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Fashion's Game of Musical Chairs Quickens in Paris

The spring shows feature debuts at four major brands, prompting reflection on the pace of designer change.

clock 9hMiles Socha

Retail

Tough Times for Neiman's as Firm Battles 'Challenges'

The luxury chain has been battling the luxury malaise.

clock 23hDavid Moin

Retail

Focusing on Spring, Buyers Praise Milan's Creative Energy

The city has not lost its sizzle, once again led by Prada and Gucci.

clock 17hWWD Staff

Retailers Report Uptick As Holiday Draws Closer

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Overview

In a holiday season marked by dire forecasts and some real issues, retailers caught a ray of light last week. Shopping picked up, breaking a deep lull that set in after Black Friday.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Fashion Scoops

Australia to Host Couture Exhibition

Museum in Adelaide is to trace French fashion from 1947 to the present day.

clock November 12, 2013Miles Socha

Fashion Show Reviews

Honor Pre-Fall 2014

Giovanna Randall played up men’s wear in her pre-fall collection.

clock December 12, 2013WWD Staff

Fashion Show Reviews

Milly Pre-Fall 2014

Michelle Smith wanted her collection to be “really feminine with just a hint of darkness.”

clock December 12, 2013WWD Staff

Fashion Show Reviews

Rebecca Taylor Pre-Fall 2014

Taylor described the collection as having an element of fragility with a dash of the decrepit, à la “Grey Gardens.”

clock December 13, 2013WWD Staff

Fashion Show Reviews

Trussardi Pre-Fall 2014

For pre-fall Gaia Trussardi imagined the wardrobe of an eccentric yet elegant young woman living a free-spirited life in San Francisco in the late Sixties.

clock December 13, 2013WWD Staff

Fashion Show Reviews

Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2014

Riffing on a man’s closet, he worked a boyish vibe with haberdashery details for clothes that were casual and chic or, as he put it, “sexy and slouchy at once.”

clock December 13, 2013WWD Staff

Fashion Show Reviews

Nili Lotan Pre-Fall 2014

The leather moto jacket was the key pre-fall piece in the designer’s collection of elevated casualwear.

clock December 13, 2013WWD Staff

Fashion Show Reviews

Reem Acra Pre-Fall 2014

Jewel-toned cocktail dresses and embroidered ballgowns were the designer’s focus.

clock December 13, 2013WWD Staff

Financial

H&M Sales Rise 13% in Q4

The Swedish fast-fashion giant reported same-store sales jumped 10 percent in November.

clock December 16, 2013Joelle Diderich

Financial

Carrefour to Create Shopping Mall Group

The French retailer plans to buy 124 malls from Klépierre for $2.7 billion.

clock December 16, 2013Joelle Diderich

Designer and Luxury

Moncler Shares Rise 44% in Debut

Shares in the Italian outerwear firm began trading Monday on the Milan Stock Exchange.

clock December 16, 2013Luisa Zargani

Memo Pad

Citizen Watch Co. Taps Kelly Clarkson

Broadcast and print advertising featuring Clarkson will start running in the spring.

clock December 16, 2013Jean E. Palmieri

Fashion Show Reviews

Helmut Lang Pre-Fall 2014

Nicole and Michael Colovos focused on essential wardrobe pieces that could be piled on or stripped off as the interim season changes.

clock December 16, 2013WWD Staff

Fashion Show Reviews

Naeem Khan Pre-Fall 2014

The designer focused on red-carpet glamour for pre-fall.

clock December 16, 2013WWD Staff

Fashion Show Reviews

Escada Pre-Fall 2014

Creative director Daniel Wingate looked to the works of James Turrell and how he captured light and color.

clock December 16, 2013WWD Staff

Department Stores

Judi Hofer, 31-Year May Co. Veteran, Dies at 73

The former chief executive officer of May Merchandising Co. and May Department Stores International died Saturday at her Southwest Portland, Ore., home.

clock December 16, 2013Lisa Lockwood

Fashion Show Reviews

House of Holland Pre-Fall 2014

Henry Holland summoned up the idea of “posh girls at boarding school” as the touchstone for his first pre-fall collection.

clock December 17, 2013WWD Staff

Government and Trade

Trade Pacts Carry Potential and Pitfalls

Regional trade accords gain steam as WTO lags.

clock December 16, 2013Kristi Ellis

Parties

Chelsea Handler Hosts amfAR Inspiration Gala

The fourth annual gala was presented by MAC Cosmetics’ Viva Glam campaign, and attracted the likes of Zoe Saldana, Vanessa Hudgens and Kelly Osbourne.

clock December 16, 2013Lindzi Scharf

Executive Changes

Kevin Burke Leaving as AAFA Chief

A search for a successor at the American Apparel & Footwear Association will commence.

clock December 16, 2013Kristi Ellis

Designer and Luxury

Versace Narrows List of Investors

The Milan-based firm is looking to sell a 20 percent holding by the end of the year to finance future growth.

clock December 16, 2013Luisa Zargani

Fashion Show Reviews

Yeohlee Pre-Fall 2014

“The intersection of patterns and plains,” along with the work of designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld, influenced the designer’s pre-fall collection.

clock December 16, 2013WWD Staff

Fashion Show Reviews

Vera Wang Pre-Fall 2014

Taking a cue from her own wardrobe, the designer’s pre-fall collection combined elements of men’s wear sportiness with dark femininity.

clock December 16, 2013WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

PGM Acquires Women Management Agency Branches

The move is part of a strategy for PGM to strengthen Elite World’s presence in North America and expand its international scope.

clock December 16, 2013Cynthia Martens

Intimates and Activewear

Christopher Burch Takes Stake in Solid & Striped

The contemporary swimwear brand was launched last year by Isaac Ross.

clock December 16, 2013David Lipke

Fashion Scoops

Chloé Founder Gaby Aghion Honored in Paris

On Monday, she was recognized as a pioneering French fashion figure and decorated as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.

clock December 16, 2013Miles Socha

Fashion Scoops

Rita Ora Tapped for DKNY Fragrance

Sources said the songstress is the spokeswoman for a to-be-named women’s scent, possibly due out in fall 2014.

clock December 16, 2013Julie Naughton

People

Mary McCartney’s Calendar Year

The photographer has shot the fifth edition of the Zeiss Art Calendar, which she did with Alec Baldwin and Gemma Arterton.

clock December 17, 2013Lorna Koski

Intimates and Activewear

Hue Stretching Out in U.S., China

The trendy legwear brand plans to roll out three “Huetiques” in the U.S. in 2014 and is embarking on an aggressive retail rollout in China.

clock December 17, 2013Karyn Monget

Business

Don Watros Promoted to President of Hudson’s Bay Co.

The secret weapon behind Richard Baker’s burgeoning $7.5 billion retail conglomerate is about to become more visible.

clock December 17, 2013David Moin

Financial

Deal to Buy Jones Group Close

Stefan L. Kaluzny’s Sycamore Partners is expected to buy the company for about $1.2 billion, or $15 a share.

clock December 17, 2013Evan Clark

Financial

Loehmann’s Sells Off Its Assets

The discounter of designer goods is hoping the third time’s a charm as it enters bankruptcy court proceedings again.

clock December 17, 2013Vicki M. Young

Business Features

Business Picks Up for Retailers as Holiday Draws Near

In a holiday season marked by dire forecasts and some real issues, retailers caught a ray of light last week.

clock December 17, 2013David Moin and Jean E. Palmieri

Memo Pad

Rihanna to Star in Balmain Campaign

Slated to break in a range of January fashion titles, the ads were shot in New York by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

clock December 17, 2013Miles Socha

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Lands’ End Stock Falls on CEO Marchionni’s Exit

clock 24hArthur Zaczkiewicz

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