As Pace Picks Up, Stores Stay Wary

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Overview

Better weather and consumers getting more serious about buying gifts gave a modest lift to retailers last week —though not enough to ease the season’s uncertainty.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Jeff Leatham’s Christmas decorations at the Four Seasons George V.

People

Jeff Leatham’s Banner Year

This fall alone, the artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris has published a book and unveiled a line of handbags.

clock December 2, 2014Joelle Diderich

Pringle of Scotland Pre-Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

Pringle of Scotland Pre-Fall 2015

This collection is the first in a series aimed at marking 200 years since the brand’s founding, and Massimo Nicosia didn’t stint on the local references.

clock December 10, 2014Samantha Conti

Dennis Basso Pre-Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

Dennis Basso Pre-Fall 2015

An easy, youthful feel reverberated through the daywear looks in Basso’s lineup.

clock December 12, 2014Kristi Garced

DSquared2 Pre-Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

DSquared2 Pre-Fall 2015

Gypsy and Russian influences intermingled to sexy-folkloric effect in Dsquared2’s pre-fall collection.

clock December 15, 2014Alessandra Turra

Naeem Khan Pre-Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

Naeem Khan Pre-Fall 2015

For pre-fall, he delivered an array of adorned dresses, caftans and even cashmere sweaters.

clock December 12, 2014Mayte Allende

Zero + Maria Cornejo Pre-Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

Zero + Maria Cornejo Pre-Fall 2015

Maria Cornejo divined her pre-fall creative juice from the desert, specifically Joshua Tree in California, where she squeezed in a half-day “inspiration trip.”

clock December 12, 2014Jessica Iredale

Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place.

Retail

Sydney Stores Reopen After Hostage Siege

Most businesses in and around Martin Place that had been affected by Monday’s events resumed normal trading hours on Tuesday morning.

clock December 15, 2014Patty Huntington

Glenn McMahon

Human Resources

Glenn McMahon Named Escada CEO

Executive succeeds Bruno Sälzer, who joined fashion house Bench.

clock December 15, 2014

Louis Vuitton flagship on Avenue Montaigne

Designer and Luxury

Expanded Louis Vuitton Store Opens in Paris

The Avenue Montaigne location has doubled in size and taken on a residential cast.

clock December 15, 2014Miles Socha and Samantha Conti

Lucia Pica

Human Resources

Lucia Pica to Head Chanel Makeup

She starts in the role on Jan. 1, 2015.

clock December 15, 2014

Maria Baum and Tracy Anderson

Human Resources

Maria Baum Takes Reins at Tracy Anderson

Baum will also become a partner in the fitness and lifestyle brand, which is co-owned by Anderson and Gwyneth Paltrow.

clock December 15, 2014

Rachel Zoe Pre Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

Rachel Zoe Pre-Fall 2015

Inspired by Morocco, Rachel Zoe infused her collection with a bohemian sensibility.

clock December 15, 2014Kristi Garced

Versace Pre-Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

Versace Pre-Fall 2015

The bold, always sensual Versace aesthetic was evident in the collection’s graphic focus for pre-fall.

clock December 15, 2014Alessandra Turra

Financial

Study Cites U.S. Re-shoring Drive

The overall re-shoring of U.S. manufacturing may have taken a step back in 2014, but the apparel industry bucked the trend.

clock December 15, 2014Arthur Friedman

Marchesa Pre-Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

Marchesa Pre-Fall 2015

Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig looked at Byzantine art and Fabergé eggs to get in the spirit of opulence.

clock December 15, 2014Jessica Iredale

First Lady Michelle Obama, in her Talbots dress, with the President.

Fashion Scoops

Michelle Obama DIY’s Dress for Holidays

The First Lady added a thin, black ribbon around the waist and a touch of crinoline as an underlay.

clock December 15, 2014Rosemary Feitelberg

Reem Acra Pre-Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

Reem Acra Pre-Fall 2015

Pre-fall was all about illusions for Reem Acra — subtle, pared-down glamour with a demure sensuality.

clock December 15, 2014Mayte Allende

The scene at the New York Botanical Garden.

Parties

New York Botanical Garden Hosts Annual Winter Wonderland Ball

The society set incurred staggering Uber bills on Friday night, partying in an unfamiliar borough: the Bronx.

clock December 15, 2014Taylor Harris

The Epyllion Group factory employs 14,000.

Government and Trade

Bangladesh Factories Assess State of Compliance

Global pressure to inspect factory buildings has changed the basis of the country’s fashion business.

clock December 15, 2014Mayu Saini

Edward Lampert

Financial

Edward Lampert Blogs on Store Closures

The company will begin 2015 with 1,700 Sears and Kmart big-box stores in operation, representing about 200 million square feet of space.

clock December 15, 2014Vicki M. Young

Jean Charles de Castelbajac for Rossignol winter.

Textiles

Rossignol Launches Urbanwear

The French skiwear specialist is making a push into fashion with three new lines.

clock December 16, 2014Paulina Szmydke

M Missoni Pre-Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

M Missoni Pre-Fall 2015

The M Missoni girl is going from campus to camping for pre-fall.

clock December 15, 2014Mayte Allende

J. Mendel Pre-Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

J. Mendel Pre-Fall 2015

Gilles Mendel described his pre-fall lineup as “a potpourri of beautiful things that stand on their own.”

clock December 15, 2014Mayte Allende

Designer and Luxury

Ports 1961 Taps Natasa Cagalj for Creative Post

She will succeed Fiona Cibani as creative director in charge of women’s wear.

clock December 16, 2014Luisa Zargani

Fragrance

Abercrombie & Fitch Inks Scent Licensing Deal

The teen retailer signed a seven-year deal on Monday afternoon with Inter Parfums Inc.

clock December 16, 2014Pete Born

German retailers are playing catch-up after a late start to winter weather.

Retail

Ho-Hum Economy Hits European Holiday

With euro zone growth stalling, consumer sentiment is shaky as the region heads into the final week of the holiday selling season.

clock December 16, 2014Samantha Conti and Melissa Drier and Barbara Barker and Joelle Diderich and Cynthia Martens and WWD Staff

Financial

Price Resistance Firms for Holiday

Shoppers appear to be priming the promotional pump this season as they become more assertive about their reluctance to buy products they consider overpriced.

clock December 16, 2014Arnold J. Karr

The activewear category has kept pace.

Marketing and Promotion

Holiday Countdown: Shoppers Turn Out, but Retailers Still Wary

Better weather and consumers getting more serious about buying gifts gave a modest lift to retailers last week.

clock December 16, 2014David Moin and Holly Haber

A visual from the Marc Jacobs spring '15 campaign.

Media

Marc Jacobs Previews Spring Ad Campaign

The brand tapped an army of top models, including Anja Rubik, Karlie Kloss, Adriana Lima, Joan Smalls, Natasha Poly, Anna Ewers, Aya Jones and Jessica Stam.

clock December 16, 2014Jessica Iredale

Naomi Campbell in Agent Provocateur's spring '15 campaign.

Media

Agent Provocateur Taps Ellen von Unwerth and Naomi Campbell

The brand has taken a decidedly dramatic turn for spring, with an ad campaign that takes its cues from forceful heroines.

clock December 16, 2014Samantha Conti

Media

Condé Nast Transition to 1WTC Not Without a Few Bumps

Since November, when employees began their move, there has been a rising number of complaints about the new headquarters.

clock December 16, 2014Alexandra Steigrad

Bethany Mota

Fashion Scoops

Google Publishes Annual ‘Year in Search’ Results

According to Google, the question, “how to wear a scarf” was the number-one searched fashion question for 2014.

clock December 16, 2014Lisa Lockwood

Elizabeth and James Pre-Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

Elizabeth and James Pre-Fall 2015

Modern bohemian interpreted in clean, minimalistic silhouettes was the pre-fall vision at Elizabeth and James.

clock December 16, 2014Kristi Garced

Calvin Klein Pre Fall 2015

Fashion Show Reviews

Calvin Klein Pre-Fall 2015

Inspired by the Semina literary-and-art movement in California, Francisco Costa showed a collection big on mixed textures and bohemian élan.

clock December 16, 2014Bridget Foley

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