Sept. Comps Mixed As Relevance Wanes

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Coming off blazing August comparable-store sales results, 20 retailers on Thursday reported a slate of tepid September numbers.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

From This Issue

A look from MEI New York.

Fashion Features

New Designer Spotlight: MEI New York

Since launching in September 2011, Mei Zee and Amy Jin have creatively honed in on their career-girl muse, while maintaining a modern vintage aesthetic.

clock October 3, 2012Lauren McCarthy

Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen.


Agnes Gund’s Studio In A School Fetes 35 Years

The arts nonprofit honored Jeff Koons in New York on Tuesday.

clock October 3, 2012Taylor Harris


Stocks Log Gains Ahead of Jobs Report

Sector rallies despite tepid September sales.

clock October 4, 2012Samantha Conti and Evan Clark

Glenda Bailey and Alber Elbaz

Fashion Scoops

Glenda Bailey Honored in Paris

Fashion celebrities gathered at the Bristol Hotel to watch the editor in chief of American Harper’s Bazaar be decorated as a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

clock October 4, 2012Miles Socha

The view outside the Macy's store.


As Defectors Mount, Comps Lose Relevance

Macy’s, Nordstrom and Kohl’s fall short of estimates while Gap shines.

clock October 4, 2012Alexandra Steigrad

Jarvis Cocker and Kim Sion


A.P.C. Birthday Bash Draws an Eclectic Crowd

Jarvis Cocker, Kanye West, Victoire de Castellane, Olympia Le-Tan and Elie Top were among the guests.

clock October 4, 2012Alex Wynne

Looks from Alfred Dunhill.

Human Resources

Christopher Colfer to Leave Alfred Dunhill

He has stepped down as chief executive officer to take up a group role at Compagnie Financière Richemont.

clock October 4, 2012Samantha Conti

Carol Hamilton, Milla Jovovich and Michael Clinton.

Beauty Features

Dream Ball Raises More Than $2.4 Million

The event benefited the Look Good Feel Better program of the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

clock October 4, 2012Pete Born

François-Henri Pinault

Designer and Luxury

PPR Sees Plenty of Room for Growth

The company spies a broader world as demographics and economic development promise to deliver young and affluent consumers from emerging nations.

clock October 4, 2012Miles Socha and Joelle Diderich

Brad Pitt and Joe Wright


Chanel, Brad Pitt to Unveil First Project

It is the first time the brand has had a man speaking about a women’s fragrance.

clock October 5, 2012Julie Naughton

Nigel Barker, Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coca Rocha during filming for "The Face."


Ulta Heads to the Small Screen on ‘The Face’

Models will compete to be the face of the beauty retailer’s fall and holiday 2013 national ad campaigns.

clock October 4, 2012Molly Prior


September Comp Crux

September comparable-store sales came in not only significantly below those for August, but at their lowest level since June’s uptick.

clock October 4, 2012Arnold J. Karr

Government and Trade

Sources Say Li & Fung Near Deal With Synergies

Acquisition would give sourcing giant diversity in South Asia.

clock October 4, 2012Arthur Friedman

Items included in this year's Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.

Human Resources

Breast Cancer Research Foundation Partners With Estée Lauder

The 20th annual BCA campaign, which kicks off this week, has several new elements this year.

clock October 4, 2012Julie Naughton and Pete Born

The LIM College townhouse at 12 East 53rd Street in New York.

Human Resources

Elizabeth S. Marcuse Talks LIM College

The 49-year-old president has found herself at home in the world of academia.

clock October 4, 2012Lisa Lockwood

The Rogaine ad.


Rogaine Updates Packaging and Advertising

The Rogaine relaunch includes more streamlined packaging for its Rogaine Foam for men to be unveiled later this year.

clock October 4, 2012Belisa Silva

Givenchy RTW Spring 2013

Fashion Trends

Spring 2013 Trend: For the Frill of It All

Ruffles took a modern turn on the runways, leaving behind the romantic frou and adding a dramatic flair for day and night.

clock October 5, 2012WWD Staff

Refinery 29 + DKNY’s New York City backpack.


Refinery29 Teams With DKNY for Line

The digital fashion destination will unveil its first collection of accessories.

clock October 5, 2012Rachel Strugatz


Nina Lawrence Departs W

It came as a surprise to Condé Nast management and the magazine’s staff that the magazine’s publisher said she would be departing.

clock October 5, 2012Erik Maza

The exclusive Fendi T-shirt designed by Karl Lagerfeld for e-commerce

Fashion Scoops

Fendi Launches Pop-up Online Store for Baguette Anniversary

The offering ranges from T-shirts and scarves featuring sketches by Karl Lagerfeld to a do-it-yourself Baguette decorating kit.

clock October 5, 2012Miles Socha

Danielle Rollins

Fashion Scoops

Danielle Rollins Fetes New Book

Dreary weather didn’t deter guests from weathering the rain to celebrate the Veranda contributing editor’s book, “Soiree: Entertaining With Style.”

clock October 5, 2012Rosemary Feitelberg


Today's Must Read

The Galop d'Hermès watch.


La Montre Hermès Gallops to Growth With Latest Collection

clock 13hJoelle Diderich

Social Studies