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A&F Finds 'Growing Up' Tough Now that Sex No Longer Sells

Abercrombie is aging its models to show it is no longer a "teen" brand; company reported a Q2 loss.

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Media

Barbie Becomes Paid Social Media Influencer

Through her Instagram account, Barbie “produces” sponsored content.

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Fashion

Costume Institute's Next Subject Said to Be Rei Kawakubo

The exhibit next spring would be only the second the Met has devoted to a living designer.

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Tommy Talks Escalate, With Jones and VF Said To Be Suitors

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Overview

While Tommy Hilfiger hasn't hung out a 'For Sale' sign, sources say vigorous discussions might be going on with Jones Apparel Group and VF Corp.

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In Brief: U.S. Cities 50 for Fakes … Simon, but Hardly Simple …

U.S. CITES 50 FOR FAKES: The U.S. has singled out 50 countries that failed to adequately enforce intellectual property protection and counterfeit products, including apparel, and listed them in an annual report. Among the countries on the U.S. Trade…

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Fashion Features

Correction

A photo of a fire that destroyed Levi Strauss’ initial headquarters in the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake was from Bettmann/CORBIS. The photo credit was omitted on page 12 Thursday.

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Fashion Features

DTI Confirms Moves, Awaiting Sale, Spin Off

NEW YORK — Further preparing itself for a buyout or initial public offering, DuPont Textiles & Interiors made several changes to its board and senior-level management Thursday, confirming reports in WWD this week.

The company is also…

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Fashion Features

U.S. Takes Step to Break EU Tax Impasse

WASHINGTON — Congress edged closer Thursday to preventing the European Union from levying $4 billion in punitive tariffs on U.S. imports, including $100 million in apparel and textiles, but the issue is far from resolved.

Come Tuesday,…

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Fashion Features

Cavalli: More&More&More

In creating his latest store, showcasing everything he does, Roberto Cavalli has aptly named it More&More&More. Here’s a look.

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Charity Case … Wacky Simon … Adidas’ New Golden Girl …

CHARITY CASE: The stars are coming out in droves to support cancer research. Following the news that Nicole Kidman had signed on for Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure campaign in September, now comes word that Jennifer Connelly, Salma Hayek and…

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People

Suzy

Having fun with Elizabeth Hurley…Plane protection…Madison Avenue’s artsy night…Knowing the real thing…More from the Met.

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Fashion Features

Levi’s Big Blue Showcase

SAN FRANCISCO — A crowd of several hundred Levi Strauss & Co. employees, joined by this city’s mayor and a few top retailers and suppliers, packed into the square in front of the firm’s headquarters Thursday to mark the…

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Financial

Nautica Reverses Loss in 4th

Stronger-than-expected sales in several divisions and an improvement in women’s jeans helped Nautica reverse a year-ago loss in the fourth quarter.

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Fashion Features

Boots Taps Richard Baker CEO

LONDON — After a lengthy search, Boots has finally found a new chief executive officer.

Richard Baker, 40, chief operating officer at British supermarket chain Asda, will succeed Steve Russell, who, as it was announced, will leave the…

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Financial

Reorganization and Consolidation Lead The Body Shop Net Ahead

LONDON — The Body Shop is slowly getting back into shape.

Net profit in the 52 weeks ended March 1 more than doubled to $21.6 million from $8.4 million thanks to a healthy rise in operating profits and a drop in exceptional costs. In…

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Fashion Features

Chanel Plans Second Half

Chanel is putting on a new face for fall, with a lineup that includes major treatment and foundation launches and an increased focus on advertising.

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Fashion Features

Tommy: On the Road With Jeans

NEW YORK — Tommy Hilfiger is planning to send a little piece of Americana into travel retail doors this summer with his new fragrance masterbrand, Tommy Jeans.

“Tommy Hilfiger captures a fresh American spirit in all his projects —…

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Fashion Features

Top Notes

PARK TO LANCOME: Elizabeth Park, former senior vice president of makeup marketing at Prescriptives, has joined Lancôme as the L’Oréal USA brand’s vice president of makeup marketing. Park succeeds Elizabeth Mankin, who has moved…

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Fashion Features

Versace Plots U.S. Growth

MILAN — With Donatella Versace clearly hitting her fashion stride, the Milan design house is turning its attention to beauty, with an eye toward rapid growth.

Santo Versace, president and chairman of the family firm established by his…

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Fashion Features

Ralph Lauren: True Blue

Ralph Lauren has found a whole new take, and, he hopes, a younger customer, on one of his classics for the fall launch of Ralph Lauren Blue.

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Fashion Features

NACDS: Against the Current

Beauty took a licking for the first quarter of 2003, but retailers and suppliers gathered for the NACDS annual meeting are digging in for a long fight.

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Fashion Features

Avon Names Mark Alliances

NEW YORK — Avon Products Inc. has formed strategic alliances with Atlantic Records, University of Phoenix, American Legacy and the Makeup Alley Internet beauty site in a sharing of resources for the Aug. 1 launch of Avon’s new youth brand,…

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Fashion Features

New Salon Helps IFF Shape Scents

NEW YORK — International Flavors & Fragrances is taking the phrase “test case” to a whole new level.

The company has partnered with an upscale Manhattan salon company, Anderson French, to install a full-service, seven-chair salon at…

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Fashion Features

Spa Industry Exchanges Ideas at New Show

They’re not cosmetics and they’re not drugs. Rather, they’re cosmeceuticals, and experts say they’re “in regulatory limbo.” Here’s why.

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Fashion Features

Gen Art’s Freshmen

Tuesday, April 22nd marked the fifth annual International Design Competition Styles 2003, and, as with any other event with Gen Art at its helm, the evening celebrated innovation. A panel of judges who included designers Nicole Miller, Norma Kamali,…

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Fashion Features

Talley Works for Housing

NEW YORK — “I had these looks bagged, labeled and very carefully organized on a rack,” boomed André Leon Talley to an assistant, who had been dispatched only moments before to retrieve a bag of evening shoes, but had instead returned with a…

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Fashion Features

Stein Mart to Close 16 Stores

NEW YORK — Unfavorable psychographics contributed to Stein Mart Inc.’s plans to shutter 16 underperforming stores this year.

As a group, the 16 doors accounted for $5.2 million in operating losses last year and averaged sales per…

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Memo Pad

MOVING OUT?: In what would be a blow for the Hearst Corp., several industry sources said Thursday that its chief photographer, Patrick Demarchelier, is in serious negotiations with Condé Nast about coming over to the company, where he previously…

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Media Keeps Writer’s Case Open

NEW YORK — Media interest in the Christa Worthington killing continues to steam along, even though no arrests have been made.

The freelance writer and former fashion editor was found stabbed in her Cape Cod, Mass., home 16 months ago with…

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Fashion Features

Deep Blue Sea

NEW YORK — It seems that Ralph Lauren’s favorite color is blue these days. After launching the highly successful Polo Blue last fall, the brand is following up with a women’s scent, Ralph Lauren Blue. Coming in September, the…

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Fashion Features

Tommy Talks Escalate, With Jones and VF Said To Be Suitors

While Tommy Hilfiger hasn’t hung out a “For Sale” sign, sources say vigorous discussions might be going on with Jones Apparel Group and VF…

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Financial

Liz Claiborne Beats Forecast

Liz Claiborne posted first-quarter results showing double-digit gains in profits and sales, beating earnings per share estimates by 2 cents.

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Fashion Features

Kohl’s Sees 1,000 Units Ahead

MILWAUKEE — Kohl’s, among America’s fastest-growing retailers, says it can more than double its store count, reaching at least 1,000 stores in the near future.

The promotional department store chain, currently with 492 units,…

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Fashion Features

Consumer Sentiment Outlasts Period of War

GENEVA — The war in Iraq might be over but the strong feelings and deep political divisions the conflict prompted could result in billions of dollars in consumer boycotts on both sides of the Atlantic, according to a survey conducted in the U.S.,…

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