With Coty's IPO imminent, Michael Kors doing gangbusters on the stock market and Fifth & Pacific selling shares via Facebook, we've never been more compelled to personally invest in the fashion and beauty brands we love. But before you go nuts on an E-Trade, here's a little tutorial. I've consulted Hitha Prabakhar and Brian Sozzi—two analysts who know a lot about the stock market, but also a lot about fashion and retail—on how to invest in a smart way.
Though J.C. Penney hasn't yet recovered from its roller coaster year (CEO Ron Johnson was outed earlier this month after his ambitious restructuring plans failed to see immediate results), the retailer has found an important cheerleader (a lifeline even?) in investor and philanthropist George Soros.
Lulu Guinness, she of the quirky, embellished bags, is finally hitting the high street. Later this month, the designer will officially launch LULU by Lulu Guinness, a diffusion line exclusively sold at JC Penney. We chatted with her about English fashion and everyone's favorite English fashion-wearer, Kate Middleton. Read on.