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Aéropostale's Future Still Unclear; Liquidation Possible

The future of teen retailer Aeropostale is still unclear, as bidding at a court auction was continuing into the evening hours on Monday.

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Carolina Herrera Hires Raffaele Ilardo as Vice President of Design

Raffaele Ilardo will head up creative development and design for the Carolina Herrera New York ready-to-wear and bridal collections.

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Fashion

Bomber Jackets, Off-the-Shoulder and Rompers Trending

Google's Fashion Trends Report found that Gigi Hadid, Kanye West, Kendall Jenner, Michelle Obama and Taylor Swift influenced the top trends.

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Leaving the Sun Belt: L&T Axing 32 Sotres To Boost Profitability

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Overview

In an unprecedented downsizing, Lord & Taylor will close 32 low-volume stores, dismantling much of a misguided expansion during the Nineties and returning its focus to core Northeastern and Midwest markets to seek better profitability.

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CFDA Inducts 15

NEW YORK —?The Council of Fashion Designers of America inducted 15 new members on Wednesday, electing a more selective group than in recent years to reflect its mission of improving the esteem of the overall organization.

Among the…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: The M&M Show…Thread Count…To The Beat

THE M&M SHOW: For all the millions (10 of them, according to reports) that Gap spent to get Madonna in its corduroy campaign with Missy Elliott, and for all the ensuing pooh-poohing over whether Madonna still has the muscle to…

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Fashion Features

Inventory Woes Send Cone Into Loss

Officials at Cone Mills Corp. blamed an aggressive, industry-wide effort to cut inventories for causing the firm to slip back into the red in the second quarter.

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Fashion Features

Finalists Named for 1st National Design Award

NEW YORK — It’s a three-way race for the first annual fashion prize at this fall’s National Design Awards.

The finalists are Tom Ford, Narciso Rodriguez and Dosa’s Christina Kim. The winner will be revealed Oct. 22 at a…

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Fashion Features

Macy’s Denies Racial Profiling in Face of Protest

NEW YORK — A small group of demonstrators gathered outside of Macy’s Herald Square store Wednesday to protest the retailer’s alleged racial profiling of shoplifters.

The protest stemmed in part from a racial bias suit seeking…

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People

Sole Train

The perils of ambassadorship.

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People

Cyber Optics

Ora-ito’s reality check.

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People

Divorce Court

Divorce, Hollywood style.

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Fashion Features

Bulgari Sales on the Rise

Swift sales in its home market of Italy and double-digit growth for emerging apparel brand Fay boosted Tod’s top line in the first half of the year.

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Unilever Seeks Better Scents

LONDON — Unilever plc chairman Niall FitzGerald turned up the heat on the firm’s prestige perfume business after the firm reported lower sales and earnings for the second quarter.

Speaking to analysts on a conference call,…

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Fashion Features

Bebe Profits Drop in Fourth

NEW YORK — Bebe Stores Inc.’s ongoing inability to get stock into its stores cut into its fourth-quarter profits.

The Brisbane, Calif.-based firm reported Wednesday that for the three months ended June 30, net income tumbled 18…

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Fashion Features

Fed Reports Improved Apparel Sales in N.Y.

The pace of overall economic activity inched up a notch in June and July while apparel sales varied around the country, the Federal Reserve said.

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Fashion Features

Sara Lee Consolidates Four Units

NEW YORK — Sara Lee Corp. consolidated the production, distribution, sourcing and purchasing units of its Sara Lee Branded Apparel division Wednesday.

Charles Nesbit, formerly chief executive of Sara Lee intimate apparel, was named to the…

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Fashion Features

Gadzooks Goes Girly

A look at Gadzooks’ strategy to focus on teen girls by eliminating young men’s merchandise.

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Fashion Features

Denim/The Beat: Junior

LOS ANGELES — Junior apparel resource Hot Kiss wants a Hollywood close-up. The Los Angeles-based manufacturer is kicking off a $1 million back-to-school campaign on Friday in a three-way partnership with “ET on MTV & VH1” and…

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Fashion Features

Suddenly It’s Summer — Again

Swim brands will be touting fresh flashes of color and new labels at the swimwear market that gets under way in New York Monday.

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Fashion Features

Lady Foot Locker Tunes Into the Street for Back-to-School

NEW YORK — A marriage of music and sports is at the heart of Lady Foot Locker’s forthcoming ad campaign.

In time for back-to-school shopping, the chain will barrage shoppers with images of Mary J. Blige doing double Dutch jump rope…

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Fashion Features

Nike Gets Exclusive With High-End Label

NEW YORK — Nike is ready to serve up its high-end White Label.

More sportswear than activewear, the fashion-slanted collection will bow in select specialty stores this spring. Unlike the brand’s standard fare, White Label is…

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Fashion Features

East Meets West

The 10 cities with the highest concentration of Asian-Americans, generally considered the most affluent of ethnic groups.

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Fashion Features

The East Also Rises

NEW YORK – Now that apparel manufacturers and retailers have begun to address the needs of African-Americans and Hispanics, the next ethnic brass ring appears to be Asian-Americans.

A number of factors make this market attractive,…

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Fashion Features

Hot Kiss’ Hollywood Trip

LOS ANGELES – Junior apparel resource Hot Kiss wants a Hollywood close-up. The Los Angeles-based manufacturer is kicking off a $1 million back-to-school campaign on Friday in a three-way partnership with “ET on MTV & VH1” and retailer Gadzooks Inc….

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Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Sharps Taking Its Collection to the Man … P&G, Valentino Venture … Madina Milano to Close

NEW YORK — Sharps, a new men’s product line, is aiming to garner customers by taking the barbershop concept to specialty stores, gyms and department stores.

The company, which describes its products as “head-to-toe prep for…

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Fashion Features

On the Mauve

NEW YORK — If ever there was an It color, mauve is that shade right now. Tired of basic blue, black or white washes, designers are using this tone to add a fruity punch to denim and more. Here, a stretch cotton top from CK Jeans with Lee’s…

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Fashion Features

Leaving the Sun Belt: L&T Axing 32 Stores To Boost Profitability

In an unprecedented downsizing, Lord & Taylor will close 32 low-volume stores, reversing the chain’s expansion through the Sun Belt in the 1990s.

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Fashion Features

In Brief

  • FIN.PART SHRINKS AGAIN: Cerruti parent Fin.part is chipping away at its debt pile. The company said it has struck a preliminary agreement to sell textile printing company Star SpA to textile group Nemesis SpA for a price of about $28.6…

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