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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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Fashion

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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Media

Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

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Ralph v. Jones: The Gloves Are Off

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Jones Apparel Group and Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. are suing each other over the bitter dispute involving Jones' licensed Lauren businesses.

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Financial

Strong Margins Lead TJX in Tough Climate

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — A shaky economy, but a “solid” performance nonetheless.

That’s how TJX president and chief executive Edmond English characterized the company’s year at the annual shareholders meeting Tuesday at…

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Beauty Features

Sephora Europe Taps Levy as CEO

Jacques Levy was named chief executive of Sephora Europe, the perfumery chain’s parent, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, said Tuesday

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Fashion Features

Brooks Bros. Faces Protests

NEW YORK — A contingent of about 50 unionized retail workers and union organizers showed up outside Brooks Bros. flagship on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue Tuesday afternoon to protest the slow pace of contract renewal negotiations.

The…

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Fashion Features

NRF Forms International Unit

NEW YORK — The National Retail Federation, seeking to boost its overseas membership and provide it with enhanced services, has formed a new division, called the International Retail Federation.

“This is a first stage in designing a…

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Living With Martha Stewart’s Woes

Advertising executives said Martha Stewart’s possible criminal indictment is unlikely to have any negative impact on her magazine, at least for now.

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People

Suzy

Family note from all over, including chez McCartney; The MoMA gala; Mick’s redecorating ideas, and a taste of New York Wildlife.

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Fashion Features

The Mighty Dollar Stores

Dollar stores’ less-is-more approach of no-frills decor, low prices and even lower overhead has led to exponential expansion.

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Fashion Features

Fast Fashion

The CFDA turned its primary focus back to the designers for its annual Fashion Awards Monday and came up with the best event in recent memory.

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Fashion Features

Fur Sure

NEW YORK — Fun fur looks are always an option, especially during the holidays. Right now, moderate designers are playing with fake fur treatments — a surefire way to keep warm and cozy. Here, Emma James’ acrylic, cotton and polyester…

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Fashion Features

Dick’s Outruns Sector

NEW YORK — Few sporting goods retailers were exempt from unseasonal weather during the first quarter, and few did better despite that challenge than Dick’s Sporting Goods, which salvaged profit and sales gains despite a small decline in…

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Fashion Features

London Fog Splitting Into Trio of Divisions

London Fog Industries is splitting into three primary and independent units: Pacific Trail, London Fog Trade and London Fog Factory Outlet Stores.

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Fashion Features

Benetton Campaign Focuses on Violence

NEW YORK — Benetton has expanded its stake in the field of politically charged marketing with the creation, by its communications arm, Fabrica, of a logo and images for the World Health Organization’s Global Campaign for Violence…

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Fashion Features

Parkinson’s Colorful Prescription

A visit with Gregory Parkinson on his return engagement in Los Angeles; John Cherpas and Kellie Delkescamp hope the Grass is greener.

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Fashion Features

Hoping That the Grass Is Greener

LOS ANGELES — No regrets.

That is the mantra designers John Cherpas and Kellie Delkescamp repeatedly offer as they “look to greener pastures” with the launch this weekend at the Los Angeles fall II market of their new better…

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Fashion Features

Malo Taps Gianni Bugli, Adds Leather Goods

MILAN — Malo is expanding its product range, including a line of leather goods, and strengthening its design team.

Under the management of chief executive Stefano Ferro, who joined the Florence-based cashmere company this year, Malo has…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: How Do You Define a Vogue Cover? … Almost Post Time … Musical Four-Eyes …

HOW DO YOU DEFINE A VOGUE COVER?: Well, if you’re Posh ‘n Becks, the cover of the magazine’s special men’s outsert bagged with the September issue just barely qualifies. Despite reports to the contrary, Victoria and David…

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Fashion Features

Ralph v. Jones: The Gloves Are Off

Jones Apparel Group and Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. are suing each other over the bitter dispute involving Jones’ licensed Lauren businesses.

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Fashion Features

Groovy, Baby

NEW YORK — No matter what the calendar says, in the world of fashion the Sixties are never far off. And the decade’s swinging It Girl look is right up Anna Sui’s girly alley. For resort, she cut some of her Mod-style silhouettes in…

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Fashion Features

Hansen: Gap’s Top Banana

Gap Inc. named Marka Hansen president of its Banana Republic unit to help restore the luster and leadership at its most troubled chain.

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Fashion Features

SARS Hits Luxury, Hermès

PARIS — Asian tourism, devastated by the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, might not rebound until 2004.

That’s the outlook from several luxury goods analysts, who consider the perceived safety of travel a key driver…

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Fashion Features

Wal-Mart Takes Crack at Japan

After getting burned in Germany and Indonesia, Wal-Mart is taking it slow in Japan, aware that it could be another tough overseas market to crack.

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Fashion Features

In Brief

AVON ON PLAN: Avon Products Inc. rubber-stamped its previous second-quarter projections and said currency exchange rates, if they stay at or near current levels, could propel the firm past its earnings target for the year of $2.55 a share. For the…

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