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The Times Launches New Fashion App; Barneys CEO Says the Store Is ‘Not for Everyone’

Courtesy of 'Allure'
Courtesy of ‘Allure’

• The New York Times launched an iPad app, The Collection, which will bring together all the fashion stories from the paper’s Styles desk, the On the Runway blog, T Magazine, The Moment blog, and fashion coverage from The International Herald Tribune. [On the Runway/NYT]

• Speaking at WWD’s CEO Summit, Barneys CEO Mark Lee said the department store is “not for everyone,” dismissing claims that they should broaden their appeal and merchandise scope to capture more traffic. [WWD]

• Lea Michele covers Allure’s December issue. [Just Jared]

• More of the same news at Kensington Palace: Princess Kate “hopes to be pregnant soon.” [E! Online]

• Though sales at Saks rose 5.1 percent in the third quarter, it’s less of a gain than the store reported for the same period last year. [WWD]

• Salvatore Ferragamo showed a profit of $109.6 million in the first nine months of 2011, compared to $55.4 million, in the same period last year. [WWD]

Burberry sales rose 29.4 percent in the third quarter. [WWD]

• Gwyneth Paltrow made a holiday shopping guide (à la Oprah’s Favorite Things). [Goop]

• According to WWD, affluent shoppers will spend $1,100 on holiday gifts this year. Those gifts will surely include Gwyneth’s recommendations. [WWD]

• Continued concern over a new recession in Europe has affected H&M’s recent sales figures — following a 7 percent drop in same-store sales in September of this year, sales fell 2 percent again in October. [WWD]

• And JCPenney reported a net loss of $143 million in the third quarter. [WWD]

Bar Refaeli is launching an innerwear line in January called Undeez. She will, of course, be modeling the collection herself. [WWD]

• Kelly Osbourne’s biggest fashion nightmare is apparently having sweat stains. (Wait, not repeating this makeup?) [Refinery 29]

Ralph Lauren is selling model car replicas of four vehicles from his own car collection specially for the holiday season, as part of his label’s home division. The price? $9,500 each. [WSJ]

NYT Fashion App; Barneys ‘Not For Everyone’