Al Fayed Says Farewell: Qatar Holding Acquires Harrods for $2.2 Billion

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The colorful, controversial and at times comical 25-year reign of Mohamed Al Fayed at Harrods has come to a close — he’s sold the store.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Retail Industry Posts Job Growth

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Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts


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David Yurman’s Townhouse Party

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Diane Von Furstenberg


The Diller-Von Furstenberg Family Foundation Honored by the Whitney

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Harrods in London.


Harrods Sold for $2.2 Billion

British department store Harrods sold to Qatar Holdings.

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A view of the new Galerie BSL in Paris.


New Accessories Gallery Bows

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Matthew Ames’ wool and cashmere coat, top and pants, with Maison Martin Margiela shoes.

Fashion Features

Fall 2010 Minimalist Fashion Trend: Meditation Time

Minimalist doesn’t always mean sleek and sharp.

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Max Azria

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BCBG Opens in London

BCBG Max Azria is the latest U.S. label to target London’s retail scene.

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Fashion Scoops

Piaget Goes Viral… A Farewell for Dumas… Doctor Kamali…

Piaget has jumped into social media with its new online campaign featuring Sienna Miller for the 20th anniversary of the company’s Possession collection.

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Tom Ford

Designer and Luxury

Tom Ford Increasing Presence in Asia

Tom Ford is preparing to open two new stores in Asia this summer, expanding the brand’s global presence.

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Jo Malone

Beauty Features

Jo Malone’s ‘Dreams’ Appear on TV

Jo Malone meant business, and only a chirping cuckoo clock could have put the beauty industry veteran off her stride.

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World Expo Attendance Disappoints

The much ballyhooed World Expo here is drawing far fewer visitors than the city promised.

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Anna Sui


Memo Pad: Anna’s Tome… Playboy Launching Work-Friendly Site…

Anna Sui, one of the most admired designers around but also one of the shiest, is doing a book.

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Damien Hirst and Michael Joo


Damien Hirst and Michael Joo’s Natural World

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Fragrance Sales Lift IFF Net

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A look from Alfani.


Macy’s Tweaks Alfani Line for Women

In 1986, when Macy’s introduced the private label Alfani, an obvious play on the Armani name, it was hard to take it seriously.

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Shiseido to Buy Out Former Joint Venture Partner in China

Shiseido and Hong Kong-based Dah Chong Hong sign deal.

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A look from On Top and In Control.


Spanx Launches Control Tops

Shapewear company Spanx is keeping the momentum going with a new category launch today: control tops that can be worn as ready-to-wear.

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Jockey’s Smart Fabric tank tops and undies.


Jockey Taps ‘Smart Fabric’ for New Line

Technology used in Jockey’s new product franchise was developed for NASA astronauts.

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Ed Emma


Q&A: Ed Emma

Ed Emma, president and chief operating officer of Jockey International, wants to ensure the company remains a household name for decades to come.

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A cashmere sweater dress from Mus.

Fashion Features

Travel Luxe: Myriam Ullens’ First Collection

Myriam Ullens, a front-row regular at Dior and Chanel and wife of Belgian industrialist Guy Ullens, launches Mus, a high-end knitwear line.

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Mark Badgley and James Mishka

Fashion Features

Bristol Palin and Whoopi Goldberg Speak at Candie’s Foundation Event

Bristol Palin, Whoopi Goldberg, and Crosby, Stills & Nash take part in benefit to increase awareness of the consequences of teen pregnancy.

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Nordstrom Rack on Union Square.


Nordstrom Rack to Open in Union Square

Nordstrom will open a Rack unit at One Union Square South, marking the Seattle-based retailer’s entry into New York City.

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Mohamed Al Fayed


Mohamed Al Fayed: A Wild and Crazy Guy

Life at Harrods under Mohamed Al Fayed may not always have been rosy — but it was never dull.

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