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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 12hEvan Clark

Fashion

Anthony Vaccarello Confirms His Label’s End

The Belgian designer is dedicating himself to Saint Laurent, where he was named creative director last April.

clock 2hMiles Socha

Fashion

Carolina Herrera Hires 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 19hRosemary Feitelberg

Specialty Chains Seen Slashing Store Counts

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Overview

Overstored and out-of-date, specialty apparel retailers that have let their concepts languish are expected to cut between 10 and 25 percent of their store space in the next two years.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Fashion

They Are Wearing: Paris

With the winter cold starting to hit, locals are starting to cover up with all sorts of coats, big knitted scarves (a must!) and a touch of fur.

clock December 7, 2011WWD Staff

Beauty Features

WWD Beauty Inc Awards

The award winners represent the best and brightest of the beauty industry, and 2011 was a very bright year, indeed.

clock December 8, 2011Belisa Silva

Beauty Features

WWD 2011 Beauty Inc Awards: Product of the Year

WWD’s Beauty Inc award winners represent the best and brightest of the beauty industry, and 2011 was a very bright year, indeed.

clock December 8, 2011WWD Staff

Beauty Features

WWD 2011 Beauty Inc Awards: Brand of the Year

WWD’s Beauty Inc award winners represent the best and brightest of the beauty industry, and 2011 was a very bright year, indeed.

clock December 8, 2011WWD Staff

Beauty Features

WWD 2011 Beauty Inc Awards: Newcomer of the Year

WWD’s Beauty Inc award winners represent the best and brightest of the beauty industry, and 2011 was a very bright year, indeed.

clock December 8, 2011WWD Staff

Beauty Features

WWD 2011 Beauty Inc Awards: Eco Awareness Award

As the world’s biggest hair care brand, Pantene committed itself to being not just a reflection of healthy hair but to being a contributor to a healthy world.

clock December 8, 2011WWD Staff

Beauty Features

WWD 2011 Beauty Inc Awards: Launch of the Year

WWD’s Beauty Inc award winners represent the best and brightest of the beauty industry, and 2011 was a very bright year, indeed.

clock December 8, 2011WWD Staff

Beauty Features

WWD 2011 Beauty Inc Awards: Retailer of the Year

Duane Reade is out to reinvent the mass market beauty business and 40 Wall Street is its boldest statement yet.

clock December 8, 2011WWD Staff

Beauty Features

WWD 2011 Beauty Inc Awards: Corporate Social Responsibility Award

As the founder of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Evelyn Lauder can be considered one of the inventors of the corporate social responsibility movement.

clock December 8, 2011WWD Staff

Executive Changes

Ascena Promotes Jeff Gerstel, George Goldfarb

Executives have been named presidents of Dress Barn and Maurices divisions, respectively.

clock December 7, 2011Arnold J. Karr

Beauty Features

WWD 2011 Beauty Inc Awards: Digital Innovator of the Year

WWD’s Beauty Inc award winners represent the best and brightest of the beauty industry, and 2011 was a very bright year, indeed.

clock December 8, 2011WWD Staff

Intimates and Activewear

G-III, PVH Sign Deal to Launch Calvin Klein Performance Units

Licensee to expand its wholesale business into retail in U.S. and China.

clock December 7, 2011Evan Clark

Advertising

WWD 2011 Beauty Inc Awards: Ad Campaign of the Year

John Frieda Precision Foam Colour and PacoRabanne Black XS made a splash in advertising.

clock December 8, 2011WWD Staff

Beauty Features

WWD 2011 Beauty Inc Awards: Creative Influencer of the Year

Be it the catwalk or the cosmetics counter, Chanel’s Peter Philips has shown himself to be equally at ease in both milieu.

clock December 8, 2011WWD Staff

Forecasts and Analysis

Study: Chinese Economy Heading Toward Downturn

China’s surging economy is due for a slowdown or an outright crash from an investment bubble fueling the country’s phenomenal growth.

clock December 8, 2011Joanna Ramey

Financial

Mulberry Group in Japan Deal

Company reported higher profits and sales for the first six months of its fiscal year.

clock December 8, 2011Samantha Conti

Memo Pad

Raiding The New York Times

Graydon Carter has tapped T, The New York Times Style Magazine’s senior photo editor Judith Puckett-Rinella to become Vanity Fair’s new photo director.

clock December 8, 2011John Koblin

Handbags

R&Y Augousti Enters Handbags

With new investment capital behind them, the Paris-based home furnishings brand is in expansion mode.

clock December 8, 2011Jessica Iredale

Skin Care

StriVectin to Launch Get Even Skin Care Range

Formulas are six times more effective than those of competitors due to its proprietary accelerator, NIA-114, according to the company.

clock December 8, 2011Andrea Nagel

Designer and Luxury

Thecorner to Promote Chinese Designers

New project organized by Vogue China and the online designer site aims to educate Chinese consumers about the value of embracing designer fashion made in China.

clock December 8, 2011Debra Bruno

Mass

Mass Merchants Optimistic About Holiday

Gift sets are expected to drive fragrance and personal care sales.

clock December 8, 2011Faye Brookman

Fashion Show Reviews

Thakoon Pre-Fall 2012

Thakoon Panichgul gave classic knits a new spin. For his contemporary Addition label, he went military with several looks in floral camouflage.

clock December 8, 2011WWD Staff

Fashion Show Reviews

Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2012

The designer is carrying his “American Royalty” idea from spring into pre-fall, this time amped up with boudoir and “Indochine” touches.

clock December 8, 2011WWD Staff

Parties

ACRIA Gets in the Holiday Spirit

The AIDS charity honored John Demsey at its annual holiday dinner Wednesday.

clock December 8, 2011Alessandra Codinha

Parties

Valentino Gives His Virtual Museum an Actual Party

Designer feted the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum at the IAC Building in New York on Wednesday.

clock December 8, 2011Matthew Lynch

Fashion Show Reviews

Helmut Lang Pre-Fall 2012

Nicole and Michael Colovos showed a variety of webby prints and burnout techniques on dresses.

clock December 8, 2011WWD Staff

Handbags

Devi Kroell Gets Back Into Exotics

The designer — who in May 2010 launched Dax Gabler — will today unveil her first exotic handbag line under the label.

clock December 8, 2011Rachel Strugatz

Fragrance

Stella McCartney to Launch Second Women’s Scent

The fragrance, called L.I.L.Y., has some very homey inspirations: Memories of a loving family — and a mélange of countryside aromas.

clock December 8, 2011Samantha Conti

Fashion Show Reviews

Rag & Bone Pre-Fall 2012

Forget a specific theme. David Neville and Marcus Wainwright said pre-fall at Rag & Bone is simply about great clothes for the downtown New York girl.

clock December 8, 2011WWD Staff

Business

Michael Kors Touts Store Growth, Accessories in Road Show

The Kors IPO is expected to be priced on Dec. 14, and the company is prepared to go public Dec. 15.

clock December 8, 2011Lisa Lockwood

Department Stores

Le Bon Marché Plots Expansion

The Paris department store has received the green light from planning authorities for a revamp that will increase its surface by 43,000 square feet.

clock December 8, 2011Joelle Diderich

Business Features

Kevin Ryan, Marty Staff Dole Out Advice at FashInvest Conference

Ryan, the founder and chief executive officer of Gilt Groupe, was also the first inductee into FashInvest’s Hall of Fame.

clock December 8, 2011Vicki M. Young

Direct, Internet and Catalogue

Studies Show Rising Tide for Smartphones, Tablets

Consumers are quickly adapting to new technologies as they shop.

clock December 8, 2011Arnold J. Karr

People

VCA Honors Bonnie Brooks

Generosity still surfaces now and then in a tough economy and it was evident at Wednesday’s Volunteers of America-Greater New York gala.

clock December 8, 2011David Moin

Memo Pad

Anna Wintour Set for CBS Sunday Morning

In anticipation of the magazine’s 120th anniversary next year, Vogue’s editor in chief will appear on the show, with Hamish Bowles, to talk magazine covers.

clock December 9, 2011Amy Wicks

Fashion Features

DVF’s Literary Launch in China

Citic Press of China has just released the Chinese edition of Diane von Furstenberg’s autobiography “A Signature Life.”

clock December 9, 2011Huang Hung

Real Estate

Specialty Chains Seen Slashing Store Counts

Mall developers may need to rethink retail strategies, in the face of specialty store contraction.

clock December 9, 2011Alexandra Steigrad

Fashion Scoops

Walton Enterprises’ Charitable Move

The survivors of Wal-Mart Stores founder Sam Walton are looking to unload a lot of their stock and do a lot of good.

clock December 9, 2011WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Lorenzo Martone, Ryan Brown Shuttering Arc NY

The business partners are closing their talent agency in order to pursue separate endeavors.

clock December 9, 2011WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Gucci Hosts Shopping Fete at Madison Ave. Boutique

Event celebrated the house’s upcoming sponsorship of The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Spring Ball.

clock December 9, 2011WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Thom Browne in the Spotlight at Costume Institute Talk

Glenn O’Brien got the designer to loosen up about his present and his past during a Wednesday-night chat at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

clock December 9, 2011WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Jason Wu to Be Given Future of Fashion Award

The designer will be honored with the award at the upcoming YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund dinner in New York in early January.

clock December 9, 2011WWD Staff

People

Q&A: Jane Birkin, Beyond the Bag

The songstress phoned from Montreal to bring WWD up to speed about her many pursuits, her famous offspring and the quintessential handbag that bears her name.

clock December 9, 2011Rosemary Feitelberg

Direct, Internet and Catalogue

L.A. Designers Link With QVC for Spring Lines

Geren Lockhart, Rachel Pally, Cynthia Vincent and Karen Zambos are getting ready to broaden their horizons.

clock December 9, 2011Marcy Medina

Essentialist

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PVH Sets Enhanced CR Strategy, Commits to U.N. Sustainability Goals

clock 23hArthur Friedman

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