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With luxury brands, outlet centers give malls a run for their money
With luxury brands, outlet centers give malls a run for their money

Alexander McQueen, the late British designer and high fashion's enfant terrible, wasn't the type to hang around a discount mall alongside a Riverside County freeway. But that's where his eponymous label opened its first U.S. outlet store a few days ago. In addition to McQueen — the label responsible for Kate Middleton's royal wedding dress — powerhouse brands Helmut Lang and Belstaff also launched their first North American outlets in the same mall, Desert Hills Premium Outlets. CH Carolina Herrera, Dolce & Gabbana and a host of other red-carpet regulars opened stores there as well. The discounts may be relative; McQueen was featuring an orange...

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