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Sears Sees Cash Dwindle as Losses Grow

Sears Holdings, parent to Kmart and Sears, posted a wider third-quarter loss and said cash balance was lower than a year ago.

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WWD Beauty Inc Honors the Industry’s Best for 2016

The 15th-annual awards ceremony recognized the accomplishments of a cross section of beauty executives.

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Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case in China

The decision could be a landmark ruling for Western brands in China.

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Ralph’s Purple Prose

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Overview

Ralph Lauren certainly has been busy this week, from releasing his company?s third-quarter results to battling his biggest licensee.

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The Mary-Kate and Ashley fragrance collection.

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Wal-Mart’s In-Store Show

NEW YORK — Forget the Bryant Park tents, Wal-Mart is putting on its own runway show featuring the fashion and fragrance of teen sweethearts Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

The show, to be taped in Toronto on Feb. 18, will be broadcast in…

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Evelyn Lauder to Get CEW Beauty Award

NEW YORK — Evelyn Lauder, senior corporate vice president of The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., will be given the 2003 Inner Beauty Award by the Cosmetic Executive Women at the group’s achiever awards luncheon on Oct. 24.

In addition,…

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Top Notes

TASTE OF ITALY: Italian fragrance manufacturer ITF has set up shop in the U.S. and is in the midst of launching fragrances. A women’s scent by Roberto Cavalli made a quiet splash in specialty stores last fall. Now the budding group —…

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Beiersdorf Cosmed Sales Up

BERLIN — With sales growth of 7.2 percent and an earnings before interest and taxes margin of 13 percent, 2002 was another record year for the Beiersdorf Group’s Cosmed division, according to Uwe Wölfer, the Beiersdorf executive board…

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Frédéric Fekkai and Lori Perella

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Frédéric Fekkai’s Profit Renaissance

NEW YORK — Last year, Frédéric Fekkai’s salon and hair care business was showing signs of mortality. First there was the discontinuation of Fekkai’s accessories and color cosmetics business. Then in April, the brand’s…

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Cone Reverses Loss With $3M in Income

NEW YORK — Driven by strong performance in its denim operation and margins boosted by cost-cutting measures put in place over the past year, Cone Mills Corp. reported $3 million in net income for the fourth quarter of 2002, compared with a $3.5…

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Fashion Scoops: Jump-Start Chic … Sister Act … Sew Lola Sew …

JUMP-START CHIC: Fashionably early is the new black — at least in Paris. Chanel and Valentino have moved their runway dates forward by one day to Monday, March 10, setting the stage for a hectic fashion week that crams many of the biggest names…

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Fifteen women are featured in Eileen Fisher’s spring ad campaign, ranging from an obstetrician to a Bronx charter school principal.

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Eileen Fisher’s 15 Real Women

NEW YORK — “I’m from a family of six girls and I’m always amazed at what happens when you get a lot of girls together. I really do think you do change the world,” said Eileen Fisher, president of her eponymous $143 million company,…

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“American Idol” beauty items.

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Beauty Turn for ‘American Idol’

NEW YORK — Now even beauty is going for reality.

JAKKS Pacific’s Flying Colors, the craft division of toy giant JAKKS Pacific, is introducing fashion and beauty items based on the Fox smash “American Idol.”

Now in its second…

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Media

Radar Heads to Launch And It Hopes More Money

NEW YORK — Maer Roshan may not have much cash to publish Radar, but he’s signed up even more talent to help sell it.

His fledgling magazine has retained Larry Burstein and Elinore Carmody — the former publishers of Us Weekly…

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Media

Memo Pad

GROWING PAINS: On Wednesday, news broke that Primedia was exploring the possibility of selling Seventeen. Practically every big publisher in town was said to be interested — although, if that were the case, why did Primedia even have to announce…

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Fashion Features

Luxe Outlook Tough Until ’04

PARIS — The luxury sector may have to wait until at least 2004 for a recovery — and it won’t be helped by the fact that the Japanese market, long a bonanza for European and American brands, is contracting and maturing.

Those…

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She’ll Take Manhattan

NEW YORK — No designer flaunts a relationship with New York more than Donna Karan. Now, she wants to sell her customers the Brooklyn Bridge — or, at least, its aura of grace and bravado, a concept illustrated here. “New York to me is its…

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Adultworld

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Scene

What to see and where to be seen during fashion week.

CLUB LAND

Where will the fashion flock continue their revelry after the scheduled parties shut down? The newest hot spots in town, of course. Leading the pack is the most…

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Fashion Features

Who Can Save New York Fashion?

The city’s fashion scene has taken a beating in recent years. Now, New York’s fashion flock is pondering what — or whom — is needed to reenergize its efforts.

One of the most dangerous facts that is perhaps…

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Front row from left: Kenneth Cole, Nicole Miller, Barry Schwartz; second row from left: Terry Lundgren, Hal Upbin, Diane Von Furstenberg and Elie Tahari; third row from left: Ed Burstell, Tommy Hilfiger, Cynthia Rowley and Denise Seegal.

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School Of Hard Knocks

The path to becoming a major designer or chief executive officer of an apparel firm, retail chain or publishing company is fraught with many hurdles. Some are surmountable, while others are more challenging and leave an indelible impression. WWD…

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Making Faces

Noted for his portraits of artists, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders turns his lens on the fashion world.

Elsa Peretti drank Scotch for three hours before she was ready. Betsey Johnson — no shrinking violet — volunteered. Calvin…

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Puffy vs. J. Lo

Those famously former paramours found fortune on MTV and the silver screen. Now which one can build the bigger fashion empire?

Being embraced by the fashion industry is no small feat — especially if you’re a rapper who beat…

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Design Inspiration

Who can tell when inspiration will strike? WWD asked New York’s designers to let us in on the secrets behind the upcoming fall collections.

“Graphic elements — tailored, fluid, layered.”

— Narciso…

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Futuristic Cardin, 1960s.

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More From New York

“There’s a utilitarian feeling, but soft, a kind of opposition. Fabrics have surface interest, whether for day or evening, and are more three-dimensional than flat.”

— Calvin Klein

“That cliche of the future, but it…

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The No-Shows

From St. John to Coach to Jones Apparel Group, many design houses prefer to avoid the high cost and frenzy associated with producing a runway presentation during Fashion Week.

Who needs all the madness? A variety of firms, ranging from…

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The Versace Vips

Celebrities are an integral part of the weave at the House of Donatella.

As New York fashion enters its biannual feeding frenzy over which A, B or even C-level celebrity is in the front row, one designer can teach the others lessons…

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Row upon row at Bryant Park stands ready and waiting for the Fashion Week throngs.

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The Schedule

Information is correct as of press time. Show data are subject to change, and attendees are urged to confirm dates and locations.

Thursday, Feb. 6

4 p.m.: Zanella (women’s and men’s), 681 Fifth Avenue

Friday,…

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Fashion Features

Look Who’s Talking

WWD gets the skinny on some of New York City’s most notable fashion-week scoopmeisters.

The names, the faces and the shenanigans. New York Fashion Week is filled with gossip as much as it is clothes. After all, what else is there…

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The Cost Of Starting Out

New designers find themselves inundated with a slew of complicated issues, from the logistics of staging a show to meeting the demands of finicky retailers to sourcing appropriate fabrics. It all makes staying in business that much harder — and…

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Ralph’s Purple Prose

Ralph Lauren certainly has been busy this week, from releasing his company’s third-quarter results to battling his biggest licensee. Here is some of…

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Roger Farah, Polo Ralph Lauren

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Retail Soars as Polo Net Dips

NEW YORK — Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. believes the future is in retail — its own. While restructuring charges pushed the company’s third-quarter earnings down 6.1 percent, the firm took comfort in its best retail sales, comparable-store…

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Clash of the Apparel Titans: Maturity Is What Matters

NEW YORK — So who’s fault is it?

That’s the story of any good feud — especially a fashion one. Remember Calvin Klein and Linda Wachner? Or Bernard Arnault and Domenico De Sole? So the battle between Polo Ralph Lauren and…

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Lean Stocks Weigh Down January Comps

NEW YORK — Tight inventories limited January clearance activity and same-store sales, but may come back to pay dividends when retailers begin to post fourth-quarter results later this month.

Specialty stores were the stand-out segment for…

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Kathy Bronstein Exits Wet Seal

NEW YORK — There’s no mercy for retailers.

Kathy Bronstein, vice chairman and chief executive officer of The Wet Seal Inc., was forced out Thursday, becoming the latest casualty in a season of pink slips. Since January, top…

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In Brief: WTO Grows Past a Gross … DIFFA’s Kickoff … May Co. Finds Two Fields … Pinto to Calvin …

WTO GROWS PAST A GROSS: Armenia became the 145th member of the World Trade Organization on Wednesday. The country is a small supplier of apparel and textiles to the U.S. For the year ending Nov. 30, imports from Armenia totaled 4.1 million square…

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Michael Plays Good Cop * Bachelor Number One * Gwyneth’s Troubador

Lauren Bush will be dipping her toes into Fashion Week between her classes at Princeton. Last night, she was at the Frick Museum for the Young Fellows’…

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Clarins Net Sales Grow 6.1 Percent

PARIS — Groupe Clarins closed 2002 with consolidated net sales up 6.1 percent, to $996.5 million, year-on-year. At constant group structure and at current exchange rates, sales rose 8.2 percent.

In the fourth quarter, the firm’s…

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The Mugler Effect: $21.6M Loss

PARIS — Groupe Clarins’ 2002 consolidated net sales were negatively impacted by business at Thierry Mugler couture, which lost more than $21.6 million in the period, according to Pierre Milet, vice president of finance at Groupe Clarins…

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Sui’s Newest Scent Is a Real Doll

NEW YORK — Anna Sui is aiming to get a head in the fragrance game.

The designer’s new fragrance, called Dolly Girl, is a fruity floral scent inspired by her collection of dolly heads — which decorate her office, showroom and…

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The late Kevyn Aucoin at work.

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Aucoin Line Set to Expand

NEW YORK — Close to a year after the death of its founder, the principals at Kevyn Aucoin Beauty are gearing up to launch the makeup artist’s much-anticipated color cosmetics collection.

Aucoin, who died last May at the age of 40,…

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Show Notes

BIG BLOWOUT: You’ve got the stilettos and the hot dress ready for Fashion Week, but who has time to pop into the salon every day for a blowout? At least that was the thinking motivating Bumble and bumble — whose stylists, hairdryers in…

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Lara Modjeski, vice president and creative director; Caroleen Mackin, Andrea Robinson, Jack Wiswall and Doreen Bollhofer.

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Scent of a Gentleman

NEW YORK — Ralph Lauren’s fragrances have always been a mainstay at the department store fragrance counter. Now, his fragrance house is aiming to break new ground.

Lauren’s most exclusive —?and expensive —…

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The BeComing shops at Penney’s are exiting along with the Ultima II and Iman brands.

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Penney’s Continues to Examine Beauty

NEW YORK — Avon’s BeComing may be out at J.C. Penney, but some other mass color brands could be finding their way in.

The names of two J.C. Penney beauty executives have recently been added to the list of retailer attendees at the…

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Emily Cohen in Pout’s mini-boutique in Henri Bendel.

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Pout: The Latest British Invader

NEW YORK — London-based independent Pout opened a mini-boutique in Manhattan’s Henri Bendel on Monday, a sign the brand is continuing its commitment to building a presence.

Pout launched a flagship store in Covent Garden 18 months…

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Prada’s new Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 15/Tint.

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Prada Beauty Designs Spring Launches

Prada Beauty plans to continue fashioning its growth this spring by building on its skin-care strengths with a twist.

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