Estée Lauder Cautious On Europe, China Growth

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The Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. is training a wary eye on Europe and China while pursuing its ever-more customer-centric strategy.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Textiles

China Unveils Fresh Plan for Textile Industry

The country is calling on manufacturers to improve technology, develop domestic brands and migrate inland from coastal areas.

clock February 2, 2012Lara Farrar

Fashion Scoops

Circa, CFDA to Showcase Jewelry During N.Y. Fashion Week

Fashion goers can check out the designs of Irene Neuwirth, Gemma Redux, Melissa Joy Manning, Dean Harris and Circa’s own brand, Sector Watches.

clock February 2, 2012Alexandra Steigrad

Retail

Job Growth Spurs Retail Shares

Investors pushed the sector to a new high after a much better-than-expected reading on January employment.

clock February 3, 2012Kristi Ellis and Evan Clark

Brunello Cucinelli

Financial

Brunello Cucinelli to Go Public

Italian luxury fashion house has filed papers for an initial public offering.

clock February 5, 2012Luisa Zargani

Fabrizio Freda

Financial

Estée Lauder Profits Jump 15.4% in Q2

The company said second-quarter sales grew 9.9 percent.

clock February 3, 2012Vicki M. Young

Financial

Randa in Deal to Acquire Swank for $57M

Acquisition creates an accessories powerhouse with more than $600 million in annual sales.

clock February 5, 2012Arnold J. Karr

Human Resources

Bare Escentuals Names Simon Cowell CEO

The former chief marketing officer steps into the role as Myles McCormick, the previous ceo, departs.

clock February 3, 2012Julie Naughton

Cass Bird

People

Cass Bird Talks ‘Rewilding’

The photographer, whose book of black-and-white photographs will be released later this month, dishes on Tenessee, tutus and modern femininity.

clock February 3, 2012Alessandra Codinha

Financial

NPD Adds Wal-Mart for Point-of-Sale Information

Market research firm receives information from more than 900 retailers representing 150,000 doors worldwide.

clock February 5, 2012Lisa Lockwood

A look from Maidenform’s 90th anniversary collection.

Activewear

Maidenform to Unveil Retro Line at Oscars

The capsule collection of Hollywood-inspired looks will be shown to celebrities and their stylists Feb. 23 to 25 at The Four Seasons Beverly Hills.

clock February 3, 2012Karyn Monget

Grace Mirabella, Michelle Ochs, Carly Cushnie and Monique Péan.

Parties

Grace Mirabella and New Online Magazine Get Feted

Fashion’s old guard toasted the former Vogue editor in chief and the new Web-based magazine The Aesthete on Thursday.

clock February 3, 2012Alessandra Codinha

A view of Bicester Village.

Designer and Luxury

Value Retail Booms With Outlets

Upscale outlet centers are humming with tourists from China, as well as the Middle East, Russia and South America.

clock February 3, 2012David Moin

Rachel Zoe with models in her new collections.

Fashion Features

Rachel Zoe Branches Out With Two New Categories

For the first time, the designer’s fall collection includes cold weather accessories and costume jewelry.

clock February 3, 2012Jessica Iredale

The interior of the CH Carolina Herrera store.

Designer and Luxury

Carolina Herrera Opens Third Florida Unit

The Bal Harbour store has already exceeded initial sales expectations.

clock February 4, 2012Rosemary Feitelberg

Urban Outfitters

Retail

Ted Marlow Outlines Future of Urban Outfitters

New ceo wants to continue to expand the retailer in North America and Western Europe, launch the brand in Asia and develop new businesses.

clock February 5, 2012Sharon Edelson

“Exploring second skin as a protective armor.” — Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, Cushnie et Ochs

Designer and Luxury

Designer Inspirations: Part One

This season’s muses are as far-fetched as ever, ranging from storm troopers to Françoise Hardy to — why not? — a family of monkeys.

clock February 6, 2012WWD Staff

An SW1 shoe and python handbag.

Financial

Stuart Weitzman Launches New Line

He is breaking into the designer price tier with a new accessories collection called SW1 that is rolling out at retail for fall.

clock February 6, 2012Rachel Strugatz

Media

Architectural Digest Bullish About 2012

Last week, the vanguard of Condé Nast dominated the awards portion of the company’s annual publishers meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.

clock February 6, 2012John Koblin

Media

Lucky Magazine Hosts Dinner for Kin Ying Lee

Alexa Chung, the ubiquitous DJ/designer/TV host, stopped by the event at the Madewell designer’s house, which will be featured in the March issue.

clock February 6, 2012Amy Wicks

Media

Louis Vuitton Accessories Star in Katie Grand’s Short Film

The short features a chorus of dancing girls — played by models — who perform their synchronized moves as the camera lingers on their shoes and bags.

clock February 6, 2012Nina Jones

Fashion Scoops

American Apparel on the Rebound

Retailer continues to show sales gains and is expected to report an 11 percent increase in same-store sales for the month of January.

clock February 6, 2012David Lipke

Fashion Scoops

Amazon Flash-Sale Site Launching Designer Portal

MyHabit is stepping up its luxury appeal by launching a designer tab on Monday at noon.

clock February 6, 2012David Moin

A.F. Vandevorst’s traveling boutique concept.

Fashion Scoops

Belgian Label A.F. Vandevorst Taking Pop-up on Tour

Company is bringing its wandering store concept “TSTSITW” — or, The Smallest Traveling Store in the World — Stateside, starting with New York.

clock February 6, 2012Marc Karimzadeh

Fashion Scoops

Robert Verdi to Launch Line on HSN

The celebrity stylist’s collection of shades will be sold exclusively on the network Feb. 22-23.

clock February 6, 2012Alexandra Steigrad

Fashion Scoops

Teresa Maccapani Missoni to Race for a Cause

Another member of the tight-knit Missoni clan is involved in a charity project.

clock February 6, 2012Alessandra Turra

Wendi Murdoch and Lisa Perry

Fashion Scoops

Lisa Perry Expands Wholesale Business

Barneys New York celebrated the newfound partnership with a luncheon on Thursday.

clock February 6, 2012Sharon Edelson

Fashion Scoops

Little Black Bag Launches in Los Angeles

The startup is based on the Japanese New Year’s Day custom of fukubukuro, in which merchants sell grab bags full of discounted goods.

clock February 6, 2012Rachel Brown

The first feature of LifestyleMirror.

Media

Emanuele Della Valle Expanding Online With LifestyleMirror Site

Latest project is a shoppable, digital magazine with premium editorial content spanning fashion, beauty, travel, men’s wear and lifestyle interests

clock February 6, 2012Rachel Strugatz

A Dezso by Sara Beltrán fossil shell necklace.

Jewelry

In the Mix: New Accessories Lines

A few fresh collections to keep on the radar.

clock February 6, 2012Rachel Strugatz

Rocker-inspired jewelry featuring studs, feathers and mixed-metal chains.

Jewelry

House Codes: ‘Real Housewives’ Stars Launch Accessories Lines

A number of reality stars from the popular Bravo franchise hope to extend their 15 minutes of fame with the creation of these new collections.

clock February 6, 2012Alexandra Steigrad

B Brian Atwood’s stamped leather Cassiane sandal, $400.

Retail

Accessories Report: What’s Selling Now

A survey of department stores across the U.S., Europe and Asia found a mix of popular staples.

clock February 6, 2012WWD Staff

Clock wise from the top: Balenciaga, Paul Smith, Chanel, Stella McCartney, Salvatore Ferragamo, Calvin Klein Collection, and Givenchy.

Eyewear

Accessories Trend: Soften Up

Sunglasses are looking to the light side with pale colors such as pink, peach, light brown and cream for a fresher look.

clock February 6, 2012Roxanne Robinson

A Ray Ban visual for the Asian market.

Eyewear

Eyewear Fit for the East

Manufacturers look to capitalize on a consumer market with vast potential.

clock February 6, 2012Rachel Strugatz

A black wine calf-hair clutch.

Handbags

Reinvention Convention: Etienne Aigner Aims at New Audience

The 60-year-old Etienne Aigner is gearing up for a major overhaul.

clock February 6, 2012Rachel Strugatz

The New York store.

Handbags

Reinvention Convention: Ghurka’s Next Phase

Leather luggage and handbag brand Ghurka is on a crusade to reconstruct its archives.

clock February 6, 2012Rachel Strugatz

Sarah Illenberger’s design for Kipling’s ‘Play with Bags’ Anniversary Project.

Handbags

Reinvention Convention: Kipling Turns 25

Fans of Kipling might recall the brand’s nylon backpacks and ubiquitous monkey key chains with a hint of nostalgia.

clock February 6, 2012Kristi Garced

Angelina Jolie in an Atelier Versace dress and Versace shoes.

Footwear

The Red Carpet: Hide and Seek

It’s a boost for any brand to get a shout-out on the red carpet — shoe designers just wish they’d get a little more visibility.

clock February 6, 2012Marc Karimzadeh

From left to right clockwise: Esprit, Diesel, Just Cavalli, and Thierry Lasry.

Eyewear

Accessories Trend: Twice as Nice

Two-tone plastic sunglasses make for a graphic eyewear statement with retro appeal.

clock February 6, 2012WWD Staff

Essentialist

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Talitha Getty by Jeanloup Sieff for Vogue Paris, February 1970.

Fashion

Saint Laurent Acquires Major Private Collection of Vintage YSL Clothes

clock 9hJoelle Diderich

Social Studies