No Longer in Free Fall: Retail Real Estate Sees Slight Signs of Uptick

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There are flickers of hope in the beleaguered retail real estate industry. Vacancy rates are down in several cities and fewer retailers are asking landlords for rent reductions. SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Natalie Portman in Lanvin.


Dance and Architecture Combine at NYCB Gala

Balletomanes Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman and Carolina Herrera flocked to the annual event.

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Eric Wiseman; Chairman, President, CEO; VF Corp.

Business Features

VF Profits Leap 62 Percent

Cost cuts and a modest upswing in sales helped VF Corp. boost profits in the first quarter.

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Andrea Jung


Avon Profits Fall

Beauty firm hurt by charges, currency devaluation.

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Kate Hudson in Lanvin and Chopard jewelry with Gwyneth Paltrow in Antonio Berardi and Chopard jewels.


Chopard’s 150th Anniversary Party

Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Christina Ricci, Claire Danes, Natalie Cole and Georgina Chapman attended Chopard’s 150th anniversary party.

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Chloe Sevigny and Kate Bosworth, both in Valentino with Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri.


Bosworth, Sevigny Celebrate Valentino in Los Angeles

Kate Bosworth, Chloe Sevigny and Alexis Bledel celebrated Valentino at a party in Los Angeles.

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Taylor Swift at the Grammys.

Marketing and Promotion

Taylor Swift Signed to be CoverGirl’s New Face

Taylor Swift is makeup brand Cover Girl’s next celebrity spokesmodel.

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Jean-Louis Dumas in 2005

Business Features

Jean-Louis Dumas, Former Hermès CEO, Dies

Charismatic executive Jean-Louis Dumas was chief executive officer at Hermès International from 1978 to 2006.

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Anna Chancellor


Anna Chancellor in Love and at War

The British actress Anna Chancellor shows no fear onstage in Strindberg’s “The Creditors.”

clock May 3, 2010Vanessa Lawrence

Belk's net income was $67.1 million last year.


Belk CEO Sees Pay Shrink

CEO Tim Belk’s compensation drops 38.7%.

clock May 3, 2010Arnold J. Karr

Washed denim-inspired leggings by Cosabella Jeans.


Cosabella Offering Denim-Themed Leggings

Cosabella, the lingerie specialist, is launching its first denim-inspired line of leggings on May 15.

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Leviev Launches in Singapore

Leviev store is in the lobby of the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore and is decorated with silk walls and crystal chandeliers.

clock May 3, 2010Lauren Benet Stephenson

Stella McCartney’s cami top and undies.


Innerwear Execs Anxious About Economy

Innerwear executives set to attend this week’s market said they are wary of the still unpredictable retail climate.

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Kim Gordon in a A.F. Vandevorst’s silk and viscose dress with Maison Martin Margiela’s silk mesh tights and her own boots from No.6.

Fashion Features

Kim Gordon: Making Noise

Kim Gordon, who this week will celebrate the opening of her art exhibit at New York’s KS Art Gallery, talks about her creative life.

clock May 3, 2010Venessa Lau and Kim Friday


Hollywood Heads to D.C…. Graydon Goes Gaga…

The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner draws bold-faced names.

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Designer and Luxury

Swiss Jeweler Orianne Collins to Make Debut on Madison

Orianne Collins, Swiss-based jeweler and the former wife of singer Phil Collins, is opening her first U.S. store.

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Safilo Posts Slight Dip in Profits

Eyewear manufacturer Safilo’s sales slipped 0.7 percent in the first quarter, compared to the same period last year.

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Luxottica Net Rises 20.8% in First Quarter

Eyewear company Luxottica rides growth in U.S. and in emerging markets.

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A piece from Nike 6.0.


Nike Launches Women’s Lifestyle Range

Nike is introducing its first women’s “action lifestyle” collection, Nike 6.0, a performance wear line with a fashion-driven edge.

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Panelists Discuss Inflation Concerns

Rising raw material and labor costs overseas could put a crimp in the nation’s retail recovery.

clock May 3, 2010David Moin and Vicki M. Young

Companies are tapping into investor enthusiasm for retail stocks.


Consumer Spending Draws Investors

Retail stocks are trading at levels that have not been seen since October 2007.

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Penelope Cruz in Calvin Klein.


Penélope Cruz Signs On With Lancôme

Penélope Cruz will be Lancôme’s third superstar spokesmodel, along with Julia Roberts and Kate Winslet.

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The Crystals at CityCenter in Las Vegas is luxury central.

Real Estate

Retail Real Estate Sees Uptick

U.S. retail vacancy rate was up 20 basis points in the first quarter, according to research firm Reis Inc.

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Fashion Scoops

Scoop: Façonnable CEO to Leave Company

Façonnable’s chief executive officer Alberto Lavia is due to exit the company on May 31

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Brooke Shields and Elie Tahari

Fashion Scoops

Tahari’s Thespians… Diane Joins Calvin… Party Dresses…

The new cast for Nora and Delia Ephron’s play, “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” includes Brooke Shields, Doris Roberts and Anna Chlumsky.

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Business Features

USTR Report Cites China as Counterfeit Leader

China tops “priority watch list” for intellectual property rights enforcement.

clock May 3, 2010Liza Casabona


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