Today’s Fashion Headlines: Thursday, January 16, 2013

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Agent Provocateur’s Sultry New Fragrance

British lingerie brand Agent Provocateur will launch its fourth fragrance, Pétale Noir, this Valentine’s Day with a coordinating Luxury Body Elixir. Designed to be different from the brand’s other fragrances, which were “smoky, woody and spicy,” Pétale Noir is designed to relate a “hidden sultriness.” Pétale Noir is priced between $87 and $118 and the Body Elixir is $53. The elixir promises “aphrodisiac properties” with a cocktail of secret ingredients, namely a thorny, fruit-bearing plant called Devil’s Eyelashes and tephrosia purpurea seeds, a flowering plant used as fish poison, to impart a “tingly feeling” on the skin. The result is an overall “sensation of opulence.” Pétale Noir is the opposite, soft with a bold finish. The top notes of the fragrance represent innocence (water lily, bergamot, violet leaves, hyacinth and ‘flower stem’) while the deeper, darker base notes of musks, leather, vetiver, oakmoss, tobacco leaf, patchouli, amber, cedarwood, sandalwood and labdanum represent her darker side. To highlight the fragrances’ naughty-meets-nice persona, the pink, floral bottle will feature a black chain closure.

Changes at Lucky Magazine

Lucky magazine has had a major change in leadership. The 12-year-old magazine has been struggling for the past two years as two different publishers. Marcy Bloom, the publisher since September 2011, was replaced by Gillian Gorman Round, an executive who, until now, was mostly unknown outside Condé. This the first time an editor in chief at the publishing giant has ever reported to a business executive. Bloom, according to a statement, is leaving to “begin her next chapter — working with children in need.” The change raises questions again about Lucky’s future in print. A source said that Condé is unlikely to shut the magazine down.

Wal-Mart Pledges to Add $50B in Made in America Merchandise

Negative image-burdened Wal-Mart is looking for a little love in the United States. The world’s largest retailer committed to sourcing $50 billion worth of goods in the U.S. over the next 10 years. That promise came from Bill Simon, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart U.S., where he introduced several major initiatives related to job creation and the economy. Simon challenged the idea that Wal-Mart sources most of its merchandise overseas. “Made in the U.S. accounts for two-thirds of what we sell. Today, we will make a commitment to add an additional $50 billion in made-in-America goods over the next 10 years.” Simon said. Wal-Mart will manufacture apparel, home, games, pet supplies, and electronics to start.

-Claire Mykrantz

Source: WWD

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