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Marketing and Promotion

Gap Ad Budget Spikes

NEW YORK — Gap Inc. is boosting its fourth quarter ad budget by approximately 30 percent over year-ago levels, to an estimated $151 million, and appears bent on bridging a divide commonly faced by fashion consumers: the disconnect between a…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Business and Pleasure … Kasper’s Future … Saks for Lunch …

BUSINESS AND PLEASURE: The office romance between Louise Blouin MacBain, the vivacious Canadian-born business tycoon, and Simon de Pury of the auction house Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, is apparently over. So it should be no surprise that MacBain,…

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Fashion Features

Chinese Official: U.S. Government Needs to Aid Domestic Textiles

NEW YORK — It’s not just U.S. textile executives who are worried about the future of their industry.

A Chinese government official said Tuesday that unless the U.S. government takes steps to help the domestic fabric industry, he…

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Fashion Features

Gucci New Generation Store in Rome

MILAN — Gucci is adding to the holiday sparkle in the Eternal City.

The luxury brand will unveil its first store dedicated to fine jewelry and timepieces in Rome on Saturday.

The 540-square-foot shop is located on the tony Via…

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Fashion Features

Going for The Burn

NEW YORK — Shiseido will boost its body care business in March with the U.S. launch of Body Creator, a cellulite-reducing gel said to assist in burning fat. Since being launched in Japan in April, the product has sparked sales of 1.3 million…

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Fashion Features

What a Turkey: Nov. Comps Drop From Weak Year-Ago Levels

NEW YORK — The pressure’s really on December now.

Strong post-Thanksgiving results, fueled by frantic promotions, weren’t sufficient to overcome November’s slow start and poorly timed finish.

Despite a healthy…

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Fashion Features

Shoppers Say, ‘Let It Snow’

NEW YORK — Despite the heavy snow Thursday that blanketed much of the East Coast, caused power outages, closed schools and triggered huge airport delays, Manhattan shoppers were not cowed. In fact, early dismissals from work due to the inclement…

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Financial

Bertelli Talks of IPO in 2005

PARIS — The long-awaited initial public offering of Prada could come in 2005, chief executive officer Patrizio Bertelli said at a conference here.

Bertelli said Prada plans to revisit its IPO plans before $700 million of the…

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Fashion Features

Jackie Rogers Namesake Shop Opens Downtown

NEW YORK — Veteran fashion designer, former Chanel model, Fellini actress and now, downtown shop owner. Jackie Rogers, a woman who has long relished the glamorous life, is opening the doors of an eponymous boutique filled with her designs….

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Alexandra Peltz Gelb

People

Suzy

The wedding of Alexandra Bernard Peltz and Clifford Stuart Gelb took place at an intimate ceremony with family and friends at a private club in New York. The bride, beautiful and petite, wore a gown designed by Hervé Pierre of Bill Blass, an ivory…

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Fashion Features

Dickson Wins Bid for Nichols

LONDON — Dickson Poon has defeated Deutsche Bank in the battle over Harvey Nichols.

Broad Gain Investments, one of Poon’s companies, said in a statement to the London stock exchange on Thursday that the second bid for control…

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Financial

Neiman Marcus Profits Jump 24.1% in Quarter

NEW YORK — A focus on full-price selling boosted Neiman Marcus Group’s first-quarter profits.

The company said Thursday that for the three months ended Nov. 2, its earnings rose 24.1 percent to $28.5 million, or 59 cents a diluted…

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Fashion Features

Taubman Mulls New Simon Offer, Likely to Say ‘No’

NEW YORK — Simon Property Group’s bid to take over Taubman Centers is getting more hostile.

On Thursday, Simon launched an $18-a-share tender offer, going direct to shareholders after getting rebuffed on its Nov. 13 offer of $17.50…

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Fashion Features

In Brief

NO LV EYE DEAL: Luxottica chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio denied speculation that his company is negotiating an eyewear licensing agreement with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton for Louis Vuitton eyewear. “Signing a contract with Louis Vuitton is…

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Fashion Features

Corrections

The caption information for Love Tanjane’s camisole and shorts and Underglam’s lace camisole and shorts were transposed on pages 1 and 5 on Monday.

The names of Anne Fogarty, Bonnie Cashin and Claire McCardell were…

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Glow by Jennifer Lopez.

Fashion Features

Fragrance Off to a Promising Start

NEW YORK — While perhaps not as merry as in some past holidays, neither is the department store fragrance business as gloomy as last year’s post-9/11 dirge.

Some of this season’s buoyancy is coming from the flood of new…

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Coty repackaged some of its gift sets.

Fashion Features

Mass Expecting a Merry Christmas

NEW YORK — Early mass fragrance results are looking cheery.

While ongoing softness in the mass fragrance market had moved retailers to cut back on their orders this season, movement during the post-Thanksgiving weekend period indicates…

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This party kit is displayed in shrink wrap at Costco.

Fashion Features

Critical Mass: Retailers See New Gift Opportunity in At-Home Spa Treatments

NEW YORK — Merry Christmas. How about an at-home hot stone massage?

There may be fragrances packed to the ceilings at the nation’s mass market stores, but many buyers are putting their dollars behind pampering products —…

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The lilac bottle boasts an image of the designer.

Fashion Features

Lulu’s First Fragrance

LONDON —?It’s fairly safe to say that Lulu Guinness’s mission in life is to accessorize quirky, glamour girls head-to-toe. Following her successful bag and shoe lines, Guinness is set to launch her self-titled fragrance next…

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Andrea Hyde, Brian Robinson and Hiroshi Maruyama.

Fashion Features

French Connection and Zirh Sign Deal

NEW YORK — Zirh International Corp., the men’s U.S. skin care manufacturer and a division of Shiseido, has entered into a licensing agreement with French Connection Ltd., the U.K. apparel company, to manufacture and distribute men’s…

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Takeshi Hariya, Heidi Manheimer, Tomoko Yamagishi-Dressler and Hiroshi Maruyama

Fashion Features

Shiseido to Launch Anticellulite Gel

NEW YORK — Shiseido’s strategy for expanding its body care business in the U.S. should strike a chord with the majority of Americans concerning an all-consuming obsession: fat.

Body Creator, a cellulite-reducing body gel that is…

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Matthew Williamson’s Incense.

Fashion Features

Designer’s Incense Needs No Flame

LONDON — Matthew Williamson seems to have it covered. First it was fashion, then lifestyle products and now a fragrance. The debut scent, named Incense, is a progression from Williamson’s already popular candle range, which launched just…

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Fashion Features

Escada Beaute Names Fouvez As President

PARIS — Eric Fouvez has been named the new president of Escada Beaute. He replaces Juliette Rapinat-Freudiger, who left the firm in October.

Fouvez formerly held a senior management position at Rochas, a division of Wella AG’s…

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Rocher’s Serum Vegetal skin care.

Fashion Features

Rocher, Shiseido Inspired by Nature

PARIS — Yves Rocher and Carita are going au naturel for their spring 2003 introductions.

Shiseido-owned Carita will launch Force Minerale, or Mineral Power, a five-unit line of body care products containing minerals culled from…

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Fashion Features

Prescriptives and Bendel’s Fete New Concept

NEW YORK — Prescriptives and Henri Bendel officially introduced PxExpress by Prescriptives with a party at the store last week. The event was thrown jointly by Bendel’s, Prescriptives and Vogue magazine. It featured a vintage dress auction…

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Jack Stahl, Revlon and Karen Fondu, Maybelline.

Fashion Features

Retailers Raise $1.6M

NEW YORK — Drugstore executives descended on Manhattan Tuesday for the annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores Charitable Dinner.

The event, held at the Sheraton New York, raised more than $1.6 million. The proceeds will be…

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Adil Mehboob-Khan and Susan Arnold

Fashion Features

Top Notes

PARTY HOSTS: A slew of beauty executives from Procter & Gamble put on their party hats Tuesday to host a three-hour cocktail party for the media. Making a rare appearance was Susan Arnold, president, global personal beauty care — P&G’s…

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Sketch’s lounge.

Fashion Features

Eat Drink Man Woman

LONDON — It’s 12:30 p.m. at Sketch, restaurateur Mourad Mazouz’s latest business adventure, and staff in the restaurant upstairs are serving pigeon-and-chocolate hors d’oeuvres while the managers downstairs drink cups of…

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Richard Phillips illustration for Cartier.

Media

Illustrators Get A Second Wind

LONDON — For decades they toiled on the sidelines, pencils and paintbrushes in hand, while photographers like Patrick Demarchelier, Stephen Meisel and Mario Testino shaped the way one saw fashion.

But today, illustrators, portrait…

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Media

Memo Pad

SUZY Q: So much for the conventional wisdom that staffers of the International Herald Tribune are up in arms over its purchase by the New York Times. Suzy Menkes, fashion editor of the IHT, is gushing over the change in ownership. During her opening…

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