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JCPenney to Bow Limited Edition Holiday Design Collections

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Plano, TX—Neiman Marcus and Target aren’t the only national retailers to snag limited edition designer holiday collections. JCPenney announced Thursday that it added three new designers to its 2012 holiday line up: LULU by Lulu Guinness, Jenny Packham Boudoir and Double Happiness Vivienne Tam. Each collection includes handbags, fashion accessories …

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Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Gift Collection Revealed

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New York—What just might be retail’s ultimate Odd Couple this holiday season: the high-low gift collaboration between mass merchant Target and high-end specialty retailer Neiman Marcus has been unveiled finally. The collection, which features 24 American designers—all members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)—will be available Dec. 1 …

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Anna Karenina to Drive Holiday Trends? “Da”

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San Francisco–Anna Karenina—Tolstoy’s complex Russian heroine—is about to have quite a revival. On November 9, the classic 19th century high-society tale of passion and betrayal hits the silver screen, starring Keira Knightley in the title role and Jude Law as her cuckolded husband. This visual spectacle (click here to see …

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Item of the Day

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Here’s a case of helping hands making for happy feet. Footwear brand Vans collaborated with Krochet Kids International (www.krochetkids.org), a non-profit organization that teaches women in developing nations how to crochet hats, scarves, bowties and more and enrolls them in a holistic program that empowers them to rise above poverty. …

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Zappos First-Ever Celebrity Co-Brand: Melissa Rivers for The Cool People

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Henderson, NV—Her mother, comedian Joan Rivers’ latest book may be titled I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me, but there’s definitely someone who she doesn’t hate. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, the TV producer and Joan’s sometimes cohort. Zappos.com is hoping everyone feels the same way about Melissa, too, since the online apparel …

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“Hello, World!”: J. Crew’s International Campaign to Engage Shoppers

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New York—Even though J. Crew has yet to open its first international location, the specialty retailer is making sure potential customers around the world know exactly what it is and what its shoppers are like. The company–which recently announced a partnership with Lane Crawford to sell merchandise in China–also sells …

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Snapshots in Color: Hermès’ Scarf Collaboration with Art Photographer

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Basel, Switzerland—Hermès scarves are often considered works of art in their own right, but in the Paris luxurygoods house’s latest collaboration with Japanese art photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, the scarves are truly works of art. Hermès’ artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas visited Sugimito in his Tokyo studio where the photographer showed him …

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Seasonal Whispers Kicks Off GUESS by Marciano Capsule Collections

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Los Angeles–GUESS by Marciano has teamed up with hot jewelry designers to create jewelry capsule collections. Starting now, the limited-edition lines will roll out month by month at select GUESS by Marciano stores in North America. Seasonal Whispers, launched in May, was the first, followed by Vanessa Montiel, Lucas Jack …

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Kirna Zabete Joins Target Shops: Round 2

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Minneapolis–Target–that King of Collaborations–continues to expand its Shops at Target concept, and just unveiled its lineup for Round 2. The Shops at Target is just that: literal shop-in-shops of  retail boutiques (relatively unknown to the average Target consumer) selling merchandise made exclusively for Target. While fashionistas have already lined up for …