Today’s Fashion Headlines: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

December 17, 2013 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

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Holiday Business Picks Up for Retailers

Retailers caught a ray of light last week. Shopping picked up, breaking the lull that set in after Black Friday. Gift shopping time is running out with Christmas just eight days away and the cold weather including low temperatures on the West Coast, has sparked sales of coats, sweaters, and gloves. Retailers said that men’s wear, fine jewelry, designer handbags and luxury overall were standouts last week.

The short holiday shopping season, markdowns since the third quarter impacting profits, hard goods outselling apparel and snow and ice storms have been concerns to retailers. The key will be to clear out seasonal goods to make room for fresh resort and spring inventory which hopefully can sell at full price after Christmas.

Rita Ora Face of New DKNY Fragrance

Rita Ora, recently cast as Mia Grey in “Fifty Shades of Grey,” is now the face of the new DKNY fragrance franchise. While Aramis and Designer Fragrances, the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. division that holds the scent license,  declined to confirm WWD sources said Ora, spotted shooting on Seventh Avenue Monday morning, is the spokeswoman for a to-be-named women’s scent, possibly due out in fall 2014. It would be no surprise since we  Ora appeared in DKNY’s spring ready-to-wear campaign and on the runway at New York Fashion Week.

Rihanna in Balmain Campaign

We’ve seen Rihanna in Balmain before so now she will get to show more love for the French label by appear in its spring ad campaign. Slated to print in a range of January fashion publications, the ads were shot in New York by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Atelier Franck Durand is creative director for the campaign with styling by Mel Ottenberg.

– Carol Calcci

Source and Photo: WWD

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