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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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Media

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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Crew’s New Captain: Can Drexler Reverse Ailing Brand’s Drift?

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Overview

Texas Pacific Group may have finally found its J. Crew exit strategy in Millard Drexler.

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The Light Fantastic

PARIS — If you want to make a head-turning entrance, few looks are more suitable than a grand couture evening dress. And some of the most distinctive for spring were boldly patterned, often with unusual shapes: frothy ruffles at the hemline,…

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Crew’s New Captain: Can Drexler Reverse Ailing Brand’s Drift?

NEW YORK — Texas Pacific Group may have finally found its J. Crew exit strategy in Millard Drexler.

The investment group Monday named former…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Musically Inclined … On with the Show … Dior Reversal …

MUSICALLY INCLINED: It was the top of the pops Monday night at Hedi Slimane’s Dior Homme show, which closed men’s fashion week in Paris. Among the front row denizens were Malcom McClaren, Casey Spooner of FischerSpooner, Neil Tennant of…

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Fashion Features

Dallas Apparel Firms Weighing Moves

DALLAS — The apparel industry here is on the move — but just where is still up in the air.

Two plans for relocating fashion showrooms from the International Apparel Mart are competing for the approval of sales representatives and…

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Financial

Federated Beats Weak Sales Week

NEW YORK — Consumers continued their frugal ways last week, although Federated Department Stores was able to report a slight, and rare, upside surprise in its weekly sales report.

Federated upped its same-store sales guidance for the…

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Fashion Features

In Brief

SHOPKO RESHUFFLES: Thomas Abbott has been promoted to the new post of vice president of product development and trend services at the ShopKo division of ShopKo Stores Inc. Abbott returned to ShopKo in 1998 as manager of trend services and was promoted…

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Fashion Features

Obituary: Francesco Trussardi Dies in Car Accident

MILAN — The Trussardi family again suffered a tragic death when Francesco Trussardi was killed Sunday in a car accident at the age of 29. His death comes four years after his father, Nicola Trussardi, 56, also was killed in a car accident….

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Financial

Kmart’s Plan: All but the Goods

NEW YORK — The reorganization plan filed by Kmart Corp. in a Chicago bankruptcy court last week detailed almost everything about the post-Chapter 11 edition of the company, except for a merchandising plan to get it out of the…

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People

Miami Ice

Miami may have hit a record low of 38 degrees last week, but even the frigid winds gusting off the Atlantic couldn’t keep the city from generating heat over the weekend — thanks to the opening of a Hogan store in Coral Gables and the Shore…

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People

Eye Scoop

JUST PERFECT: Mommy-and-me dressing has taken quite a turn. Susan Gutfreund and her 17-year-old son, John Peter, plan to launch a line of jogging suits to meet each of their needs. “My friends will wear them in the house, and my son’s friends…

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Remembering Herb Ritts

LOS ANGELES — Around 300 family members, friends, co-workers and celebrities attended a memorial service Saturday at the Paramount Theater on the Paramount lot in honor of the late photographer Herb Ritts, who died of complications from…

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Memo Pad

TIME FOR ATTRITION: When Time Inc. ceo Ann Moore announced in December the company would be aiming to cut costs by $100 million in 2003, staffers began to whisper that layoffs might be ahead. So far there are no plans for a RIF — reduction in…

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Fashion Features

Winter Wonders

Below-zero temperatures? Not to worry. Designers are making sure the fashionable girl is ready with a series of cozy hooded looks, fluffy parkas and lots of fur trims. While the coat sector has gone through many cycles in recent years, no factor has…

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Fashion Features

The Big Coverups

NEW YORK — Perhaps no other industry has had to polish off its image, find new customers and shake the uneven hand of weather on more than one occasion, than outerwear.

That said, instead of plugging along with the same strategies their…

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Fashion Features

Top 5 Women’s Outerwear Brands

The number of women’s coats sold slid 17 percent last year to 65,726. But some brands made a real impression on consumers. Here’s a look at the leading labels based on unit volume, according to The NPD Group, a Port Washington. N.Y.-based…

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Fashion Features

The Weather Forecast

NEW YORK — December through February, North Dakota is the country’s coldest state, with an average temperature of 10.4 degrees, according to data supplied by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Minnesota is the second…

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Fashion Features

Coated Stock

NEW YORK — When the temperatures drop, staying warm doesn’t mean a girl has to give up style. Quite the opposite, in fact. Case in point: next winter’s crop of cold weather coats and jackets — fitted wools, thick parkas with…

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Chill Heats Up Sales

DALLAS — Outerwear is feeling the economic chill and is responding with fashion and discounts to sustain business and, in some cases, move ahead slightly.

Thanks to an extra-cold winter, women are embracing outerwear for pragmatic…

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Fashion Features

Public Firms Battle The Cycle

NEW YORK — Just as farmers hope for rain and theme park operators yearn for sun, outerwear retailers and vendors pray for cold.

Unfortunately for them, in the words of Mark Twain, everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything…

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Fashion Features

Barneys Celebrates ‘Monologues’ Finale

NEW YORK — It has long been suspected that at the heart of the feminine mystique lies a woman’s passion for fashion. So it was fitting that revelers turned up Sunday night at Barneys New York to fete Eve Ensler as the New York run of “The…

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Fashion Features

Nautica to Relocate Earl Headquarters

NEW YORK — Nautica Enterprises is calling its blue jeans baby home.

Looking to leverage its existing infrastructure, Nautica will move Earl Jean Inc.’s headquarters to New York from Los Angeles by the end of summer…

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Fashion Features

Two Senior Sears Executives to Leave

NEW YORK — Ron Culp, Sears, Roebuck & Co.’s senior vice president for public relations, communications and government affairs, and Anastasia Kelly, senior vice president and general counsel, are leaving the firm.

Culp, who was with…

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People

Mistry Man

NEW YORK — He sings, he dances — and he’s not afraid to bare his backside in his first major movie. All signs point toward British actor Jimi Mistry becoming a big star.

In “The Guru,” which premiered in Los Angeles last…

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Fashion Features

The Development Debate: Building an African Industry

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius — Africa may be known for its world-class marathon runners, but officials and executives who are assessing the continent’s chance of creating a sustainable garment industry by 2005 — when quotas are to be…

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Fashion Features

Country Focus: Mauritius

GDP: $12.9 billion/$10,800 per capita.

GDP Change: +5.2 percent.

Population: 1.2 million.

Unemployment: 8.6 percent.

Textile & Apparel Exports to U.S.: $255.3 million, up 5.9 percent *.

Key Products: Women’s…

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