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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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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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Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

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Hair Care’s New No. 1: P&G Leaps to Top Rank With Plan to Buy Wella

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Overview

Procter & Gamble's $6 billion acquisition of Wella brought P&G bragging rights as the world's largest hair care company, finally passing rival L'Or?al.

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Day for Night

Irvine, Calif. — Modern style is all about transcending categories, blurring the distinctions between business and casual, of-the-moment and timeless and especially, day and night. St. John’s freshly minted mini comes with a layer of…

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Hair Care’s New No. 1: P&G Leaps to Top Rank With Plan to Buy Wella

Procter & Gamble’s $6 billion acquisition of Wella brought P&G bragging rights as the world’s largest hair care company, finally passing rival…

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Fashion Features

Claiborne Adds Juicy Label

Liz Claiborne has agreed to purchase all of the stock of Travis Jeans Inc., which owns the assets of Juicy Couture, the hot contemporary brand.

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Financial

Charming Shoppes Reports Profit in 4th

NEW YORK — Charming Shoppes announced Tuesday that restructuring in 2002 helped it post a fourth-quarter profit and that a new round of cost-cutting initiatives in 2003, including the elimination of about 285 jobs, should ultimately result in…

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McCartney Signs Lease For 3rd Unit

LOS ANGELES — Oscar night isn’t the only thing on Stella McCartney’s mind this week.

A spokeswoman for the designer, who is in town for Academy Awards festivities, confirmed she has signed a lease for her third store, an…

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A New Citizen

LOS ANGELES — Citizens of Humanity has added to its population. New York designer Noam Hanoch has joined the Vernon, Calif.-based denim label, reporting to co-founder and head designer Jerome Dahan.

Hanoch, a graduate of New York’s…

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Oscar Watch

LOS ANGELES — Organizers of the Oscars said in a press conference late Tuesday that they will be truncating the red-carpet portion of the awards event, but the show will go on. Even before Academy Awards producer Gil Cates Jr. and Frank Pierson,…

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In Brief

TAUBMAN’S NO TO SIMON: Taubman Centers Inc. late Tuesday told Simon Property Group and Westfield America what it thought about their intention to propose four nominees for election to Taubman’s board: It is “solely to advance their own…

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Subliminal Messages

Harvard professor Gerald Zaltman says focus groups are passé and surveys are overrated.

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People

Suzy

Oscar flash will be a tad more subdued than usual, due to the possibility of war…Richard Gere’s next gig…The Met’s big dance-a-thon.

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Fashion Features

SIMM Attendees Lament Spanish Market

MADRID — The continuing economic slump, growing possibility of a war with Iraq and increased prices due to a climbing euro — roughly 25 percent higher than last year — are paralyzing Spain’s apparel industry, said vendors and…

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The Great Escape

NEW YORK — Relax. That’s the key to healthy living, and this fall season designers are dressing the part, as casual weekender looks are becoming a staple in many collections. Last year, American women spent more than $26 billion on casual…

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Claiborne, Kellwood Sign Deal

NEW YORK — Liz Claiborne Inc. has reached an agreement with Kellwood Co.’s Halmode division to license women’s dresses and suits, including special occasion, bridal, mother of the bride, and dresses with coordinating jackets, under…

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Fashion Scoops: Oscar Hopefull … The Sketch Artist … Englishman in New York

OSCAR HOPEFUL: Nicole Kidman won’t be the only Nicole with butterflies in her stomach at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday night. Designer Nicole Farhi, who’s married to Sir David Hare, plans to accompany her husband to the Kodak…

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Fashion Features

Brands Build A Lifestyle

NEW YORK — While the business world is getting a little more dressed up, there’s no sign of a slowdown in the casual arena.

Maybe it’s due to an increased emphasis on personal time and life outside of work, but “lifestyle” is…

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Stat Snapshot

Casual In Depth: The Great Escape, a special report on the casual market, appears on pages 9-19.

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Staying On The Message

NEW YORK — Casual can be a cash cow for those specialty stores that understand its consumer draw and stick to it.

After all, it’s Gap that is credited with helping to instigate the casual revolution in the Nineties with its stores…

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Mass Stores Push Active-Casual Hybrid

BOSTON — Two years ago, when activewear buyer Roger Taylor joined J.C. Penney Co., the small section looked perpetually “like a clearance sale,” he recalled. Some 15 brands fought for space on eight racks, causing a jumble of fits, styles and…

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Major Stores Spread Out

LOS ANGELES — If sportswear is the bread and butter of the department store business, then casual sportswear is like jelly — a popular topping to the overall assortment — and department stores lay it on thick.

With…

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Jumping On the Juicy Trend

NEW YORK — Can clothes get more casual than denim?

For the junior and contemporary markets, the answer is yes. For teens, jeans are the school uniform, but in a culture where comfort is key, velour and terry sweats are fast making their…

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Active Gets Cool

NEW YORK — No longer quibbling about what defines an athlete, activewear firms are now welcoming sports fans with more nonperformance products designed for their busy lives.

For years, sneaker giants like Nike and Reebok used to balk at…

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Marketing and Promotion

An Oft-Forgotten Customer

Apparel marketers are taking steps to boost their appeal to African Americans, but they’re still behind the curve, compared with other sectors.

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Fashion Features

Obituary: Jack ‘Chip’ Rieger, Lacoste Executive, 83

NEW YORK — Jack “Chip” Rieger, a pioneer in the wholesale and licensing arena instrumental in making the Izod Lacoste brand among the first fashion status symbols, died March 12 at Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Rieger, who was…

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WTO Reviews U.S. Cotton Subsidy

GENEVA —?The World Trade Organization?agreed Tuesday?to establish a?panel to examine?Brazil’s complaint?that U.S. subsidies to American producers and exporters of upland cotton violate global trade rules.

The subsidies for the year…

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