It's surprising, though comforting, to find out that Lyons is humanly imperfect. Since her coronation as creative head of J.Crew in 2008, the company once known for its preppy Nantucket ancestry has become a force in fashion, with Lyons at the center of its evolution. She has created a high-low look that reflects her own boy-girl style--androgyny with some sequins and a dash of nerdy glasses. Along with annual revenue that has more than tripled to $2.2 billion since 2003, the cult of J.Crew has

Iconix Europe has announced the first two major European retail partnerships for its brands Material Girl and Ocean Pacific. The Otto Group has signed on to create and sell the Material Girl collection in Europe. The Material Girl juniors line, designed by Madonna and her daughter, Lola, will be sold in Germany, Russia and other countries across Europe, with the fall collection sold internationally on the Otto website. Georgia May Jagger, daughter of musician Mick Jagger, was named as the global face of this campaign earlier in the month. The multi-territory deal is an exclusive agreement between MG Icon

Baby boomers aren't spending as much as they used to on discretionary items as they focus their dollars on generally more necessary spending. Because of that, retailers are doing what two of our nation's most famous boomers, Woodward and Bernstein, told us all to do: Follow the money.

Madonna's daughter Lourdes and spokesmodel Kelly Osbourne have unveiled the making of Material Girl's new spring 2012 campaign in New York. Material Girl, available exclusively at Macy's and, features three "lucky stars" from the search for the next Material Girl.

Macy's reported net sales of USD 1.638 billion for the four weeks ended August 28, 2010, an 6.2% increase over numbers reported for the same period in 2009. Same-store sales increased 4.3%. Online sales, including and, increased 22.2%. Fiscal year-to-date sales grew 7.1% to USD 12.749 billion. Same-store sales increased 5%. Online sales increased 29.8%. According to Chairman, President, and CEO Terry Lundgren, 'Our back-to-school business through August has been strong, led by great performances by Material Girl, the exclusive juniors brand by Madonna, as well as American Rag, our largest private brand in juniors and young

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