted at P&G

Procter & Gamble North America Professional Care has named Kevin Otero as general manager of Global MDO Professional Salon.

clock May 8, 2009Andrea Nagel

Marc Jacobs’ Lola


Marc Jacobs Adds Lola to Scent Franchise

New Marc Jacobs fragrance, Lola, is due out in the fall.

clock May 8, 2009Julie Naughton

Clarins’ Caroline Pieper-Vogt.

Beauty Features

L’Oréal, Avon Shine at CEW Awards

L’Oréal took home five statuettes at the 15th annual Cosmetics Executive Women Beauty Awards ceremony.

clock May 8, 2009Gillian Koenig

Exhale has started expanding into luxury hotels, condos and resorts.

Beauty Features

Exhale Taps Luxury Spaces to Fuel Growth

Rather than holding her breath until the first glimmers of economic recovery appear, Annbeth Eschbach is expanding the reach of Exhale, her Upper East Side Spa.

clock May 8, 2009Molly Prior

Beauty Features

Snippets: Lucas Leaves Bendel’s… Hautelook Hire…

As part of the recent restructuring of Henri Bendel, Claudia Lucas has left the company.

clock May 8, 2009WWD Staff

Pulse Perfection on the cosmetics wall.

Color Cosmetics

Maybelline Creates Vibrating Mascara

The blogosphere is abuzz over Maybelline’s newest product: Define-A-Lash Pulse Perfection, a battery-operated vibrating mascara.

clock May 8, 2009Andrea Nagel

The brand’s new eye pen.

Skin Care

Skyn Iceland Charts New Waters in Global Push

Skyn Iceland has its eyes on expansion.

clock May 8, 2009Gillian Koenig

Josie Natori


Natori Updates Original for Exotic Sister Scent

Josie Natori is extending her feminine touch once more to fragrance with the launch for fall of Natori, her newest scent.

clock May 8, 2009Gillian Koenig


In Brief: Bebe Taps Poseley for Sport Division

Tara Poseley, former president of Disney Stores North America, has joined Bebe Stores Inc. as president of the Bebe Sport division.

clock May 8, 2009WWD Staff


Adidas Extends CEO’s Contract

CEO Adidas Herbert Hainer to stay beyond 2010.

clock May 8, 2009Ellen Groves


Luxottica, Safilo Profits Fall

Italy’s two largest eyewear firms Luxottica and Safilo saw profits fall in the first quarter as a result of the economic downturn.

clock May 8, 2009Luisa Zargani

Government and Trade

Obama’s Budget Boosts Trade Agency Funding

Budget proposal increases funding for agencies that foster international trade, while Obama looks to slash overall spending by $17 billion.

clock May 8, 2009Kristi Ellis and Liza Casabona


Daily Stock Wrap: May 7, 2009

The day’s gainers and losers.

clock May 8, 2009WWD Staff


Hsu Pleads Guilty to Fraud Scheme

Campaign finance fraud charges set to be heard May 11.

clock May 8, 2009Vicki M. Young

The denim selection.


Piperlime Adds Apparel has decided women cannot live by shoes and handbags alone and will be expanding its offerings.

clock May 8, 2009Sharon Edelson

A view of the store’s acrylic bubbles.

Designer and Luxury

Derek Lam Lets There Be Light at New Shop

The lightness of Derek Lam’s new store is immediately evident.

clock May 8, 2009Sharon Edelson and Vanessa Lawrence


Etailing Sales Flat in Quarter

Online sales were flat in the first quarter and might be stabilizing.

clock May 8, 2009Cate T. Corcoran

Rachel Weisz


Rachel Weisz Fetes Solange Azagury-Partridge Store

Rachel Weisz and Yasmin and Simon Le Bon celebrate the opening of the new Solange Azagury-Partridge jewelry boutique.

clock May 8, 2009WWD Staff


Memo Pad: Alaïa Aloud… What Michelle O. Really Wore… Townsend Honored…

Azzedine Alaïa isn’t easing up on his anger over the Costume Institute exhibit “The Model as Muse” and the Monday night gala, but perhaps it’s misplaced.

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Rebecca Taylor with her cupcakes at Billy’s Bakery.

Fashion Scoops

Sweet Day… Mugler at Beyoncé Show… Valentino’s Latest Gig…

In celebration of Mother’s Day, designer Rebecca Taylor has teamed with New York’s Billy’s Bakery to design a capsule collection of limited edition cupcakes.

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Kiefer Sutherland arrives at the 1st precinct.

Fashion Features

McCollough Presses Charges Against Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland turned himself in to face an assault charge brought by designer Jack McCollough over a head-butting incident.

clock May 8, 2009Nick Axelrod and Matthew Lynch

Demonstrators, some hurling eggs, protested the PPR shareholders meeting in Paris.


PPR Meeting Attracts Demonstrators

Some PPR shareholders entering the firm’s annual meeting were pelted with eggs Thursday, as about 100 employees out front voiced anger against planned job cuts.

clock May 8, 2009Miles Socha

Annetta de la Renta


Astor Trial Testimony Continues

Annette de la Renta took the stand Thursday at the so-called “Brooke Astor trial” to finish up a few questions.

clock May 8, 2009WWD Staff


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