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Retailers Keep Holiday Plans Conservative and Inventories Tight

Inventories are being kept tight in hope of increasing full-price selling and reducing markdowns.

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Rihanna Said Eyeing Paris for Fenty Puma Show

The music star had launched the collection last February during New York Fashion Week.

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Retail

Aéropostale’s Bankruptcy Leaves Jobs Hanging in the Balance

Teen retailer Aéropostale is awaiting a decision from a bankruptcy judge that is likely to impact whether it can find a buyer.

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In Focus

Roger Federer on His Nike Collaboration and Coming Back Strong in 2017

Roger Federer at the NikeLab store in NYC

Fashion’s Latest Diet: LVMH Sheds 2 Brands, Other Sales in Pipeline

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WWD has learned that the luxury giant sold the upstart beauty companies Hard Candy and Urban Decay last month to the U.S.-based Falic family for an undisclosed sum.

From This Issue

A Bookful of Bergé

PARIS — For those who expect venom every time Pierre Bergé speaks his mind, his new book, “Time Goes On, I Remain,” may disappoint.

But those curious about the people Yves Saint Laurent’s feisty partner surrounded himself…

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The Word Child

NEW YORK — It’s not every day that you see a stellar Broadway show and the name bandied about by many at intermission, isn’t a member of the cast, but the translator of the play. But, after all, few hits on the Great White Way were…

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Financial

CR Holdings and Bebe See Lackluster Results

NEW YORK — Two youth-oriented contemporary retailers based in California — Charlotte Russe Holdings and Bebe Stores — kicked off the fourth-quarter earnings season for specialty stores Thursday with unimpressive results but…

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Financial

Intimates Lead Sara Lee Profits

NEW YORK — Increased promotional spending helped boost Sara Lee Corp.’s intimates and underwear business in the second quarter.

With comparisons helped along by heavy restructuring costs last year, the division’s operating…

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Italian Ads Sex it Up

MILAN — When the going gets tough, the tough get going — even if they aren’t spending any more money.

While French houses opted for more subdued campaigns, Italian designers pumped it up a notch, offering a healthy dosage of…

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Memo Pad

MILLER TIME?: So far, the list of favorites for the editor’s job at TV Guide has been four names long: Susan Toepfer, Bonnie Fuller, James Seymore and Barry Golson. But rumors have begun to fly that there’s a fifth contender: New York…

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People

Suzy

Two signs the love songs have ended in dear old Hollywood: Kim Basinger tossed her curls and turned a deaf ear to her husband Alec Baldwin’s pleas for a reconciliation over the past three weeks. Kim’s present life revolves around their…

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Fashion Features

Wild Things

Philip Treacy: Chapeaux are some of the great prop devices of the haute couture. Dream-weaving designers use them to enrich their theatre du mode, while more grounded types rely on the feathered or veiled flourish to up the intrigue of real-life…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Fashion Mystery … Out of Vogue … Skis a Crowd …

FASHION MYSTERY: Where is Jil Sander? And what is she up to? Curiosity is reaching a fever pitch as Jan. 31 approaches. That’s the day her noncompete agreement expires with Prada Group, which bought her company in 1999 and ousted her five months…

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Fashion Features

Taking Attendance

PARIS — American clients have been scarce almost everywhere this week, but most couture houses cited regular to healthy attendance at the shows, which ended Thursday. “Our attendance was about the same,” said Farida Khelfa, director of couture…

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Fashion Features

Baby’s Got Back

PARIS — It’s not exactly a secret that Azzedine Alaïa goes his own way. And that particular way was most welcome when Alaïa brought the couture season to a close with a fabulous, luxurious ready-to-wear collection. Its main motif…

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Fashion Features

Fashion’s Latest Diet: LVMH Sheds 2 Brands, Other Sales in Pipeline

PARIS — It looks like thin is in for 2003 at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

WWD has learned that the luxury giant sold the upstart…

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Fashion Features

Giorgio Armani to Open New Boutique in Atlanta

NEW YORK — Giorgio Armani plans to open its 11th collection boutique in the U.S. in May, having secured a 4,500-square-foot space at Atlanta’s Phipps Plaza.

The store, at 3500 Peachtree Road N.E., will carry the Giorgio Armani…

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Financial

Credit Claims Endanger Kmart Chapter 11 Exit

NEW YORK — Ongoing creditor negotiations have left Kmart Corp. unsure of whether, as expected, it will file its plan of reorganization with the Chicago bankruptcy court today.

Jack Ferry, spokesman for Kmart, said Thursday there was an…

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Fashion Features

Fancy Free

PARIS — Frills and furbelows, sparkles and spangles — and miles and miles of skin — underscored couturiers’ efforts here this week, from Elie Saab’s sexed-up seductresses to the extroverted vamps Stephane Roland delivered…

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Fashion Features

Richemont Acquires Remainder of Van Cleef

MILAN — Another group is on the horizon.

Compagnie Financiere Richemont AG has taken full control of jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels by acquiring the remaining 20 percent stake still held by the Arpels family, for an undisclosed sum. The…

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Quart-ing Teenagers

NEW YORK — Smells like teen spirit? According to journalist-author Alissa Quart, it could be the odor emanating from the co-opting of teenage utopia as a marketing tool.

That’s the principal premise behind Quart’s…

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Fashion Features

Kim Roy Departs Ann Taylor

NEW YORK — The president of the Ann Taylor division of Ann Taylor Stores Corp., Kim Roy, resigned Thursday, leaving unfilled her mission to turn around the long-struggling women’s chain.

The company said Roy resigned “for personal…

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Fashion Features

In Brief

BY GEORGE! A FASHION STUDIO: George, the Wal-Mart/ASDA fashion collection, has opened its first fashion studio in a bid to streamline its design and production operations and reduce the lead time on its fast-fashion collections. The studio opened…

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Fashion Features

Acquisitions Spur Wella Growth

DARMSTADT, Germany — Sales for the Wella Group rose 6.4 percent to $3.6 billion in 2002, according to preliminary figures released here Thursday. All dollar figures are converted from the euro at current exchange rates.

Adjusted for…

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Fashion Features

L’Oréal Passes $15 Billion Mark

PARIS — L’Oréal had a banner year in 2002. The French beauty giant said Thursday that innovation and internationalization drove organic growth in a period beleaguered by adverse currency effects.

For the year ended Dec. 31,…

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Fashion Features

Of Kors: A Lighter Juice for Michael

NEW YORK — When you’ve got a rich tuberose juice and are looking for plus-sales in warmer months, what do you do?

If you’re Michael Kors,?you formulate a lighter interpretation.

“We’ve been adding ancillaries…

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Fashion Features

Dior Revamps Skin Care, Adds to Color Range

NEW YORK — Parfums Christian Dior is consolidating and refocusing its skin care business, while continuing to embellish its overall beauty assortment.

The beauty brand previewed its spring and early summer lineup here this week. The…

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Fashion Features

Davidoff: Echoing Success

BERLIN — Are Lancaster and the Coty Group hoping to echo the success of Davidoff Cool Water with their new menswear fragrance, Echo Davidoff? “You bet we are,” exclaimed Bernd Beetz, Coty’s chief executive officer, at the international…

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Fashion Features

Revlon Takes a Price Cut

NEW YORK — Its not just Wal-Mart anymore — now Revlon is rolling back prices.

Beginning Feb. 1, Revlon is adjusting the suggested retail prices of several cosmetics items with cuts ranging from 7.5 to 20 percent. The biggest…

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Fashion Features

Mat; Concentrates Its Fragrance Effort

NEW YORK — After first launching a women’s scent in 2001, then doing a men’s follow-up last year, fashion designer Masaki Matsushima is reinforcing his position on the fragrance front.

Starting Feb. 1, Matsushima’s…

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Fashion Features

YSL Applies Expertise To Antiaging Skin Care

PARIS — Yves Saint Laurent Parfums is targeting women 40-and-up with its new skin care product called Age Expert.

“It’s a cosmetics alternative to DHEA,” said a spokeswoman for YSL Beauté, Yves Saint Laurent Parfums’…

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Fashion Features

Beauty Fights to Hold Its Turf

NEW YORK — Lately, more and more categories have been knocking on beauty’s door.

Retailers, faced with only mediocre sales gains in cosmetics, have yielded real estate traditionally allocated to cosmetics to other categories….

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Fashion Features

Oilily Coloring Outside the Lines

NEW YORK — Even before spring arrives, Netherlands-based Oilily hopes to add a splash of color to a tundra-like fragrance market by expanding distribution of its youth-oriented scents outside its network of 42 freestanding doors in the…

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Fashion Features

Top Notes

REVLON SCREENING: Kate Hudson isn’t the only beauty to make a mark in the upcoming “How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days,” opening nationwide Feb. 7. Revlon products prominently appear throughout the romantic comedy, also featuring Matthew McConaughey…

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Fashion Features

Beauties Enter Business With Bath Line

NEW YORK — Renay Arbour and Annie Walker discovered a welcome relief from the frantic pace of a model’s life during a two-month modeling stint in Tokyo: the pleasures of the Japanese bathing ritual.

“We were exploring the bathhouses…

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Fashion Features

L.A. Looks Goes Upscale With a Facelift

NEW YORK — L.A. Looks is following in the footsteps of its savvy salon parent, Schwarzkopf & Dep, by upgrading its mass hair care line into one that better resembles an upscale offering.

The new 36-sku line, which hits mass retailer…

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Fashion Features

Snippets

SASSY DON’T: Claire’s Stores is looking to divest — or possibly discontinue — operations of its Pembroke Pines, Fla.-based Sassy Doo arm, a unit that services drugstores with teen cosmetics and hair accessories. A…

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Fashion Features

Men’s Salon Brand MiN is Stepping Out

NEW YORK — Salonclick is expanding its MiN men’s hair color brand with the launch of a hair care collection in salons. The new products are designed to complement MiN Men’s Color Match — the hair color line on which the company…

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