A Big Move in Beauty: Shiseido Offers $1.7B to Buy Bare Escentuals

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In a bold STEP, Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido Co. Ltd. has launched an estimated $1.7 billion tender offer to acquire Bare Escentuals Inc., one of the hottest brands of recent years.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Cristiano Ronaldo in Emporio Armani spring campaign.


Cristiano Ronaldo in Armani Ad… New Hire at People… Cuts at Meredith…

Real Madrid soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo strips down in Armani’s men’s ads.

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Dec. Retail Sales Fall Short of Expectations

Uneven December retail sales results did not give apparel stores, or Wall Street, a green light to celebrate.

clock January 14, 2010Liza Casabona and Evan Clark


Carrefour Posts Fourth-Quarter Sales Gain

Carrefour SA, the world’s second-largest retailer behind Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said sales swung back to growth mode during the fourth quarter.

clock January 14, 2010Joelle Diderich

Arcona Men items.


Arcona Develops Skin Care Range for Men

Arcona wants to offer men the sophisticated skin care range its chief executive officer believes they deserve.

clock January 15, 2010Rachel Brown

A selection of Essence cosmetics.


German Cosmetics Brand Essence Eyes U.S.

Cosnova, a German leader in beauty, hopes that American retailers are ready for something different.

clock January 15, 2010Faye Brookman

Beauty Features

TIGI Gets New CEO… Lauder Move… Regis Numbers…

TIGI president and chief operating officer, Thomas Reasonover, has retired from the Unilever-owned firm.

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Bumble and bumble Wear and Care


Retailers Push for Professional Hair Product Sales

Professional product makers are gearing up for what they hope will be a profitable 2010, especially after a less-than-stellar 2009.

clock January 15, 2010Andrea Nagel

A drawing from Kanye West.

Fashion Scoops

Kanye West Doodles for Charity… Ferragamo’s Pop Feet… Change at Woolrich…

Kanye West’s drawing is bound to be popular at a charity sale event in Dubai.

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Crabtree & Evelyn to Exit Bankruptcy

Bath & body soap marketer Crabtree & Evelyn plans to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of January.

clock January 15, 2010Vicki M. Young

Designer and Luxury

Eric Kim Launching Men’s Label at New York Fashion Week

Eric Kim, who resigned from his post as ceo of Monarchy last week, sees an opening in the luxe market and will unveil his label Mik Cire next month.

clock January 15, 2010Khanh T.L. Tran

Bare Escentuals products.


Shiseido Offers $1.7B to Buy Bare Escentuals

Shiseido Co. Ltd. has launched a $1.7 billion tender offer to acquire Bare Escentuals Inc., a mineral makeup company.

clock January 14, 2010Molly Prior and Pete Born


Daily Stock Wrap: January 14, 2010

The day’s gainers and losers.

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Fashion Features

Corneliani’s Forest Stroll

For its runway debut, storied Italian tailored clothing brand Corneliani envisioned its man strolling confidently through a sumptuous forest setting.

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Designer and Luxury

Sportswear Shines at Pitti Uomo

Elegant sportswear held center stage at the 77th edition of Pitti Uomo as traditional tailored clothing labels, converged with casual brands.

clock January 15, 2010Emilie Marsh and Jean Scheidnes

Umit Benan

Designer and Luxury

Umit Benan’s Strange Day

There was a lot of positive buzz at Pitti Uomo around the collection of Umit Benan, the recent winner of the Who’s On Next men’s wear award.

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A Tilda Swinton design.

Designer and Luxury

Pringle’s Art Project

Actress Tilda Swinton, Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Wright and the Scottish writer and artist Alasdair Gray have taken up knitting for Pringle.

clock January 15, 2010Samantha Conti


AE’s Martin + Osa Concept Seen on Thin Ice

Analysts believe ongoing losses for American Eagle Outfitters Inc.’s contemporary concept, Martin + Osa, may lead to unit’s closure.

clock January 15, 2010Alexandra Steigrad


C.P. Company on the Block

Men’s sportswear label C.P. Company is in play and entertaining offers.

clock January 15, 2010Emilie Marsh

A crew readies for the Golden Globe Awards.


Red Carpet Season Expands Via Web

Golden Globe Awards will stream live.

clock January 15, 2010Marcy Medina and Rachel Brown

Ellis Red, Saxby’s favorite sku.

Color Cosmetics

Ellis Faas Rolls Out Makeup Range at Bergdorf’s

Noted makeup artist Ellis Faas has brought her new color cosmetics line to the U.S.

clock January 15, 2010Julie Naughton

Halle Berry's Pure Orchid ad.


Halle Berry to Launch Pure Orchid Scent

Halle Berry’s fragrance franchise is adding a new bloom: Halle Berry Pure Orchid, due in February.

clock January 15, 2010Julie Naughton

MAC plans to customize color for Europe.

Color Cosmetics

MAC’s Plan of Attack for Europe

MAC Cosmetics has a clear grasp of the decade ahead.

clock January 15, 2010Kerry Olsen

Martin Margiela’s first scent.


Maison Martin Margiela’s Debut Scent: Untitled

The first fragrance for fashion’s most enigmatic, antilogo design house, Maison Martin Margiela, is fittingly called Untitled.

clock January 15, 2010Jennifer Weil

Human Resources

Obituary: Cora Grayer, Cosmetics Executive, 52

Cora Grayer, a marketing executive for numerous beauty companies, died at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York on Jan. 8.

clock January 15, 2010Matthew W. Evans

Valentino’s eau de toilette.


Valentino Has New Fragrance Partner

Valentino has left the embrace of Procter & Gamble Co. and found a new fragrance partner in Puig.

clock January 15, 2010Alessandra Ilari

A Diesel ad.


Diesel Taps New Artistic Director

Diesel has turned to the world of publishing to find its new artistic director — Bruno Collin, the French publisher and founder of urban fashion magazine WAD.

clock January 15, 2010Luisa Zargani

A sketch from John Bartlett.

Designer and Luxury

John Bartlett Takes on Women Again

Men’s wear designer John Bartlett will introduce a women’s capsule collection during fashion week.

clock January 15, 2010Marc Karimzadeh


Chicago’s Ultimo Boutique to Close

Ultimo, one of the most influential luxury boutiques in the Midwest, is closing at the end of January.

clock January 15, 2010Beth Wilson


Retail Challenges Dominate NRF Meeting

Sustainability and consumer psychographics were among the issues that dominated this week’s National Retail Federation’s 99th Annual Convention and Expo.

clock January 15, 2010Sharon Edelson

A look from Giles Deacon.

Fashion Show Reviews

Giles Pre-Fall 2010

Giles Deacon, as featured guest designer of the Pitti W trade fair, thought the Pitti crowd might be a little bored with Florentine palazzos and Tuscan villas.

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Neiman Marcus Names Wooster Men’s Fashion Director

Nickelson Wooster succeeds Tommy Fazio, who left Neiman Marcus in September.

clock January 15, 2010Jean E. Palmieri


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Poshmark Slumps After Big IPO Increase

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Social Studies

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