$10B Bid for Avon Shakes Up Industry

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Avon Products Inc. may have torpedoed Coty Inc.’s $10 billion takeover offer, but rather than a final shot, the moves are seen as the opening salvos in a broader struggle.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Ashley Greene


5 Questions With Ashley Greene

The Twilight star and face of DKNY and DKNY Jeans spoke to WWD at her Macy’s Herald Square appearance for the brand.

clock March 30, 2012WWD Staff

Sandra Seroy

Human Resources

Sandra Seroy, Industry Veteran, Dies at 67

Max Mara, Brioni, Gianfranco Ferré, Luca Luca and Genny were among the companies that counted on her guidance as they expanded into the U.S. market.

clock April 2, 2012Rosemary Feitelberg

Andrea Jung


$10B Bid for Avon Shakes Up Industry

The beauty firm’s rebuff of Coty Inc.’s takeover offer Monday could be an opening salvo in a broader struggle that may redefine direct selling.

clock April 3, 2012Evan Clark and Pete Born and Molly Prior

Human Resources

Target Names Jeffrey Jones to Top Marketing Spot

Former Gap executive takes over discounter’s image.

clock April 2, 2012Evan Clark

Chinese workers in clothing and textile factory.

Government and Trade

Chinese Factories Aim to Survive

Shifting products and production to locations inland, where labor costs are lower, are part of the plan.

clock April 2, 2012Kathleen E. McLaughlin

Henry Tan

Government and Trade

Sourcing Experts Looking for ‘The Next China’

At the Prime Source Forum, they also discussed the merits of wringing more efficiency and productivity out of Chinese operations.

clock April 2, 2012Ellen Sheng

Designer and Luxury

Hermès to Open Store in Greenwich, Conn.

As a result of the move to its own location, the luxury brand will exit its 1,000-square-foot shop-in-shop at Richards of Greenwich.

clock April 2, 2012Lisa Lockwood

Government and Trade

USTR Report Cites Trade Barriers

The Mexican government’s tax authority has begun subjecting U.S. companies to audits that could cost firms millions of dollars.

clock April 2, 2012Kristi Ellis


HSN Acquires Chasing Fireflies

Direct-to-consumer children’s marketer had 2011 sales of $39 million.

clock April 2, 2012Arnold J. Karr

A sketch from the Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein dress collection, which is exclusive to Macy’s’ Brazil-themed promotion.


Francisco Costa to Do Calvin Klein Capsule Line for Macy’s

Designer is creating an exclusive dress collection for the retailer’s spring promotion, “A Magical Journey to Brasil.”

clock April 3, 2012David Moin and Marc Karimzadeh

Mélanie Laurent in Dior.


Mélanie Laurent Gets Direct

The in-demand actress, aspiring rock star and hypnotic fragrance pitchwoman talks about her latest project, her first full-length feature film.

clock April 3, 2012Julie Naughton

Judd Nydes and Simon Spurr

Designer and Luxury

Simon Spurr Moving Forward Without Namesake Designer

Label’s co-founders have declined to elaborate on the specific issues that drove the designer to resign from the men’s brand.

clock April 3, 2012David Lipke

Vivienne Tam's silk brocade coat, Mongolian wool scarf and leather belt.

Accessory Trends

Fall 2012 Trend: East Side Story

All eyes are on Asia. Designers are taking that message quite seriously for fall.

clock April 3, 2012Antonia Sardone


Bloomsbury Publishing Acquires Fairchild Books

Formerly owned by Fairchild Fashion Media, the division produces textbooks for students in fashion, merchandising, retail and interior design.

clock April 3, 2012Amy Wicks


Kim France Launches New Blog Venture

Girls of a Certain Age is aimed at a more specific set of women who are in their late 30s and 40s.

clock April 3, 2012Amy Wicks

Glen Senk

Fashion Scoops

Glen Senk Collects From Urban Outfitters

His pay for the 2012 fiscal year was revealed in the company’s proxy, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Monday.

clock April 3, 2012Arnold J. Karr

Fashion Scoops

Marc Jacobs Planning Makeup Line

The designer, who continues to add to his fragrance empire, is working with Sephora on a new beauty project: color cosmetics.

clock April 3, 2012Julie Naughton

Fashion Scoops

Armani Restoration of Palalido Making Progress

Slated to reopen in 2013, Milan’s historical sports center will be renamed Pala Armani.

clock April 3, 2012Fabiana Repaci

Fashion Scoops

Bottega Veneta Launches Photo Contest for New Talent

The winner will be named at an event in New York City on July 11 and includes a $10,000 cash award, among other prizes.

clock April 3, 2012Alessandra Turra

Fashion Scoops

Spotlight on Italy’s Billionaires

According to research published by Banca d’Italia, the wealth of the 10 richest Italians corresponds to the combined wealth of the poorest 3 million citizens.

clock April 3, 2012Alessandra Turra

Fashion Scoops

AmfAR Gala to Honor Robert Duffy, Fergie

The event, which is slated for June 7 at the New York Public Library, entails an Olympic-themed men’s runway show.

clock April 3, 2012David Lipke

Colbie Caillat

Fashion Scoops

Lily.B Skincare Taps Colbie Caillat

The Grammy Award winner has signed a multiyear agreement to become the brand’s first official celebrity spokeswoman.

clock April 3, 2012Rachel Brown

Fashion Scoops

Chloé to Launch Prize at Hyères Fashion Festival

Ten participants will create a silhouette in the spirit of the French fashion house to compete for the award.

clock April 3, 2012Angela Waters

Business Features

Jill Granoff Said Top Candidate for Kellwood CEO Post

The former ceo of Kenneth Cole Productions may be the leading contender to succeed Michael Kramer.

clock April 3, 2012Lisa Lockwood

The new Madonna fragrance.


Coty: A Closer Look

According to the company’s most recent net sales figures for fiscal 2011, fragrances accounted for 57 percent of business.

clock April 3, 2012WWD Staff


Avon’s Revenues by Region

Of the $11.3 billion in revenues last year, 45.5 percent of the global total, or $5.1 billion, was generated in Latin America.

clock April 3, 2012WWD Staff


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