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Designer Fall Outlook: Brighter Skies Ahead And More Deals, Too

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Overview

As firms look again to acquisitions as a means of survival, new power bases are established in a matter of weeks - and there's more action on tap.

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Fashion Features

Tommy Sets Up House For Men’s Furnishings

NEW YORK — Tommy Hilfiger Corp. is bringing its men’s furnishings business in-house under the Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Underwear and Loungewear moniker.

The men’s underwear business reverted to the firm on June 1, when…

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Wet Seal should better define its target customer, say observers.

Fashion Features

Rating the Junior Retail Set

WWD takes retail experts to the mall to critique some junior chains. Here are their comments.

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Qubha belts.

Fashion Features

Moda Prima Feels SARS Pinch

MILAN — Last month’s fashion and accessories show Moda Prima was the latest fair affected by SARS.

Buyers and visitors, numbering 3,455, attended the fair to see what 68 exhibitors had to offer for next spring, representing a 4…

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Here, his long, bow-trimmed jacket, worn with a sheer point d’esprit skirt.

Fashion Features

Point Taken

PARIS — Karl Lagerfeld is nothing if not protean, and he illustrated that fact again with the beautiful, stellar fall couture collection he showed for Chanel on Tuesday. But while, last season, he went for lightness and gentility, this time the…

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Calvin Klein

Fashion Features

Designer Fall Outlook: Brighter Skies Ahead And More Deals, Too

As firms look again to acquisitions as a means of survival, new power bases are established in a matter of weeks – and there’s more action on tap.

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Hedi Slimane with Linda Evangelista.

Fashion Features

Will Slimane Stay At Dior Homme?

Reports from Paris say Hedi Slimane is unhappy with negotiations to renew his role as the designer of Dior Homme and might walk away.

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Fashion Features

Stellar June Comps For Chico’s, PacSun

The first of this week’s reports on same-store sales showed top-notch results that were unquestionably encouraging.

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Fashion Features

Boe-Dreyfus Exits Hermès

PARIS — Fabrice Boe-Dreyfus, the number-two executive at Hermès International, has left the company, according to market sources.

A Hermès spokeswoman declined all comment. Boe-Dreyfus, who joined Hermès in April 2002 as…

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Financial

Sighs, Scrutiny Follow Speedy VF-Nautica Deal

NEW YORK — Ken Lefkowitz, partner and co-head of the mergers and acquisitions group at Hughes Hubbard & Reed, which represented Nautica in its sale to VF Corp., finally got a good night’s sleep Monday night.

“It’s been a…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Kiss of the Cosmogirl … Marketing Parisian … Charming Human Resources …

  • KISS OF THE COSMOGIRL: Despite teens’ reputed passion for indie labels and offbeat fashion, fame trumped obscurity every time in Cosmogirl’s third annual Kiss of Approval Beauty and Fashion Awards. Tens of thousands of…

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Elle Macpherson

People

Suzy

The first reports from Windsor Castle, where the Prince of Wales threw his annual spectacle.

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Anne-Valerie Hash

Fashion Features

On the Circuit

PARIS — Catering to the client seemed to be the modus operandi of a trio of lesser-known designers vying for attention amid the couture hubbub here.

Dominique Sirop, who showed at the Lido cabaret, zeroed in on ladies on the hunt…

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Loulou de la Falaise, Yves Saint Laurent and Betty Catroux.

Fashion Features

House Call

When Yves Saint Laurent arrived to check out the latest designs of his former muse Loulou de la Falaise on Monday night, the low-key cocktail party at her Rue de Bourgogne boutique practically turned into a press conference for the legendary…

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Chanel’s necklace in pearl, white gold, ruby and diamonds.

Fashion Features

Rocks Around The Clock

Cake isn’t quite enough nourishment for the couture crowd, so consider fine jewelry the cherry on top. Parallel to the runway shows in Paris this week is a host of diamond-studded presentations, culminating in the Boucheron bash that will be…

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Fashion Scoops: The Newest Fashionista … Red Carpet … Teen Scene …

THE NEWEST FASHIONISTA: Among the spectators crowding Chanel’s noon show Tuesday was a relatively unfamiliar face. Maureen Chiquet, the new designated head of Chanel Inc., took in her first Chanel couture collection in the company…

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Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Escada Reveals Magnetism

PARIS — Escada Beauté is hoping Magnetism will lure consumers to its “classic” business this fall.

The Wella-owned brand will introduce the women’s fragrance worldwide in October. It is meant to build on…

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Fashion Features

Vandevelde’s M&S Role Continues to Downsize

LONDON — Luc Vandevelde, part-time chairman of Marks and Spencer Group plc, will step down as chairman of Marks & Spencer Financial Services. He will be replaced by Roger Holmes, who earlier succeeded him as chief executive of M&S….

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Michael Kors

Fashion Features

What’s In Store

It’s been a hot week, following a wet month and a cold spring, which has trained fashion customers who shop early to expect anything and, come fall, they’re going to be prepared. That’s certainly evidenced by a quick survey of…

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Fashion Features

Changing Faces

Tough times might have sapped some of the excitement out of fashion, but that shouldn’t be the case come September, when several major houses feature the debut collections of new designers.

Seventh on Sixth will be celebrating its…

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City DKNY

Fashion Features

The Rush To Better

The recent dispute between Jones Apparel Group and Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. over the lucrative Lauren by Ralph Lauren line, combined with Kellwood Co.’s win of the lucrative Calvin Klein women’s sportswear license last month, has put…

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Fashion Features

Trendcast

Among the key looks for fall-holiday at companies including Tommy Hilfiger, City DKNY, Liz Claiborne, French Cuff, Perry Ellis and Lynn Ritchie, are:

  • Utilitarian/workwear-inspired looks, such as cargo pants and zippered…

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Bonjour

Fashion Features

It’s The Economy

An air of conservatism continues to prevail among better and moderate sportswear companies as they feel the pinch of the tough economy. Brands such as Liz Claiborne, Jones New York, Harvé Benard, Ballinger Gold, Sag Harbor, Perry Ellis,…

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ShopperTrak’s Orbit box takes a traffic count in stores.

Fashion Features

High Tech Meets High Fashion

With luxury sales ailing, firms are using technology to monitor shopping patterns, improve service and manage store networks.

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Fashion Features

Delta Apparel to Buy Soffe

ATLANTA — Delta Apparel Inc. moved decisively into the wholesaling arena Tuesday by agreeing to acquire branded activewear company M.J. Soffe Co. for about $72 million.

In a deal scheduled to close in September, Delta Apparel is expected…

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The designer’s sketch for a brown halter hook-and-eye tankini from her new line, Robin Piccone Swimwear. The suit features foam cup construction and pink topstitching.

Fashion Features

Piccone Seeks Moderate Market

LOS ANGELES — With moderately priced swimwear inching toward even lower price points, 17-year designer veteran Robin Piccone is angling to get in on the action by offering her high-style sensibility to an increasing number of women looking for…

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Fashion Features

Mossimo, Dress Barn to Appeal Judgments

LOS ANGELES — Mossimo Inc. has appealed a June 17 arbitration award and judgment entered in Cherokee Inc.’s favor.

The Los Angeles Superior Court confirmed the award plus finder’s fees, interest and attorney costs due to Van…

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