Avon Faces Big Hurdle as It Seeks New CEO

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Avon Products Inc.’s search for a chief executive officer — as its chairman and current chief Andrea Jung still occupies the corner office — has stirred speculation about the path best suited for the company.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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A view of “Inspiration Dior” at the Pushkin Museum.

Designer and Luxury

Museums Get Fashionable

It was a banner year for the fashion exhibition in 2011 and the pace shows no signs of slowing down in 2012.

clock November 24, 2011Miles Socha

The Sephora store in Mexico.


Sephora to Open a Dozen Latin American Stores

Beauty retailer plans to open 10 to 12 locations by 2013 as it moves to capitalize on the region’s fast-growing beauty market.

clock December 28, 2011Ivan Castano

Duane Reade


Critical Mass: Duane Reade’s Look Boutique Adds More Brands

In the spirit of Sephora, which has helped launch many hot new brands, the retailer is becoming an incubator for independents.

clock December 29, 2011WWD Staff

Chloé's L'eau De Chloé


L’Eau de Chloé Due Out in February

The fresh women’s scent is meant to add further muscle to the brand’s already powerful fragrance franchise.

clock December 29, 2011Jennifer Weil

Body Care

Masqueology Brings New Spin on Facial Masks to U.S.

Beauty Architects is launching a line of single-use paper masks, popular in Asia but uncommon in the U.S., at Sephora.

clock December 29, 2011Rachel Brown

Byredo’s shop-in-shop in Le Bon Marché.


Byredo’s Growth Spiral

Founder Ben Gorham has been busy opening a shop-in-shop in Le Bon Marché, developing new scents and launching a line of silk scarves.

clock December 29, 2011Jennifer Weil

The Etat Libre d’Orange store in Paris.


Etat Libre d’Orange Maps Growth

The irreverent French fragrance brand has a new minority shareholder, which should increase its business fivefold in the next three years.

clock December 29, 2011Jennifer Weil

VMV’s Broadway store.

Skin Care

VMV Hypoallergenics Caters to Sensitivity

The company has been quietly building a foothold in the U.S. with a 1,700-square-foot flagship and spa in New York, and is looking to expand further.

clock December 29, 2011Pete Born and Belisa Silva

Government and Trade

Obama Approves 40 Countries for AGOA Benefits

No new countries were added to the trade preference program.

clock December 29, 2011Arthur Friedman

Macy's Herald Square


Holiday Sales Poised to Set Record

It appears increasingly likely that U.S. holiday revenues will hit $252.3 billion, $600 million higher than the $251.7 billion reached in 2007.

clock December 29, 2011Arnold J. Karr


Reality Weekly Readies for Launch

The new title from American Media Inc. will hit newsstands for the first time on Wednesday.

clock December 30, 2011Amy Wicks

A visual from Bottega Veneta's spring-summer 2012 ad campaign.

Marketing and Promotion

Bottega Veneta Taps Jack Pierson for Campaign

Shot in Coconut Grove, Fla., the campaign is the latest in a series of collaborations between the Italian brand and a diverse array of photographers.

clock December 30, 2011Cynthia Martens


Wall Street Up, But Sears Shares See 3rd Straight Drop

Separately in Sears news, Fitch Ratings on Thursday downgraded Sears to “CCC” from “B.”

clock December 30, 2011Nina Jones and Vicki M. Young

Fashion Scoops

British Retailer D2 Enters Administration

BDO LLP was appointed on Wednesday as the administrator to the men’s wear retailer.

clock December 30, 2011WWD Staff

Outside the Burberry store.


Retail in an Age of Austerity

Brands and retailers see a relatively bright future ahead, although growth will come at a higher price than ever before.

clock December 30, 2011Samantha Conti and Melissa Drier and Luisa Zargani and Susan Stone

Emma Watson in the ad image for Lancôme’s new launch.

Color Cosmetics

Lancôme Adds Fuel to Its Fire

As part of its ongoing rejuvenation strategy, the blockbuster brand is set to launch a new line of lipsticks and nail polishes.

clock December 30, 2011Jennifer Weil

Anew Platinum skin care.

Beauty Features

Avon Faces an Uncertain Future

The company’s search for a chief executive officer has stirred speculation about the path best suited for the direct seller.

clock December 30, 2011Molly Prior and Pete Born


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Neiman Marcus


Neiman Marcus Reports Loss But Revenues Rise

clock 3hDavid Moin

Social Studies