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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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Retail

Tough Times for Neiman's as Firm Battles 'Challenges'

The luxury chain has been battling the luxury malaise.

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Retail

Focusing on Spring, Buyers Praise Milan's Creative Energy

The city has not lost its sizzle, once again led by Prada and Gucci.

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Herm?s New Jockey: Luxury Group Hands RTW Reins to Gaultier

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Overview

Herm?s International tapped Jean Paul Gaultier to replace Martin Margiela as designer of its women's ready-to-wear.

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Ranking Competitiveness

GENEVA — Three of the leading suppliers of imported apparel to the U.S. showed increases on a survey of international economic competitiveness released last week, but remained behind the U.S. and Finland, which both led the list.

The…

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Luisa Beccaria’s American Story

Italian designer Luisa Beccaria is building a presence in the U.S. among the Hollywood crowd, as well as specialty retailers and their clients.

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Fashion Features

Chanel-ing Cash at Bergdorf’s

After a four-day event for the fall Chanel collection at Bergdorf Goodman last week, the store reported a tally of $3.1 million, a record for the store.

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Fashion Features

Wilshire Neiman Marcus Spotlights Otis

BEVERLY HILLS — Neiman Marcus’ coveted Wilshire Boulevard windows are showcasing the looks of several lucky fashion students from the Otis College of Art & Design.

The senior and junior students are part of the mentoring program,…

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Tuck Everlasting

NEW YORK — Some designers eschew all the momentary Mod madness for their own elegant niche. To do it successfully, it helps to use graceful construction, artistic details and the most luxurious fabrics. Here, Chado Ralph Rucci’s…

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Fashion Features

Hermés’ New Jockey: Luxury Group Hands RTW Reins to Gaultier

Hermès International tapped Jean Paul Gaultier to replace Martin Margiela as designer of its women’s ready-to-wear.

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Clother Out … Versace Vision … The Italian Job …

CLOTHED OUT: When you’re on a roll, you’re on a roll. Fresh from dressing Katie Couric in a black halter dress for her “Late Show” guest-host appearance last week and having Carrie-Anne Moss wear his dress to the Cannes…

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D&G Appoints Guadagno

Patrick Guadagno, the former president of IT Holding USA, has been named managing director of D&G.

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Limited Quarter: Express and VS Provide No Lift

Limited Brands reported adjusted net income fell 35.2 percent in the first quarter, hurt by softness at Express and Victoria’s Secret.

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Fashion Features

Basso Flagship To Be Managed By Jack Cohen

Dennis Basso plans to mark 20 years in business with two big moves: Opening a Madison Avenue store, and hiring fur veteran Jack Cohen to run it.

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Arden Warns … GMM for at Stores …

ARDEN WARNS: Elizabeth Arden Inc. on Monday warned that its first-quarter earnings will come in even further below previous guidance due to the Iraqi conflict, the SARS epidemic and depressed air travel. The New York-based fragrance and beauty…

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Correction

Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. expects to report fourth-quarter earnings on Wednesday. This information was incorrect in a calendar item on page 2, Monday.

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People

Cannes Do

Plus the latest on Nicole Kidman from the French Riviera at the Cannes Film Festival.

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People

Drama Queens

London’s party drama.

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People

Fashion Channel

FASHION CHANNEL: As UPN launches its Tyra Banks-conceived “America’s Next Top Model” reality series today — and as HBO searches for its new “Sex and the City” — every other network has snapped up pilots for…

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Asia Watch

GOING DOWN: Isetan Co. Ltd. announced a drop of 38.5 percent in net profits to $66.4 million for the fiscal year ended March 31. Operating profits dropped 19.4 percent to $155.2 million, while sales decreased 2.2 percent to $5.2 billion compared with…

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Dillard’s Has ‘Shockingly Bad’ 4th Quarter

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A surprisingly blunt William Dillard II capped a 15-minute annual meeting Saturday when he said a “shockingly bad” fourth quarter dashed hopes for a reasonable 2002 fiscal year at Dillard’s Inc.

The…

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Financial

Nordstrom Results Surpass Forecasts

Nordstrom’s first-quarter earnings came in better than expected, although the outdistancing of estimates because of a systems error irked analysts.

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Memo Pad

SEVENTEEN SHIFTS: Last month, following the sale of Seventeen to Hearst, Cathie Black told the magazine’s weary staff that their jobs were secure and that she didn’t believe in synergy.

But word is already out that the promise may…

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Fashion Features

Roots Extends Deal to Outfit U.S. Olympians

NEW YORK — Michael Budman and Don Green are really from Detroit.

So it’s not an issue of patriotism that Roots, the Canadian specialty store chain the pair founded in 1973, has extended its agreement to be the official outfitter of…

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Fashion Features

Sars: Coping With Contagion

NEW YORK — More than two months have passed since the World Health Organization reported the appearance of a strange new pneumonia in Hong Kong and the well-worn passports of sourcing managers are starting to gather dust.

The WHO has…

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Travel Advisories

The outbreaks of SARS in parts of China, including Hong Kong, as well as Taiwan, have prompted the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control to advise travelers to stay away from those areas. In other areas where outbreaks have…

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Sars: The Caseload

Thirty nations have reported cases of SARS since the World Health Organization first reported the discovery of the disease in March. While the disease can be deadly, it is not that widespread, and so far has been largely confined to people who have…

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Fashion Features

Quiet On The Far Eastern Front

HONG KONG — Is a gateway still a gateway if no one goes in or out of it?

For more than a century, this city has served as a commercial gateway to China, a home base to trading companies that matched up foreign customers with Chinese…

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Fashion Features

The Other Powerhouse

NEW YORK — China isn’t the only country poised to gain market share in apparel manufacturing in 2005. India, the world’s second-most populous nation, also has tremendous growth potential, thanks to its large workforce and relatively…

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Fashion Features

Country Focus: India

GDP: $2.66 trillion/$2,540 per capital

GDP Change: +4.3 percent

Population: 1.05 billion

Unemployment: 8.8 percent

Textile & Apparel Exports to U.S.: $3.17 billion, up 21.17 percent*

Key Products: All varieties of…

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Beauty Features

Suitors for Beiersdorf Continue Discussions

BERLIN — The plot concerning potential suitors for Beiersdorf continues to thicken.

German financial circles reported that Henkel has been in informal talks with Beiersdorf’s major shareholders, Tchibo and Allianz.

According…

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Fashion Features

The Quota Quotient

WASHINGTON — The battle over Vietnam quotas might be over on paper but it has just begun in boardrooms across the country.

In the aftermath of one of the most contentious negotiations ever over a bilateral textile agreement, many…

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Fashion Features

New Limits

Quotas on imports of textiles and apparel from Vietnam took effect May 1. For the first year, the Commerce Department is prorating the quota allotment for the last seven months of the year. Imports out of Vietnam showed explosive growth early in the…

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Fashion Features

The Development Dilemma

NEW YORK — As U.S. imports of Chinese apparel and textiles continue to skyrocket — up a combined 65.4 percent in the first quarter — it’s becoming increasingly clear that the world’s most populous country is going to be…

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Fashion Features

Raising Quota Questions

WASHINGTON — Developing countries are joining textile and union groups in an attempt to build momentum to address the phaseout of quotas on textiles and apparel at an upcoming crucial global trade meeting in Cancun, Mexico.

Trade…

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Fashion Features

Waiting For A Pickup

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius — Maybe it’s just a temporary boost, but with SARS affecting manufacturing centers in China and Southeast Asia, many manufacturers are looking for alternate production sites and countries like Mauritius appear to be…

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Fashion Features

Freight Rate Hike Arrives

NEW YORK — As if apparel executives don’t have enough to worry about, between the shaky retail environment and uncertain effect on sourcing of the continuing SARS outbreak in Asia, now they’re facing another hike in the cost of…

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Fashion Features

The Strong Second

NEW DELHI, India — There’s more than one apparel-manufacturing powerhouse in Asia.

While much attention has been paid to the potential explosion in Chinese apparel exports when World Trade Organization nations drop quotas on…

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