Poor Comp Results Stir Holiday Fears

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Retail is limping into the holiday season. Persistently high unemployment and the gyrating stock market delivered stores their first comparable sales miss of the year in October.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Ashley Olsen, Christian Louboutin and Mary-Kate Olsen


Seeing Red for Christian Louboutin

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, China Chow, Blake Lively and more feted the designer during a dinner Tuesday night at Le Caprice hosted by Barneys.

clock November 2, 2011Alessandra Codinha

Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl


Julie Andrews Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala

The star of “Mary Poppins,” “My Fair Lady” and “The Sound of Music” was honored at Cipriani 42nd Street Tuesday night.

clock November 2, 2011David Lipke

The renovated ck Calvin Klein store in Beijing.

Designer and Luxury

China Boosting Calvin Klein Business

Brand has clocked 50 percent annual sales growth over the last two years and now has more than 200 freestanding stores in Mainland China.

clock November 3, 2011Carolynne Wheeler

Fashion Scoops

Anna Wintour Meets Tokyo-Based Designers

The Vogue editor is in Japan for Fashion’s Night Out.

clock November 3, 2011WWD Staff

A view of a Old Navy store front.


Weak October Raises Holiday Anxiety

Persistently high unemployment, a gyrating stock market and economic volatility in Europe delivered stores their first comparable sales miss of the year.

clock November 3, 2011Alexandra Steigrad

Mergers and Acquisitions

Sycamore Takes Stake in Limited Sourcing Arm

Limited Brands retains a 49% stake in Mast Global Fashions.

clock November 3, 2011Vicki M. Young

Fashion Scoops

Pucci Hops on the New York Party Scene

Creative director Peter Dundas experienced a very New York tradition — a big Halloween bash hosted by Kanye West and Anja Rubik.

clock November 3, 2011WWD Staff


Estée Lauder Posts 45.8% Jump in Q1 Profits

On an adjusted basis, diluted EPS for Q1 beat Wall Street’s consensus estimate by 23 cents.

clock November 3, 2011Vicki M. Young


Critical Mass: Pacific World Merges With W.E. Bassett

Two industry nail care leaders are joining forces to further sharpen their position in the mass market nail care business.

clock November 3, 2011Faye Brookman


PureBeauty Back in Bankruptcy Court

Beauty retailer’s ceo is confident it will emerge this time better equipped for long-term success.

clock November 3, 2011Rachel Brown

Michael Kors in his new Tokyo store.

Designer and Luxury

Michael Kors Talks Fashion in Tokyo

The designer hits town for Fashion’s Night Out and a store opening.

clock November 3, 2011Amanda Kaiser

Andie MacDowell and Sarah Margaret Qualley


L’Oréal Paris Legends Gala Raises $2.3M

Julianna Margulies, Kelly Ripa, Kerry Washington, Andie MacDowell attended the event, which benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

clock November 3, 2011Pete Born


October Comp Crux

With an average gain of 3.4 percent last month, retailers disclosing same-store sales results fell below the 4.5 percent estimate tabulated by Thomson Reuters.

clock November 3, 2011Arnold J. Karr

Howard Meitiner, Sofia Capria and Mitchell Rosenthal


Fashion Turns Out for Phoenix House Awards Dinner

Lord & Taylor ceo Brendan Hoffman, designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka, and Pamela Fiori, editor at large for Town & Country, were the evening’s honorees.

clock November 3, 2011David Moin

Tom Ford and Leonard Lauder

Color Cosmetics

Tom Ford Holds Court at Bergdorf Goodman

After selling reportedly $52,000 worth of his new color cosmetics line during a personal appearance, the designer traveled on to his Upper East Side store.

clock November 4, 2011Julie Naughton and Pete Born

Robert Hanson


Robert Hanson to Exit Levi’s

Brand president had been with company for 23 years.

clock November 3, 2011David Lipke

Daphne Guinness


Daphne Guinness Holds Court at FIT

With an exhibition of her wardrobe now on display at the school’s museum, Guinness was the guest of honor at the “Fashion Icons and Insiders” symposium.

clock November 4, 2011Rosemary Feitelberg

Nicki Minaj

Fashion Scoops

Stars Align for Versace for H&M Launch

Nicki Minaj and Prince are scheduled to perform Tuesday night following the Versace for H&M show in New York.

clock November 4, 2011WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Caroline Pieper-Vogt Out at Fusion Brands

The company’s chief executive officer has resigned, according to a spokeswoman.

clock November 4, 2011WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Roland Mouret to Expand Offerings

Designer is on the move, with plans to add collections and put MR, the men’s wear line he launched last year, on ice.

clock November 4, 2011WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Diane von Furstenberg’s Expanding Beauty Empire

The designer’s Diane fragrance, which launched in June, could be the start of something big.

clock November 4, 2011WWD Staff

Rose McGowan with the new double-loop ribbon design.


Boosting AIDS Awareness With New Campaign

Kenneth Cole, amfAR and MTV today unveil a new TV ad campaign featuring Cyndi Lauper, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ke$ha and Rose McGowan.

clock November 4, 2011David Lipke


J.C. Penney’s Clad Set to Launch

After a media blitz promoting a mid-August launch, the e-commerce and style site is finally ready.

clock November 4, 2011Jean E. Palmieri

Katy Perry


Katy Perry Readies Launch Of Second Fragrance, Meow

The singer describes her newest scent as “a sister fragrance” to her first scent, Purr.

clock November 4, 2011Julie Naughton



Madonna Issues ‘Dare’ to Industry

Her new signature scent, called Truth or Dare by Madonna, is being produced by Coty Prestige and will make its debut March 26 at Macy’s.

clock November 4, 2011Julie Naughton and Pete Born


Warnaco Net Up 7.5% in Third Quarter

Continued progress in Asia and Latin America more than compensated for softness in U.S. and southern Europe.

clock November 4, 2011Arnold J. Karr


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Lesley Frowick beside a photo of her uncle Halston.


Halston’s Niece Calls Netflix Series ‘Unauthorized’

clock May 11, 2021Rosemary Feitelberg

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