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Hong Kong Loses Ralph Lauren Flagship, Braces for More Closures

Ralph Lauren quietly shuttered its two-year-old 20,000-square-foot store last week. Other brands are expected to close boutiques in a city that has lost its luster for cash-rich mainland Chinese tourists.

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Beauty

WWD Beauty Inc Honors the Industry’s Best for 2016

The 15th-annual awards ceremony recognized the accomplishments of a cross section of beauty executives.

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Business

Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case in China

The decision could be a landmark ruling for Western brands in China.

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Sander and Bertelli: Together Once Again and Ready to Grow

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Jil Sander, who made amends with former sparring partner, Prada chief Patrizio Bertelli appears to have attained an almost zenlike sense of calm.

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Michele de Bourbon Joseph Horowitz Brad Horowitz and Brad Mandler

Fashion Features

Clarins Re-Visits Azzaro

NEW YORK — A new Azzaro fragrance will be paying a visit to department stores this September and Clarins executives hope the business will stay awhile.

The new men’s scent is called, appropriately enough, Visit, and Joseph…

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Andre Agassi and Evelyn Lauder at the Paris launch event

Fashion Features

Aramis, Agassi Serve Up Scent

The Aramis team plans to add a little Life to the brand this fall with its newest fragrance – and its new spokesman, Andre Agassi.

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Fashion Features

Langhammer Speaks at FIT

NEW YORK — Fred Langhammer, chief executive officer of The Estée Lauder Cos. served up his best advice to Fashion Institute of Technology students at a breakfast Thursday.

Langhammer, speaking to graduates of the master’s…

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Kenneth Coles Black

Fashion Features

Kenneth Cole’s Man in Black

NEW YORK — Kenneth Cole is back, in Black.

The designer is adding a second men’s scent, Black, to his fragrance franchise this fall. “This is a very important time in my company’s history,” noted Cole, whose…

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A page from Eckerd&#8217s &#8220Summer Essentials&#8221 ads

Fashion Features

Eckerd Makes A Pitch for Its Summer Sales

NEW YORK — Eckerd wants to turn its beauty department into a summer destination.

In a new “Summer Essentials” promotion, conceived in conjunction with Primedia publications Woman’s Day, Elle and Elle Girl, Eckerd will…

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Dashing Diva nail polish and Tip-Toes artificial nails for feet.

Fashion Features

Butta Named President of Dashing Diva

NEW YORK — Vincent Butta, former co-president of Advertising Display Company, the firm responsible for Sephora’s trademark black fixtures, has taken on a new role in the beauty industry.

Since May 1, Butta has been president of…

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The &#8220FCUK room&#8221 with mock bar

Fashion Features

FCUK to Launch His and Hers Fragrance Duo

NEW YORK — Will fragrance be a player in the dating game? French Connection U.K. is betting on it with the launch of its men’s and women’s fragrances, due out in fall 2003.

Both the advertising visual and the promotional…

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The Healing Garden Waters Intense scents

Fashion Features

Coty’s Heavy Scents

Mirroring a prestige market trend of launching potent flanker fragrances to top scents, Coty Beauty is launching The Healing Garden Waters Intense.

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Vera Wang and Robert Mettler

Fashion Features

Top Notes

REVLON RANKS: Debra Leipman-Yale, executive vice president and global general manager for the Revlon brand, was promoted to executive vice president and chief marketing officer, with oversight of the total Revlon portfolio, including Almay and Ultima…

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Everlasting Flower  products are considered the heroes of the line

Fashion Features

Bath & Body Works’ Simple Plan

NEW YORK — Bath & Body Works is exploring the simple life.

Ten years after the retail chain reinvented fragrant body care, B&BW is now looking to revolutionize the natural skin care arena with Pure Simplicity, a 30-item face, body and…

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Fashion Features

Snippets

NEW DIRECTION: Haircolorxpress, the salon franchiser that offers licensed hairstylists and colorists the opportunity to own and operate their own salon, is rebranding itself. In an effort to appear less budget oriented, the firm’s new salons and…

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Paul Charron Liz Claiborne Inc

Fashion Features

Charron on Claiborne: Diversification is Key

Liz Claiborne chief Paul Charron outlined the firm’s strategies, including opening three Mexx stores and testing Crazy Horse at J.C. Penney.

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Fashion Features

Industry Skeptical Regarding Tax Cuts’ Effect on Spending

Doubts run deep in the fashion industry about the effect on the sagging economy from the GOP’s $350 billion tax-cut package.

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Financial

Nordstrom Comps Strong in 4th

SEATTLE — Women’s designer apparel and cosmetics were among the strongest areas for Nordstrom Inc. in a year which resulted in the firm’s strongest same-store sales gain since 1997, shareholders were told at the annual meeting here…

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Fashion Features

ShopKo Endures First-Quarter Loss

NEW YORK — Pressured by falling sales at its flagship division and an accounting change, ShopKo Stores Inc. came up with first-quarter losses of $1.1 million, or 4 cents a diluted share.

Both periods also were affected by the adoption of…

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&#8220The Influentials&#8221 by Ed Keller and Jon Berry

Media

The Wonders of Word of Mouth

NEW YORK — When it comes to getting the best recommendations on clothing brands, automobiles, movies, vacation spots, investment strategies and restaurants, nothing beats word of mouth.

But it just can’t be anybody’s…

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Cherchez la Femme

Media

Memo Pad

ANOTHER LEAP FOR POLO: The possibility of a Ralph Lauren magazine is still a way off, but the company took a step forward on the project Thursday when a spokeswoman said Charles Gandee, the former features editor of Talk and longtime aide to Anna…

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The bar at The Gray

Fashion Features

Checking In With the Latest Hotels

The latest crop of designer hotels.

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The Ifbot can recognize and express emotions

Fashion Features

A Robot That Can Read Emotions — When It’s in the Mood

An interview with an intelligent robot that possesses the conversational skills of a five-year-old.

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Fabien Baron for Bernhardt Design

Fashion Features

On The Drawing Board

FAIR CHAIRS: With furniture launches, store parties and a four-day trade show that closed on Tuesday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Manhattan’s interest in designer chairs and tables went into overdrive this week at the International…

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Luxe’s rugby stripe cashmere sweater, $98, and a wool-Lycra spandex circle skirt, $108.

Fashion Features

Arden B. Looks to ‘Luxe’ for Larger Consumer Base

LOS ANGELES — Arden B. is set to unveil Luxe, a higher-end line, in the chain’s 100 stores this summer as an effort to broaden its reach to customers.

In July, the contemporary division of Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based Wet Seal Inc….

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The bride and groom’s first dance.

People

Suzy

The magical (some would say Cocteaulike) wedding of Alexandra Shiva and Jonathan Sherman; The latest on Sharon Bush.

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Fashion Features

Andre’s Ace

NEW YORK — With tennis whiz Andre Agassi on their team, Aramis executives are hoping to win with the brand’s latest fragrance, Life. The new scent rolls out globally in October and sources estimate that it could do $80 million at retail,…

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Jil Sander

Fashion Features

Sander and Bertelli: Together Once Again and Ready to Grow

Jil Sander, who made amends with former sparring partner, Prada chief Patrizio Bertelli appears to have attained an almost zenlike sense of calm.

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Peter Sachse

Fashion Features

Federated Broadens Macy’s Scope

Federated Department Stores said it will couple the Macy’s brand with its regional nameplates, and announced a new central marketing function.

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Financial

Burberry Net Drops in 2002

Exceptional items related to Burberry’s IPO took a bite out of its bottom line, as net profits slid 7.6 percent to $85.6 million for the year ended March 31.

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Fashion Features

Morgan Stanley Set To Countersue LVMH

Morgan Stanley is expected to file a counterclaim Monday when it submits its defense in the $100 million bias suit launched by LVMH.

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Fashion Features

PPR Shapes Up For Gucci Group Stock Acquisition

PARIS — French luxury and retail conglomerate Pinault-Printemps-Redoute is in good financial shape to acquire the Gucci Group shares it doesn’t own when its so-called put comes due next year — even as the total price of the Italian…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Promis Kept … Sweet Home … Retail Real Estate Available …

PROMISE KEPT: Affiliates of Soros Private Equity Partners made good on a March 2003 standby commitment to Bluefly Inc. by investing an additional $1 million in the internet retailer through the purchase of Series E convertible preferred stock. The…

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Leslie Wexner

Fashion Features

Wexner Waxes on Leadership

NEW YORK — Leadership is more than being at the top of one’s game, according to the Leslie Wexner philosophy.

The Limited Brands Inc. chairman and chief executive officer, who made a rare appearance Wednesday night to talk about…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Southern Belles … Broadway Bound … Gucci Goods …

SOUTHERN BELLES: The South may never be the same again.

Miuccia Prada plans to accompany André Leon Talley to Savannah, Ga., on Saturday to accept the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award at the Savannah College of Art and…

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Financial

Lane Bryant Hampers Charming Shoppes

NEW YORK — Charming Shoppes managed to post a first-quarter profit, but weakness at Lane Bryant contributed to a steep drop in operating income.

Also, the plus-sized specialty retailer, which trails only Gap and Limited Brands in apparel…

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Impactful advertising helped Gap get its groove back

Financial

Gap Inc. Quintuples First-Quarter Profits

At Gap Inc., feeling groovy is more than an advertising message as the retailer said first-quarter income catapulted 452 percent to $202.5 million.

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Diane Von Furstenberg

Fashion Features

Diane Von Furstenberg: Back in Beauty

Diane Von Furstenberg has returned to the color cosmetics market with a collection designed to recall past eras of high glamour.

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