Bad News, Good News: Holiday Forecasts See Sales Down, Profits Up

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Business Features

Obit: Herb Yalof, Former Macy’s Executive

Yalof was president and chief operating officer of Macy’s Northeast, but took an early retirement in 1990.

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Swiss Watch Exports Fall 22 Percent

August figures suggest decline is slowing for troubled sector.

clock September 22, 2009Elena Berton

Jimmy Choo


Della Valle Takes Stake in Safilo

Diego Della Valle, the Italian entrepreneur and chairman and chief executive officer of Tod’s SpA, has invested in eyewear maker Safilo Group SpA.

clock September 22, 2009Andrew Roberts

Mischa Barton and Zac Posen


Boldfacers and Boos at the Opera

There is usually a comfortable formula to opening night of the MetropolitanOpera: big gowns, even bigger jewels and a rousing standing ovation.

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Jude Law


All the Rage at Jude Law’s Latest Screening

Law, along with Lily Cole, Steve Buscemi and John Leguizamo, convened at Lower East Side boite The Box for a viewing of their newest film “Rage.”

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Ipod Shuffle

Marketing and Promotion

College Students Cut Back on Apparel Spending

Students are spending more on computers, cell phones, MP3 players and other electronic gear and less on clothing and accessories.

clock September 23, 2009Dick Silverman

Skin Care

Avon Launching Antiaging Duo

Avon is updating its Anew skin care franchise this fall with the launch of Anew Reversalist, a new antiaging range targeting women in their 40s.

clock September 23, 2009Gillian Koenig

The new Odin store captures the historical character of the neighborhood.


Odin Opens in West Village

Odin has completed its downtown triangle with a third location on Greenwich Street.

clock September 23, 2009Jean E. Palmieri

Kate Somerville, Alexandre Chouery and Leslie Blodgett.

Human Resources

Beauty Execs Discuss Caring for the Customer

Leslie Blodgett and Kate Somerville speak at a panel discussion entitled “The Pioneers of Beauty.”

clock September 23, 2009Rachel Brown

A look from Splits59.


Splits59 Activewear Line Brings New Attitude

Jonathan Schwartz and a former Dolce & Gabbana executive create Splits59, a fashion-conscious activewear collection.

clock September 23, 2009Marc Karimzadeh

Rendering of the revamped Prada on Corso Venezia.

Fashion Features

Milan Gets Ready for High-Octane Week

The Milan Fashion Week calendar is more intense than ever, with major houses Prada and Dolce & Gabbana planning events on top of runway shows.

clock September 23, 2009Alessandra Ilari and Stephanie Epiro

Designer and Luxury

Swiss Watchmaker Baume & Mercier Taps CEO

Baume & Mercier has appointed Alain Zimmerman chief executive officer following the resignation of Michel Nieto.

clock September 23, 2009Elena Berton

Mergers and Acquisitions

Krief Bids for Lace Firm Noyon

Bernard Krief Consultants made a bid to acquire Societé Lucien Noyon SAS, with a view to developing a pole of luxury French textiles artisans.

clock September 23, 2009Katya Foreman

Government and Trade

In Brief: Obama Names Customs Chief

President Barack Obama nominated Alan Bersin on Wednesday as commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Department of Homeland Security.

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Designer and Luxury

In Brief: Harmont & Blaine Sales Rise

Harmont & Blaine SpA said first-half revenues rose 11.5 percent to 21.8 million euros, or $29.1 million at average exchange rates.

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Government and Trade

China Appeals WTO Ruling

China appealed a month-old ruling by the World Trade Organization that said the country’s barriers for intellectual property imports violate trade rules.

clock September 23, 2009Liza Casabona

New Orleans Dancefloor


Charting the Disco Years

Vince Aletti collected his writings and put them in a coffee-table-like book called “The Disco Files 1973-1978.”

clock September 23, 2009Jacob Bernstein

Designer and Luxury

Caroline Brown Leaving Akris

Akris’ U.S. ceo Caroline Brown is departing the brand in November to join a retail venture currently under development with Christopher Burch.

clock September 23, 2009Marc Karimzadeh

Designer and Luxury

Google Wins Court Round Over LVMH

Google Inc. has won the latest round in a long-running court case that has it pitted against luxury goods giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA.

clock September 23, 2009Elena Berton

A home surrounded by flood waters in Atlanta’s Buckhead section.


Severe Floods Affect Atlanta Mall Traffic

Some retailers here are suffering because of torrential downpours and record flooding that have caused major disruptions and at least eight deaths.

clock September 23, 2009Elizabeth Thurman

An image from the digital video campaign for Puma.


Memo Pad: Puma’s Revealing Video Campaign… Hearst Moves…

Should the financial markets take another plunge, Puma is offering market watchers a silver lining: the nearly bare flesh of nubile models.

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Holiday Forecasts See Sales Down, Profits Up

Holiday sales performance may be terrible, but retailers’ bottom lines could actually improve in the fourth quarter.

clock September 23, 2009Evan Clark

Vera Wang and Mario Grauso in her Mercer Street store.

Business Features

Wang and Grauso Map Out a Plan

Mario Grauso will take over the executive reins of the firm, freeing up Vera Wang to focus more on the creative side.

clock September 23, 2009Rosemary Feitelberg

Naomi Campbell and Nick Knight


Naomi Campbell Fetes London Fashion Exhibit

“It’s fabulous,” supermodel Naomi Campbell cooed as Nick Knight guided her around the “SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution” exhibition.

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Fashion Scoops

Timberlake’s New Joint… Changes at Patek Philippe… Artsy Folks…

Justin Timberlake and Trace Ayala’s line William Rast will unveil its first retail location at the Westfield Century City shopping center.

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Daily Stock Wrap: September 22, 2009

The day’s top gainers and losers.

clock September 23, 2009WWD Staff


Gordon Bros. Wins Finlay Auction

Court hearing for final approval of Finlay acquisition is set for today.

clock September 25, 2009Vicki M. Young

Fashion Scoops

Terror Plot’s Retail Link

A recently uncovered terror plot to detonate bombs in New York may have included the fashion and beauty worlds among its intended sources of supply.

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