Parlux Breaks Ground: Celebs Get a New Kind of Deal

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In one of the most unusual deals in the glitzy annals of celebrity licensing, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Rihanna and Kanye West are entering into a relationship with Parlux Fragrances Inc.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Human Resources

Semerari Said to Be Leaving Sephora Europe

Renato Semerari will leave his post as chief executive officer of Sephora Europe on May 1, according to reports circulating in the market.

clock April 6, 2009Jennifer Weil

Alessandro Dell’Acqua

Designer and Luxury

Dell’Acqua Exits as Malo Designer

Alessandro Dell’Acqua says Malo doesn’t need a marquee name, and leaves on good terms with ceo Vittorio Notarpietro.

clock April 7, 2009Luisa Zargani

Audrey Tautou


Going Coco Nuts at Chanel Film Premiere

Audrey Tautou headlines cast of “Coco Before Chanel.”

clock April 7, 2009Katya Foreman and Ellen Groves

Designer and Luxury

Proenza Schouler to Show in Florence

Proenza Schouler designers to be special guests at Pitti W in Florence in June.

clock April 7, 2009Andrew Roberts


Gap’s Murphy Received $9.3M in 2008

After earning $9.3M in his first year on the job, Gap ceo Glenn Murphy has volunteered to trim his salary.

clock April 7, 2009Evan Clark


Esprit Names Ronald Van der Vis as CEO

Former Pearle Europe chief Ronald Van der Vis to take over as Esprit.

clock April 7, 2009Damien McGuinness and Alexandra Steigrad



Parlux Inks Deal With Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye

Parlux has signed an agreement with Iconic Fragrances, LLC, a licensing company in which Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter is a principal.

clock April 7, 2009Pete Born

Tropicana, attempted a redesign earlier this year.

Marketing and Promotion

High Stakes Repackaging: From Tropicana to Heinz

Packaging changes hit bumps as consumers seek the familiar, like the picture of an orange with straw in it on Tropicana cartons.

clock April 8, 2009Cecily Hall

Top 10 Consumer trade ups in the U.S.

Marketing and Promotion

Premium Spending: Consumers’ 10 Favorite Trade Ups

With kitchen table conversations about what kinds of purchases can be put off, “people are [getting] tired of denying themselves,” said Michael Silverstein.

clock April 8, 2009Valerie Seckler

Gary L. Lampley

Human Resources

BRAG Renews Call for Industry Diversity

The Black Retail Action Group (BRAG) calls on African-American consumers to help boost effort.

clock April 8, 2009Dick Silverman

James Gardner


James Gardner Talks Social Media and E-Commerce

James Gardner, ceo of the interactive agency createthe group, discusses social media and e-commerce during the downturn.

clock April 8, 2009Cate T. Corcoran

The St. John home page on Tuesday.

Designer and Luxury

St. John Launches Online Store Today

New St. John online store, a first for the company, will showcase fragrance, accessories and, of course, knitwear.

clock April 8, 2009Cate T. Corcoran

Dell Adamo


Bits & Bytes: Hard Drives to Haute Vending Machines

The ultrathin Dell Adamo hard drive whispers luxury…

clock April 8, 2009Cate T. Corcoran

Twenty8Twelve by S. Miller’s stretch dobby jacket over Iodice’s dress and Davidelfin’s shirt with Vera Wang Lavender Label’s polyester and spandex shorts. Eugenia Kim hat; By Malene Birger belt; Dr. Martens boots.

Fashion Trends

Fall 2009 Fashion Trend: She’s Got The Look

It’s the Eighties all over again, as amusingly lopsided proportions, quirky mixes and punk accessories evoke a new-wave attitude.

clock April 8, 2009Mayte Allende

Tommy Hilfiger’s upgraded shop-in-shop in Macy’s.


Retailers Bank on Exclusive Lines

The search for a moderate-price bright spot has found a ray of light: exclusive brands appear to be withstanding the test of the economy.

clock April 8, 2009Whitney Beckett

Officials said about 17,000 people were left homeless from the earthquake.

Business Features

Fashion Industry Helps Italy’s Quake Victims

In Italy, where the death toll has mounted to more than 200 after the Abruzzo earthquake, fashion firms like Gucci and Anna Molinari donate funds.

clock April 8, 2009Alessandra Ilari and Emilie Marsh

Elle Decor


Memo Pad: Less Shelter… Solange Knowles in Op Ad…

Architectural Digest ad sales fall precipitously… The new Op ads feature AnnaLynne McCord, Sophia Bush, and Solange Knowles…

clock April 8, 2009WWD Staff

Designer and Luxury

Jimmy Choo Expanding in Hong Kong

Jimmy Choo said Tuesday it formed a joint venture with Bluebell Far East to to own and operate Choo stores in Hong Kong.

clock April 8, 2009Samantha Conti


Claiborne Stock Up Despite Debt Downgrade

Shares of Liz Claiborne Inc. rose 6.2 percent Tuesday despite a debt downgrade.

clock April 8, 2009Evan Clark

Business Features

Pony Sues Nike Over ‘V’ Campaign

Pony Inc. sues Nike for alleged trademark infringement and unfair competition.

clock April 8, 2009Vicki M. Young

Government and Trade

Workers United Wins Court Round Against UNITE HERE

UNITE HERE injunction denied by federal judge.

clock April 8, 2009Matthew Lynch

Fleurish tunic; Celebrity Pink denim jacket; Speechless vest.


Buyers Seek On-Trend Items at Majors Market

Buyers from chains like Hot Topic, J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom look for fashion-forward apparel at Majors Market in L.A.

clock April 8, 2009Anne Riley-Katz

A look from Twen-tee’s summer collection.

Ready To Wear

Industry Vets Launch Knitwear Label twen-tee

Execs from Three Dots and Majestic Mills have launched a contemporary knits label, twen-tee.

clock April 8, 2009WWD Staff

Dr. Bruno Storp in 2006.

Human Resources

Obituary: Drom Fragrances’ Bruno Storp

Dr. Bruno Storp, the former chief executive officer of Drom Fragrances, died of pneumonia March 30 at the Harlaching Hospital in Munich, Germany. He was 82.

clock April 8, 2009Gillian Koenig


Beauty Beat: Igaki Takes Over as Takasago CEO

Ritaro Igaki has been named president and chief executive officer of Tokyo-based fragrance supplier Takasago International.

clock April 8, 2009Brid Costello

Raf Simons

Designer and Luxury

Designer Raf Simons Forges Ahead

Raf Simons detailed plans for his eponymous label, which include his first ad campaign, a small furniture collection and two more stores in Asia.

clock April 8, 2009Emilie Marsh

Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Mystérieuse.

Designer and Luxury

Louis Vuitton Unveils New Timepieces

Louis Vuitton has launched several new watch collections in a bid to impress customers with the depth of its technical prowess.

clock April 8, 2009Sophia Chabbott

Michelle Obama wears Junya Watanabe over Jason Wu in London on Thursday.

Fashion Scoops

The Obamas’ Summer Getaway… Herrera and Dolly Parton…

Secret Service agents have been spotted casing Martha’s Vineyard for what is said to be a late-August two-week getaway for the Obama family.

clock April 8, 2009WWD Staff


Neiman Marcus Cuts 131 Jobs

Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus reduced staff for third time since January.

clock April 8, 2009Holly Haber

Availability on Fifth Avenue from 42nd Street to 49th Street reached 15.3 percent at the end of the fourth quarter.


Lower Rent Costs May Boost N.Y. Retail

Some stores look to pounce on the recession’s spoils.

clock April 8, 2009David Moin


Daily Stock Wrap: April 7, 2009

The day’s top gainers and losers.

clock April 8, 2009WWD Staff


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