Black Friday brightens mood, Price hikes, Lanvin performs well for H&M, WSJ vs. T, The making of Alexa Chung

Henri Bendel Holiday 2010 Catalogue | Source: Henri Bendel

US department stores gain Black Friday traffic (Reuters)
“U.S. shoppers spent 6.4 percent more this Black Friday weekend than last year and hit department stores and clothing shops, rather than focusing on discounters as they had done in recent years.”

Christmas shoppers stung by early price hike (Telegraph)
“An investigation has revealed Christmas shoppers are being stung by rises of up to 26 per cent on gifts such knitwear as retailers bring forward price increases linked to the soaring cost of cotton.”

H&M Says Lanvin Collection Performing Well (Bloomberg)
“[H&M] said a temporary collection from French designer Lanvin introduced this week has posted strong sales in countries including China and Russia. Customer reaction has been ‘extraordinary’ in China, Canada, the U.K., Italy and Russia.”

Needleman’s Newbie (WWD)
“The New York media world will finally begin to size up a new magazine war in town: Deborah Needleman’s WSJ. Magazine vs. Sally Singer’s T: The New York Times Style Magazine.”

The Making of Fashion’s Latest ‘It’ Girl (NY Times)
“She’s a hipster muse for Karl Lagerfeld; a regular on the pages of fashion and music magazines; and an inspiration for young bloggers…’She’s become the Kate Moss for this new generation.'”