Sears’ Hip-Hop Hope: Store Signs LL Cool J To Do Apparel Brand

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The Sears Holdings Corp. chairman and his team are making some long-awaited merchandising moves in the hedge fund billionaire's retail empire in an attempt to reenergize Sears' apparel offering, stimulate traffic and generate some buzz.

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Sears’ Hip-Hop Hope: Store Signs LL Cool J To Do Apparel Brand

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For anyone who ever wanted to major in makeup, Sephora fulfilled a few of those dreams when it turned its North American training facility here into a cosmetics university for consumers.

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Wired for the Media Transformation

It wasn’t exactly Louis Rossetto’s party, but it had to feel that way on this chilly New York rooftop.

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Hamptons Magazine cover featuring Madonna from 1985.


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No magazine anniversary would be complete without a look back at the best and worst of times — and couples and fashions, for that matter —…

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Amtrak's Chris Waugh is Lutz & Patmos' latest guest designer. His daughter, Brooke, models his design.

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Conductor Gets on Board With Lutz & Patmos

Many commuters spend their journeys immersed in work, but Tina Lutz looked up long enough to discover Lutz & Patmos’ latest guest designer — Amtrak…

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Raquel Zimmermann in Michael Bastian.

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CFDA Booked and Ready to Go

Win or lose, nominees for this year’s CFDA and Swarovski awards will go home June 2 with something for posterity — a book featuring highly…

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Moschino to Open Downtown Boutique

Moschino is heading to the Meatpacking District to open its New York flagship.

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Victoria Royal Turning More Attention Overseas

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Giambattista Valli's fox cape, worn with a Zucca dress. Valli is part of a new group of European designers who have rediscovered fur.

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Mixed Message

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Independents’ Day

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A view of the 65 Croisette courtyard.


Glass Luxe Complex Shines in Cannes

A new hypermodern luxury retail hub, 65 Croisette, has opened on the fabled Croisette here in the latest development to bolster the Riviera town’s efforts to become a new French shopping mecca.

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A rendering of the M Resort, Spa and Casino under development in Henderson, Nev.


As Economy Stumbles, Developers Look Ahead

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A rendering of the new Mark Hotel lobby in New York.

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Home on the Grange

“What is this?” asks Jacques Grange in French, frowning at an amorphously shaped vase the marketing team of the Mark Hotel has placed in a model apartment,…

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Looks from Bill Blass.


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