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Chanel Métiers d’Art Show at the Ritz Paris: Review

Karl Lagerfeld paraded a pre-fall collection for the 2016-17 Chanel Métiers d’Art collection as opulent as the setting — the Ritz Paris.

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Business

Job Cuts at Honest Co. Could Mean IPO Tabled

The business is cutting about 80 positions in the first quarter.

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Business

Supreme Court Decision Seen as Blow to Fashion Designers

The court's ruling in favor of Samsung in its battle with Apple could weaken patent protection for fashion designs.

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Young French Designers: Adored Abroad, but Shunned at Home

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Joy Bryant in Christian Dior at the “Antwone Fisher” premiere...

People

Joy to the World

LOS ANGELES — If you didn’t catch her in last year’s MTV movie “Carmen: A Rock Hip Hopera,” it’ll be hard to miss Joy Bryant in “Antwone Fisher,” Denzel Washington’s directorial debut, in which she plays the title…

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Charles Askegard and Maria Kowroski wear motion capture sensors during a recording session for “Barbie in the Nutcracker.”

People

Guys and Dolls

NEW YORK — When New York City Ballet’s master in chief, Peter Martins, handpicked principal dancer Charles Askegard to serve as the model for Ken in last year’s computer-animated DVD “Barbie in the Nutcracker,” it wasn’t the…

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“William Wollaston,” Gainsborough, circa 1760.

People

Enlightened Male

LONDON — Tate Britain is celebrating the many faces of legendary artist Thomas Gainsborough, who could make the folds of a noblewoman’s silk dress sparkle and spring to life as easily as he could depict the ragged clothing of a poor child…

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Fashion Features

Saks Shutting Boston Store In Milwaukee

NEW YORK — Saks Inc. will close a 153,000-square-foot Boston Store in the Northridge Mall in Milwaukee in March, affecting 150 workers.

The company said its five other Boston Store units in the Milwaukee area will remain open. They are in…

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Renée Zellweger sports fishnets in “Chicago.”

Fashion Features

W2W: What to Watch – Net Sales

They may have blood on their hands, but Velma Kelley and Roxie Hart of the movie “Chicago” — played by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger — know how to slip on a good pair of fishnets for sizzle.

The duo sports the look…

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Designer names are flooding the watch market. Here, the IWC for Prada watch.

Fashion Features

W2W: What to Watch – The Time Machine

The watch world received an influx of new players in 2002, in what was already a crowded marketplace. Among those that jumped into the scene are big-gun designer names such as Yves Saint Laurent and Prada, as well as new and revamped lines from…

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Small bags, like this one from Coach, could translate into big sales.

Fashion Features

W2W: what to Watch – Less is More

From iPods to Mini Me, smaller is better, and less is more these days. In the accessories arena, little bags and small items are likely going to translate into big sales in 2003. From wristlets to embellished coin purses, designers are finding that…

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Kate Spade is aggressively going after counterfeiters who knock off its trademark handbags and totes.

Fashion Features

W2W: What to Watch – Counterfeiting Action

Knockoffs are not a new problem in the fashion industry, but some companies are fighting back and this year anticounterfeiting is poised to take on even greater importance.

Firms such as Burberry and Chanel have been aggressive in recent years…

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This spring, Sigerson Morrison will take its store concept to Los Angeles.

Fashion Features

W2W: What to Watch – Movin’ On Up

Business remains tough below Manhattan’s 14th Street, but two downtown accessories firms seem set to make the leap from an insider status to high brand visibility next year. NoLIta-based shoe and handbag firm Sigerson Morrison, a favorite among…

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Chanel opened a shoe and handbag boutique on Madison Avenue last June.

Fashion Features

W2W: What to Watch – Accessories Only, Please

Are accessories-only stores the next trend for designers? Since the luxury accessories category generally fared better than others in the past 12 months, some design houses are trying to figure out a way to jump on the booming bandwagon. Many are…

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A look from the new line of Luca Luca accessories.

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Findings

LUCA LUCA STEPS OUT: Italian firm Luca Luca, known for its glitzy dresses and playful sportswear, is getting more serious about accessories. The company has had shoes for a few seasons and, for spring, it’s expanding its offerings into handbags,…

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A whimsical pair of softly brushed flannel pajamas by French Jenny at Richard Leeds International.

Fashion Features

W2W: What to Watch – The Comfort Concept

Comfortwear — warm and cuddly sleepwear, softly brushed robes, at-homewear separates in feel-good fabrics and fluffy spa-related items — has become one of the fastest-growing categories at retail since the threat to personal security came…

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The ambience and image at the 2002 Victoria’s Secret show had a carnival-like quality. A neon sign above the stage entrance flashed on and off: “Be Sexy. Be Energetic. Be Glamorous.”

Fashion Features

W2W: What to Watch – Victoria’s Secret: Sweet or Sizzle

So what’s Victoria’s Secret’s next move? A platform that offers more of a sexual smorgasbord or a return to the original formula of romantic interludes?

In a time of a conservative political climate, the lingerie specialist…

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An allover seamless stretch cami and briefs of Tactel and

Fashion Features

W2W: What to Watch – The Big Stretch

There seems to be no end to the vast horizon ahead for seamless apparel. The offspring of the hosiery business, the booming seamless category started shifting gears in the past couple of years into other apparel categories, such as swimwear,…

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Fashion Features

W2W: What to Watch – Warnaco Watch

The beleaguered Warnaco Group surprised observers recently when it said it would emerge from bankruptcy protection in early 2003 as a standalone company, with much of its stable of brands remaining.

Upon exiting bankruptcy, Warnaco will hold…

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Caroline Charles, circa 1965.

Fashion Features

Caroline Charles Hits 40

LONDON — When Caroline Charles began her design career, London had just begun to swing, The Beatles had been around for two years, Mary Quant was the high priestess of street style and a dress that cost $40 was considered highly…

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Here, Roberta di Camerino’s leather bag, Alberta Ferretti’s leather shoes and Bulgari’s white gold ring, worn with Valentino’s top and pants.

Fashion Features

Primary School

MILAN — Talk about dazzle. Italian designers are turning up the wattage on spring accessories, showing them in simple shapes and vivid primary colors. Here, Roberta di Camerino’s leather bag, Alberta Ferretti’s leather shoes and…

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Eric Bergere

Fashion Features

Young French Designers: Adored Abroad, but Shunned at Home

Paris— A paradox belies the success of French fashion: Its homegrown talent have to look abroad for business.

France might foster experimentation in fashion, Parisian style might be coveted and courted around the world and the City of…

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The popularity of gift cards has changed the Christmas landscape.

Fashion Features

Retail Looks Toward January

NEW YORK — Now all the hopes of retailers lie in the cards.

After what is being labeled the worst holiday shopping season in three decades, some retail analysts firmly believe that post-Christmas sales will be better than pre-Christmas…

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Fashion Features

More Moves Ahead for Cherokee?

NEW YORK — Is Cherokee Inc. back in acquisition mode?

Based on some recent acquisitive activity, its strong third-quarter results and the large amount of cash held on its balance sheet, the tea leaves seem to be saying yes.

As…

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Financial

Chico’s Execs to Sell Additional Shares

NEW YORK — Chico’s FAS Inc.’s chief executive officer Marvin Gralnick and senior vice president Helene Gralnick have adopted a new plan that will allow their extant limited partnership to sell up to 2.2 million shares of their…

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Fashion Features

In Brief

SPITZER STRIKES AGAIN: Luxottica Group SpA reported that it has been notified by the office of New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer that the company’s pricing and distribution practices relating to sunglasses are being investigated. The…

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Laura Biagiotti

Fashion Features

Biagiotti’s Little Girl Luxe

MILAN — During an informal lunch at Cova, this city’s oldest and quaintest cafe, designer Laura Biagiotti presented her latest project, “Dolls,” an apparel collection dedicated to little girls, and toasted the 30th anniversary of her…

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The interior of Eks.

Fashion Features

Madrid’s Newest Store: Eks Marks the Hot Spot

MADRID — “I’m not competing with Zara, it’s impossible. I’m interested in fashion that no other retailer in Madrid has. My customer is designer-savvy and she knows the labels. She is looking for something different, something…

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The windows of Biffi.

Fashion Features

Biffi’s New Take on Avant-Garde

MILAN — A trip to Biffi quickly sweeps away any depressing thoughts about bad economies or pending wars. On any given day, Rosy Biffi’s boutique in Corso Genova brims over with customers eager to snap up the latest Marni antique floral…

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