Studies show that shoppers are both ready to spend for the holidays and holding off because of the election.
The retailer's Carolee division will operate the newly acquired label.
There Will Be Pie, Lots of Pie
It was her first public appearance since leaving the King Edward VII hospital in London on Dec. 6.
Roksanda Ilincic, Mary Katrantzou and Nicholas Kirkwood are among the designers vying for the prize.
With a week to go before Christmas, European retailers are hoping for some late-Christmas cheer in what has so far proved to be an uneven season for sales.
After one of the most volatile years in fiber prices in 2011, stability returned to the market in 2012 and the outlook seems steady for 2013.