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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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Tough Quarter for Gucci ? And Iraq Spells More Uncertainty

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Flip Side

NEW YORK — While the majority of consumers buying high-priced hair care currently purchase it at salons, Lancôme is hoping to shift shopping patterns with its new entry, Hair Sensation. The 12-stockkeeping-unit collection, which hits U.S….

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Fashion Features

Tough Quarter for Gucci — And Iraq Spells More Uncertainty

MILAN — A slowdown at the core Gucci division and higher losses at Yves Saint Laurent were the main reasons for a 14.4 percent drop in Gucci Group’s net profits in the third quarter ended Oct. 31.

And with a possible war in Iraq…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: He Wants to be a Part of It … The Mod Squad … Hot Drama …

HE WANTS TO BE A PART OF IT?: Is Nicolas Ghesquière, who electrified New York fashion week last year by decamping his Balenciaga show from Paris, getting ready for an encore? Sources say the designer is mulling another Manhattan showing, which…

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Financial

Kmart’s Stint in the Pink

NEW YORK — Kmart Corp., which has been operating in the red for the past two years, is now in the “pink.”

On Thursday, trading of shares of the bankrupt discounter moved to the “pink sheets,” the electronic quotation system. After 84…

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Financial

Valentino Set to Go Younger

MILAN — The Valentino machine is starting to kick into high gear.

Valentino will launch a young line for women and men for next fall that will be produced by SINV SpA, confirming reports in WWD.

“This will be a leisurewear…

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Financial

Nike Flourishing Outside the U.S.

NEW YORK — Nike Inc. on Thursday posted second-quarter results that were a penny better than Wall Street expectations.

Income for the three months ended Nov. 30 was up 18 percent to $152 million, or 57 cents a diluted share, from $129.3…

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Financial

C&B Hits Lower End Of Quarterly Forecast

NEW YORK — Christopher & Banks Corp. endured a “disappointing” third quarter, but still managed to improve its sales and profits and expand its retail footprint.

Net income for the quarter climbed 5.8 percent to $11.3 million, or 43 cents…

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Fashion Features

Vuitton Offers New Concept

FLORENCE — Louis Vuitton has put its stamp on Florence with the opening of a global concept store, and it took the opportunity to show off its new Tambour watch line, which includes a limited-edition chronograph, the LV277.

The retail…

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Financial

Wal-Mart Found Guilty of Not Paying Overtime

NEW YORK — Guilty.

That was the verdict from a federal jury Thursday against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for forcing employees to work unpaid overtime between 1994 and 1999.

Damages will be decided in a separate trial to take place at a…

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Fashion Features

In Brief

SOS BUYS BUM: SOS Management has completed the purchase of worldwide rights of BUM Equipment trademarks, confirming a report in WWD on Wednesday. For a purchase price of $25 million, the company, headed by chairman Stephen Wayne and vice chairman…

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Fashion Features

Correction

A photo montage of Calvin Klein’s fashion shows that appeared on page 6, Dec. 18, included a pink silk evening gown that was incorrectly attributed to the designer. That dress was from Bill Blass’ spring 1984 collection.

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Fashion Features

Amid Price War, Europe Looks Ahead

PARIS — A price war has erupted among French beauty sellers.

Through Christmas, customers walking into any Sephora here are handed coupons giving them $10.30 discounts on purchases running to $61.60 or more.

At Parfumeries…

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Fashion Features

Wang Scent Still Seeing Strong Sales

NEW YORK — Saks Fifth Avenue customers continue to say “I do” to Vera Wang’s eponymous fragrance.

At the designer’s most recent personal appearance for beauty — at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Short Hills, N.J., store this…

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Fashion Features

Estée Lauder: Updating a Classic Brand

NEW YORK — Leonard Lauder, chairman of The Estée Lauder Cos., talks in terms of turning around a battleship. Group president Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne has a sign in his office that proclaims, “It can be done.”

The Herculean task in…

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Fashion Features

Lancôme Enters Wash Cycle With Hair Sensation

NEW YORK — You could call it a hairy business: Lancôme is out to shift the shopping patterns of consumers buying high-priced hair care with its new collection, Hair Sensation, set to hit U.S. department store counters in March. …

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Fashion Features

Top Notes

DE BAKER MOVE: Robert De Baker has been appointed vice president of sales for North America at Bobbi Brown, a subsidiary of the Estée Lauder Cos. He was most recently with Lauder’s Clinique brand, where he worked as vice president of retail…

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Fashion Features

Critical Mass: CVS Hits Jackpot With Vegas Tourists

LAS VEGAS — There are many tourist attractions in Las Vegas ranging from the Shops at Caesars Palace to the water show at The Bellagio. There’s one that might raise some eyebrows — the new CVS on the strip.

During…

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Fashion Features

Boots Searches For a New CEO

LONDON — Boots the Chemist is speeding up its search for new management as the U.K. retail chain fights for its share of an increasingly competitive market.

Earlier this week, John McGrath, chairman of Boots, said in a statement that he…

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Fashion Features

Snippets

REGIS BUYS VIDAL SASSOON: Haircare Ltd. has sold its 25 Vidal Sassoon salons and four training academies to Minneapolis-based Regis Corp. Details of the acquisition between Regis and the London-based company have not been disclosed. As reported…

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People

Eye Scoop

THE NOSE KNOWS:Though “The Hours ” premiere in Los Angeles Thursday night was decidedly glitzy,Nicole Kidma n made a fan of Michael Cunningham ,the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the novel on which the movie is based,with her unglitzy screen…

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People

Globe Trotters

LOS ANGELES —Hollywood ’s de- signer derby has kicked off once again.Nominations for the 60th Annual Golden Globes,which will air Jan.19 at 8 p.m.EST on NBC, were announced Thursday,leaving many stars to ask that all-impor- tant awards show…

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People

Marshall Law

Rob Marshall had only one rule when it came to adapting Bob Fosse ’s original “Chicago ” for Miramax — to break every rule..That meant not having any character sing a song to another one or breaking into song and dance spontaneously,à…

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People

Suzy

The culterati and what might be called “real society “—not to be confused with the surreal gang you see at every store and gallery opening,charging the photographers,the better to get their pictures in every periodical,pamphlet and paper in print…

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Hachette U.K. at the Starting Gate

LONDON —The cutthroat arena of British magazine publishing has a new player itching to launch more magazines, extend its existing brands and maybe even take one of its titles to the U.S.The group is Hachette U.K.and its goal is to become the…

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Memo Pad

RADAR SCANS FOR STAFF: It ’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Maer Roshan .No one quite knows where the editorial budget of his magazine Radar is coming from (a list of investors,Roshan has said)but the magazine has finally set up shop…

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Fashion Features

Top Secret Turning Heads

NEW YORK — Copycat products have the potential to kill a category. Remember pore strips?

Well, Denise Rossouw, a West Hollywood-based hairstylist, is hoping that consumers have a short memory when it comes to the history of hair…

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