A&F to Further Trim Store Base in U.S.

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Abercrombie & Fitch Co. plans to keep trimming its “B-mall” fat in America while toning its international assets — and Wall Street likes what it sees.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Oscar de la Renta RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Oscar de la Renta RTW Fall 2012

Like a Wall Street bonus before Dodd-Frank, the pretty excess of the designer’s fall collection was without limits.

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Narciso Rodriguez RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Narciso Rodriguez RTW Fall 2012

Rodriguez played up his strong construction skills, layering together different colors and fabrics for pieces with a Japanese feel.

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A shoe from Puma.

Financial

Puma Earnings Surge in 4th Qtr.

Activewear firm says 2011 sales crossed the 3-billion euro threshold.

clock February 15, 2012Samantha Conti and Miles Socha

Financial

Abercrombie & Fitch Set to Close More U.S. Doors

Promotions hurt specialty retailer in fourth quarter, but outlook warms investors.

clock February 15, 2012Evan Clark

Retail

Macy’s Claims ‘Hostage’ Situation With Martha Stewart

Department store said the home goods company’s deal with J.C. Penney puts it in a tough spot.

clock February 15, 2012Evan Clark

MaxMara Atelier RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

MaxMara Atelier RTW Fall 2012

Laura Lusuardi was inspired by the 1963 film “The V.I.P.s,” about a group of travelers stranded in an airport, including Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

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Victoria, Victoria Beckham RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Victoria, Victoria Beckham RTW Fall 2012

This season, Beckham’s dresses were more precise and tailored than those of her launch collection, and stronger for it.

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Michael Kors RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Michael Kors RTW Fall 2012

The designer sent out a lineup with an extravagance to match the merry financial roll his brand is riding.

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Weatherproof 32 Degrees

Retail

MRket Offers Updated Alternatives

The tradeshow was injected with a shot of modernity with slimmed-down silhouettes, lively colors and technical fabrics.

clock February 15, 2012Jean E. Palmieri and David Lipke

Celebrating British talent at Grand Central.

Fashion Features

Great Campaign Out to Tout Britain

Victoria Beckham will serve as an ambassador while fellow Brits Keren Craig, Georgina Chapman, Tamara Mellon, Anna Wintour and more are lending support.

clock February 15, 2012Rosemary Feitelberg

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti RTW Fall 2012

The designer looked to today’s career-driven youth for inspiration.

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Kate Mara and Mia Wasikowska

Parties

Miu Miu Fetes ‘The Woman Dress’

Mia Wasikowska, Channing Tatum and Kate Mara all turned out for a viewing party Tuesday.

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Lyn Devon RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Lyn Devon RTW Fall 2012

Love in a cold climate — specifically, New York during the winter — was the designer’s fall inspiration.

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Norma Kamali RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Norma Kamali RTW Fall 2012

The designer revisited the late Thirties, infusing a playful sensibility to coats, dresses and jackets in burnt reds and grays.

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Amber Heard and Jessica Alba

Fashion Scoops

Front Row at Michael Kors

Amber Heard, Jessica Alba, Anjelica Huston and Debra Messing sat front row at the fall show.

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Nanette Lepore RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Nanette Lepore RTW Fall 2012

A vintage lover at heart, the designer drew inspiration from “Tarot reading with Oscar Wilde.”

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Human Resources

Girard-Perregaux Names New U.S. President

Michael Margolis, previously sales director at Hublot, will join the company effective March 1.

clock February 15, 2012Rachel Strugatz

Designer and Luxury

LVMH by the Numbers

Some interesting tidbits from the company’s financial documents, which were released along with its full-year results earlier this month.

clock February 15, 2012Miles Socha

Ports 1961 RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Ports 1961 RTW Fall 2012

Fiona Cibani’s fall lineup included a series of metallic “aventurine Deco-blocked” tops, dresses and jackets in structured shapes.

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A look from Equilibrio.

Denim

Denim Brands Stress ‘Newness’ at ENK Vegas

“The retail atmosphere is OK, but newness is paramount,” said Arnold Zimberg at the show, staged at the Wynn.

clock February 15, 2012Jean E. Palmieri and David Lipke

Government and Trade

China’s VP Addresses Trade, Currency

The country’s future leader makes first trip to U.S.

clock February 15, 2012Kristi Ellis

ICB RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

ICB RTW Fall 2012

One show does not a resounding success make, but the debut of the KCD-developed Digitalfashionshows.com is off to a beyond-promising start.

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Baldwin Denim

Retail

Retailers Seek Unique, Repurposed Items at Capsule

The trade show provided a no-frills, indie alternative to the mammoth MAGIC and Project shows, showcasing about 180 brands this season.

clock February 15, 2012Jean E. Palmieri and David Lipke

Looks from Brooks Brothers Fall collection.

Sportswear

Brooks Brothers Shows Relaxed Looks for Fall

Retailer in many cases styled its classics with casualwear for creative twists.

clock February 15, 2012David Moin

Co-owner and handler David Fitzpatrick holds Pekingese Malachy after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Lifestyle

Westminster Crowns Its Top Dog

Palacegarden Malachy, the Pekingnese took Best in Show.

clock February 15, 2012Alexandra Steigrad

Bayard Winthrop

Retail

American Giant’s Domestic Digital Debut

With financing from former PepsiCo ceo Donald Kendall, brand sets path for paradigm reset.

clock February 15, 2012Arnold J. Karr

Ari Hoffman

Human Resources

Ari Hoffman Named President and CEO of Benetton’s U.S. Operations

He succeeds Carlo Tunioli, who will now become senior vice president of communications for North America.

clock February 15, 2012Lisa Lockwood

J. Mendel RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

J. Mendel RTW Fall 2012

Inspired by the architecture of Antonio Gaudi, Gilles Mendel focused on mixed textures, rounded shapes and, most of all, mosaiclike details.

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Levi's RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Levi’s RTW Fall 2012

After how many years of being known for basically one thing, Levi’s is eager to elevate and broaden its image.

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Items from Louis Vuitton’s L’Ame du Voyage fine jewelry collection.

Jewelry

Louis Vuitton Jewelry Inspired by Paris

For the latest offerings from the luxury brand’s L’Ame du Voyage collection, designer Lorenz Bäumer took his inspiration from his own backyard.

clock February 15, 2012Kavita Daswani

Cate Blanchett

Parties

W Magazine Hosts a Beauty Night

No one really knew what to expect as they entered the low-lit Park Avenue Armory on Tuesday evening.

clock February 15, 2012Pete Born and Amy Wicks

Bags from the IIIBeca by Joy Gryson collection.

Handbags

Joy Gryson to Launch Lower-Priced IIIBeca

Priced considerably lower than her six-year-old namesake Gryson collection, the IIIBeca by Joy Gryson line consists of five styles.

clock February 15, 2012Rachel Strugatz

Milly by Michelle Smith RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Milly by Michelle Smith RTW Fall 2012

Michelle Smith delivered a flirty, girly lineup with a distinctly American-girl-in-Paris vibe.

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Ralph Lauren Fall Accessories 2012

Fashion Features

Ralph Lauren Accessories Preview Fall 2012

For fall, think Deco à la “The Artist,” with luxe architectural pieces that included a beaded velvet evening bag.

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Yoana Baraschi’s Aztec-print skirt.

Retail

Lord & Taylor Plans Designer Collaborations

For the retailer, a regional chain with less buying clout than Macy’s Inc. or Target Corp., exclusives don’t come easy.

clock February 15, 2012David Moin

Marchesa RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Marchesa RTW Fall 2012

Inspired by “A Soul Brought to Heaven,” an angelic work by painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau, the duo worked a highly crafted, dramatic aesthetic.

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Reed Krakoff RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Show Reviews

Reed Krakoff RTW Fall 2012

The prevailing message of everyday luxe infused a street-savvy attitude with adult sophistication.

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Financial

Hanesbrands Misses Estimates as December Weighs on Quarter

Retail de-stocking began early and rivaled 2008 levels in intensity, ceo Richard Noll said.

clock February 16, 2012Arnold J. Karr

Steven Cox and Daniel Silver of Duckie Brown

Financial

Perry Ellis Eyes Overhead, Brand Cuts

Promotional environment of holiday season impacted fourth-quarter sales and earnings.

clock February 16, 2012Arnold J. Karr

Karolina Kurkova for The Limited.

Marketing and Promotion

White House|Black Market, The Limited Tap Top Models for Spring

The Limited has hired Karolina Kurkova for its spring campaign, while White House|Black Market is unveiling a commercial featuring Coco Rocha.

clock February 16, 2012Amy Wicks

Patrizio di Marco

Designer and Luxury

PPR Adds to Executive Committee

Luxury group will expand its committee to include several chiefs from its biggest brands, WWD has learned.

clock February 16, 2012Miles Socha

Fashion Features

Zelda Kaplan Collapses at Show, Later Dies

During Joanna Mastroianni’s runway show Wednesday, the 95-year-old guest had to be rushed to Roosevelt Hospital.

clock February 16, 2012Rosemary Feitelberg

Fashion Scoops

Calvin Klein Taps Hanneli Mustaparta

Brand has brought on the model-turned-blogger to help up its social media profile.

clock February 16, 2012Rachel Strugatz

WWD

Fashion Scoops

Front Row at Nanette Lepore

Designer attracted such celebrities as Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelly Rutherford and Erica Dasher to her show Wednesday morning.

clock February 16, 2012Lisa Lockwood

WWD

Fashion Scoops

Front Row at Douglas Hannant

CeCe Cord and Hillary Geary Ross were among the guests to attend the show.

clock February 16, 2012Sharon Edelson

Fashion Scoops

Burberry Launches Scholarship With London School

The Burberry Design Scholarship will provide the full two-year tuition costs for chosen Royal College of Art master’s students over a ten-year period.

clock February 16, 2012Nina Jones

Sean Avery

Marketing and Promotion

Sean Avery in the Neutral Zone

The NHL’s black sheep, and Hickey Freeman’s latest pitchman, considers life without hockey.

clock February 16, 2012Matthew Lynch

Lacoste Live

Textiles

Project Sees Uptick in Sales

Over 800 brands crowded the buzzing show, with pillar companies like J Brand and Lacoste pointing to impressive sales jumps in the past year.

clock February 16, 2012Jean E. Palmieri and David Lipke

Woolrich John Rich & Bros.’ wool parka, United Arrows’ wool sweater and Whillas & Gunn’s cotton pants.

Fashion Features

Out and About: Top Trends From Las Vegas Shows

The mood was decidedly upbeat during the trade shows, as retailers have been experiencing improved men’s wear sales for several months.

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Backstage at Michael Kors RTW Fall 2012

Fashion Features

New York Collections Fall 2012: In the Stretch

As the collections approached the finish line, designers sent out thoroughbred looks loaded with jewels, glamour, texture and architectural details.

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Generra

Retail

Changes Abound at MAGIC Show

The flagship men’s wear show in Las Vegas got a facelift this time around.

clock February 15, 2012Jean E. Palmieri and David Lipke

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