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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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Fashion

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.

clock 7hRosemary Feitelberg

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.

clock 10hMaghan McDowell

Mega-Merger Mania: The New Blueprints Of Five Ravenous Firms

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Overview

Five firms are consistently mentioned as possible buyers whenever a fashion brand is put on the block. Here's a look at what's behind each one.

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Fashion Features

Novel Days Ahead

Dresses had more flair, suits had more trims and product generally had a bit more spunk at the recent round of hotel shows.

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Fashion Features

Market Basket: A Rose Outlook…Morgane Le Fay’s Latest…Bridal Show

A ROSE OUTLOOK: Dick Rose, a former executive vice president of Coach who retired in 1995, has teamed up with London-based Phool Fashion Ltd. to create the Dick Rose line of dresses. The 75-piece collection, which is made all in silk, features…

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Fashion Features

Retail Rap

Name: David Ostrove
Title: Owner, buyer
Store: Tallulah
Location: Woodbury, N.Y.
Size: 4,000 square feet
Brief description: A lifestyle-driven women’s specialty store with a modern…

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Fashion Features

High Gas Prices Pose Margin Pinch

Last week’s blackout could put more of a squeeze on tight fuel supplies, making prices higher and shipping goods more expensive.

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Fashion Features

CPD Mirrors German Industry

DUSSELDORF — Europe’s largest apparel market, Germany, is still in the dumps, but showing faint signs of improvement.

About 55,000 trade visitors turned out for the CPD woman.man trade show here Aug. 3-5. That was about 5 percent…

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Fashion Features

EBay Names New Fashion Head

NEW YORK — Revving up to raise its fashion profile and annual fashion sales of $420 million to a new plateau, eBay has named fashion journalist Constance White as style director and fashion spokesperson.

White’s post is a new one…

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Financial

Tween Retailer Aims to Limit Losses

NEW YORK — The “too” in Limited Too Inc.’s name had a distinctly negative connotation during the second quarter as too much fashion translated into too large a loss.

“We swung the fashion pendulum too far,”…

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Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Blackout Burns Salons … Moss Joins Lauder

Salons lost thousands of dollars during the peak summer business times of Thursday and Friday as a result of the blackout.

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Memo Pad: Under The Knife…The Blame Game…Another Us Recruit

UNDER THE KNIFE: Last year, word broke that Alex Kuczynski was doing a book on women and power. But it appears Kuczynski — whose tenure at The New York Times brought her from the magazine beat to the front pages of the Sunday Styles…

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Fashion Features

May Vendor Files Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES — May Department Stores Co. is the target of a $2.1 million lawsuit alleging fraudulent and unfair business practices by one of its vendors, which also seeks $100 million in disgorgement, or the surrender of profits as…

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Fashion Features

Group Touts Importance of NYC Makers

The Fiscal Policy Institute reports on the state of New York apparel makers and outlines some strategies that have been successful for city producers.

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Financial

Promotional Activity Withers Bottom Line at Kohl’s in Qtr.

Aggressive clearance activity in the second quarter left Kohl’s Corp. in the uncustomary position of posting lower earnings, which fell 9.9 percent.

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Fashion Features

The Bronze Age

NEW YORK — The passion for metallics continues this season with high-impact gold or bronze shades. And designers are heating things up with glamorous, long and shimmering gowns ideal for a red-carpet appearance.

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Fashion Features

Mega-Merger Mania: The New Blueprints Of Five Ravenous Firms

Five firms are consistently mentioned as possible buyers whenever a fashion brand is put on the block. Here’s a look at what’s behind each one.

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Fashion Features

Wilbur Ross Cries ‘Foul’

Investor Wilbur L. Ross discusses free trade – or as he calls it, “foul trade” – noting U.S. leaders don’t enforce the terms of major trade pacts.

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Fashion Features

Audit Bureau: Six Bleak Months

NEW YORK — For magazine editors and publishers far and wide, it was an embarrassing day Monday as the Audit Bureau of Circulations delivered its semiannual report on newsstand performance. If there was any positive way to look at it, it was that…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Perry Promotion…Estate Sale…

  • PERRY PROMOTION: Perry Ellis International has promoted Jerry Kaye to creative director for all of its brands. Kaye was executive vice president of design for Perry Ellis sportswear and creative director for Salant, which PEI acquired…

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Financial

Kasper Reports $1.5M Profit

Preparing to emerge from bankruptcy as part of Jones Apparel Group, Kasper on Monday reported a 75 percent drop in second-quarter profits.

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Financial

Urban Soars, Eagle Grounded

NEW YORK — Urban continued to thrive, and American Eagle to struggle, as Pennsylvania’s two Outfitters reported second-quarter results last week.

While a paucity of “active, fun looks” contributed to nearly a 20 percent…

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Fashion Features

Moody’s Considering Saks Upgrade

NEW YORK — Credit ratings agency Moody’s Investor Services on Monday placed the debt ratings of Saks Inc. on review for a possible upgrade.

About $2 billion in debt could be affected by an upgrade. Affected ratings include the…

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People

Lip Shtick

The story behind “Lypsinka! As I Lay Lip-synching.”

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People

Word of Mouth

Cherie Blair (wife of British P.M. Tony) lets it all hang out in September’s British Marie Claire.

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Fashion Features

Heat of the Night

NEW YORK — The crowd went wild last week when Thalía, the pop princess of Mexico and wife of Tommy Mottola, debuted her new collection for Kmart at Capitale downtown. The event, hosted by Raúl and Lili from the Univision show “El…

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Fashion Features

Mao Moves Up

NEW YORK — As 7th on Sixth celebrates its 10th anniversary at the tents, an upstart in its second season is moving in, practically next door. Young designer venue MAO Space is relocating to the luxury high-rise building, Atlas New York, at 66…

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Fashion Features

Asia Watch: Li & Fung Nearing Deal…Breaking In…Going Down

LI & FUNG NEARING DEAL: Consumer goods exporter Li & Fung said that it is nearing a licensing deal with Levi Strauss to design, manufacture and market clothes for Levi’s Signature line in the U.S. The deal would allow Li & Fung’s…

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Fashion Features

Wicking Lights Up Performance Fabrics

NEW YORK — Wicking fibers are currently dominating the performance fiber market, as activewear vendors broaden their end-use out of the traditional sock and shirt arena.

At the same time, consumers are becoming more aware of the benefits…

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Fashion Features

Peak Performance

NEW YORK — Looking to outperform the competition? It might be time to consider fabrics traditionally used for activewear. Many performance textile designers continue to create styles that are sure to show up on the catwalk, and for fall 2004,…

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