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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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5th Avenue for Rent: Sean John and Zara Get Ready to Move In

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Sean Combs is about to change the face of Fifth Avenue in the 40s with his first Sean John store, WWD has learned.

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Fashion Scoops: Comeback Trail … Moss and Ross

COMEBACK TRAIL: Is western getting chic again? A couple of Tom Ford’s assistants at Gucci were scouring vintage shops in Dallas Thursday for western-style clothing. The pair picked up a Seventies brown women’s suit with elaborate…

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Fashion Features

Unilever CEO Mancuso Exits

Paulanne Mancuso has left as president and chief executive of Unilever Cosmetics International after 19 years with the company.

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Elizabeth Crow Dismissed By Primedia

Primedia executives said on Friday that Elizabeth Crow, editorial director of the consumer magazine group, had been dismissed.

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People

Positively Indecent

What happens when the worlds of Park Avenue and Versace collide? Here’s what, from the bash to benefit Memorial Sloan-Kettering.

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Fashion Features

Europe Watch: Russian Dressing … Wired for Style … French Toast …

RUSSIAN DRESSING: The Metro Group, Germany’s largest retail group (and fourth largest in apparel sales), opened its first Metro Cash & Carry store in Saint Petersburg, Russia, last week. A second Saint Petersburg door is slated for…

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Fashion Features

April Drought Curtails May Orders

NEW YORK — Lingerie executives will be exercising extreme caution at this week’s market.

While May typically is a small market for actual ordering, it is a time for retailers to reassess strategies for fall, digest the feedback of…

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Fashion Features

Mary Green’s Economic Band-Aid: Silk Gauze

NEW YORK — It could probably pass as a fancy bandage, but instead the fabric is credited as the hottest-selling classification at Mary Green, the San Francisco-based designer of silk underwear, daywear, sleepwear and at-homewear.

Green,…

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Financial

J. Jill Sees 71.5% Drop in Earnings for Qtr.

NEW YORK — J. Jill Group had a tough first quarter, attributed to the usual war-weather-economy-Easter reasons, as earnings plummeted 71.5 percent.

The Quincy, Mass-based company, which operates 93 stores, said for the three months ended…

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Financial

Bernard Chaus Income Jumps 19.4%

NEW YORK — Bernard Chaus Inc. continued to post improved earnings results despite lower revenues in the third quarter.

For the three months ended March 31, the firm’s net income jumped 19.4 percent to $2.1 million, or 7 cents a…

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Financial

Burlington Coat’s Decelle Chain to Close

NEW YORK — Women in Massachusetts who shop the off-price apparel chains soon will have fewer options.

Burlington Coat Factory is getting ready to shutter its seven-unit Decelle chain. What began as a small factory selling apparel for…

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Fashion Features

Celebrity Trio Spotlights Cancer Cause, Louis Vuitton Style

NEW YORK — When Salma Hayek, Jennifer Connelly and Renée Zellweger descended the spiral staircase of Louis Vuitton’s glass-enclosed Magic Room on Friday morning to announce their involvement in a new initiative to fund cancer…

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Fashion Features

Max Mara’s Quiet Strategy

REGGIO EMILIA, Italy — With more than $1 billion in annual sales, Max Mara doesn’t go out of its way to publicize its growth or even reveal its true strategy. But this secretive fashion company, one of Italy’s biggest, has plenty to…

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Fashion Features

Spring Sales Start Rolling

Vuitton’s Murakami handbag aside, there are other hot sellers for spring, including designer sunglasses, big earrings and print scarves.

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Fashion Features

Tiger Plays Tag in New Commercial

NEW YORK — After a 10-year absence, watch brand Tag Heuer is returning to TV advertising as part of a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign featuring its new spokesman, Tiger Woods.

The new commercial, which debuts later this week on…

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Fashion Features

Balenciaga’s Space Program

PARIS — After a two-phase renovation that endured 14 months, the Balenciaga flagship in Paris last week unveiled the final result: a quirky, intergalactic design conceived by designer Nicolas Ghesquière and French artist Dominique…

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Fashion Features

Lord & Taylor Heads Into India

NEW YORK — Lord & Taylor’s American Place restaurant took on an international theme last week as the store feted its new Into India shop with a lively soiree.

Located on the first floor of the Fifth Avenue flagship, Into India…

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Fashion Features

All Vamped Up

NEW YORK — Designers are vamping things up this season with dizzying prints that feature motifs ranging from bold florals to sexy pinup ladies. Here, one example: Loungewear Betty’s cotton and Lycra HotPants and halter top. For more prints…

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Fashion Features

5th Avenue for Rent: Sean John and Zara Get Ready to Move In

Sean Combs is about to change the face of Fifth Avenue in the 40s with his first Sean John store, WWD has learned.

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Fashion Features

Ralph Lauren Cancer Center Opens

The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention opens in East Harlem today. Here’s a look.

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Fashion Features

Apparel Jobs Hit All-Time Low

Apparel employment, on the decline for the past three decades, reached a record low in April, dropping below 500,000 for the first time.

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Gottschalks Revises Earnings … Armand Marciano Exits Guess …

GOTTSCHALKS REVISES EARNINGS: Gottschalks Inc. late Friday released its audited fourth-quarter and full year financial results, which showed that its losses for both periods ended Feb. 1 were about $400,0000 deeper than the company had reported in its…

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Fashion Features

Correction

Fourth-quarter earnings for Nautica Enterprises were $5.6 million, or 16 cents a diluted share. Those numbers were incorrect in a story, on page 5, Friday.

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Fashion Features

Gap’s Fisher Lauds Pressler

WASHINGTON — Gap has already bottomed out — at least according to its chairman, Donald Fisher.

Fisher flew in from San Francisco last week with his wife, Doris, co-chairman of the National Gallery of Art’s annual Collectors…

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Fashion Features

Coming This Week

Monday: The Annex by Designers & Agents, New York (through Wednesday).

Mercedes Australian Fashion Week, Sydney (through Thursday).

Citymeals-On-Wheels Fashion/Beauty benefit, New York.

Tuesday: Accessories Circuit and…

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Fashion Features

Trade Summit Gets Under Way in France

To help executives understand the WTO quota phaseout, a two-day summit, “The Future of Textiles and Clothing After 2005,” kicks off today in Brussels.

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Fashion Features

L.L. Bean Interested in Eddie Bauer Chain

Analysts say L.L. Bean’s potential acquisition of Eddie Bauer from bankrupt Speigel would be a good fit for both companies.

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