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Aéropostale's Future Still Unclear; Liquidation Possible

The future of teen retailer Aeropostale is still unclear, as bidding at a court auction was continuing into the evening hours on Monday.

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Fashion

Carolina Herrera Hires Raffaele Ilardo as Vice President of Design

Raffaele Ilardo will head up creative development and design for the Carolina Herrera New York ready-to-wear and bridal collections.

clock 17hRosemary Feitelberg

Retail

Picking the Fashion Runway Winners With Big Data

An analysis of online patterns by big data firm Edited shows the runway styles most likely to resonate with shoppers.

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Absolutely Fabulous: Dickson Poon Seeks Rest of Harvey Nicks

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Chinese Imports Surpass Canada

WASHINGTON — China bumped out Canada as the number two supplier of textiles and apparel to the U.S. on an annual basis, as it continued to dominate imports in July, the Commerce Department’s trade figures revealed Wednesday.

Apparel…

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Fashion Features

Ad Hawk

The 20 biggest advertisers for the first half of 2002.

Sometimes advertising spending isn’t rewarded with editorial coverage, as last week’s list illustrated. (See “Editors’ Choice,” Sept. 12, page 10.) Only Prada, Christian…

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Financial

Cost Control, Margins Boost Dress Barn Net

NEW YORK — The Dress Barn, the value-priced apparel specialty store chain, said Wednesday its fourth-quarter profits were better than expected because of strong merchandise margins and tight expense controls.

However, the Suffern,…

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Financial

Belk Income Drops 48.6% In Quarter

NEW YORK — Special items and one-time charges ate into Belk Inc.’s second-quarter profits, but sales gains allowed the company to report healthy earnings growth for the first half of fiscal 2002.

For the three months ended Aug. 3,…

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Fashion Features

Tide is High for Surf Brands

SAN DIEGO — With a tropical storm that sent eight-foot swells onto local beaches, nature delivered spectacularly for the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo.

Executives turned up late or snuck out early to catch waves, returning to their…

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Fashion Features

Nike Reports $48.9M Loss

By Dan Burrows

NEW YORK — Nike Inc. charged off the line of scrimmage in its first quarter, but an expected accounting charge took an otherwise profitable period and threw it for a loss.

For the three months ended Aug. 31, the…

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Fashion Features

Swimwear: All About Brown

LOS ANGELES — When it comes to the blue waters, brown seems to be the new black.

Swim retailers and manufacturers at ASR Trade Expo believe that chocolate and its sister shades will bring in plenty of green next spring, but are puzzled by…

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Fashion Features

An Italian Fèsta at Holt Renfrew

TORONTO — Holt Renfrew & Co. is putting more emphasis on high-end designer labels and exclusive merchandise and there’s no clearer sign than the retailer’s Viva Italia 21-day celebration of Italian fashion, culture and food at the…

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Fashion Features

California Dreamin’

NEW YORK — Looking glamorous doesn’t always mean a fancy evening gown and done-up face. For Michael Kors, the sporty luxury California has to offer will do just fine. Whether it’s cool checked trousers for playing golf in Palm…

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Fashion Features

Absolutely Fabulous: Dickson Poon Seeks Rest of Harvey Nicks

NEW YORK — Dickson Poon, majority shareholder of Harvey Nichols, is seeking to acquire 100 percent of the London-based department store chain through his wholly owned Broad Gain Investments subsidiary.

Dickson Poon currently owns 51.5…

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Financial

New Vendor Accounting Woes at Kmart

NEW YORK — Bankrupt Kmart has discovered additional problems with its recording of vendor allowances in 2000 and 2001, but concluded that the items are not material and that no restating of financial statements will be required.

Al Koch,…

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Fashion Features

In Brief

MACBETH IN COURT: Barneys New York said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it believes there is no merit to the lawsuit filed in July by Maggie B. MacBeth. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed in a San…

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Fashion Features

Clarification

As of June 1, Tom Ford, vice chairman of Gucci Group, held options exercisable for 1.6 million shares in the company. The profit he could make by buying and selling those shares can be calculated by subtracting the buy price from the sale price. Those…

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People

Mambo Madness

It was the kind of party where no one stayed in their seats for long. They hit the dance floor while waiters were still serving the appetizers. At the first strains of the band’s first song, “Just a Gigolo,” Oscar de la Renta — or make…

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Fashion Features

Caution Permeates Madrid’s Fashion Week

MADRID — Tough economic times, confusion over the euro, stagnant domestic spending and higher production costs continue to plague Spain’s apparel industry, said vendors and retailers at the recent SIMM show.

On the other hand, they…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Nic Nix … L.A. Will Have to Wait … Disappearing Act …

NIC NIX: Marc Jacobs — the designer who once thrilled to the idea of living in Paris because so many people there smoke — has kicked the habit. “Besides working with Cancer Care, I always seem to catch those sappy commercials on TV,”…

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Fashion Features

Bag

NEW YORK — Perhaps it’s the tighter New York Fashion Week schedule, but the bags seen adorning front-row fashionistas are slouchy and oversized — some even boast enough space to hold a Palm Pilot, cell phone and even those sweaty gym…

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Fashion Features

The Fashion Factory

Yeohlee: No bells and whistles at Yeohlee. For that matter, no loudness of any kind as the designer flaunted the quiet attitude of her clothes. Presenting at her new showroom with little accessories, hairdos or makeup, Yeohlee showed clothes a…

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Fashion Features

Rich Bitch Redux

NEW YORK — The bitch — and her power suit — is back.Joan Collins, whose portrayal on “Dynasty” as the shrewd and treacherous Alexis Carrington Colby epitomized the greed-is-good Eighties, is returning to the soap scene. The…

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Fashion Features

L.A. Dock Conflict Steps Up in Intensity

LOS ANGELES — After a tense summer and little progress in labor contract negotiations, the situation dockside has turned surly.

In statements released Wednesday, the Pacific Maritime Association accused the International Longshore and…

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Fashion Features

Robert Dakin Joins J. Jill

NEW YORK — Robert Dakin has joined The J. Jill Group in the new post of vice president of retail store operations.

Dakin will be responsible for management of all retail operations and ensuring brand cohesiveness as J. Jill continues to…

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Fashion Features

Obituary: Former Advance Editor Elaine Boies Dies at 67

NEW YORK — Elaine Boies, a former fashion editor of The Staten Island Advance, died Sept. 11.

Boies, 67, died of a short illness at Staten Island University Hospital, according to her daughter, Vicki Mavis Boies.

Boies began her…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Leave it to Diva … A Tough Job … Full Frontal Estrogen …

LEAVE IT TO DIVA: It’s hard to believe it didn’t happen sooner, but Diana Ross will finally be immortalized in doll form by Mattel. And who better to design the pint-sized gold-beaded dress than showstopper specialist Bob Mackie? The…

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Fashion Features

Selfridge’s New Spirit

The popular London store welcomes a new mix of designs for the teen shopper.By Sarah Harris

LONDON — Selfridges has just revamped its ground floor space, known as Spirit, to make it hipper and more diverse, with new labels, shop…

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Fashion Features

Little Italy

Teens in Milan flock to one busy area to shop, dine and catch a flick.

MILAN — If there’s any doubt about where Milan’s teenagers are hanging out or what they’re wearing, the answer lies in the center of the city…

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Fashion Features

Take Two: The Olsens Grow Up

Mary-Kate and Ashley have come a long way since “Full House.”

LOS ANGELES — Don’t let their petite frames and polite smiles fool anyone.

Looming behind Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, whose increasingly glamorous and…

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Fashion Features

Beyond Innocence

Moving away from the pop scene, singer Amanda Latona rocks on with her first solo single.By Julee Greenberg

NEW YORK — If there was ever anyone poised for stardom, it’s Amanda Latona.

The latest rocker to come out of…

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Fashion Features

Denim Dish

Angels Makes its Mark

Angels Jeans is starting to spread its wings.

The five-year-old, moderate-priced, junior jeans brand is gaining some prominence in a market where it’s long been overshadowed by larger competitors like Mudd and…

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Fashion Features

Closet Patrol

When it comes to back-to-school shopping, buying the right clothes is key for these three East Coast teens.

BUFFALO — Blonde braids is about the only thing these sisters share when it comes to personal style.

Meet Tina and…

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Fashion Features

Closet Patrol

When it comes to back-to-school shopping, buying the right clothes is key for these three East Coast teens.

ATLANTA — The annual task of back-to-school shopping can be a nightmare for any teenager. Just ask 17-year-old Caitlin…

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Fashion Features

Bush Textile Group

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration sought to show progress in its efforts to improve conditions in the beleaguered textile and apparel industries Wednesday, as it unveiled its first textile report to Capitol Hill lawmakers.

While some…

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Financial

Apparel Prices Up 1.8% in August

WASHINGTON — After four months of declines, retail prices for women’s apparel bounced back in August, increasing a seasonally adjusted 1.8 percent against July, the Labor Department reported Wednesday in its Consumer Price…

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Fashion Features

Blass Estate Worth $67M

NEW YORK — Bill Blass’ will was officially proven in a probate court in Washington Depot, Conn., on Wednesday, revealing several details about the late designer’s estate, including its estimated total worth of $67…

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Fashion Features

O’Donnell Exits Rosie Magazine

NEW YORK — So long, Rosie.

Rosie O’ Donnell announced on Wednesday that she would be severing ties with Gruner & Jahr, the magazine company that publishes her namesake women’s magazine. The magazine’s December issue will…

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Fashion Features

Twins Peak

LOS ANGELES — They’re not the girls most likely to succeed —they already have. Sixteen-year-old twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have built a multimillion-dollar empire selling their wholesome look and lifestyle through movies, tv,…

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