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Aéropostale's Future Still Unclear; Liquidation Possible

The future of teen retailer Aeropostale is still unclear, as bidding at a court auction was continuing into the evening hours on Monday.

clock 9hVicki M. Young

Fashion

Carolina Herrera Hires Raffaele Ilardo as 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 11hRosemary Feitelberg

Fashion

Bomber Jackets, Off-the-Shoulder and Rompers Trending

Google's Fashion Trends Report found that Gigi Hadid, Kanye West, Kendall Jenner, Michelle Obama and Taylor Swift influenced the top trends.

clock 14hMaghan McDowell

Paris Face-Off

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Overview

The arrival of men’s wear mavericks Hedi Slimane and Raf Simons on fashion’s biggest stage is likely to be the dominant story of the European season.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Business

Consumer Confidence Spikes in Sept., Stocks Slip

Early in the day, retail stocks rallied on word that the Conference Board’s index rose to its highest level in seven months.

clock September 25, 2012Evan Clark and Vicki M. Young

Mass and Off-Price

Uniqlo to Open First U.S. Mall Store

The 43,000-square-foot unit at Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J., is its largest mall store in the world and a prototype for future mall locations.

clock September 25, 2012Sharon Edelson

Financial

Michael Kors Prices Secondary Offering

Early investors stand to raise as much as $1.21 billion in an offering that could put another 23 million of the firm’s shares on the open market.

clock September 25, 2012Alexandra Steigrad

Direct, Internet and Catalogue

Me-Ality Takes Personalization to the Masses

The shopping tool recommends a size, taking the guesswork out of the equation for shoppers hesitant to shop online.

clock September 26, 2012Rachel Strugatz

Lifestyle

Hélène Rochas’ Estate Goes on Sale

The widow of couturier Marcel Rochas died last year, leaving behind a vast collection of art and antiques that will be auctioned off at Christie’s in Paris.

clock September 25, 2012Joelle Diderich

Direct, Internet and Catalogue

Sephora’s Personalized Digital Approach

For the beauty retailer, digital may not be a new world, but it’s one that is continually being rediscovered.

clock September 26, 2012Belisa Silva

Footwear

DSW: Catering to the Shoe Lover

Consumers who are passionate about shoes are a unique category, and DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse has the data to prove it.

clock September 26, 2012David Moin

Direct, Internet and Catalogue

EBags’ Social Selling: The Role of Community Shopping

The e-tailer has sold more than 14 million bags since its inception more than 13 years ago and caters to an outspoken consumer base.

clock September 26, 2012Rachel Strugatz

Department Stores

Barneys: A Consistent Message Is Paramount

The only certain way to win over the omnichannel shopper is “to make sure the message is consistent and entertaining,” said Daniella Vitale, the retailer’s coo.

clock September 26, 2012David Moin

Direct, Internet and Catalogue

Fashion Firms and the Domain Name Game

Michelle Mancino Marsh, chair of the fashion law practice at Kenyon & Kenyon, spoke on what to expect when the new ICAAN program goes live next year.

clock September 26, 2012Vicki M. Young

Direct, Internet and Catalogue

Robert Willms on Technology and Shopping

Optaros ceo painted a portrait of today’s consumers and how technology and the digital world affect their shopping behavior.

clock September 26, 2012David Moin

Designer and Luxury

Rebecca Minkoff Makes the Most of Instagram

Uri Minkoff believes the social platform was largely responsible for the brand’s 100 percent year-over-year footwear sales increase at retail.

clock September 26, 2012Rachel Strugatz

Handbags

Mugler Unveils Handbags

At the label’s fashion show in Paris on Wednesday night, Nicola Formichetti will debut his first leather goods for the French house.

clock September 25, 2012Miles Socha

Direct, Internet and Catalogue

Calypso St. Barth Builds With Pinterest

In March, the brand produced what it claims was the first ever live Pinterest ambassadorship with Christine Martinez, a fashion blogger.

clock September 26, 2012Sharon Edelson

Department Stores

Neiman Marcus and the Art of Omnichannel

The department store chain continues to fine tune its “O2O,” which stands for “Online to Offline,” customer experience.

clock September 26, 2012Sharon Edelson

People

Bookmarc Set to Open in Paris, London

Marc Jacobs is opening new branches of the niche book store in Europe — and mulling future units in Chicago, Tokyo and beyond.

clock September 25, 2012Miles Socha

Direct, Internet and Catalogue

Target’s Bull’s-Eye View on Social Media

Revamping the online content on its Web site includes taking into account the impact on sales.

clock September 26, 2012Vicki M. Young

Watches

Burberry Readies High-End Watch Launch

Designed by chief creative officer Christopher Bailey, The Britain is launching on Oct. 3 at top Burberry doors.

clock September 25, 2012Samantha Conti

Parties

Fashion 4 Development Celebrates Franca Sozzani

Livia Firth, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch and Petra Nemcova were among the guests at the First Ladies F4D luncheon in New York.

clock September 25, 2012Rosemary Feitelberg

Digital

ChinaFile: The Muddy Water of Social Networks

Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, started out as a successful social network platform, but now its commercial viability is murky.

clock September 26, 2012Huang Hung

Business Features

The Private Life of Kenneth Cole

After taking his company private on Tuesday, the designer plans to focus more on product and design.

clock September 26, 2012Evan Clark

Fashion Features

On Their Marks: Designers Get Set for Paris Fashion Week

WWD popped into studios of Dries Van Noten, Nicola Formichetti at Mugler, Rick Owens and more to catch them in action.

clock September 26, 2012Laurent Folcher

Designer and Luxury

Paris Face-off: Hedi Slimane, Raf Simons in the Spotlight

The arrival of these men’s wear mavericks on fashion’s biggest stage is likely to be the dominant story of the European season.

clock September 26, 2012Miles Socha

Memo Pad

Who Will Get Deborah Needleman?

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times are holding their breath — waiting for the WSJ. editor to make up her mind.

clock September 26, 2012Amy Wicks

Memo Pad

James Ireland Baker Exits Condé Nast Traveler

Last week, the magazine threw a star-studded party for its October issue — but one key figure was missing.

clock September 26, 2012Erik Maza

Fashion Scoops

Kristen Stewart Said Headed to Paris Fashion Week

The actress is expected front row at Thursday’s Balenciaga show.

clock September 26, 2012Miles Socha

Parties

The Metropolitan Opera Hosts Opening Night Gala

Cochairs Oscar de la Renta and Diane von Furstenberg were both in attendance, as were a host of well-dressed opera-files.

clock September 26, 2012Matthew Lynch

Fashion Scoops

Donna Karan Honored at the Clinton Global Citizen Awards

Bill Clinton surprised the designer by bringing her back up on stage to honor her for her work in Haiti.

clock September 26, 2012Lisa Lockwood

Fashion Scoops

Smythson Names First Design Director

Rory O’Hanlon, who was most recently divisional vice president, women’s leather goods at Coach in New York, took up the newly created role earlier this month.

clock September 26, 2012Samantha Conti

Front Row at Anthony Vaccarello

The usually androgynous Caroline de Maigret was sporting a boxy navy blue jacket dress by the designer at the show on Tuesday evening.

clock September 26, 2012Alex Wynne

Fashion Scoops

French Furrier Revillon Opening Store in Paris

The historic furrier is marking its rebirth under new designer Andrew Heather with a freestanding boutique on Paris’ Avenue Montaigne.

clock September 26, 2012Alex Wynne

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

clock 16hArthur Friedman

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