Today’s Fashion Headlines. June 13, 2012.

June 13, 2012 • Beauty, Celebrity Style, Designers, Fashion Blog, Industry, Shopping

Arden Gets Bieber and Minaj Licenses

With its purchase Tuesday of the fragrance licenses of Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj from Give Back Brands LLC, Elizabeth Arden Inc. might be the new fragrance honcho.

Bieber’s first fragrance, Someday, was launched in spring 2011 and became the number-one women’s fragrance launch in U.S. department stores, with annual sales of $39 million.  Minaj’s first fragrance is set for a September launch. These moves will meet head on with Coty as it prepares to launch its first Lady Gaga fragrance in the fall, following the debut of Madonna’s blockbuster Truth or Dare scent in late March.

Apparel and Accessory Sales Rise

Sales at clothing and accessories stores and department stores rose in May, while sales at discount stores fell, as demand in the overall economy weakened, the U.S. Commerce Department’s monthly report showed Wednesday.

Clothing and accessories store sales increased a seasonally adjusted 0.9 percent to $19.7 billion in May compared with April, while sales at department stores rose 0.2 percent to $15.2 billion. General merchandise store sales, a category that includes discounters and department stores, posted a 0.5 percent decline to $52.6 billion in May. In the overall economy, retail sales fell 0.2 percent to $404.6 billion.

Full Figured Fashion Week Returns

Big and tall is coming back with a bang. Four years ago, Gwen DeVoe launched Full Figured Fashion Week and this season it will be making a return. There will be a runway presentation on Thursday at Bloomingdale’s, featuring plus-size looks from Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Elie Tahari, Jones New York and Eileen Fisher. The plus-size clothing market is worth $17 billion.

At the independent designer showcase on Friday, DeVoe said 50 to 60 percent of the participants are from out of state or out of the country. “There are independent designers who are willing to produce a line for plus sizes,” she said. That doesn’t always hold true for more established designers, some of whom over the years have demurred when asked to make large sizes. “If you’re in this business for the sake of doing business, why are you excluding this entire community?” asked DeVoe. “We need to stop with the marginalization. I’m not asking for couture, but I demand the right to go into any store and buy a simple black dress.”

Diane von Furstenberg’s New Concept

Diane von Furstenberg will unveil a new store prototype in December at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. “With an exciting new store concept, DVF will undoubtedly create an exceptional shopping experience and will contribute to ongoing strength of our position in the market place,” said Gary Lewis, senior vice president and president of leasing at Forum Shops owner Simon Property Group Inc.

The 1,600-square-foot store is not Diane von Furstenberg’s entrance into Las Vegas retail. The brand has had a store at The Shoppes at the Palazzo since that center opened in 2008, although it appears DVF might be considering closing that store. When asked about the future of DVF at The Shoppes at The Palazzo, a spokeswoman said the brand was “unable to provide further information at the moment.” DVF has 12 stores in the U.S., including outlets.

–Taneisha Jordan

Sources: WWD, Justin Bieber Photo By Steve Eichner for WWD

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