Despite Tough Quarter Stores Remain Upbeat

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Richemont Profit Slips

Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, parent of such brands as Cartier, IWC, Chloé, said April sales were down 19 percent.

clock May 14, 2009Samantha Conti

Bernard Arnault at the LVMH shareholders' meeting.

Mergers and Acquisitions

LVMH Takes Minority Stake in Edun

Luxury group LVMH plans to take an “active role” in eco-luxury label Edun’s development.

clock May 14, 2009Miles Socha

Urban Outfitters


Despite Tough Quarter, Stores Remain Upbeat

Wal-Mart’s flat profits stood in direct contrast to the other stores reporting results Thursday, all of which saw profits declines.

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Government and Trade

UNITE HERE Suspends Raynor

John Wilhelm, president of UNITE HERE’s hospitality division, suspended general union president Bruce Raynor on Thursday.

clock May 15, 2009Kristi Ellis

The exterior of Oscar de la Renta’s store in development at the Dubai Mall.

Designer and Luxury

De La Renta to Open Stores in the Gulf Region

Not about to be mired down by the U.S. economy, Oscar de la Renta Ltd. is heading to the Arabian Gulf region to increase international sales.

clock May 15, 2009Rosemary Feitelberg

Color Cosmetics

Majority Shareholder Buys Fusion Brands Inc.

Eugene Melnyk has acquired the company, buying out founder Randi Shinder’s minority stake in the firm for an undisclosed sum.

clock May 15, 2009Matthew W. Evans

Burt’s Bees’ Mike Indursky.


Natural and Organic Standards Debated at Summit

At issue is cosmetic companies calling their products “natural” or “organic” when the natural world believes they are not.

clock May 15, 2009Gillian Koenig

CVS’ Beauty 360 location in Mission Viejo, Calif.


CVS’ Beauty 360 Adds Locations and Brands

CVS Pharmacy Inc. is attracting attention and brands with its upscale Beauty 360 concept.

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Madonna Badger

Beauty Features

WWD Beauty Forum: Consumer Craves Connection

Today’s consumers are smarter, more involved and more frustrated than ever before, said Madonna Badger, during her Power Point presentation.

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Michael George


WWD Beauty Forum: QVC’s George Challenges Misconceptions

Mike George wants to reintroduce you to the QVC shopper.

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Carlos Benhaim


WWD Beauty Forum: Benaim Deconstructs Fragrance Creation

Carlos Benaim, vice president and senior perfumer at International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., discusses perfume development.

clock May 15, 2009Matthew W. Evans

Poppy King, Fabrice Penot, Lev Glazman, Rob Robillard and Marla Malcolm Beck.

Human Resources

WWD Beauty Forum: Execs Discuss Originality, Vitality

Poppy King and other beauty execs talk about inspiration and what innovation means today.

clock May 15, 2009Belisa Silva

Claudia Poccia

Marketing and Promotion

WWD Beauty Forum: Talent Is Core of Mark’s Innovation

Claudia Poccia, global president, Mark, at Avon Products Inc., oversees all aspects of the beauty and fashion brand that was created for a younger generation.

clock May 15, 2009Andrea Nagel

Jani Friedman and Strawn Cathcart

Marketing and Promotion

WWD Beauty Forum: Demeter Group Sees Correction Unfolding

Demeter Group’s Jani Friedman and Strawn Cathcart offered tactical advice to beauty brands.

clock May 15, 2009Molly Prior

Linda Wells

Human Resources

WWD Beauty Forum: Linda Wells Looks for a Silver Lining

Despite the recession and an inevitable shift in the spending habits of beauty consumers, Allure editor in chief Linda Wells sees a silver lining.

clock May 15, 2009Belisa Silva

Catherine Walsh


WWD Beauty Forum: Creating Celebrity and Designer Scents

As senior vice president of American Fragrances at Coty Inc., Catherine Walsh is called upon not only to be creative herself, but to guide the creative process.

clock May 15, 2009Julie Naughton

Jennifer Balbier and James Gager

Marketing and Promotion

WWD Beauty Forum: MAC Marries Beauty With Pop Culture

MAC Cosmetics’ unique breed of beauty continues to resonate with consumers, driving both trends and sales in an otherwise bleak economy.

clock May 15, 2009Gillian Koenig

Carol Hamilton, L’Oréal

Marketing and Promotion

WWD Beauty Forum: Carol Hamilton’s Retail Odyssey

After 24 years in the mass market arena, Carol Hamilton joined L’Oreal USA’s Luxury Products Division as president eight months ago.

clock May 15, 2009Julie Naughton

Howard Kreitzman, Bloomingdale’s


Bloomingdale’s Kreitzman on Creative Retailing

Ever thought to equate an iPod and a beauty gift-with-purchase? Retailer Howard Kreitzman has.

clock May 15, 2009Julie Naughton

Devon Aoki in Roberto Cavalli and Chopard Red Carpet necklace.

Fashion Features

Cannes on the Rocks

Actors Roman Coppola and Emma de Caunes mingled at the Belle de Nuit party in Cannes, the first of many late-night bashes.

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A look from Joe Joseph Abboud.

Marketing and Promotion

Joe Signs Endorsement Deal With the NBA

JA Apparel Corp. has signed a multiyear promotional partnership deal with the National Basketball Association.

clock May 15, 2009Jean E. Palmieri

Agyness Deyn in an ad for Uniqlo.


Memo Pad: Uniqlo Nabs Deyn… Bad Internet… Classic Martha…

Uniqlo, which earlier this year hired Jil Sander to design a collection, has tapped Agyness Deyn to be the face of the brand’s high summer sports campaign.

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Daily Stock Wrap: May 14, 2009

The day’s gainers and losers.

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Fan from the Louis Vuitton-Rossy de Palma collaboration.

Fashion Scoops

Fans in Cannes… Wintour’s Stimulus Plan… Golden Oldies…

A limited edition fan designed by Louis Vuitton in collaboration with actress Rossy de Palma will go on sale in Vuitton’s Cannes store on the Croisette.

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An image from Rosa Cha’s ad campaign.


Rosa Cha Founder Departs

Rosa Chá designer Amir Slama is leaving the company he founded 21 years ago.

clock May 15, 2009Sharon Edelson


Lawmakers to Seek Geithner’s Help on Hartmarx

Lawmakers will urge Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to pressure Wells Fargo to keep Hartmarx afloat.

clock May 15, 2009Kristi Ellis

Government and Trade

ITC Moves Ahead on Vietnam Dumping Case

ITC ruling on dumping in Vietnam could lead to punitive tariffs and carry broader implications for the textile industry.

clock May 15, 2009Liza Casabona

Carol Hamilton, L’Oréal

Beauty Features

Beauty’s Battle Cry: Innovate

17 cosmetics industry leaders came together to give a day of speeches comprising the first WWD Beauty Forum.

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Today's Must Read

Alewya Demmisse in "Tall are the Roots."


For Byredo, Filmmaker Fenn O’Meally Captures the Zeitgeist of Today

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Social Studies

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