Coty Presses Avon to Open Its Books

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Coty’s chairman Bart Becht — who has failed so far to bring Avon’s board to the bargaining table for buyout talks — took his case to the direct merchant’s stockholders Monday.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Alan Cleaver and Keith Varty with a model in 1987.

Designer and Luxury

Keith Varty, Byblos Designer, Dies at 60

He was half of the designing duo that made Byblos a fashion-forward brand in the Eighties and Nineties.

clock April 14, 2012Luisa Zargani

A look from the Christian Dior Spring Couture 2012 show in Shanghai.


Dior Takes Couture to Shanghai

The house showed its spring-summer couture collection at the House of Roosevelt.

clock April 16, 2012Casey Hall


Retail Sales Gain in March

Clothing and accessories stores posted the strongest gains, the U.S. Commerce Department’s monthly report showed Monday.

clock April 16, 2012Kristi Ellis

Bart Becht


Coty Asks Shareholders to Nudge Avon

Bart Becht hints that fragrance firm could sweeten its offer for direct merchant.

clock April 16, 2012Evan Clark

Fashion Scoops

Ritz Hotel Plots Renovation

French construction firm Bouygues details renovations due to be unveiled in 2014.

clock April 16, 2012Joelle Diderich

Outside the Zadig & Voltaire storefront.

Business Features

U.S. Equity Firm to Buy Zadig & Voltaire Stake

Boston-based TA Associates is buying 30 percent of the French brand, according to a market source.

clock April 16, 2012Joelle Diderich

Guillaume Henry

Designer and Luxury

Carven Named Guest Designer for Next Pitti Uomo

The event will offer a hefty dose of international exposure for the French label designed by Guillaume Henry.

clock April 16, 2012Katya Foreman

Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney with the designer.


Stella McCartney Screens Her Dad’s New Video

The designer’s famous father unveiled the video for “My Valentine” in Los Angeles.

clock April 16, 2012Lindzi Scharf

Human Resources

Haggar Clothing Co. Taps Michael Stitt as CEO

He succeeds Paul Buxbaum, who is exiting after three years at the helm to focus on his business interests as chairman and ceo of Buxbaum Group.

clock April 16, 2012David Lipke

Fashion Features

CFDA, NRDC Launch Clean by Design Initiative

The program seeks to significantly reduce the negative impact the industry has on the environment.

clock April 16, 2012Marc Karimzadeh

Kate Bosworth in Mulberry at the brand's fire pit party.


Coachella’s Desert Creatures

Music and fashion lovers descended on the Mojave Desert for the weeklong party that kicked off on Friday.

clock April 16, 2012Marcy Medina


Talbots Earnings Delayed After SEC Request

Trudy Sullivan, president and chief executive officer, told investors the request is part of the SEC’s standard comment letter process.

clock April 16, 2012Vicki M. Young

Peter Pilotto’s polyamide and goose down coat worn with Red Valentino’s cotton and elastane jeans.

Fashion Trends

Fall 2012 Trend: The Right Puff

Typically considered warm, functional and perhaps a bit ho-hum, the puffer is now making a major fashion statement for fall.

clock April 17, 2012WWD Staff


Brunello Cucinelli IPO Road Show Begins

In his opening remarks, the designer said funds from the listing will help grow the company internationally.

clock April 17, 2012Luisa Zargani

A rendering of O Mercado, the anchor for Macy’s Brazil promotion.


Macy’s Brazil Strategy

Macy’s golden rule for special events, make it big, splashy and fun, appears to apply to the store’s upcoming Brazil promotion.

clock April 17, 2012David Moin and Marc Karimzadeh

Shirts by the TAL Group.


Hong Kong’s TAL Group Takes on Cost Wrinkles

Though not a household name, the company estimates that it makes one out of every six dress shirts sold in the U.S., or about 35 million shirts a year.

clock April 17, 2012Ellen Sheng


The Huffington Post Lands First Pulitzer Prize

David Wood’s 10-part series, “Beyond the Battlefield: The War Goes On for the Severely Wounded,” reported on wounded Afghanistan veterans and their families.

clock April 17, 2012Amy Wicks


Annie Leibovitz to Be Honored

Photographer’s achievements to be recognized at annual Clio Awards, along with chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain.

clock April 17, 2012Lisa Lockwood

Fashion Scoops

Wal-Mart Stores CEO Pay Declines in 2011

Mike Duke pulled in total compensation of $18.1 million last year, a decline of 3.1 percent from the prior year, according to a regulatory filing.

clock April 17, 2012Evan Clark

Fashion Scoops

Trina Turk Names Rob Trauber President

Executive was previously chief operating officer and chief financial officer of partnered brands at Liz Claiborne.

clock April 17, 2012Sharon Edelson

A view of a photo picturing Huguette Clark, circa 1930.


Auctioning an Heiress’ Jewels

Huguette Clark kept several of her stunning jewels stowed away in a bank vault for 70-plus years. Christie’s is now gearing up to auction some of her keepsakes.

clock April 16, 2012Rosemary Feitelberg

Jessica Biel in Jenni Kayne with the designer.

Fashion Scoops

Jenni Kayne Celebrates New Store in Brentwood Country Mart

Guests braved a light rain to toast the designer at a cocktail party held in her shop before moving to dinner at Farmshop.

clock April 17, 2012Khanh T.L. Tran


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Poshmark Slumps After Big IPO Increase

clock 5hEvan Clark

Social Studies

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