Beauty’s Tough Terrain: Bottom Lines Squeezed At Key Firms Worldwide

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Companies on three different continents continued their uphill battles against unenthusiastic consumers, inventory-adverse retailers and unsteady currencies.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Business Features

Hugo Boss Second-Quarter Losses Widen

The German fashion giant Hugo Boss posted a net loss of 15.9 million euros.

clock July 30, 2009Melissa Drier

Earnings dropped 64.3 percent at Avon


Bottom Lines Squeezed At Key Beauty Firms

Revlon, Avon and Shiseido continue uphill battle.

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Kay Krill


AnnTaylor Steps Up Restructuring

Specialty retailer AnnTaylor cuts 160 jobs, with a broader goal of saving $125M through a three-year restructuring program.

clock July 30, 2009David Moin


Retail Shares Climb 1.4 Percent Thursday

Zale Corp, Coldwater Creek and New York & Company shares rose as retail stocks reached a new high for the year.

clock July 30, 2009Evan Clark

Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep and Grace Gummer


The High Life at “Taking Woodstock” Screening

The fashion flock took in a screening of “Taking Woodstock” feting the 40th anniversary of the momentous three-day-long music festival.

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Hussein Chalayan


Hurrah for Hussein

Kanye West, Amber Rose and Chanel Iman celebrated Hussein Chalayan’s collaboration with J Brand denim.

clock July 30, 2009WWD Staff


Homi Patel Retiring as Hartmarx CEO

After 30 years with the men’s wear giant Hartmarx Corp., Homi Patel is stepping down as the company’s chief executive officer, effective Friday.

clock July 31, 2009Brenner Thomas

Jimmy Moore, circa 1989.

Human Resources

Obit: Jimmy Moore, Fragments Jewelry Co-Founder

Jimmy Moore, co-founder of the New York-based Fragments jewelry store and showroom, died Friday at his home in Leachburg, Pa. He was 61.

clock July 31, 2009Caroline Tell

Angie Parlionas


Mass’ Latest Innovation: Lip Gloss on a String

30-year-old Angie Parlionas has created a line called YoYo Lip Gloss: it’s a staple beauty product with a twist.

clock July 31, 2009Faye Brookman

Fran Drescher

Skin Care

Fran Drescher Creates Charity Skin Line

Fran Drescher, a cancer survivor, has created a natural skin care line called FranBrand, which will be sold on HSN.

clock July 31, 2009Alissa Cherry

Liqwd items.


Liqwd Hair Range Uses Nanotechnology

Science-driven hair care line Liqwd is Dean Christal’s first contribution to his family’s beauty legacy.

clock July 31, 2009Rachel Brown

The Hot Water ad.


Davidoff to Introduce Hot Water for Men

Davidoff will introduce Hot Water, a steamy addition to its men’s fragrance lineup, starting in late August.

clock July 31, 2009Brid Costello

The Ricci Ricci ad.


Twice Is Nice for Nina Ricci

Parfums Nina Ricci is coming out with a high-end offer, the Ricci Ricci women’s fragrance, starting this summer.

clock July 31, 2009Jennifer Weil

The Couture Couture ad.

Beauty Features

Juicy Goes Couture With Latest Scent

New scent “Couture Couture” has top notes of mandarin and succulent pink grape accord with a drydown of moist amber.

clock July 31, 2009Julie Naughton

An overview of the store.


Sephora’s New Store Format in Times Square

Sephora is seeing double in Times Square.

clock July 31, 2009Julie Naughton

Bobbi Brown Overhauls Web Site With How-To Videos


Bobbi Brown Web Site Gets a Makeover

Bobbi Brown is ramping up its Web site with how-to videos and improved navigation in an effort to supercharge e-commerce sales.

clock July 31, 2009Julie Naughton


Court Approves Selective Beauty Plan

A continuation plan for Selective Beauty, the fragrance distribution and manufacturing concern, has been approved in commercial court in France.

clock July 31, 2009Jennifer Weil

The Nooka scent.


Nooka Launches First Fragrance

Offbeat watchmaker Nooka has gotten into the fragrance business.

clock July 31, 2009Matthew W. Evans

John Masters’ reconstructor.

Beauty Features

Snippets: Honey Head… New Chief at Caudalie…

John Masters Organics’ newest treatment item, Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor, rolls onto shelves at Whole Foods in August.

clock July 31, 2009WWD Staff

The Temptu Airbrush Makeup System and Air Pods.

Color Cosmetics

Temptu Creates Airbrush for Masses

Temptu Airbrush Makeup, the first mass airbrush system, will debut at about 100 Sephora stores in September.

clock July 31, 2009Andrea Nagel

Valery Joseph


Valery Joseph Salon Opens New Location

The Valery Joseph salon, whose clients include Caroline Kennedy, Jennifer Keil and Marjorie Gubelmann, is bustling despite the downturn.

clock July 31, 2009Andrea Nagel

Designer and Luxury

Ballantyne Links with Louise Goldin

Edgy knitwear designer Louise Goldin to create collection for cashmere brand Ballantyne.

clock July 31, 2009Chiara Hughes

Designer and Luxury

Bulgari Reports Net Loss in First Half

Revenues fell 21.7 percent to 396.4 million euros, dragged down by slow jewelry and watch sales.

clock July 31, 2009Luisa Zargani


Kohl’s Awards Kids Scholarships

Kohl’s has named 10 young volunteers as national winners of the Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program.

clock July 31, 2009WWD Staff


Hanesbrands Net Drops, Beats Estimates

Shares of Hanesbrands Inc. leaped 12.2 percent Thursday.

clock July 31, 2009Evan Clark

Destination Maternity’s net income increased to $6.8 million.


Destination Maternity Profits Jump

Net income for Destination Maternity rises 64 percent on cost control despite sales decline.

clock July 31, 2009Alexandra Steigrad


Daily Stock Wrap: July 30, 2009

The day’s gainers and losers.

clock July 31, 2009WWD Staff

A Balenciaga Edition dress from fall 1966.

Fashion Scoops

Le Bon Marché to Sell Retro Balenciaga… Glitter Crowd…

The latest collection of Balenciaga Edition will go on sale exclusively at Le Bon Marché in September.

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Dressing Up for Madonna

Street Style

Madonna Fans Strike a Pose for ‘Celebration’ Video

Madonna’s video shoot competition in Milan attracts fashionable fans.

clock July 31, 2009Chiara Hughes

Government and Trade

House Panel Expected to Pass Part of Health Care Bill

The House Energy and Commerce Committee was expected to pass its piece of landmark health care reform legislation today.

clock July 31, 2009Kristi Ellis


Annie Leibovitz May Sell Photos… Rotations at Rodale…

When Annie Leibovitz used her photographs as collateral for a loan of more than $20 million, it was a sign the photographer’s finances were in disarray.

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Jake Tapper


Journalists Adapt to Twitter World

Political correspondents Karen Tumulty and Jake Tapper take up tweeting.

clock July 31, 2009Irin Carmon

Bill Blass on Lake Tahoe.

Designer and Luxury

Lake Belles: Saks’ Fashion Show in Tahoe

Saks’ charity show this summer marks a 40-year milestone.

clock July 31, 2009Joanna Ramey


In Brief: Weatherproof Appoints New Women’s Merchandiser

Weatherproof is continuing its executive ramp-up, this time for its women’s business.

clock July 31, 2009WWD Staff

A rendering of the Prada Transfomer’s latest incarnation.

Fashion Scoops

Prada Transformer Exhibits ‘Turn Into Men’ Installation

Prada’s Transformer structure in Seoul is once again morphing its appearance

clock July 31, 2009WWD Staff

An Ellen Tracy look for fall.

Ready To Wear

Ellen Tracy Said Leaving Bridge Market

Ellen Tracy’s departure from the bridge area is expected to leave a void at a lot of department stores.

clock July 31, 2009Lisa Lockwood


Today's Must Read

The women’s area of the Hermes shoe salon in SoHo.


Hermès Paris Shoe Salon Bows in SoHo Offering Six Months of Eye Candy

clock 8hSharon Edelson

Social Studies