Yule Surprise: Comps a Downer

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So much for consumer mania. Shoppers reverted to their more frugal natures in December, dragging retailers to weaker-than-expected comparable-store sales for the month.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Hermès in the Fashion Valley shopping center.

Designer and Luxury

Hermès Granted Exemption by French Market Authority

Firm won an important round in its battle to fend off a potential takeover bid by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

clock January 4, 2011Miles Socha and Joelle Diderich


Kenzo Confirms Nomination of New CEO

Eric Marechalle succeeds James Greenfield at Paris-based fashion house.

clock January 6, 2011Joelle Diderich

American Eagle Outfitters

Business Features

December Sales Fall Short of High Holiday Hopes

Many same-store sales results trail expectations, earlier forecasts.

clock January 6, 2011Alexandra Steigrad and Evan Clark


Liz Claiborne Cuts Outlook for Quarter

December comps fall at Juicy Couture, Lucky Brand and Mexx Europe.

clock January 6, 2011Vicki M. Young

Taylor Swift, Esi Eggleston Bracey, Vince Hudson, Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Barrymore, Dania Ramirez and Queen Latifah

Fashion Scoops

Cover Girl Celebrates Its 50th… Billy Susman Leaves Financo…

Cover Girl gathered current and former celebrity spokeswomen in Los Angeles at Boa restaurant Thursday night to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

clock January 7, 2011WWD Staff

Government and Trade

U.S. Looks To Settle Mexican Shipping Dispute

Department of Transportation releases preliminary proposal for ending a standoff over cross-border trucking program.

clock January 7, 2011Liza Casabona

MaxMara Pre-Fall 2011

Fashion Trends

Pre-Fall 2011 Trend: Fur Sure

Indeed, fur is proving to be one of the biggest trends for pre-fall.

clock January 7, 2011WWD Staff

Cartier de Lune


Cartier to Launch New Women’s Scent

Cartier de Lune is set to hit Saks Fifth Avenue counters later this month.

clock January 7, 2011Julie Naughton

E.l.f. cosmetics


TSG Takes Minority Stake in E.l.f. Cosmetics

The private equity firm is known in the beauty business for its efforts to enhance brands.

clock January 7, 2011Faye Brookman and Andrea Nagel



Rihanna’s Romance With Scent

Parlux Fragrances Inc. is about to unveil its long-awaited first women’s fragrance by the singer.

clock January 7, 2011Pete Born

Dr. Irwin Smigel


Supersmile to Launch Infomercial, Seeks Alliance

Dr. Irwin Smigel, the Manhattan-based celebrity cosmetic dentist, has plans for growing his business in 2011.

clock January 7, 2011Andrea Nagel

Justin Bieber performing

Beauty Features

Snippets: A Very Bieber Christmas… Dermalogica Does Good…

Tween heartthrob Justin Bieber created a holiday sales mania at Wal-Mart, which created a dedicated display of Bieber-themed goods for the Christmas season.

clock January 7, 2011WWD Staff

Badgley Mischka store in Beverly Hills

Designer and Luxury

Badgley Mischka Opens Rodeo Flagship

The brand has a well-appointed retail home after a five-year absence from the luxury enclave.

clock January 7, 2011Rachel Brown

Robert Duffy

Designer and Luxury

Robert Duffy Reveals Plans for Marc Jacobs

New Madison Avenue boutique and talk of another Bookmarc location are among the projects in the works.

clock January 7, 2011Amanda Kaiser

Gucci Guilty Pour Homme


Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Set for Global Launch

The fragrance is slated to roll out to about 20,000 doors worldwide this spring.

clock January 7, 2011Kerry Olsen and Brid Costello

Items from MAC’s Mickey Contractor Collection.


A Passage to India Profits: MAC Cosmetics

The brand’s Mickey Contractor Collection was designed by a Bollywood makeup artist and launches globally this month.

clock January 7, 2011Julie Naughton

Sophie Gasperment


A Passage to India Profits: The Body Shop

The retailer has grown at 50 percent per year for the last two years, according to company officials.

clock January 7, 2011Mayu Saini

The eBay app in action.


EBay Innovative App Improvement

In what may be a first, the online auction and shopping site has added augmented reality to its fashion app.

clock January 7, 2011Cate T. Corcoran

Pringle of Scotland's spring ad campaign.


Pringle of Scotland Snags Walter Pfeiffer… Balenciaga on New York Runway?…

Walter Pfeiffer, the Swiss art photographer, shot Pringle of Scotland’s spring campaign.

clock January 7, 2011WWD Staff


December Comp Crux

More than half the stores tracked by Thomson Reuters — 51.9 percent — fell short of analysts’ expectations last month.

clock January 7, 2011Arnold J. Karr


Today's Must Read

The Estée Lauder beauty hub at Debenhams


Debenhams Collapses Hours After Arcadia Files for Bankruptcy

clock 2hSamantha Conti

Social Studies

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