Strong December Comps Give Retailers Hope

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The Grinch was denied in December — and retailers gladly accepted consumers’ gift of a markedly brighter earnings outlook for the fourth quarter.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Old Navy and Saks each posted increases in comparable-store sales in December.

Business Features

Strong Dec. Comps Give Retailers Hope

TJX and Ross generated the largest increases for the month, but December was especially kind to upscale department stores.

clock January 7, 2010Alexandra Steigrad and David Moin and Arnold J. Karr

Nat Nast men’s wear is sold in more than 600 department and specialty stores.


Patty Nast Canton Exits Nat Nast

Patty Nast Canton, the cofounder of the upscale men’s sportswear brand, has left the company.

clock January 8, 2010David Lipke


Former Vuitton Exec Joining Chanel

Iana dos Reis Nunes becomes executive director, public relations for fashion, fine jewelry and watches, effective Monday at Chanel.

clock January 7, 2010Marc Karimzadeh

Caryn Lerner

Business Features

Derbyshire Replaces Lerner at Holt Renfrew

Mark Derbyshire named CEO of Holt Renfrew, Canada’s premier luxury chain.

clock January 7, 2010David Moin

Fashion Scoops

Tory’s New Gem Is Justin Giunta… Spotlight on Broadway

Justin Giunta of Subversive has been named design director of jewelry at Tory Burch, with his first collection slated for holiday-resort, WWD has learned.

clock January 8, 2010WWD Staff

Finley’s take on dumpster design.

Designer and Luxury

Talking Trash: Visual Artist “Finley” Dresses Up Dumpsters

The visual artist who goes by “Finley” will be dressing up a couple of New York City dumpsters today, and she aims to spruce up more in the months ahead.

clock January 8, 2010Rosemary Feitelberg

Advertising is slated to launch Jan. 22.

Marketing and Promotion

Bare Escentuals’ Latest Campaign Comes With a Wink

Bare Escentuals has bypassed Madison Avenue, choosing instead to hang around the water cooler for advertising inspiration.

clock January 8, 2010Molly Prior

Revlon ColorBurst lipstick.

Color Cosmetics

Mass Makeup Gets Techy and Natural in ’10

New color technology at Revlon and sustainable packaging and corrective color innovation by Physicians Formula among some of the most relevant launches.

clock January 8, 2010Andrea Nagel

“Alice in Wonderland” item from Urban Decay.


Beauty Firms Rolling Out ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Products

Urban Decay and OPI turn out “Alice in Wonderland” makeup palettes and nail polish, inspired by the upcoming Tim Burton movie.

clock January 8, 2010Rachel Brown

Rimmel’s event site.


Rimmel Grows Reach, Launches Largest New Product Mix

Rimmel is launching its largest number of new items ever.

clock January 8, 2010Faye Brookman

Andrew Jennings


Jennings Steps Down at Woolworths

Andrew Jennings said, “I have now completed my contract with Woolworths and [am ending] on a very high note.”

clock January 8, 2010David Moin

A look from Matthew Williamson’s first men’s collection.

Designer and Luxury

Matthew Williamson Takes on Men’s Wear

Matthew Williamson is bringing his color-drenched aesthetic to the men’s wear arena.

clock January 8, 2010Nina Jones

Inside a Walgreen’s store


Mass Retailers Glimpse Recovery

Several mass retailers, including Target and Ulta, emerged from the season feeling positively jolly.

clock January 8, 2010Molly Prior and Faye Brookman


Treatment, Color Beauty Products Lead TV Sales

Television and online retailers said holiday beauty sales outperformed last year’s results.

clock January 8, 2010Molly Prior and Andrea Nagel


Burani’s Financial Woes Mount

The possibility of bankruptcy is looming over Mariella Burani Fashion Group following the resignation of its financial adviser.

clock January 8, 2010Luisa Zargani

Chanel believes it’s time to lure lip gloss addicts back to lipstick — and the company hopes to do it with Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour, a long-lasting, hydrating collection.

Color Cosmetics

Chanel’s Quest: The Sexy Lip

Chanel aims to seduce consumers back into the habit of using lipstick — with a new Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour line and the face of Vanessa Paradis.

clock January 8, 2010Julie Naughton

Clarins’ Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel.

Marketing and Promotion

Clarins Aims for Youth Market

Clarins launching Daily Energizer, a five-unit treatment line concocted with younger consumers in mind.

clock January 8, 2010Brid Costello

Items from Tarantino’s line.

Color Cosmetics

Tarina Tarantino Cosmetics to Bow at Sephora

Accessories designer Tarina Tarantino hopes her collection will be the newest jewel in Sephora’s lineup.

clock January 8, 2010Julie Naughton

Leonard Fluxman


Steiner Acquisition of Bliss A Done Deal

Steiner Leisure Ltd. marked the completion of its $100 million acquisition of Bliss World Holdings Inc. this week by ringing the Nasdaq opening bell.

clock January 8, 2010Belisa Silva

Nordstrom at Main Place in Santa Ana, Calif.


Fragrance Finds Way on Rough Road

For prestige beauty retailers and manufacturers, it was a Bob Cratchit Christmas.

clock January 8, 2010WWD Staff


Microsoft Brings Star Style to NRF Show

Microsoft hopes to interest retailers in its software and services by promoting its Star Style retail concept next week.

clock January 8, 2010Cate T. Corcoran

La Rinascente department store in Rome.


Italy’s Sales Season Sees Strong Start

La Rinascente, Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Hogan and Alberta Ferretti were among the most crowded stores in Italy at the start of sale season.

clock January 8, 2010Alessandra Ilari and Luisa Zargani


Sears Launches Online Marketplace

Surprisingly, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Bebe and Avon have joined Sears’ online marketplace.

clock January 8, 2010Cate T. Corcoran

The Celine campaign.


Memo Pad: Runaway Ads… The Obamas Everywhere… Forbes Sells Another Asset…

The fashion world may be enamored with bloggers — but not when they post future advertising images without permission.

clock January 8, 2010WWD Staff

Fashion Features

In Brief: Fashionologie to Close

Tween retailer Fashionologie will shutter its doors Jan. 21.

clock January 8, 2010WWD Staff


Perelman Ordered to Pay $3.4M in Barkin’s Suit

Applehead Pictures, cofounded by Revlon chairman Ron Perelman’s ex-wife Ellen Barkin, alleged nonpayment.

clock January 8, 2010Matthew Lynch

Designer and Luxury

Bos Named CEO of Van Cleef in America

Nicolas Bos has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of Van Cleef & Arpels in America, effective April 1. He succeeds Emmanuel Perrin.

clock January 8, 2010Sophia Chabbott


Daily Stock Wrap: January 7, 2010

The day’s gainers and losers.

clock January 8, 2010WWD Staff


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