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Fashion's Game of Musical Chairs Quickens in Paris

The spring shows feature debuts at four major brands, prompting reflection on the pace of designer change.

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The luxury chain has been battling the luxury malaise.

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Focusing on Spring, Buyers Praise Milan's Creative Energy

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Calvin’s Swan Song

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Overview

If it appeared that Calvin Klein lingered on the runway for a moment or two longer than usual when he took his post-show bow on Friday evening, there was a good reason: It was his last show in total control of the designs bearing his name.

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Times Are Changing

Junior firms have long considered the teen market recession-proof. But as teens’ disposable income decline, makers are seeking ways to appeal to these finicky fashionistas-in-training.

Teens are typically considered a…

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Mixing It Up

The contemporary crew is keeping inventory tight, cutting prices and tinkering with designs in order to maintain a competitive edge.

Jitters about an impending war with Iraq and frustration with a lackluster economy are forcing…

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Always In Demand

Accessories are a pretty easy sell, many vendors say, because they make for an easy wardobe add-on — a fact that helps the category fare better than others in the industry.

Halfway into the first quarter of the year, accessories…

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Under The Influence

From The Beatles’ center-seamed, pointy-toed black leather boots to Elton John’s eclectic eyewear to Madonna’s black rubber bracelets, accessories historically have been integral to a celeb’s image.

Today, it’s the…

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Back To School, Back To Style

Heading into the all-important b-t-s period, junior accessories firms are branching out with additional lines, expanded distribution and new categories.

The junior accessories market is busily gearing up for the back-to-school selling…

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What a Girl Wants

There’s more to designing junior handbags than just adding a splash of color or an unusual fabric to a popular women’s style. Not only do finicky fashionistas-in-training demand the latest looks, but they also have some basic functional…

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Adapt And Adjust

From working more closely with retailers to upping the quality of pieces to trying to snag back lost accounts, moderate manufacturers are revisiting their business strategies.

Flexibility is the buzzword of moderate firms, which seek…

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Fashion Features

Calculated Response

Business may be lackluster, but better sportswear vendors have a few strategies brewing to help increase sales.

Like other sectors in the fashion world, the better-sportswear crowd has a lot on its plate. From angling over how to…

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Busy Bodies

Casual lifestyle designers’ response to the sluggish economy is anything but casual. They’re pushing novelty items, upping the quality and increasing their profile in untapped markets.

Casual lifestyle vendors are in…

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Designer Sibling

BCBG’s younger sister, To The Max, is taking its time growing, while maintaining the design integrity of the house that spawned the junior collection.

While most designers are looking at the bear economy as decidedly grizzly, To…

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Back To The Basics

Resortwear manufacturers are focusing on basic strategies to energize business, from more marketing to lower prices.

The tourism-driven resortwear market has had a bumpy ride over the last year. The Sept. 11 attacks had a devastating…

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Fashion Features

Northern Exposure

Dozens of Canadian firms are heading to WWDMAGIC to show off their wares and reap the benefits of their neighbor’s huge buying power.

The U.S. and Canada are mighty neighborly, and apparel companies heading to Las Vegas this week…

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Pioneering Spirits

A pair of sportswear lines launching at WWDMAGIC trace their roots to the Wild West, and with their debut comes expansion into new territory.

Prepare to saddle up at this month’s edition of WWDMAGIC, where a pair of…

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Many Questions, Few Answers

What’s the next hot trend? How will the economic uncertainty and threat of war affect upcoming orders? These are just some of the issues retailers are pondering as they head into WWDMAGIC.

Buyers almost apologetically talk of…

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Fashion Features

Crafty Gals

There’s nothing that Los Angeles’ frockistas love more than inventing new looks for their after-dark lives. The DIY mandate continues to thrive, from overdyed rib tanks to vintage evening dresses — all fair game for reworking,…

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Keeping Their Edge

What’s the word on the street? Well, designers are targeting tweens, lowering prices and seeking new ways to market themselves.

When Mike Mohney, the general manager of Lower Manhattan nightclub CBGB, saw an ad for Jaguar cars that…

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Fashion Features

Calvin’s Swan Song

Calvin Klein told several friends that Friday’s fall collection would be his final one — at least in his position as chief designer.

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Courting Renée

NEW YORK — Leave it to Calvin Klein to land the biggest front-row celebrity of the week, Renée Zellweger, who as an Oscar nominee, has found herself in the sudden position of best, best friend to a number of designers.

As she made…

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People

Zac Attack

Zac Posen’s romp; Baubles from Bulgari; Artwork after the hunt; Oscar, Oscars everywhere, plus an arty scoop.

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People

Oscar Wild

Bulgari threw open the doors of its new Rodeo Drive boutique Wednesday night for nearly 1,000 guests, but for some, there just weren’t enough jewels in the 9,300-square-foot space. “Where are the diamonds?” asked Marisa Tomei as she wound her way…

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People

Collector’s Item

NEW YORK — Adrienne Ruger Conzelman has one regret regarding her new book, “After the Hunt: The Art Collection of William B. Ruger” (Stackpole Books). Its subject, her grandfather, never got to hold it.

“The day I received my first color…

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People

Eye Scoop

QUICK ON THE DRAW: Donna Karan’s flirty spring dresses aren’t the only items flying out of her Madison Avenue store. By noon on Friday, 11 of the 20 David Salle ink drawings — on display since 10 a.m. — had been sold to…

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Snow Hampers Retail On Key Day for Sales

Blizzards blew away any hopes retailers had for robust President’s Day business.

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Fashion Features

Coming This Week

TUESDAY: London Fashion Week continues (through Thursday).

WWDMAGIC, Sands Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas (through Friday).

Wal-Mart Stores, Zale Corp., A&F fourth-quarter results.

Thursday: Target, J.C. Penney,…

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Fashion Features

Gap, A&F Slammed With Employee Suits

The “what to wear to work” lawsuits are heating up in California as two class actions over dress codes were filed against Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch.

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Realty Reality … A Woman’s Place is … Continental Acquires Cotton …

IN THE BOARDROOM: Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. said Friday that in connection with its acquisition of Calvin Klein Inc., David Landau, Henry Nasella and Christian Nather have been elected to its board of directors. All three new directors are partners in…

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Full Frontal Reveals Secrets Of Success in World of P.R.

Looking for the best ways to make the most of public relations? Author/p.r. executive Richard Laermer has some suggestions in his new book, “Full Frontal PR.”

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Financial

By the Numbers

CREDIT DOWNGRADES: Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services on Friday lowered its corporate credit ratings for REV Holdings Inc. to “CC” from “CCC-” and on REV’s indirect subsidiary, Revlon Consumer Products Corp., to “CCC+” from “B-.” S&P said…

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Fashion Features

The Trickle-Down Effect

NEW YORK — For Seventh Avenue suit and dress vendors, New York Fashion Week falls at just the right time.

That is, just enough time to shorten a skirt or trim a jacket, depending on what’s hot on the runways. For fall,…

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Memo Pad

A-B-C, EASY AS…NOT SO FAST: It was report card Friday for magazine editors as the Audit Bureau of Circulations released its data for the second half of 2002.

The most notable loss of the season came from Martha Stewart Living, where the…

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Fashion Features

Wal-Mart Opens New Office For U.S. Exports

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is stepping up efforts to sell domestically sourced products abroad.

The discount giant said Friday it had opened a new office, branded GP USA Export, to identify American-made goods that could be sold in…

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Fashion Features

A Little Romance

Costume jewelry and accessories are adding a touch of sparkle to challenging times, according to buyers attending two Paris trade shows.

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Fashion Features

A Long Journey for Chanel Jewels

PALM BEACH, Fla. — It was a case of better late than never at the debut of a worldwide tour of Chanel’s Collection Privée jewelry.

In 1932, Coco Chanel was supposed to present her first collection of diamond jewelry in the…

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Fashion Features

Findings

LEIBER WITH A TWIST: Judith Leiber is making a clear departure with its spring advertising. In seasons past, Leiber’s ads featured model Karen Elson, but this spring, the company switched to still-life photos. But don’t expect a…

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Fashion Features

PV Takes a Turn Toward Classics

After showing more casual, rustic looks a year ago, vendors at last week’s Première Vision fair offered more refined, classic fabrics for spring 2004.

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Fashion Features

Swatches

THREE’S COMPANY: Hoping to prove that three heads are better than one, a trio of Italian mills have joined forces to operate as one entity in the U.S. They are Jackytex, a knit manufacturer in Florence; Bartolini, specializing in wool and wool…

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Fashion Features

Cutting Deals at Texworld

PARIS — Under the lengthening shadow of possible war in Iraq and a lackluster economy, buyers sought refuge in reasonable fabrics at last week’s Texworld show.

The event, which wrapped up its four-day run Friday at the CNIT complex…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Dior at Donna … All About Yvonne … Fashion Light …

DIOR AT DONNA: So what does Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton wear to a Donna Karan fashion show? “It’s Dior,” he said. “I’m wearing a suit by Hedi Slimane.”

While LVMH is clearly putting its weight…

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Fashion Scoops: Self Service … One for One … Hot Stuff …

SELF SERVICE: Most of the celebrities who made it to New York’s fashion week were there with one clear mission: self promotion. Not Molly Shannon, the “Saturday Night Live” star who stopped by Cynthia Rowley’s show. She had this piece of…

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Fashion Features

Girls On Film

Is Jeremy Scott giving us a hint as to his future direction? First, he moved from a premier fashion capital to a premier entertainment one. Then, he staged a couple of shows heavy on the costume and light on fashion viability. And now, Scott’s…

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Fashion Features

Say Anything

There’s more than one way to get a message across these days. Junior accessories are giving teens a chance to voice their opinions with quirky T-shirts, graffiti-print bags, or fun letter-blocked bracelets that say anything from ‘Go…

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Fashion Features

The Essentials

REGISTRATION HOURS

Las Vegas Convention Center

Feb. 18-20: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Feb. 21: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sands Expo & Convention Center

Feb. 18-20: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Feb. 21: 8:30 a.m.-4…

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Fashion Features

Bet On This

For a quick hit of the best Sin City has to offer, check out these hot spots.

Bright Lights, Big City

Practically a native art form in Las Vegas, the neon sign shines in its full glory on the downtown promenade known as the…

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Fashion Features

Expert Advice

A handful of WWDMAGIC-bound editors offer up their trade show do’s and don’ts and other handy information for those attending the fashion fair.

GLORIA BAUME,

FASHION MARKET DIRECTOR,

TEEN VOGUE…

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Fashion Features

Magazine Madness

Publishing types are heading to WWDMAGIC in search of emerging trends and potential ad revenue.

The media’s presence at WWDMAGIC extends beyond the bins brimming with glossy magazines and trade publications. Editors and stylists…

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