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Chloé Captured the Effortless Simplicity of French Style

The seafaring life was the inspiration for Clare Waight Keller's lovely, breezy spring collection for Chloé.

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Claus Dietrich Lahrs Appointed Chief Executive of Bottega Veneta

He succeeds Carlo Alberto Beretta, who will take on the new role of chief client and marketing officer at Kering.

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Acqua di Parma Goes Luxe, Plots Retail Expansion

Acqua di Parma is launching a higher-priced line, opening its first U.S. store and expanding its women's range.

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Sexy Is in for Spring, But New Dress Codes Make Suits Hot Now

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As Tiers Go By

PARIS — The joy is back in fashion. And that was certainly clear in the spring collection Marc Jacobs showed for Louis Vuitton. There was vim, vigor and vitality — not to mention plenty of charm — in such looks as his lace dresses…

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A men’s wear-inspired suit from Ann Taylor

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Sexy Is in for Spring, But New Dress Codes Make Suits Hot Now

NEW YORK — So long, casual Friday?

This year, two investment banks — Lehman Brothers in March and Bear Stearns in September — reverted to a business formal dress policy. Certain divisions within other corporations, such as…

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MARKET BASKET

BERNARDO’S NEW ACT: Bernardo Fashions is delving into bridge sportswear. Known for its machine-washable leather and suede collections, primarily in outerwear, the brand is introducing machine-washable goat suede in bridge-priced separates….

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Celine

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Correction

Due to a technical error, captions on two Emanuel Ungaro runway photos were transposed with two Céline photos on page 8, Monday. The correct identifications appear here.

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Pringle’s London Castle

LONDON — Pringle has torn down the hoardings on its New Bond Street store, and inside there’s a mix of knights in shining armor, Fifties debutantes and 21st-century city slickers.

The store, designed by London-based architects Wells…

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A plaid-meets-stripes dress.

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Blass Class Reunion Back Home in Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — It almost seemed like old times.

From New York, Dallas, Miami and San Francisco, more than 30 close friends of Bill Blass made their way to the late designer’s home state Friday for the opening of the first…

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Yoox Comes to U.S.

MILAN — Price-savvy fashionistas across Europe have had a secret weapon in stocking their closets with end-of-season designer digs: Yoox.com, which is now trying its hand west of the Atlantic.

In just under two years, the Bologna,…

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L’Oréal in Hair Tech Deal

PARIS — L’Oréal is bringing a new dimension to hair care.

The French beauty giant has teamed up with French software applications provider Dassault Systemes to create a magnified, 3-D rendition of a hair follicle that can be…

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Jean Paul Gaultier with Farida Khelfa and Catherine Deneuve.

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Fashion Scoops: Regally Blonde … Moving on Up … Revved Up …

REGALLY BLONDE: Betty Catroux, one of the glitziest members of retired couturier Yves Saint Laurent’s inner circle, has quickly adapted to Tom Ford’s new direction at Rive Gauche. On Monday, she had staff at the YSL boutique on Faubourg…

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Hermès

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Theories of Evolution

Not every fashion success story is instant and overnight; some tales evolve more gradually. Martin Margiela, for example, continues to go his own way at Hermès, which adds up to traditional luxury. Elsewhere, Stella McCartney is getting into the…

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Viktor & Rolf

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Backstage Beauty, Paris-Style

While Paris always flexes its fantasy muscle, the beauty looks frequently evoke the Holly Golightly theory: Life is a party, darling! And with a week that showed everything from sophistication to mischievousness to full-blown wackiness, every look had…

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Surf’s Up

There are a lot of designers out in the waves this season, desperate to hang 10. But none of them has the beach cred that competitive surfer Maia Norman does. “I can make the boys cry with shame,” she says, flexing a formidable bicep. “I’ve got…

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Akris

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Views of Reality

Wild fantasy has its place, but certain houses have a different mission. Creating real clothes for flesh-and-blood women is the agenda there. Albert Kriemler, for example, made elegant tailoring a winning formula for Akris, and Alber Elbaz’s…

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Fashion Scoops: Basics Training … Girls on Film … Designing John Malkovich …

BASICS TRAINING: Thoughts of war got you down? Concerned about your 401K? First Lady Laura Bush has the answer…shop. Even as her husband is steering the nation into war with Iraq, Mrs. Bush was spotted popping into 550 Seventh Avenue on Monday…

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Saks Fifth Avenue Sets ‘Girls Club’ Promotions

NEW YORK — Saks Fifth Avenue is joining the “Girls Club” and planning to promote the upcoming TV drama about three young women lawyers through a partnership with the Fox Broadcasting Co. and 20th Century Fox Television.

Saks will deck…

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Apparel Ventures Drops Nautica Swim License

NEW YORK — Swimwear manufacturer Apparel Ventures Inc. is preparing for a change in its branded lineup, with Nautica on the way out and Ralph Lauren, sources say, on its way in.

Some insiders are speculating that Apparel Ventures plans to…

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Nike Promotes Edwards

NEW YORK — Nike has named Trevor Edwards, a 10-year veteran with the firm, to the new post of corporate vice president of global brand management.

He will oversee the global functions of brand design, brand communications and the advanced…

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Financial

Reeds Losses Cut to $1.5M

NEW YORK — Deteriorating sales caused Reeds Jewelers Inc. to continue bleeding red, albeit less severely, in the second quarter.

For the three months ended Aug. 31, the Wilmington, N.C.-based jewelry retailer reported a net loss of $1.5…

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Obituary: Designer Martha Weisberg, 73

NEW YORK — Martha Weisberg, who was known in the fashion industry for her work at Bobbie Brooks as the head knitwear designer, as well as her impeccable sense of style, died at St. Vincent’s Hospital Sept. 27 from heart complications. She…

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Vanessa Beecroft’s 2001 performance, “Ponti Sister,” was inspired by a striped office designed for an Italian executive by Gio Ponti.

Life Imitates Fashion

NEW YORK — There was a time when fashion designers concerned themselves simply with dressing people, a notion that seems quaint by today’s standards. Now, any designer worth his sketchbook aspires to create a complete environment, with…

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MEMO PAD

SEVENTEEN MOVES: While the search continues for a permanent editor in chief over at Seventeen, Primedia’s editorial director Elizabeth Crow has tapped an editor to work on the magazine in the interim. Valerie Weaver, who edited Self briefly in…

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Concerns about the global economy led to a sober mood at last week’s Interstoff Asia trade show, held at the Hong Kong Convention & Visitors Center.

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Price Pressure at Interstoff

HONG KONG — The staggering global economy cast a shadow over Interstoff Asia last week. Exhibitors across the board noted a lack of U.S. and European buyers and a preference for low prices over high quality at the three-day event, which ended…

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Turkish Firms Aim at U.S.

NEW YORK — As part of their ongoing effort to develop a strong position in the U.S. market prior to the phaseout of quotas on textiles and apparel among World Trade Organization nations in 2005, a contingent of Turkish apparel makers came to…

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IFFE exhibitors said they hope to get a sense of future business conditions at next week’s show.

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IFFE Vendors Seek a Niche

NEW YORK — In a year of economic and political turbulence,exhibitors preparing for next week’s International Fashion Fabric Exhibition said they expect the show to serve as a barometer of business conditions for the coming…

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SWATCHES

CREDITORS HIT MALDEN PLAN: Officials of bankrupt Malden Mills Industries Inc. said they were in talks with creditors after the company’s official creditors committee issued a court filing that called the Lawrence, Mass.-based mill’s…

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Raymond Hill of Sequin City.

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Hill’s Sequin City to Bow at IFFE Show

NEW YORK — Executives in the industry have said focusing on niche markets is a useful tool in battling the difficult conditions of the textile market. However, even as many companies shed underperforming divisions and cut back operations, some…

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Billon Freres’ sueded polyester, nylon

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Soft Touch

NEW YORK — IFFE’s gone soft. Velvets, corduroys and fabrics

featuring chenille yarns or a brushed surface will be on view at the fair for fall 2003. Styles are rich in color —reds, browns and camels — and evoke an…

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European Stretch Fabrics rose and burgundy Tactel nylon, Lycra spandex and polyester.

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The Shining

Iridescent and metallic looks continue for fall 2003. The difference, say many exhibitors set to show these looks at IFFE, is that the shine is much more subtle. While metallic thread is still being used, many of these looks are achieved by highly…

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Act II: The “La Bohème” set.

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Baz Takes on Puccini

SAN FRANCISCO — Who says opera has to be a yawn? Not husband and wife team, director Baz Luhrmann and the set and costume designer Catherine Martin, whose current revival of “La Bohème” is intended for an audience of all ages.

Fans…

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Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

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Nicky at Night

So what happens when London’s most enthusiastic party-goer morphs into host for the evening?

“It’s quite a change, really,” admitted Nicky Haslam, who spent Thursday evening wielding a purple felt-tip pen and signing copies of his…

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Bush Orders Dock Study

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration Monday took the first step toward having a judge order West Coast ports reopened, possibly by this week.

But while some cargo might soon start flowing again after more than a week of standstill, federal…

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Financial

Sears Stock Plunges 14.3 Percent

By Evan Clark

NEW YORK — Shares of Sears, Roebuck & Co. dropped 14.3 percent after the firm laid out lower-than-expected third-quarter projections and shed light on management changes made last week.

In an unusual admission, Alan…

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FIT Seminar Talks ‘Tough Times’

NEW YORK — Top management from Federated Merchandising, Jones Apparel Group, Reebok International, Reebok U.S.A. and Diesel U.S.A. will give its views on “Success in Tough Times” at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s 12th annual Key…

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In Brief

RINASCENTE BUYOUT: Italy’s Agnelli family and French supermarket chain Auchan SA want full control of food and clothing retailer La Rinascente SpA. The two have offered to buy up the 41.4 percent of Rinascente they don’t already own, which…

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Cream cotton and spandex eyelet dress from ROBIN JORDAN. Carolina necklace.

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The Finishing Touches

Come spring, it’s all about the details. Whether it’s stitching on denim, bell sleeved-blouses or embroidery on tunics, the details elevate what could be a standard piece into something that feels one-of-a-kind. In some cases, judiciously…

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