The Wal-Mart Challenge: Getting the U.S. Right

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Overview

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is on the defensive once again — and now it wants to play a little offense. A renewed commitment to apparel and a national ad campaign are among the retail giant’s latest strategies. SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Cynthia Rowley

Parties

Ballroom Marfa Takes New York

Texas-based art foundation lured Yvonne Force Villareal, Cornelia Guest, Cynthia Rowley and others out in Manhattan on Tuesday night.

clock April 13, 2011Alessandra Codinha

Selita Ebanks in Balenciaga

Parties

New Yorkers For Children’s Fool’s Fete

A flock of well-heeled Manhattanites braved the rain on Monday night for A Fool’s Fete, the charity’s annual spring benefit.

clock April 13, 2011Matthew Lynch

Karen Katz and Gina Sanders

Fashion Scoops

WIN Event Sets Record

A crowd of 1,200 generated a record-setting $2.5 million for Women in Need.

clock April 14, 2011David Moin

Financial

Carrefour Sales Up 3.9 Percent in First Quarter

Growth in emerging markets partially compensated for continued tough trading conditions across most of Europe.

clock April 14, 2011Joelle Diderich

Human Resources

Stephen Murray Exits Urban Outfitters

Global president of namesake brand has plans to return to London.

clock April 14, 2011Alexandra Steigrad

Chad Hurley and Anthony Mazzei.

Fashion Features

Chad Hurley’s Next Act

The co-founder of YouTube has a new passion: his fashion line called Hlaska.

clock April 15, 2011Joanna Ramey

Selita Ebanks, Solange Knowles and Cassie

Marketing and Promotion

Carol’s Daughter: Beauty in Diversity

Beauty brand taps three multiethnic women to front its latest ad campaign.

clock April 15, 2011Julie Naughton and Pete Born

Acai Professional Smoothing Solution

Hair

Brazilian Blowout Case Moved to L.A. County

The news didn’t faze the company’s ceo, Mike Brady, who discussed the case with WWD.

clock April 15, 2011Andrea Nagel

Diesel's new Fuel for Life Denim Collection

Fragrance

Diesel to Launch New Scent Duo

The Fuel for Life Denim Collection targets a younger consumer, around 18 to 30 years old.

clock April 15, 2011Kerry Olsen

Jean Hoehn Zimmerman

Human Resources

Time for the Tiniest

The plight of premature babies was a theme of the evening at the March of Dimes Beauty Ball.

clock April 15, 2011Pete Born

The Love Language

People

Coachella Codified

WWD offers a primer on the most fashionable acts due to rock the desert in Indio, Calif., for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this weekend.

clock April 14, 2011Alexandria Geisler

One of Wal-Mart’s “campaign” materials in New York.

Retail

The Wal-Mart Challenge

Will new initiatives be enough to return the world’s largest retailer to the growth track in the U.S.?

clock April 15, 2011Sharon Edelson

Joseph Gromek

Financial

Warnaco CEO Pay Rises to $8.3M

Joseph Gromek’s bonus and stock awards expanded by more than $2 million.

clock April 15, 2011Arnold J. Karr

Financial

Chanel Wins Judgment in Infringement Case

Perfume Collection was cited for selling unauthorized beauty products.

clock April 15, 2011Alexandra Steigrad

Media

Memo Pad: Columbia Goes ‘Off the Record’… Correspondents’ Dinner Plans…

For years, Columbia has hosted lectures featuring magazine editors and posted recordings of them online after they’re over. That is, until the last few weeks.

clock April 15, 2011WWD Staff

Billie Achilleos has been commissioned by Vuitton to create four beautiful “creatures” out of various “petite maroquinerie,” the French word for small leather goods.

Fashion Scoops

Louis Vuitton’s Beautiful Creatures… More Jack Wills in the U.S….

Billie Achilleos has been commissioned by Vuitton to create four beautiful “creatures” out of various “petite maroquinerie.”

clock April 15, 2011WWD Staff

Marlene Dietrich in “The Devil Is a Woman,” 1935

People

Fashion in Film Fest Opens in New York

This year’s event, dubbed “Birds of Paradise,” puts the spotlight on fringe films.

clock April 15, 2011Venessa Lau

John Galliano Men's RTW Spring 2011

Designer and Luxury

John Galliano Out at Namesake Company

The 17-year-old firm’s board recently met and decided to eject the maverick British designer.

clock April 15, 2011Miles Socha and Luisa Zargani and Kerry Olsen

Essentialist

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J. Crew window

Business

J. Crew Lenders Say ‘Insolvent’ Retailer Can’t Keep IP for Itself

clock 8hKali Hays

Social Studies