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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 6hVicki 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 8hRosemary 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 11hMaghan McDowell

Holiday’s Aftermath: Squeeze on Profits

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Overview

Retailers ramped up promotions in December to compensate for uneven holiday sales, according to U.S. chains reporting comparable-store sales results Thursday.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Financial

Japan’s Pola Hunts for Beauty Brand Acquisitions

Company president Satoshi Suzuki is seeking brands with a strong international image that would appeal to consumers in Asia.

clock December 20, 2012Amanda Kaiser and Pete Born

They Are Wearing

They Are Wearing: Berlin

Vintage is mixed with new and the operative dress code is practical, simple with an added twist of one’s own.

clock January 2, 2013WWD Staff

Financial

Holiday’s Aftermath: Squeeze on Profits

Retailers ramped up promotions in December to compensate for uneven holiday sales, according to U.S. chains reporting comparable-store sales results Thursday.

clock January 3, 2013Alexandra Steigrad

Executive Changes

Steve Birkhold Named Bebe Stores CEO

Founder Manny Mashouf shifts to non-executive chairman.

clock January 3, 2013Evan Clark and Joelle Diderich

Business

PPR to Sell Redcats’ Kids’, Family Divisions

Talks with Alpha Private Equity Fund 6 peg the enterprise value of the Cyrillus and Vertbaudet businesses at 119 million euros, or $157.5 million.

clock January 3, 2013Miles Socha

Mass

The Rise of Beauty’s Middle Market Retailers

Sandwiched between mass retailers and department stores, the middle market is emerging as a promising alternative for up-and-coming beauty lines.

clock January 4, 2013Faye Brookman

Financial

William Ackman Backtracks on General Growth

Activist no longer pushing for Simon Property takeover of mall operator.

clock January 3, 2013Evan Clark

Trends and Analysis

UPS Expects Big Returns Day on Jan. 3

Company dubbed Thursday National Returns Day, because according to its statistics, it is the biggest day this year for making returns to retailers.

clock January 3, 2013David Moin

Intimates and Activewear

Minnie Rose, Kandice Pelletier Collaborate on Swimwear

The companies have created “The Slim Suit,” a hybrid design that combines the elements of a cover-up and swimsuit together.

clock January 3, 2013Lisa Lockwood

Skin Care

Yes To Ushers In New Fruit Family

Grapefruit is the newest pick from Yes To Carrots founder Ido Leffler’s proverbial garden.

clock January 3, 2013Belisa Silva

Marketing and Trends

Nivea Rings in 2013 With a New Look

The 101-year-old skin-care brand is receiving a top-to-toe makeover from sustainability-focused designer Yves Béhar from agency Fuseproject.

clock January 3, 2013Susan Stone

Hair

L’Oréal Paris Launches New Skin, Hair Care Lines

The Age Perfect Renaissance Cellulaire range and Mousse Absolue are slated to launch in January.

clock January 3, 2013Jennifer Weil

Real Estate

French Malls Reinvent Themselves in Digital Age

Shopping centers are undergoing a sea of change, as developers dream up new ways of luring customers to physical stores.

clock January 4, 2013Joelle Diderich

Memo Pad

Publishers of Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides Square Off

With an ever more discriminating pool of advertisers and readers, the time for a polite rivalry has seemingly come to an end.

clock January 4, 2013Erik Maza

People

Isaac Mizrahi Ready to Take to the Stage

During the designer’s three shows in New York City — Jan. 10, 24 and 25 — the Ben Waltzer Quintet will back up his crooning.

clock January 4, 2013Rosemary Feitelberg

Direct, Internet and Catalogue

QVC Links With Jennifer Rade for Line

Hollywood stylist will debut a capsule collection called Edge by Jen Rade on the network’s live “Red Carpet Style” broadcast on Feb. 22.

clock January 4, 2013Marcy Medina

Forecasts and Analysis

December Comp Crux

Thursday’s same-store sales reporting ritual had more than a little in common with the month it covered — slow at the start with a pickup at the end.

clock January 4, 2013Arnold J. Karr

Department Stores

Macy’s to Close a Half-Dozen Stores This Spring

Closures will change the affected downtown shopping districts, though not necessarily for the worse.

clock January 4, 2013Sharon Edelson

Forecasts and Analysis

Stronger Growth Expected in Second Half

The first half of 2013 is expected to see modest growth and stable consumer confidence —?and there even could be better news down the road.

clock January 4, 2013Vicki M. Young

Forecasts and Analysis

Possible Key Trends in 2013

What the financial crowd sees for the year ahead.

clock January 4, 2013Vicki M. Young

Fashion Scoops

Trial Date Set for Macy’s Dispute With Penney’s, MSLO

According to sources, the judge has blocked off three weeks for the trial, which will not be presented before a jury.

clock January 4, 2013Alexandra Steigrad

Fashion Scoops

New Showroom and Event Space Bows in Milan

Located on Via Calabiana in a former paper mill, the site will be inaugurated on Jan. 13 with a men’s show by designer Fabio Quaranta.

clock January 4, 2013Luisa Zargani

Fashion Scoops

Montblanc Sets First U.S. Pop-up Shop

Luxury brand will partner with the St. Regis Washington D.C. Hotel on an in-lobby boutique during the Presidential Inauguration week, Jan. 18 to 22.

clock January 4, 2013Kristi Ellis

Fashion Scoops

Izod Signs Scott Piercy and Spencer Levin

The two-time PGA Tour winner and fourth-year Tour pro will wear Izod Golf apparel on course beginning this month.

clock January 4, 2013Lisa Lockwood

Essentialist

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Tommy Hilfiger: Tommy Hilfiger is making progress on its Sustainable Evolution strategy.

Business

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

clock 13hArthur Friedman

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