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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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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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Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

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Courrèges to Cut Out Wholesale

PARIS — Coqueline Courrèges said Friday she’s fed up with multibrand stores and is pulling her collection out of all of them.

Effective next spring, the line will be concentrated in her flagship here. The collection is carried…

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In Brief

BATON PASSED AT PiaGET: Robert Filotei is stepping down as president of Piaget’s North America division, and will be replaced by Richemont North America executive Thomas Van Der Kallen. Filotei, who has had a long career in the watch and jewelry…

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A NEW ERA BEGINS

NEW YORK — The German trade show giant Messe Frankfurt has acquired Intimate Apparel Salon.

A purchase price was not available, but industry sources estimate the acquisition of the 12-year-old Salon was around $800,000. Messe Frankfurt…

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DTI Details Fall 2003

NEW YORK — The future of legwear looks rosy…and poppy red, chrome yellow and lime green.

These were just some of the fall 2003 legwear colors DuPont Textiles & Interiors presented during its bi-annual fashion and innovation workshop…

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Ode to Handbags

NEW YORK — For many women, a handbag is more than a mere fashion statement — it signals who she is and who she wants to be.

At least that’s the view of writer Anna Johnson, author of the new book “Handbags: The Power of the…

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Flower Girl

NEW YORK — The season’s fresh crop of flowers is full of charm — and never ditsy. The sleekest and sportiest of shapes show up in a variety of florals, some specific, others more like abstract brush strokes. Here, Calvin Klein…

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Sheer Thing

Lace, mesh and net are all part of the most romantic lingerie looks. Sometimes that sheer touch is just a flirty trim or overlay, but often, it’s the whole story with a bevy of re-embroidered lace slips that double as dance dresses.

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Totally Provoked

NEW YORK — “In fashion, you must provoke. You must be provocative.”

This was just a bit of fatherly advice coming from none other than 80-year-old Pierre Cardin, despite reports his business empire is in trouble. Cardin leaned far over a…

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People

Fired Up

As a fire marshal held the masses at bay, fashionable types, including Tatiana von Furstenberg, Francesca Gregorini, Taryn Manning, Thora Birch and Alicia Silverstone, fought their way into an old bank on Hollywood Boulevard to see The Strokes at a…

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Art Attack

PARIS — What does the Contemporary Art fair FIAC have in common with a Louis Vuitton boutique?

Over the weekend, there was an artistic feeding frenzy at the fair reminiscent of those that occur regularly at Vuitton’s handbag…

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People

Boss Lady

LOS ANGELES — A young blonde, wriggling along with Desi Arnaz in the Copacabana’s conga line in New York, catches the eye of Twentieth Century Fox founder Joseph M. Schenck. She gets a train ticket to Hollywood, a screen test and invites…

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Net Effects

PARIS — There’s no business like show business, as they say. And that aphorism applies just as well to fashion as it does to the theater, especially in a playful, frisky season. Jean Paul Gaultier’s presentation, for example, had a…

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Coming Around Again: Kmart’s New Ideas Bear a Familiar Ring

NEW YORK — The new Kmart has taken a step back in time.

Executives at the broken discount chain say it is on the mend with an improved focus. However, many of Kmart’s strategic initiatives suggest it is revisiting Floyd Hall’s…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Valentino’s Custom Design … Room at the Inn … Adding Women …

VALENTINO’S CUSTOM DESIGN: Valentino is the latest designer to hop on the made-to-order bandwagon. The fashion house’s newest accessory is a crocodile hobo bag with suede fringes in bitter chocolate brown that features a matte-gold metal…

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Multibrand Groups Defend Strategies

MILAN — Does the multibrand strategy still work?

After the Nineties’ spending spree, flurry of acquisitions and exponential growth of such groups as Gucci and Prada, this has become a thorny question, given the uncertain economy and…

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Fashion Features

Bush Andean Pact Delay Irks Importers

WASHINGTON — President Bush has still not signed off on granting apparel duty breaks to three of the four Andean countries currently eligible, even though they were to take effect on Oct. 1 as part of a comprehensive trade bill passed this…

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Fashion Features

INTIMATE NOTES

MAIDENFORM SLEEPS EASY: Maidenform Inc. has signed a licensing pact with Vandale Industries to manufacture a line of flame-resistant sleepwear for boys’ and girls’ bearing the Maidenform name. Garments will feature a Slumber Safe fabric…

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THE FEEL-GOOD FACTOR

NEW YORK — Despite the continued lackluster retail scene, a strong turnout is expected at next week’s early fall market, where buyers and vendors will search out “the comfort zone.”

The innerwear segment — particularly…

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Fashion Features

Team Players

Spring’s pajama game is all about mixing it up. This means a sexy strapless bra topping charming full pants, oversized robes and elegant jackets teamed with matching bottoms or the classic T-shirt-drawstring combo.

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