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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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Fashion

Rihanna Said Eyeing Paris for Next Fenty Puma Show

The music star had launched the collection last February during New York Fashion Week.

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Media

Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

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Revlon?s Deeper Red: Firm Posts 17th Straight Quarterly Loss

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Overview

Revlon Inc.'s net losses for the fourth quarter widened more than sixfold to $179.4 million, extending its losing streak to 17 quarters in a row.

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The Great White Way

PARIS — Sephora will roll out a new retail format in early May, offering heightened levels of service, from skin care to nail care. The new 9,150-square-foot store is located in the former Samaritaine department store on the Rue de Rivoli. For…

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Tiffany Takes Stake in Jeweler

Branching beyond its signature chain, Tiffany & Co. said it has invested in jewelry firm Temple St. Clair to help it launch a retail business.

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Fashion Features

Armani Does His Own L.A. Walk

Giorgio Armani said he has canceled his trip to Los Angeles to attend Academy Awards-related events this month.

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Fashion Features

DMA: Internet Tax No Windfall for States

E-tailers fighting an effort to collect Internet sales taxes issued a study claiming states would glean little money if such a system is created.

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Point of Reference … Columbia’s Mountain Move …

POINT OF REFERENCE: The precarious state of the junior business has one chain fighting to stay relevant. Since filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January, Los Angeles-based Reference Clothing Inc. has been forced by the court to close two…

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Fashion Features

Tommy Bahama Accepting Suitors

NEW YORK — Will Tommy Bahama, one of the nation’s hottest apparel brands, soon be sold?

As always, it depends on the price. But the privately owned brand, which is particularly strong in men’s wear, has been seeking a deal for…

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Financial

Apparel, Accessories Sales Fall

Consumers pulled back on retail spending in February as threats of war with Iraq mounted and snowstorms slammed the East Coast.

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Fashion Features

Sephora Rolls Out New Format

Sephora will unveil its next-generation concept store this May, in the last of several recent changes for the chain, which could be primping to be sold.

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Fashion Features

I-Iman to Debut Skin Care

NEW YORK — I-Iman, the supermodel’s fashion-forward color line, will premiere its first skin care collection at the end of April.

“Skin care is always a necessity, especially for African-American women,” said Iman, president and…

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Fashion Features

Revlon’s Deeper Red: Firm Posts 17th Straight Quarterly Loss

Revlon Inc.’s net losses for the fourth quarter widened more than sixfold to $179.4 million, extending its losing streak to 17 quarters in a row.

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Fashion Features

Ellen Tracy’s Latest Imagining

NEW YORK — Designer Linda Allard believes in drawing inspiration from all sources when it comes to conceptualizing products —?and few projects illustrate that point more clearly than her latest fragrance, which is inspired by an off-hours…

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Fashion Features

Skechers Countersues Spears

Skechers USA filed a counter-lawsuit against Britney Spears and her companies alleging fraud and breach of contract.

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Fashion Features

Estée Lauder’s New Ethnic Mix

Estée Lauder is making a dramatic change in its advertising strategy for the first time in its 57-year history by signing its first African-American model.

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Fashion Features

Sonia Kashuk Sets Out On Five-City Book Tour

NEW YORK — Sonia Kashuk will be talking beauty tips with the literati.

Next month, the creator of Sonia Kashuk Professional Makeup will make appearances in bookstores in five cities to promote her book “Real Beauty,” which made its debut…

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Fashion Features

Retailers Cheer AM Sale

NEW YORK — Retailers greeted last week’s announcement that Markwins International Corporation inked a deal to purchase brands from AM Cosmetics with enthusiasm.

Last Thursday, Markwins completed the transaction for an undisclosed…

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Fashion Features

Coty Beauty’s Thoreux Honored at Scholarship Dinner

NEW YORK — Coty’s top management is evidently a package deal.

The company’s top brass —?from chairman Peter Harf to chief executive officer Bernd Beetz to John Galantic, president, U.S. beauty — turned out in…

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Fashion Features

Top Notes

ROBERTET RESULTS: French fragrance and flavors house Robertet posted 2002 sales of $225.9 million, up 2.1 percent over the previous year. At constant rates of exchange, growth would have been 5 percent, the company said in a statement. Robertet also…

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Fashion Features

Taste of Hungary Packs Punch

NEW YORK — Spa products are the latest culprits to blur the line of originality. How many more seaweed-infused body scrubs does the industry need? But one regimen — imported from Hungary — is standing apart from the pack by requiring…

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Fashion Features

M.D. Skincare Gets Facelift, Turns to Body

NEW YORK — Dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross has given his M.D. Skincare line a facelift.

The 15-stockkeeping-unit assortment has been completely redesigned and it is slated to bow in new packaging in May. Coinciding with the new-look debut…

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Fashion Features

Snippets

GOING, GOING, GONE: While Procter & Gamble nixed the Vidal Sassoon hair care line from consumer consumption in the fourth quarter of last year, Vidal Sassoon afficionados could still buy their favorite product from one of 25 Vidal Sassoon salons…

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Financial

Profits, Shares Soar At Urban Outfitters

NEW YORK — With tiered skirts, T-shirt and cargo pants must-have items for today’s younger women, Urban Outfitters Inc. delivered double-digit profits and sales increases in both its fiscal fourth quarter and year and watched its stock…

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Fashion Features

Scaasi Branches Out

NEW YORK — Arnold Scaasi, fashion designer, Fashion Institute of Technology professor and now gardener?

Scaasi is in the midst of creating a 702-square-foot garden retreat for Grand Beekman, a luxury condominium residence that opened this…

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Fashion Features

Forget the Hallmark, Send a Scent

NEW YORK — Looking for a different way to send a greeting? Soon you’ll be able to say it with a scent.

After a successful six-month test with Wal-Mart, Walgreens and Meijer, a Long Island-based fragrance firm is introducing…

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Fashion Features

Surf Lifestyle Paces ASR

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — The specter of war hung in the air at the ASR Back-to-School show here, perched above Pacific Coast Highway, but so did the briny scent of the sea, which helped lift spirits and energize buying.

In its second…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Haute Couture 101 … Bin Laden’s Back

HAUTE COUTURE 101: Whoever says young people aren’t interested in the couture hasn’t been to the Fashion Institute of Technology lately. The school is in the process of creating a haute couture certificate program.

“We recently…

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Fashion Features

Broken Steam Pipe Cripples Midtown Retail

NEW YORK — Many of Manhattan’s luxury retailers lost a day’s business Thursday after a steam pipe burst in Midtown, sending a huge steam cloud into the sky. Several streets were closed to traffic and dozens of stores were forced to…

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Financial

ShopKo Earnings Slide On Sales Slump in Qtr.

NEW YORK — Sagging sales and special charges depleted ShopKo Stores Inc.’s bottom line in the fourth quarter.

For the three months ended Feb. 1, the Green Bay, Wisc.-based discount retailer said net income regressed 6.3 percent to…

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Fashion Features

From Chopping to Shopping

DALLAS — Fashion retailers desperate to engage consumers and create loyalty in the midst of this stubborn economy and signs of a possible war — when simply getting shoppers to come into a store is a challenge — might want to look at…

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Financial

By The Numbers

MORE FROM DIOR: Christian Dior SA said Thursday net profits last year reached $700.7 million, compared with $3.3 million in 2001, while operating income jumped 31 percent to $2.24 billion. Dollar figures are converted from the euro at current…

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Nautica Taps Laird + Partners

NEW YORK — Laird + Partners, the ad agency based here that handles Donna Karan International and Gap, has another all-American account: Nautica.

Laird + Partners bested incumbent Toth Brand Imaging, the Concord, Mass.-based ad agency that…

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Memo Pad

STATUS REPORT: Since Ron Galotti moved back to Condé Nast following the demise of Talk, there have been questions as to whether his appointment at GQ was just a temporary gig — or whether he was being placed in permanent purgatory for…

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People

Suzy

James/Jamie King’s latest adventures…Who’s not going to the Oscars and why…What do men talk about when women are not around?

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