Barneys New York -- Out of debt and into the Pop art hands of designer Lisa Perry's husband, Richard.
Colored denim -- still red hot.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. -- Stepping on its own feet abroad, refocusing at home.
The U.S. recovery, the European debt crisis -- Still too weak and not much better.
J.C. Penney Co. Inc. -- Naysayers naysaying; Ron Johnson correcting course but holding ground; now direct combatant in the Macy's vs. Martha Stewart battle.
Neiman Marcus -- Cuddling with Target for the holidays.
Urban Outfitters Inc. -- Firmly back in the hands of Rich Hayne, who has a secret brick-and-mortar strategy to make the chain "more exciting."
Tory Burch -- Frustrating suitors, still.
William Ackman -- Now the ultra activist with stakes in Procter & Gamble Co., Penney's and General Growth Properties.
Michael Kors -- The designer company that is now worth $10.4 billion.
Intermix -- Looking to mix it up with a new investor.
Ralph Lauren -- Seeing retail potential in freestanding stores for Purple, Black, Polo and accessories.
Diane von Furstenberg -- Getting a hand from Tommy Hilfiger vet Joel Horowitz.
Wal-Mart -- Fending off Mexican bribery scandal, happy in basics land; defining "aspirational fashion" as "a polo shirt with a stripe."
Sears -- Living up to expectations.
The presidential election -- Also living up to expectations, but with more money this time around.
Valentino -- Gone Qatar chic with new owner Mayhoola for Investments. Asian economy -- Growing still, but not as strongly. Talbots Inc. -- Going after misses' again with new owner Sycamore.
Gucci/Guess -- Class prevailed in trademark suit over mass, but got fraction of desired payout.
Betsey Johnson -- Retail licensee went belly up.
Tiffany & Co. -- Cut profit outlook twice, negotiating with licensor Elsa Peretti.
Coty -- Eyeing IPO, Avon who?