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French Designer Sonia Rykiel Dies at the Age of 86

The French designer was synonymous with striped sweaters and Left Bank insouciance.

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Fashion

Rihanna Said Eyeing Paris for Next Fenty Puma Show

The music star had launched the collection last February during New York Fashion Week.

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Media

Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

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A 10-Ton Gorilla: Will Bloomingdale’s Alter Face of SoHo?

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Financial

Clarins Sales Up 3.4% in Quarter

PARIS — Groupe Clarins reported Friday that its third-quarter net sales hit $204.9 million, a 3.4 percent increase at average exchange rates.

At constant exchange rates and comparable group structure, sales were up 7.3 percent. Dollar…

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Fashion Features

Italy Creates Program For Quality Standards

NEW YORK — As anyone who’s ever bought Prosciutto di Parma or balsamic vinegar from Modena knows, Italian manufacturers are sticklers when it comes to quality in manufactured products. The Italian Trade Commission is now trying to apply…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: The Big Picture … Fast Friends … Bagging It …

THE BIG PICTURE: Alexander McQueen’s appetite for art is bigger than his apartment. That’s why the designer recently bought a second London residence, primarily to accommodate a collection that includes large-scale works by Joel-Peter…

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Fashion Features

Caviar, Cashmere and Comfort

NEW YORK — The official gift shopping season doesn’t get under way until Thanksgiving, but the fashion industry, as always, works at least a month in advance.

Several designers stopped by Saks Fifth Avenue Thursday night to grab a…

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People

Shop Right

It was a girl’s dream come true.

“Dare to be spoiled,” read the invitation to the party Christian Dior and Vogue threw Thursday night, “with the hottest Dior shoe of your choice.”

Impossible! (Gasp!) But oh, so true.

And…

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People

Hard Corps

NEW YORK — Imitation of Christ’s Tara Subkoff has grown accustomed to breaking rules, but her latest project required some degree of dancing around them.

In collaborating with the Stephen Petronio Company to make costumes for its…

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People

Hard Corps

Delphine Seyrig, the forgotten fashion icon of French cinema, might finally receive her due. This week, MoMA celebrates her aloof elegance with “Variations…

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Fashion Features

Sporty Spice

NEW YORK — In an action-packed spring fashion season, the accessories offerings stood out. The mood of the moment was energetic and vibrant, often expressed in playful details from head to toe. Anna Sui’s eclectic mixture of rock…

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Fashion Features

A 10-Ton Gorilla: Will Bloomingdale’s Alter Face of SoHo?

NEW YORK — Next fall, scores of specialty stores are expected to feed off the traffic from Bloomingdale’s new site in SoHo. But they will be severely tested too.

While welcoming the swell of customers, retailers like Scoop, Barneys…

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Fashion Features

VF Cuts Costs and 3,000 Jobs

NEW YORK — When VF Corp. reported its 23.8 percent increase in net income Thursday, the company credited its aggressive moves to close domestic plants and shift to contract foreign production as helping improve margins markedly.

The…

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Fashion Features

YSL Beauté, Boucheron Fragrance Union Set

PARIS — Gucci Group NV is expected to announce today the completion of plans to integrate Boucheron’s fragrance operations within its YSL Beauté division.

Since its acquisition in 2000, Boucheron has run its beauty business…

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Fashion Features

Apparel and Textile Import Gain Led by 144% Surge From China

WASHINGTON — The China factor continues to dominate textile and apparel imports.

The country was the driving force behind a 21.8 percent rise in sector imports in August, the Commerce Department’s trade figures revealed…

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Fashion Features

In Brief

ACTION AGAINST SEARS: A securities class action has begun on behalf of shareholders who acquired Sears, Roebuck & Co. securities between Jan. 17, 2002 and Oct. 17, 2002. The case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of…

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Fashion Features

Corrections

The chief hairstylist for Donna Karan’s spring 2003 runway show was Luigi Murenu. This was incorrect in a story on page 9, Friday.

Rochelle Udell’s last name was misspelled in a caption on page 5, Friday.

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Fashion Features

Is Prada Considering Real Estate Spin-Off?

MILAN — When Patrizio Bertelli announced that Prada Group was working to lower its debt during an IWC for Prada watch launch last Thursday, he might have been referring to a real estate spin-off venture.

Although the company would not…

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Fashion Features

Study: Rich are Surfing More

NEW YORK — The rich are doing it more often. Getting wired, that is, according to fresh figures from Internet measurement service Nielsen/Net Ratings.

The trend marks a sharp reversal of a dynamic that had prevailed since 2000, which saw…

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Fashion Features

Variety Show

Accessories were everywhere in the spring collections. Sexy and feminine looks were important, but so were exotic pieces worn in multiples and sports styles. Jewelry ranged from boldly scaled tribal necklaces to the most luxurious gold-set gems. Bags…

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Fashion Features

Chopard’s Gold Standard

PARIS — There have been black diamonds, cognac diamonds and silver diamonds.

Now, Chopard has introduced gold diamonds, which are not even diamonds at all. The Geneva-based watch and jewelry company launched its Golden Diamonds line last…

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Fashion Features

Dennis Basso Has a New Bag

NEW YORK — After 20 years in the fur business, Dennis Basso is branching into new territory with the debut of his first handbag line.

The bags naturally feature plenty of fur, as well as details such as bamboo handles, mink rose…

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Fashion Features

FINDINGS

COACH’S NEW VIEW: Coach has signed a licensing agreement for sunglasses and optical frames with Marchon Eyewear, which also manufactures sunglasses for Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Fendi. Coach sunglasses were previously manufactured in a…

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Fashion Features

Mipel’s Brighter Spring

MILAN — The world economy and political scene may be murky and unstable, but spring handbag trends at Mipel were crisp and clear: ethnic themes, an earth-color palette, and styles loaded with studs, stitching, fringes and wood or horn…

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Fashion Features

Upbeat Mood at Première Classe

PARIS — Ethnic details, crochet and woven bags, silver and gold jewelry and a big splash of color led the trends at the latest edition of Première Classe, the accessories show held in the Tuileries Gardens.

Despite the economic…

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Fashion Features

DuPont Mixes Form and Function

NEW YORK — The theme of DuPont Textiles & Interiors intimate apparel workshop is an eclectic mix of tactile fabric blends that address a variety of functional needs and enhance the figure.

Entitled “Incentives,” the workshop, which runs…

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Financial

Wella Revenues Increase 10.3%

Berlin — In a preliminary report, The Wella Group said sales for the January through September period rose about 10.3 percent, when adjusted for currency effects, to $2.4 billion. All dollar figures are converted from the euro at current exchange…

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Fashion Features

Breaking Ground at FIT

NEW YORK — “One of the great things about my job is sometimes I get to play in the dirt. I like to play in the dirt, because I know that afterwards, something great is going to be built.”

Those were Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia…

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