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Consolidation Fever: Which Store Logos Could Vanish Next?

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Overview

With earnings reports trickling in this month, rumors of retail consolidation have resurfaced. The latest: a merger of Federated and May Co.

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Here, she wears them with an Ali MacGraw-style hat and matching pullover.

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Cozy Caper

Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Diane Von Furstenberg, Nicole Miller and Jill Stuart were among the key collections as the fall season rolled on.

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Consolidation Fever: Which Store Logos Could Vanish Next?

With earnings reports trickling in this month, rumors of retail consolidation have resurfaced. The latest: a merger of Federated and May Co.

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Taubman Reports Mixed 4th Quarter

Taubman Centers Inc. reported split fourth-quarter results: a 22.1 percent drop in net income paired with a 21.3 percent surge in funds from operations.

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Tara Subkoff Latest Designer Enlisted by House of Capucci

The fabled Italian house of Capucci, in relaunch mode, has added another hot name to its design team: Imitation of Christ designer Tara Subkoff.

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Pomerantz On the Mend After Crash

NEW YORK — John Pomerantz, chairman of the Leslie Fay Co., is on the mend after being hit by a car on Jan. 31.

Pomerantz, recuperating at his Westchester home, was struck in Mamaroneck, N.Y., crossing Old Boston Post Road on his way to an…

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In Brief: Polo Cuts … Deb’s Dollar Dudes …

POLO CUTS: As part of its ongoing European consolidation, Polo Ralph Lauren will shed about 147 jobs in France, or about 40 percent of its workforce of 377 in that country, a spokesman for the company confirmed Monday. The job cuts, mostly in the back…

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Correction

Target Corp. has extended its retail license agreement for the Cherokee brand with Cherokee Inc. through January 2005. Details of the extension were incorrectly attributed to the Mossimo brand in a story on page 2, Feb. 10.

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Going over-the-top in “Party Monster.”

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Temporary Insanity

Book-signings and pole-climbings, the “Party Monster” chronicles, plus Chic of the Week.

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Sophie Dahl in Marc Jacobs.

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Social Climbing

“I’ve turned into quite the bookish type,” said Sophie Dahl at the launch party for her new book, “The Man with the Dancing Eyes” Friday night at the SubMercer. Dahl, looking anything but the nerdy scholar, was feted earlier in the evening with a…

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Jennifer Garner in Roberto Cavalli and Neil Lane jewels.

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Chic of the Week

Jennifer Garner might play knife-wielding tough girl Electra opposite Ben Affleck in “Daredevil,” which premiered in Hollywood on Sunday, but she confessed that it was walking around the set in her leather ensemble that took daring….

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Research: Too Much Red For one Brand to Own It

NEW YORK — Is red dead?

When it comes to the color’s frequent appearance in advertising for Target Stores, including the chain’s ubiquitous red-and-white bull’s-eye logo, at least one market researcher says the hue is…

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Expanding at Wal-Mart

BOSTON — Wal-Mart is expanding its Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen franchise to outfit plus-sized girls.

The line, currently testing at stores, will roll out to 1,300 stores in the coming weeks and will be joined in the children’s…

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Wal-Mart Discrimination Suit Heats Up

BOSTON — Attorneys representing seven women embroiled in a sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart have released a study alleging steep disparities in women’s compensation and rate of promotions versus men doing similar jobs throughout…

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Grover Tapped for Bluenotes

NEW YORK — The revolving doors of retailing spun some more on Monday as Fred Grover assumed the position of president of the Bluenotes subsidiary of American Eagle Outfitters Inc.

He succeeds Lora Tisi.

Grover is a veteran of 25…

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Neil Fiske Appointed CEO of BBW

NEW YORK — Bath & Body Works named Neil Fiske chief executive officer of the 1,600-store beauty chain, succeeding Beth Pritchard, who resigned last month.

Ken Stevens, the company’s recently named president, will remain in that…

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Chic Sports, Hitchcock Herioines and Bond, Jamie Bond

There have been some unexpected developments as the New York collections rolled along. Oscar de la Renta, for example, went surprisingly sporty while Carolina Herrera celebrated Hitchcock’s favorite ladies and Diane Von Furstenberg indulged in a…

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Once Upon a Time

Designers took more than just a backward glance this week. Nicole Miller and Jill Stuart worked the Sixties and Cynthia Steffe landed in the Eighties, while Luella Bartley embraced the teddy boy and Reem Acra had a sparkling Art Deco…

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Fashion Scoops: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow … Beating the Bush … Gone to the Dogs …

HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW: For those trying to figure out just why Izabella Miko has been turning up in front rows left and right, the originally blonde actress, who was a brunette on Friday, added to the confusion on Sunday by turning up again as a…

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New York’s Costume Party

Think fashion movie. Designers’ imaginations ran wild this season, from James Coviello’s 19th-century-style country looks to a Luca Luca collection that recalled “The Night Porter” and over-the-top rockers at Carla Dawn Behrle and even…

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Lauren Bush at DVF.

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Fashion Scoops: What’s Old and What’s New … Who Said There are No Celebs … Guerilla Goes Mainstream …

WHAT’S OLD AND WHAT’S NEW: “I was a model once, so this isn’t anything new to me,” said Lorraine Bracco as she entered Diane Von Furstenberg’s show on Sunday night, fresh from a matinee of “The Graduate” and casual in an Oscar…

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The Zanella Factor

Never heard of Zanella? If Armando DiNatale (Zanella’s owner, ceo, president and creative director) has anything to do with it, that’s all about to change. The nearly 50-year-old Italian company, best known for its luxury menswear, pants in…

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The Starting Line

NEW YORK — Halfway through the collections and the uncooperative weather doesn’t seem to be slowing the shows down. Over the weekend, die-hard fashion lovers were treated to shows by a number of rookies, along with those of more experienced…

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A tiered gown from Monique Lhuillier’s fall 2003 collection.

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Taking It All the Way

Handfuls of makers with volume between $1 million and $3 million are plotting ways to move to the next level. Here are some of their strategies.

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Food for Thought

The final days before a runway show are filled with last-minute fittings, castings, meetings with stylists and general anxiety — and they often leave little time to eat. Which is OK since food and fashion aren’t the best of friends anyway….

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Wallpaper’s New Pattern

LONDON — Talk about a makeover: Wallpaper is being transformed from sterile chic to (gasp!) sexual fun.

For new editor Jeremy Langmead, the magazine is now all about embellishment, laughs and sexual sparks. It’s a major switch from…

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Into the Minds of Teenagers

PARIS — “We can’t ignore that we’re all very attracted by adolescence,” said designer Raf Simons, who has just co-curated an exhibit — “The Fourth Sex: Adolescent Extremes” —that examined the teenage psyche through a…

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Eroding U.S. Dollar Hurts Novel Denim

NEW YORK — Weak markets and a weak dollar collided to send Novel Denim Holdings Ltd. to a loss and a double-digit sales decline in its third quarter.

For the three months ended Dec. 31, the Hong Kong-based firm lost $3 million, or 34…

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Nanette Lepore Signs Scent Deal

NEW YORK — Nanette Lepore has signed a license with Riviera Concepts Inc. to develop her first fragrance.

Set to launch next year, Lepore said she has already begun to design the bottle.

“This is so much fun,” she said, “and …

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Amy Stephenson in Jil Sander skirt, Garfield & Marks scarf and Express top.

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A Touch of Retro at FIT Soiree

NEW YORK — Fifties-inspired dresses for a black-tie event?

Sure, according to some of the Fashion Institute of Technology students attending The Alumni Star Salute on Feb. 4 at the Rainbow Room, which raised over $100,000 for student…

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NTA Voices U.S. Trade Policy Concerns

The National Textile Association met with federal government officials about trade policy, which it says is at odds with U.S. manufacturing interests.

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Emozioni’s offering included this suede and knit jacket with printed georgette patchwork skirt.

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German Buyers’ Strategy: Stall

The weak German apparel market had buyers at the recent CPD trade show putting off fall orders and still trying to fill holes in spring assortments.

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All-Stars Bring Traffic, Disruption to Atlanta

ATLANTA — Depending on who’s talking, the massive influx of people for the NBA All-Star Game over the weekend was either a shot in the arm or a pain in the butt.

The number of people — 160,000 in all, according to city…

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War & Trade

NEW YORK — The threat of war between the U.S. and Iraq has sourcing managers re-assessing their use of Middle Eastern factories. Iraq’s neighbors — Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait — exported $2.1 billion worth of…

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War & Trade

NEW YORK — With the possibility of war between the U.S. and Iraq looming ever larger, sourcing managers from U.S. apparel retailers and vendors are putting together contingency plans to ensure that their goods coming from the Middle East…

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More Than Oil

While the major export from the Middle East is oil, a number of countries in the region have also developed significant textile and apparel industries. Five of Iraq’s neighbors — Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait —export…

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Trading Favors

WASHINGTON — In the nation’s capital, it’s time to talk Turkey.

The U.S. is looking to that nation, which is Iraq’s northwestern neighbor, for assistance in the event of a war — primarily, the U.S. wants to use it…

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U.S.: WTO Talks Must Continue

GENEVA — The U.S. would remain committed to World Trade Organization talks even if there is war in Iraq, the chief U.S. negotiator in Geneva said.

The next scheduled WTO ministerial is to be held in Cancun, Mexico in September. The…

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The U.S. and Brazil are leading negotiations to create a Free Trade Area of the Americas, which would allow apparel made throughout Latin America to enter the U.S. free of duties and quotas.

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Ambitious Agenda For FTAA

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and Brazil aren’t giving up on negotiations toward a Western Hemispheric trade zone encompassing 34 countries, despite some enormous obstacles.

There’s been a lot of saber rattling from those two nations,…

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The proposed Central American Free Trade Agreement could help manufacturers in countries including Guatemala to grow their apparel exports to the U.S.

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Central America’s Push

WASHINGTON — Apparel makers in the five Central American nations negotiating a free-trade agreement with the U.S. hope to establish a trading block that can rival China.

But they face many political hurdles to overcome before the Central…

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2005: Awaiting China’s Dawn

NEW YORK — As the celebrations of the lunar new year in China and Chinese communities around the world draw to a close on Friday, sourcing managers are thinking less about the Year of the Ram, which started Feb. 1, and a little more about the…

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The development of an apparel and textile industry has brought many signs of wealth and modernity to Mauritius, as seen in downtown Port Louis...

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Africa’s Opportunity

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius — Like their competitors around the world, the apparel manufacturers of this Indian Ocean island nation are preparing for the phaseout of quotas in 2005 and wondering how can they avoid going the way of the island’s…

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On The Table

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is pursuing an ambitious trade agenda this year and trade negotiators will juggle a spate of bilateral initiatives while simultaneously moving forward with regional and global trade talks.

For many of the big…

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Memo Pad

THESE AD-HOC TIMES: Two days ago, The New York Times’s Sunday Styles section was scheduled to run a front-page story penned by “Cad: Confessions of a Toxic Bachelor” author and former Times staffer Rick Marin. The piece dealt with…

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Exté at the multibrand store opened by IT Holding.

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Taking the Multibrand Approach

Several Italian multibrand fashion groups have a strategy to lure new customers to their boutiques: carry all company brands under one roof.

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