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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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Media

Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

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Shall We Dance?

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Shall We Dance?

NEW YORK — Fluid silk or tulle and lace, a blush-toned palette and shapes that suggest, rather than cling, all add up to a ballet-dancer fantasy that’s part of many girlhood memories. Here, one illustration: Nicole Miller’s silk…

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Fashion Features

Barneys Sees Daylight As Third-Quarter Profit Reflects a Tighter Ship

NEW YORK — Whether it’s the irreverent Christmas windows or the cool vibe of an Austin Powers party, Barneys New York almost always has a buzz. Now it’s emanating from where you’d least expect: the income…

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Fashion Features

On the Road to 2005: Who Loses to China?

NEW YORK — It’s the 1.28 billion person question.

That’s the population of China, and its sheer size — along with its citizens’ abilities to make tremendous quantities of a variety of merchandise — has…

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Fashion Features

James Davis Celebrates 40 Years by Expanding

MEMPHIS — After 40 years, James Davis is trying to recapture its youth.

Already known for its luxury looks like a cashmere shawl with chinchilla roses at $1,795 by Loro Piana, a black rabbit coat by Cassin for $2,695 and designer lines…

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Financial

Late Turkey Day Blamed for Slow Weekly Comps

NEW YORK — Retailers reporting weekly sales Monday either met modest goals or pinned disappointments on oddball comparisons with an earlier Thanksgiving last year.

Uninspired, the equity markets shrugged off the updates as if they were…

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Fashion Features

In Brief

GARDEN STATE SEARING: New Jersey officials said Monday that Sears, Roebuck & Co. is one of four companies the state plans to sue for massive pension fund losses. At a press conference, Gov. Jim McGreevey and other state officials said New Jersey will…

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Fashion Features

Right Bank

Le tout New York came out Thursday night to greet designer Bruce Hoeksema at a party hosted by Valentino Garavani (yes, the Valentino), Elizabeth Saltzman and Giancarlo Giammetti at VBH, Hoeksema’s new Madison Avenue boutique — if you can…

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People

Velvet Underground

L.A.’s favorite neo-burlesque troupe, Velvet Hammer — the ensemble that has spawned imitators from London to San Francisco — ended its annual fall run last Thursday with a full night of dancing queens and bawdy sketches, proving once…

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Fashion Features

In AGOA Era, Mauritius Moves Up

FLOREAL, Mauritius — Nearly two years after the U.S. African Growth & Opportunity Act came into effect, the Mauritius textile industry is facing serious challenges.

Beset by escalating problems with imported labor, political upheavals in…

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Financial

Deb Reports Profits of $3.3M

NEW YORK — Teen apparel retailer Deb Shops posted earnings in its third-quarter results, reversing a year-ago loss produced by a one-time $7.4 million charge from the sale of its Atlantic Book Store subsidiary.

The Philadelphia-based…

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A Touch of the Poet

NEW YORK — At 73, Richard Howard gives the impression of having seen everything worth seeing, done everything worth doing and met everyone worth knowing. And in view of his accomplishments, such an air doesn’t seem unreasonable. But he…

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Memo Pad: Two-Timing … Going, Going, Gone … Wedding Bells …

TWO-TIMING: It looks like Mario Testino is taking some inspiration from Richard Avedon. On the December cover of British Vogue, Elizabeth Hurley is sitting on a piano with her legs wrapped around Elton John. That’s all well and good, except for…

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Fashion Features

BG Brings Jacobs Show To Masses in Cyberspace

NEW YORK — Bergdorf Goodman, in its first-ever e-commerce venture, is scoring big with a Marc Jacobs trunk show.

The trunk show was held live last Thursday through Saturday at the store, and is being duplicated online at…

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Fashion Features

Market Basket: In Hannant’s Trunk … Final Exam … Quick Study

IN HANNANT’S TRUNK: Douglas Hannant has had a solid trunk show season. According to John W. Murphy, director of sales at the New York-based ready-to-wear firm, $419,300 worth of merchandise was sold at a Nov. 11-15 spring trunk show at Bergdorf…

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Fashion Features

Coasts Lead Web Apparel Hunt

NEW YORK — Consumers in major metropolitan areas on the East and West Coasts will dominate online shopping for apparel and accessories this holiday, and those items are projected to be the third most popular gifts they purchase, according to data…

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Fashion Features

Levi Strauss Announces New Senior Note Offering

NEW YORK — Levi Strauss & Co. said Monday that it is commencing a private placement of $300 million of senior notes due 2012, ranking equally with the company’s other unsecured unsubordinated indebtedness.

Levi Strauss said that…

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Meisel: Escada’s New Image Maker

BERLIN — After sitting it out for the last three seasons, Escada is jumping back into the national ad circuit with a spring-summer 2003 advertising campaign shot by Steven Meisel.

Set against a stark, white background, models include…

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Fashion Features

Strong Margins Lead ShopKo Back to Black

NEW YORK — Gross margin gains coupled with lower expenses allowed ShopKo Stores Inc. to return to profitability in the third quarter.

For the three months ended Nov. 2, the Green Bay, Wis.-based regional discounter posted net income of…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Avedon on Avedon … Let’s Dance … W Dresses Up …

AVEDON ON AVEDON: Most of the Sunday afternoon crowd taking in “Portraits by Richard Avedon” was too busy checking out the portraits on the walls to notice the unassuming man with snowy hair and wide-rimmed glasses. But the man in question was none…

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Fashion Features

Moschino Opens First German Flagship

BERLIN — In a move to grow its German business and update the brand’s fashion image here, Moschino has opened its first German flagship in Berlin.

The 1,700-square-foot store features the Moschino women’s line, Moschino Cheap…

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Fashion Features

Von Furstenberg’s Caravan Serai

NEW YORK — Diane Von Furstenberg takes her role as downtown den mother seriously.

The designer, who stays in the loop by surrounding herself with young people who work in her studio and store, returns the favor by doling out advice and…

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Fashion Features

Luxury Goods Panel Offers Some Answers

MILAN — How are luxury goods companies reacting to the crisis and what are their long-term strategies for survival?

A panel with some of the industry’s top players offered solutions here this month during a meeting organized by…

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