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Fashion's Game of Musical Chairs Quickens in Paris

The spring shows feature debuts at four major brands, prompting reflection on the pace of designer change.

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Tough Times for Neiman's as Firm Battles 'Challenges'

The luxury chain has been battling the luxury malaise.

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Retail

Focusing on Spring, Buyers Praise Milan's Creative Energy

The city has not lost its sizzle, once again led by Prada and Gucci.

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McQueen?s Space Odyssey

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McQueen’s Space Odyssey

NEW YORK — Alexander McQueen is never one to shy away from his love of the dramatic.

The designer’s show settings over the years have ranged from Gothic insane asylums to sinister circus tents to, most recently, a Red Riding Hood…

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In Brief

RESTATEMENT BLUES: Warnaco Group’s Designer Holdings Ltd. subsidiary was the source of some of the accounting errors that necessitated a $43 million charge announced in August 2001, along with the restatement of financial results for three years…

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Financial

Jones Profit Up 20%, To Expense Options

NEW YORK — Recent acquisitions and tight inventory controls lifted Jones Apparel Group Inc. to double-digit gains in second-quarter profits and revenue.

In a conference call following the release of earnings, Peter Boneparth, president and…

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Jitrois: On Fashion’s Fringe

PARIS — Weeks after he opened his first shop in Saint-Tropez 20 years ago, French designer Jean-Claude Jitrois got a unexpected visit from Princess Stephanie of Monaco. Strolling incognito in the seaside Riviera town, she arrived unannounced to…

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Bangladesh Cotton Trousers Fill Quota

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has embargoed cotton trousers from Bangladesh, after all of its quota in those categories was filled last Friday.

The embargo will be the first of the year on apparel and textile products and falls fairly early in the…

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Retail Mixed for June-July

WASHINGTON — Hot summer weather boosted retail sales in some districts in June and July, but sales in other districts remained weak, according to the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book report released Wednesday.

Rising temperatures led to…

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Financial

Chilly Forecast for Hot Topic

NEW YORK — Hot Topic men’s wear sales have fizzled heading into the all-important back-to-school season, prompting the specialty retailer to warn Wednesday that it will not meet its profit and sales targets for the second and third…

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Pro-Levi’s Decision Upheld in High Court

LONDON — U.K. supermarket chain Tesco lost another round in its court battle with Levi Strauss & Co. and for now has conceded defeat.

On Wednesday, the High Court in London upheld a November ruling by the European Court of Justice that…

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YSL Plans Megastore on Rodeo

BEVERLY HILLS — YSL is going big on Rodeo.

Executives at Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche confirmed Wednesday it has signed a lease for a 3,600-square-foot space at 326 North Rodeo Drive, with plans to more than double the unit’s size…

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A Bevy of Openings For Giorgio Armani

MILAN — Giorgio Armani will have a busy fall, with the opening of 14 new boutiques scheduled after the summer.

The new shops will bring the total number of Armani boutiques opened this year to 22.

Three Giorgio Armani boutiques…

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Financial

Boss Sales Rise 3% Despite U.S. Decline

BERLIN — Even a double-digit decline in U.S. sales and a smaller drop in its home market couldn’t prevent Hugo Boss AG from generating a sales increase in the first half of 2002.

Group sales for the Metzingen, Germany-based fashion…

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UNITE ‘Sweats’ McQueen Shop

NEW YORK — Whether the lighting isn’t perfect, the hangers aren’t quite right or someone has simply thrown a fit, last-minute glitches often pop up to slow the opening of big-name designer boutiques.

UNITE organizers learned…

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Financial

Bulgari Sees Sales Drop 6.1%

MILAN — Especially weak watch and jewelry sales pushed Bulgari’s preliminary second-quarter revenue down 6.1 percent to $178.80 million, below some analyst expectations.

Goldman Sachs had forecast a 4 percent sales slide, while…

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Weighing the Off-the-Court Fallout

NEW YORK — The old axiom for publicity seekers — any news is good news — seems to apply to a recent rash of headlines about some well-known sports personalities that go beyond their athletic prowess.

In recent weeks, a…

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Take Two: Sphere and Body Spa Bow for Fall

NEW YORK — Nike and Donna Karan struck markedly different poses to unveil new additions to their activewear.

Nike executives headed to the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum last Thursday night to show off Nike Sphere, a technical group for…

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Mudd Sets Up House in Asia

NEW YORK — Later this month, the “House of Mudd” will open its doors in South Korea, marking its entrance onto a new continent where the company believes it could more than double the brand’s revenues within the next two to three…

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Bridging the Generation Gap

NEW YORK — Teens will never admit it, but the uncertain times and fashion’s latest fascination — the counterculture looks of the Sixties and early Seventies often worn by their parents — have become the latest…

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Fashion Scoops: Mutual Investors … Has the Lubbe Gone? … Blass Italian Style …

MUTUAL INVESTORS: Lawrence Stroll may have stepped down as co-chairman and a director of Tommy Hilfiger, but he still owns a piece of the company. Likewise, Tommy Hilfiger still has an interest in Asprey & Garrard, the London-based luxury jewelers….

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Financial

Tribune Co. Buying Chicago Magazine

NEW YORK — Primedia said Wednesday that it has agreed to sell Chicago magazine for $35 million in cash to an affiliate of the Chicago Tribune Co.

With the sale of Chicago, Primedia will have sold approximately $220 million of its targeted…

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