Sycamore to Buy Talbots for $369M

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In an abrupt change in direction, the specialty chain will be acquired by the private equity firm for less than was previously offered.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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The site of the Banana Republic store in Paris.

Business Features

Mixed Performance for May Comps

Spring merchandise receipts get mostly favorable reviews.

clock May 31, 2012Sharon Edelson



Sycamore Partners to Buy Talbots for $369M

In an abrupt change in direction, the specialty chain will be acquired by the private equity firm for less than was previously offered.

clock May 31, 2012Vicki M. Young

Joe Magnacca


Walgreens’ Democratic View on Beauty

Creating accessibility to beauty products is a mission of Joe Magnacca, president, daily living products and solutions at the company.

clock June 1, 2012Faye Brookman

Alan Ennis

Beauty Features

Revlon’s Alan Ennis Sees Glory Days Returning

Beauty brand has a three-year rolling portfolio strategy across all segments identifying launches through the first quarter of 2015.

clock June 1, 2012Faye Brookman

Chuck Rubin

Business Features

Chuck Rubin’s View on Leadership

The ceo of Ulta believes good ideas, hard work and measured risk taking are what propel executives up the corporate ladder.

clock June 1, 2012Molly Prior

From left: Wendy Liebmann, Louis Desazars and Jo Horgan.


Beauty Firms Look Online to Drive Off-Line Sales

Brick-and-mortar retailers can survive the digital era by incorporating aspects of reaching consumers online.

clock June 1, 2012Faye Brookman

John Paul DeJoria


John Paul Dejoria Calls for Industry Building

Co-founder and chief executive officer of John Paul Mitchell Systems says if you build your industry you’ll build your company.

clock June 1, 2012Faye Brookman

John Demsey

Marketing and Promotion

Estée Lauder’s John Demsey on Embracing Aspiration

In order for beauty companies to lead tomorrow, their executives have to go where customers are leading them, he emphasized.

clock June 1, 2012Julie Naughton

Jose Barra


Target’s Jose Barra on the Virtues of Partnership

In the beauty executive’s view, the equity of a brand is not defined by channel — as has been the practice in the past.

clock June 1, 2012Molly Prior

E. Scott Beattie


Elizabeth Arden’s Beattie on the Point-of-Sale Evolution

When it comes to building a beauty brand, it’s no longer just about shelf space; technology has flattened the playing field.

clock June 1, 2012Molly Prior


Color Cosmetics

Iman’s Message to the Mass Market

Ethnic beauty can’t be confined to part of a cosmetics wall that changes infrequently, nor confined to a handful of doors in urban areas.

clock June 1, 2012Julie Naughton

Marigay McKee


At Harrods, Global Customer Is Paramount

It’s important to be flexible and embrace all of the new cultures entering stores, according to Marigay McKee, the retailer’s chief merchant.

clock June 1, 2012Jennifer Weil

Marc Puig


Marc Puig: The Art of Storytelling

When the company had operating losses in 2004, it did some serious soul-searching to identify its raison d’être, the executive said.

clock June 1, 2012Jennifer Weil

Desirée Rogers


Desirée Rogers on the African American Consumer

Success with the African-American market doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all approach, the ceo of Johnson Publishing said.

clock June 1, 2012Julie Naughton

Jill Beraud

Marketing and Promotion

Living Proof’s Jill Beraud on the Creativity of Disruption

Company is focused on attacking many of the vexing problems still unsolved within the beauty industry.

clock June 1, 2012Belisa Silva

Jean-Paul Agon

Beauty Features

Jean-Paul Agon Masters a New Universe

At the WWD Beauty CEO Summit, the L’Oréal chairman pointed to major shifts in the industry: The consumer has become universal, digital and socially responsible.

clock June 1, 2012Jennifer Weil

Vivek Bali

Marketing and Promotion

Vivek Bali on India’s Beauty Business

The industry’s sales are growing dramatically, having doubled between 2006 and 2011, when revenues reached $4.25 billion.

clock June 1, 2012Jennifer Weil

Mary-Kate Olsen, Lorenzo Boglioni, Steve Madden and Ashley Olsen


Steve Madden, Olsens Celebrate Superga Launch

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are the brand’s new creative directors.

clock May 31, 2012Alessandra Codinha

Zhuo (Joe) Wang

Body Care

Zhuo Wang: Building a Chinese Brand at Home

The executive vice president of Shanghai Jahwa talks about the success of Herbalist.

clock June 1, 2012Jennifer Weil

Designer and Luxury

PPR to Relocate Paris Headquarters

YSL parent signed a lease to move to the Left Bank.

clock May 31, 2012Miles Socha and Joelle Diderich

From left: Eva Chen, Graciela Eleta and Lesley Jane Seymour.

Marketing and Promotion

Beauty Panel Discusses Emerging Demographics

Three women representing three expanding key demographics shared their insights about the ever-evolving U.S. market.

clock June 1, 2012Belisa Silva


Nike to Divest Cole Haan, Umbro

The move will allow it to focus on growing the Nike, Jordan, Converse and Hurley divisions.

clock May 31, 2012Vicki M. Young

The Armani runway.


Giorgio Armani Wows Beijing

The designer’s fashion show and party brought out 1,000 people, including rock legend Tina Turner.

clock May 31, 2012Luisa Zargani and Kathleen E. McLaughlin


Elizabeth Arden Acquires Global Fragrance Licenses

The company has bought the licenses of Ed Hardy, True Religion and BCBG Max Azria from New Wave Fragrances LLC.

clock May 31, 2012Julie Naughton

Lauren Bush and David Lauren


Clarins, FEED Join Forces at Lincoln Center

Emceeing the event, which aimed to raise enough in one night for one million school meals, was former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams.

clock May 31, 2012Belisa Silva

Government and Trade

City Council Urged to Override Mayor Bloomberg’s Veto of Fair Wages Act

Mayor says bill is onerous and legally flawed.

clock May 31, 2012Arthur Friedman

Muriel Gonzalez


At Macy’s, Star Scents Shine

Department store has taken the lead among in retailing celebrity fragrances.

clock June 1, 2012Pete Born

Johan Lindeberg


New Investors for Johan Lindeberg’s BLK DNM

With the financial restructuring, the brand will no longer be financed by Kellwood Co., although it will retain a minority stake in the brand.

clock June 1, 2012Lisa Lockwood

From the Deste installation, Juergen Teller’s 15-foot image of Yves Saint Laurent.


Bridget Foley’s Diary: Window-Watching at Barneys

Those who like a little fashion with their art will find themselves in fusion heaven when the curtain rises on the retailer’s new windows.

clock June 1, 2012Bridget Foley


May Comp Crux

Sales in March were helped by an early Easter and an early spring, and retailers gave back those benefits in a less seasonal, less holiday-laden April.

clock June 1, 2012Arnold J. Karr

Desirée Rogers and Marc Puig

Human Resources

WWD Beauty CEO Summit Explores Beauty’s New World

For three days in May, top leaders of the global cosmetics industry gathered in Palm Beach, Fla., to discuss the shifting landscape.

clock June 1, 2012WWD Staff

Fashion Scoops

Hilary Swank to Present at amfAR Gala in New York

Robert Duffy will be honored with the Piaget Award of Inspiration at the event next Thursday at the New York Public Library.

clock June 1, 2012David Lipke

Fashion Scoops

Donatella Versace Speaks at Oxford University

In addition to the students, the audience included Erdem Moralioglu, Christopher Kane and Rupert Everett.

clock June 1, 2012Lorelei Marfil

The Purple magazine Web site.


Purple Magazine Adds E-commerce to Web Site

With the launch of the redesign, visitors can shop at the new online boutique, check out staffers’ picks for exhibitions and browse the current issue.

clock June 1, 2012Rosemary Feitelberg


New Hires at

Bonnie Fuller has named Jennifer Tzeses the site’s new beauty director.

clock June 1, 2012Amy Wicks


New Fiction From Condé Nast Traveler Editors

Executive editor Jim Baker will publish his debut novel, “The Empty Glass,” in July.

clock June 1, 2012Amy Wicks

Queen Elizabeth II attends a dinner with The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland at the Caledonian Club in London on May 30, 2012.


Letter From London: Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Britons are gearing up to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years this weekend with a four-day holiday and plenty of special events.

clock June 1, 2012Samantha Conti


Today's Must Read

The Jeffrey Fashion Cares runway show at Phipps Plaza.


Simon Property Boosts Outlook as Retail Rebounds

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Social Studies

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