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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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Fashion

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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Eye

French Designer Sonia Rykiel Dies at the Age of 86

The French designer was synonymous with striped sweaters and Left Bank insouciance.

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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

Retail Revolving Door: Latest Shakeup Sees Parisian CEO Resign

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Overview

It’s clearance time at retail. Along with the merchandise, top-level merchants are getting dumped almost daily in the continuing fallout from a tough 2002.

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Twist and Shout

PARIS — When compared with the drama of one over-the-top spectacle after another, the notion of real clothes might seem anticlimactic. But the words “wearable” and “day” don’t have to read “boring.” Instead, a balance can be struck. How…

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Retail Revolving Door: Latest Shakeup Sees Parisian CEO Resign

NEW YORK — It’s clearance time at retail. Along with the merchandise, top-level merchants are getting dumped almost daily in the continuing…

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Fashion Features

Filene’s Basement Names Heywood Wilansky Chief

BOSTON — Former Bon Ton chief executive Heywood Wilansky has taken the top job at Filene’s Basement, planning to rejuvenate the 22-store off-price chain and possibly spin it off as publicly traded company within three to five…

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The Bush Budget: Defense Wins Out Over Local Issues

WASHINGTON — President Bush sent Congress his proposed $2.23 trillion federal budget for 2004 Monday that provides no new money for fighting garment sweatshops and slightly expands funding for international trade programs, including export…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Stein Mart Names CEO … Bendel’s Own Show … Haggar Nominees …

STEIN MART NAMES CEO: Michael D. Fisher has become chief executive officer of Stein Mart Inc., replacing the retiring John H. (Jack) Williams Jr. The succession plan was announced in June. Fisher, 55, joined Stein Mart in 1993 as executive vice…

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Memo Pad

G+J GETS JARRED: On Thursday, the news broke that Rosie O’Donnell had filed an amendment to her lawsuit against Gruner + Jahr in which her lawyers claimed the company had cooked the proverbial books to keep her from exercising an escape clause…

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Fashion Features

Seventh on Fifth? Young Designers Go East

NEW YORK — Chalk one up for the kids. Putting on a fashion show just got a little easier. Brothers Mauricio and Roger Padilha, 33 and 30, respectively, owners of MAO Public Relations, are unveiling a new show venue for Fashion Week called MAO…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Old Friends … War Tales … Decorating 101

OLD FRIENDS: What were Stephen Ruzow, president of the women’s division of Kellwood, and Allen B. Schwartz of ABS by Allen Schwartz doing wandering around the fashion floors of Barneys New York on Monday? Of course, they both used to work under…

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Fashion Features

Kmart’s Urban Focus

BOSTON — Kmart is looking for minority support in crafting a new identity as it plans its exit from bankruptcy.

The Troy, Mich.-based discounter has launched Urban Direct, an urban-lifestyle glossy magazine aimed at strengthening its…

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Fashion Features

The Expanding Travels of DVF

NEW YORK — “It’s all about la petite valise,” said Diane Von Furstenberg.

The designer, describing her design philosophy, was talking about the brand’s rapidly expanding product range and the recently opened store in Florida…

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Fashion Features

Badgley Mischka’s Bridal Shop at Escada

NEW YORK — In what some consider a confusing branding message, ready-to-wear firm Badgley Mischka opened a 2,500-square-foot bridal salon on the lower…

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Fashion Features

Currency Talk at Euro Shows

NEW YORK — With price playing such a key role in today’s textile industry, mill executives at the recent round of European trade shows here said the weakened dollar is beginning to create some problems for competitive pricing.

Over…

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Fashion Features

Quota Watch: Embargoes

The U.S. placed embargoes on seven categories of apparel-related imports in 2002.

The biggest and most controversial quota action was on cotton trousers from Bangladesh. That country overshipped its 3.8 million dozen quota limit on cotton…

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Asian Mills Focus on Economy

NEW YORK — Concerns about the slow U.S. economy and threat of war with Iraq weighed heavily on the minds of exhibitors at three Asian textile shows held in Manhattan last month.

Still, executives said instability is something of a given…

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Fashion Features

Candy Land

NEW YORK — Color returns in full force for spring 2004. Textile designers exhibiting at this month’s Première Vision — which runs Feb. 12-15 at Paris’ Parc d’Expositions Nord Villepinte — are promising a bright…

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The Stripe is Right

NEW YORK — Fabric makers are crossing the line for spring 2004 with a wide selection of striped looks. While some are still largely preppy in feeling, others are more abstract. These include colorful, broken patterns and layered motifs that put…

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Neutral Territory

NEW YORK — Even a bright spring wardrobe needs a dose of neutrals, and exhibitors at PV are answering that call by featuring richly colored fabrics in brown and khaki, softly highlighted by blue and rose. Patterns, meanwhile, are either…

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Wear Your Vitamins

Tokyo-based Fuji Spinning Co. has a new idea for people who can’t remember to take their vitamins in the morning. The textile manufacturer has developed a yarn impregnated with vitamin C, called V-Up. While spilling a glass of orange juice on…

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Is It Fashion’s Time to Return to Square?

NEW YORK — A sign of the times?

At least one billboard management firm is intent on luring more fashion players to Times Square, the high-voltage, kinetic district whose growing association with financial services, electronics and…

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Fashion Features

Drexler’s Pay at J.Crew: $700K, Plus

NEW YORK — J. Crew Group Inc. will pay Millard “Mickey” Drexler cash compensation of up to $700,000 a year, plus various options and awards, according to filings released by the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday.

The $700,000…

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Financial

Limited Buying Shares, Adding James to Board

NEW YORK — Limited Brands on Monday reported it will repurchase more of its shares and increase its annual dividend.

Additionally, the Columbus, Ohio-based retail firm reported that it had added Donna James to its board of directors,…

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Financial

The Far Reaches of Fast Fashion

PARIS — How far — and how quickly — can fast fashion travel?

That’s the question being posed as Europe’s preeminent “cheap chic” retailers — Sweden’s Hennes & Mauritz and Zara of Spain — angle to…

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People

Just Kidding

Photographer Ryan McGinley’s exhibition “The Kids Are Alright” opened Friday at the Whitney Museum, making the artist the youngest to show in the photography room and giving his friends, many of whom have posed for him sullenly, drunkenly or…

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People

The Bachelorette

NEW YORK — Being single and a grown-up in Los Angeles may be the most non-winning combination since red wine and beige carpet, but producer Christine Peters has made the most of it. Divorced from famed producer Jon Peters, with whom she has two…

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People

Chic of the Week

SHOE-IN: Motherhood certainly hasn’t affected Kate Moss’ fashion sense. Wearing a thigh-baring Lanvin dress, London’s most stylish mom greeted Manolo Blahnik at the opening of his retrospective at the London Design Museum on…

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People

Winging It

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The cast of “The West Wing,’’ led by Martin Sheen and the show’s creator Aaron Sorkin, is giving the city a welcome break from a season of biting cold and partisan bickering. On-set at the Mellon Auditorium,…

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