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A&F Finds 'Growing Up' Tough Now that Sex No Longer Sells

Abercrombie is aging its models to show it is no longer a "teen" brand; company reported a Q2 loss.

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Barbie Becomes Paid Social Media Influencer

Through her Instagram account, Barbie “produces” sponsored content.

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Fashion

Costume Institute's Next Subject Said to Be Rei Kawakubo

The exhibit next spring would be only the second the Met has devoted to a living designer.

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Holiday Aftermath: Vendors Stay Lean, but More Shakeups Ahead

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Overview

Vendor caution will limit the damage from the poor holiday season, but it won?t stop more consolidation in 2003.

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Padding Nesi’s Closet … Buddy Buddy … Fur Sure? …

PADDING NESI’S CLOSET: Nesi Fashion Brands isn’t quite ready to confirm persistent market reports that it’s got the North American men’s apparel license for Eminem in hand, but sources say it’s a matter of days before the…

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People

Four Seasons

While New York was glazed with snow last weekend, in Los Angeles the heat wave brought out bikini-clad beach bunnies by day and miniskirt-wearing lovelies by night. Monday night at Cachet, Audrey Bernstein and Apple Via’s weekly gathering at Les…

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People

Air Supply

The metal sequins currently covering the facade of the James Cohan Gallery aren’t scattered remnants of its holiday decor. The installation, created by artist Howard Goldkrand, is part of the group show “Air,” featuring 29 artists and spanning…

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People

Suddenly Sydney

She inherited the good looks. She inherited her father’s name. And luckily for Sydney Tamiia Poitier, the star of UPN’s new Tuesday night sitcom “Abby,” real talent came with the package. Poitier, the 29-year-old daughter of Sidney Poitier…

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Fashion Features

Snowbirds Give Blast of Fashion

NEW YORK — With the new year in full swing, poolside sunbathers in idyllic locales are showing off the first signs of swimwear for 2003.

Based on interviews with six resorts and hotels frequented by fashion-minded women, swimmers and sun…

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Fashion Features

Portrait of a Kitesurfer

NEW YORK — Fiona Wedenig spends three to five hours each day soaking wet flying through the sky near picturesque beaches.

As one of the premiere female kitesurfers, the 23-year-old is known for her signature move, The Flying Fifi, a stunt…

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Fashion Features

Teen Brands Travel Abroad

NEW YORK — Junior sportswear makers may want to begin some lessons in Chinese, Italian or French.

With a rough year behind them, clothing companies serving the teen crowd are making changes to ensure that 2003 will be a better year….

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Fashion Features

Metropoli-Teen

Top 15 metro areas ranked by teenage population.

While teen spending has slowed somewhat recently, the group remains one of the most acquisitive and trend-conscious. Many teens reside in college towns, where cultural amenities are a…

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Fashion Features

Denim Dish

Lee’s Message: Trade Down

Lee Co. is making a new push into the contemporary market with a message that might resonate with shoppers in these shaky economic times: Why spend so much?

The company is launching for fall retailing a new…

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Fashion Features

Hawaiian Punch

NEW YORK — Aloha! Swimwear for summer 2003 is tuning into the current retro Hawaiian trend, with bold, splashy, tropical patterns. And sultry bikinis aren’t the only signs of its influence. Tiki bars are back, too, like the new Waikiki…

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Fashion Features

Holiday Aftermath: Vendors Stay Lean, but More Shakeups Ahead

NEW YORK — Vendor caution will limit the damage from the poor holiday season, but it won’t stop more consolidation in 2003.

Most firms…

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Financial

Analysts Weigh Pressure on Vendors

NEW YORK — In the financial and consulting communities, industry observers agreed that vendors anticipated the slower sales during the abbreviated holiday shopping season, planned conservatively and positioned themselves well.

That…

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Fashion Features

U.S., Central America Begin Free-Trade Talks

WASHINGTON — Five Central American countries and the U.S. launched the start of free-trade talks Wednesday with ambitions to complete a pact this year, but even on the first day, details of textiles and apparel trade surfaced as a knotty…

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Financial

Lerner’s Taps John E. DeWolf 3rd

NEW YORK — Lerner New York/New York & Co. has appointed John E. DeWolf 3rd to the newly created position of executive vice president, real estate. DeWolf’s responsibilities will include directing the company’s real estate strategy,…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Donna’s Jeans Deal … Factory Shift … No Sail … Heading East …

DONNA’S JEANS DEAL: Donna Karan International and SINV have completed their previously reported license for DKNY women’s and men’s jeans in Europe, Asia, the Mideast, Australia and New Zealand, the companies said Wednesday. The…

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Financial

Coach Ups Guidance After Strong Holiday

NEW YORK — Continuing to swim against the tide, American accessories specialist Coach Inc. said Wednesday that holiday sales were so good that it had boosted its earnings per share guidance by 4 cents.

The revised EPS guidance for the…

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Financial

Specialty Retailers Enjoy Late Surge

NEW YORK — Improved mall traffic late in the month propelled Nordstrom and three specialty retailers to same-store gains as the first December same-store sales results trickled in on Wednesday.

Following Cache and Mothers Work, which…

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Fashion Features

Another Venue for L.A. Shows

LOS ANGELES — So much for centralization.

Efforts to contain Los Angeles Fashion Week to downtown have been foiled by the news late Tuesday that another program would take place 10 miles west of the Downtown Standard, the hotel where 7th…

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Fashion Features

Icy Empire State Building Hampres Business on 34th

NEW YORK — Falling ice from the top of the Empire State Building closed traffic Wednesday on 34th Street, causing some retailers to fill their days counting inventory rather than making sales.

“There’s no one here but the employees…

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