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Aéropostale's Future Still Unclear; Liquidation Possible

The future of teen retailer Aeropostale is still unclear, as bidding at a court auction was continuing into the evening hours on Monday.

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Fashion

Carolina Herrera Hires Raffaele Ilardo as Vice President of Design

Raffaele Ilardo will head up creative development and design for the Carolina Herrera New York ready-to-wear and bridal collections.

clock 8hRosemary Feitelberg

Fashion

Bomber Jackets, Off-the-Shoulder and Rompers Trending

Google's Fashion Trends Report found that Gigi Hadid, Kanye West, Kendall Jenner, Michelle Obama and Taylor Swift influenced the top trends.

clock 11hMaghan McDowell

After Tough Holiday, Market Faces Another Nervous Year

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Overview

If the Grinch stole Christmas for luxury, he?s going to keep doing so for the foreseeable future. Analysts share a grim view of the crucial holiday selling period for luxury and forecast tough times for the sector, at least for the short-term.

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Findings

NEW JEWELERS OF THE WORLD: Leading Jewelers of the the World, an association of upscale retail jewelers, has named a number of new members. The jewelers are chosen by the association’s executive director based on recommendations from an advisory…

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Nursing a Concept

NEW YORK — Loretta Schneider always wanted to be a fashion designer, but didn’t find her niche until two years ago when she gave birth to her daughter, Madison Emily.

She took time off from an advertising career in the fashion field…

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Intimate Notes

LIZ AND JOCKEY SPLIT: Liz Claiborne Inc. and Jockey International Inc. have ended their licensing relationship, under which Jockey has been marketing and producing women’s foundations for the Liz Claiborne label since spring 2000.

Final…

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Financial

Slight Revenue Dip for Zegna

MILAN — The strength of the euro came back to take a bite out of Ermenegildo Zegna’s top-line numbers despite rising sales in Asia and Europe.

Zegna said its 2002 revenue slid 3.7 percent to $687.8 million from $713.8 million in…

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Financial

Sales and Net Rise At Burlington Coat

NEW YORK — Markdown pressures at Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp. reduced a healthy sales gain into slight profit growth in the second quarter.

For the three months ended Nov. 30, the Burlington, N.J.-based apparel and footwear…

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Financial

Little Fat Left to Cut at Retailers

NEW YORK — Tight expense controls might bail out fourth-quarter retail profits despite weak holiday sales, but analysts fear that the stores have squeezed about as much out of prices and costs as they can.

In the year ahead, they said,…

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Fashion Features

Penney’s Cuts Into Catalog

NEW YORK — J.C. Penney Co. is planning major cutbacks at its catalog operation, with the loss of 2,000 jobs.

Penney’s catalog operation is the nation’s largest at about $3 billion in sales. The job cuts are primarily coming…

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Consolidations: Kmart Leads Off

NEW YORK — The year is still young, but already consolidation and restructuring could be the buzzwords for 2003.

Kmart Corp., which became the biggest retail bankruptcy in history when it filed Chapter 11 nearly one year ago, is expected…

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Apparel Loses 29,000 Jobs in ’02

WASHINGTON — The U.S. labor market remained weak in 2002, as the nation’s unemployment rate ended the year at a nine-year high of 6 percent.

The labor market lost 101,000 jobs in December, the largest drop since February, while…

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Fashion Features

Nike Case Slated By High Court

WASHINGTON — How much free-speech protection companies have when fending off sweatshop allegations or other criticism will be decided by the Supreme Court in a case involving Nike, which the High Court accepted Friday.

At issue is the…

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Fashion Features

U.S., Belarus Reach Wool Accord

WASHINGTON — The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements reached a deal with Belarus late Friday on quota limits for two women’s wool categories for which it issued a call last April, according to David Spooner, special…

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In Brief: Paul & Joe Goes … A&G On Target … Trade Stopover … Sam’s Smaller Saks Stake … To Market, To Market …

PAUL & JOE GOES: The Paul & Joe boutique at 2 Bond Street in New York shuttered its doors Sunday after a year and a half in business. Over the weekend, women’s and men’s merchandise was being cleared out at 75 percent off. “It’s just…

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Correction

The hat pictured on page one, Jan. 7, was misidentified. It is by Lola.

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Viktor & Rolf Show A Merry Men’s Line

FLORENCE — After generating their share of headlines in women’s fashion for two years with theatrical runway shows and fanciful ready-to-wear, Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren set out to do the same with their first…

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Financial

Nautica Net Falls 46.5% in Quarter

NEW YORK — A one-time write-off for its Rockefeller Plaza store and weakness in its women’s jeans forced Nautica Enterprises Inc.’s third-quarter profits down to just over half of year-ago levels.

For the three months ended…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Eighties Redux? … Messing Around … Nifty Fifty …

EIGHTIES REDUX?: His fashion house may be slated to close, but a Thierry Mugler revival might be at hand. Paris’ museum of fashion and textiles hopes to organize a major Mugler exhibition by 2005, according to curator Olivier Saillard….

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It’s a Lot More ‘Vogue’ Than ‘Teen’

NEW YORK — Do enough girls care more about photos of Testino than the albums of J.Lo to make Teen Vogue the next big hit in teen magazines? The first official issue of the years-in-the-making spinoff arrives on newsstands later this month,…

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Benetton to Sell Nordica Unit

MILAN — Benetton Group has signed a preliminary deal to sell its Nordica unit, in a first step to shed its money-losing sporting goods assets.

Benetton, which is streamlining to focus on its core clothing business, said it will sell…

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Gucci’s U.S. Divisions Have New P.R. Execs

NEW YORK — Gucci America and YSL Rive Gauche U.S. have tapped new public relations officials.

Charlotte Sprintis-Rechtschaffen, director of p.r. for YSL Rive Gauche U.S., has been named director of p.r. for Gucci America, based here. She…

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People

Desert Inn

LOS ANGELES — Emerging like a stylish oasis in the middle of the California desert is Estrella, the latest boutique hotel designed by Kelly Wearstler, who brings her clean, modern aesthetic to the heart of Palm Springs, where Old Hollywood…

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People

Doll Parts

NEW YORK — While some artists exaggerate their distance from the fashion world, Enrique Padilla Jr., whose first solo show will open at NoLIta’s Sterilemind Gallery Thursday, has found his experience in the industry a major source of…

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People

Models Inc.

As teenagers out on Manhattan’s club scene, Vanessa and Veronika Haydon dreamed they’d become club owners themselves one day. And with the opening of Sessa this fall, the two sisters, 25-year-old models born eleven months apart, finally…

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Go Softly

NEW YORK — Keep it light. That’s the message designers are sending with their new versions of the bohemian look. Soft fabrics such as chiffon and gauze still prevail, with such feminine touches as romantic floral patterns or ribbon…

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After Tough Holiday, Market Faces Another Nervous Year

PARIS — If the Grinch stole Christmas for luxury, he’s going to keep doing so for the foreseeable future.

Analysts share a grim view of…

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Luxury’s Growth Keyed to Green Thumb

NEW YORK — The luxury customer is digging in this year — literally.

The forecast for luxury goods business this year may be cloudy, but the one sector that is expected to boom is luxury garden goods. This sector will be followed by…

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Luxe Customer Can’t Get Enough Bags, Shoes

NEW YORK — The enthusiasm of high-income women for luxury accessories keeps growing despite the difficult economy, but the same cannot be said about luxury apparel.

According to a Banc of America Securities survey of 32 women…

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Hoping Jazz Will Beat the Blues

NEW YORK — It’s not just those sexy fishnets and knee-highs featured in the hit movie “Chicago” that puts a hopeful smile on legwear makers these days.

During last week’s intermediate market, vendors said that they expect…

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Oscar de la Renta’s Fashion Gets Some Legs

NEW YORK — There’s no longer an excuse for cold feet on Park Avenue: Oscar de la Renta is launching a collection of women’s socks for his Oscar by Oscar de la Renta bridge line.

For fall, the line features artisan-like details…

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For the Glove Of Nylon

NEW YORK — For Jaye Vaughn, the days of nylon drama are over.

Where once it only took a piece of jewelry, a jagged nail or dry skin for a snag, tear or rip, Vaughn now counts on her innovation — the Pantyhose Love Glove — to…

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Carrera y Carrera’s New Cut for the U.S.

NEW YORK — Carrera y Carrera is giving its U.S. operation a fine polish.

Known for its nature-inspired sculptural and tooled pieces, the Madrid-based fine jewelry firm is in the process of reshaping its U.S. operation with a change in…

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