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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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France Fights Back: Fast-Fashion Retailers Get Nimble and Quick

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Overview

Steamrolled in recent years by cheap-chic behemoths H&M and Zara, French stores are adopting the tactics of their bigger and more efficient foes.

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All About Eve

NEW YORK — You can’t be a recording artist these days without at least having your own clothing line, along with plenty of other marketing vehicles, and hip-hop star Eve is no exception. The rapper is becoming a designer for fall with…

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Fashion Features

France Fights Back: Fast-Fashion Retailers Get Nimble and Quick

Steamrolled in recent years by cheap-chic behemoths H&M and Zara, French stores are adopting the tactics of their bigger and more efficient foes.

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Fashion Features

Ferré Expansion Plan Targets Younger Set

Gianfranco Ferré is rejuvenating his brand with a younger collection, new stores, and expanding international business and product lines.

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Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Target Trimming Down Teen Brands … Lauding Evelyn Lauder:

NEW YORK — And then there was one.

Target has put the word out that it is winnowing its teen cosmetics section to one brand, leaving manufacturers sweating, wondering whose header will be saved.

Sources told WWD that Target intends…

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Fashion Features

Fashion, Media World Say Farewell to Cooper

Ralph Lauren, Condé Nast chief executive Steven Florio and Harry Connick Jr. were among the packed crowd at a memorial for GQ’s Art Cooper.

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People

Model Behavior

Actress-model Patricia Velasquez gives back.

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People

London Lounging

Visiting Loungelover in London, the latest from the owners of Les Trois Garçons restaurant.

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Fashion Features

Urban Chic

NEW YORK — Eve has a clothes fetish.

At only 20 years old, the Philadelphia native entered the music world in 1999 when she launched her first album, “Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders’ First Lady.” When it quickly hit…

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Fashion Features

Second-Half Comeback For Dresses in Dallas

DALLAS — Dresses enjoyed a rebound during the fall and holiday market that ended here June 2. Fur-trimmed sportswear, novelty skirts and tops, and chandelier earrings were also high on buyers’ shopping lists.

“All the social…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: A Site and a Settlement … Abridged Battle … Street Talking …

  • A SITE AND A SETTLEMENT: Without admitting or denying guilt, Guess Inc. has settled a Federal Trade Commission charge over false claims regarding the security of consumers’ personal information on its Web site. The FTC action arose…

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Fashion Features

Dior, Vera Wang Make P.R. Moves

NEW YORK — Christian Dior Couture and Vera Wang have made changes in their public relations departments.

Sofia Anastasi has been named to the new post of director of p.r. for accessories at Dior Couture here. Most recently, she was…

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Fashion Features

Wal-Mart Antiunion Vote Upheld

NEW YORK — An administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in two different cases last week involving election objections and charges of unfair labor practices.

The two cases…

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Fashion Features

A&F Denies Discrimination

LOS ANGELES — Abercrombie & Fitch fired back at plaintiffs Wednesday, vowing to fight a federal lawsuit filed earlier this week that accuses the retailer of racial discrimination.

“The allegations in the lawsuit that has been filed…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Daybreak … Music By Nike …Hype Dreams

Designers who are not yet in the major leagues often struggle for a decent time slot on Paris’s crammed ready-to-wear calendar — and are often relegated to the end of fashion week, when many U.S. editors have already skipped town. But the…

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Fashion Features

Aeropostale Names Two Senior VPs

NEW YORK — Ann Joyce and Tom Clendenin have joined Aeropostale Inc. as chief information officer and director of marketing, respectively, which are new positions at the youth-oriented apparel specialty chain based here.

Both will hold the…

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Fashion Features

Student Showcase

School’s out and some of fashion’s newest designers are on the prowl. Here, some highlights from student fashion shows at three of the city’s fashion schools: Parson’s School of Design, Fashion Institute of Technology and Pratt…

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Fashion Features

Denim Dish: Bringing Back the Smiths

History counts in the jeans business, where several brands claim heritages of nearly or more than 100 years — no small feat in a category that’s only existed for about 130 years. But the importance of history is one of the drivers behind…

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Fashion Features

Denim Dish: Making a Request

U.S. Design Group this week added another brand to its jeans stable, acquiring the rights to produce the Request label in the U.S.

The company, which is owned by the Jebara family and which also produces the Zana-di, Pepe Jeans and Paco Jeans…

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Fashion Features

Denim Dish: The New Denim Class

Continuing its push on denim fashion coverage (and advertising), Nylon magazine teamed up with CK Calvin Klein Jeans to launch a “Denim by Design” competition for third-year students at Parsons School of Design. Students were asked to…

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Fashion Features

Denim Dish: Levi: Closeouts for Sam’s

Blame it on bad times. Levi Strauss & Co. officials confirmed this week that they had begun selling some excess inventory — including Levi’s Red Tab products — to Sam’s Club, but said the move had nothing to do with the…

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Fashion Features

Degrees of Success

The 10 metropolitan statistical areas with the highest percentage of bachelor’s degrees

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Fashion Features

Old Brands Spin Some New Threads

A few well-established brands – Russell, Eddie Bauer and Burton – are holding onto their athletic roots and branching into new categories.

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Fashion Features

French Chains Trendy With Personality

PARIS — They were here long before Zara and H&M, but they’re definitely sprucing up in the face of the invading fast-fashion Goliaths. This WWDWalkthrough of four of France’s top cheap-chic chains on two main shopping strips…

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Financial

H&M 2nd-Quarter Sales Slow

Hennes & Mauritz Wednesday posted better-than-expected first-half profits but the retailer disappointed with its second-quarter sales performance.

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Fashion Features

Sidelines: Izod In The Swim

Kellwood Co. said Wednesday it plans to develop an Izod swimwear collection under a licensing agreement with Phillips-Van Heusen. Featuring Izod’s signature stretch pique fabric, the collection will include bikinis, tankinis and maillots, as…

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Fashion Features

Arnhem Institute Celebrates 5 Years

AMSTERDAM — Better recognized for tulips than fashion, this city sitting among a network of picturesque canals has yet to rank among the world’s style capitals.

But the Fashion Institute Arnhem, which marked its fifth anniversary…

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Fashion Features

UNITE Attacks Fred’s Citing Labor Practices

ATLANTA — UNITE representatives Wednesday morning accused discount retailer Fred’s Inc. of unfair labor practices and of importing goods from Myanmar, a country known for human rights violations.

The union for a year has been…

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