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Fashion's Game of Musical Chairs Quickens in Paris

The spring shows feature debuts at four major brands, prompting reflection on the pace of designer change.

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Tough Times for Neiman's as Firm Battles 'Challenges'

The luxury chain has been battling the luxury malaise.

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Retail

Focusing on Spring, Buyers Praise Milan's Creative Energy

The city has not lost its sizzle, once again led by Prada and Gucci.

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Riding a Luxury Wave: Neiman Marcus Group Cracks $3B Sales Mark

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Strong sell-throughs enabled Neiman Marcus to post nearly a 35 percent rise in fourth-quarter profits and crack $3 billion in sales for the year.

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Finding the Artistic Concept in Sport

SAN DIEGO — Bikini clad babes are a crowd-drawing tradition at the ASR show, but some paint and brushes gave the cheesecake poster signings a run for their money at last weekend’s show here.

Across from the Reef Girls podium were…

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Fashion Features

Out In Public: Perry Ellis and Generra – Robinson’s Perry Ellis Chic

Robinson’s Perry Ellis Chic

NEW YORK — The storied Perry Ellis franchise is ready to write its next chapter in women’s with designer Patrick Robinson, whose career has already made for some interesting reading.

Perry…

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Fashion Features

Out In Public: Perry Ellis and Generra – Melillo Breaks Generra Mold

Melillo Breaks Generra Mold

NEW YORK — Here is an illustration of just how unusual the placement of designer Tony Melillo behind the relaunch of Generra is: Less than a year ago, Dan Shamdasani, chief executive officer of Public…

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Fashion Features

A Fresh Mix

NEW YORK — “Eclectic randomness” is what Patrick Robinson says he’s aiming for in his new better collection for Perry Ellis, licensed by Public Clothing Co. “It should look like you just went to your wardrobe, you got…

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Fashion Features

Riding a Luxury Wave: Neiman Marcus Group Cracks $3B Sales Mark

Strong sell-throughs enabled Neiman Marcus to post nearly a 35 percent rise in fourth-quarter profits and crack $3 billion in sales for the year.

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Fashion Features

Japanese Firms Buy Theory Majority

NEW YORK — Cultivating Theory into a global brand has been a goal for Andrew Rosen since he and Elie Tahari started the company in 1997, and the contemporary brand’s sale to two Japanese companies Tuesday is a major step toward achieving…

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Fashion Features

Cotton Subsidies Key As WTO Talks Begin

CANCUN, Mexico — Responding to a demand from a group of sub-Saharan African countries to eliminate its cotton subsidy program, the U.S. has recommended that cotton, man-made fiber, textiles and apparel be treated as one sectoral group in the…

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Fashion Features

Faconnable Opening Rockefeller Flagship

Façonnable, which has been easing into updated, feminine styling, will open a world flagship in Rockefeller Center Friday.

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Fashion Features

Hedi Slimane Ready to Consider Options

PARIS — Hedi Slimane’s phone is likely to start ringing a lot more.

He may be more committed than ever to Dior Homme, having renewed in July his employment contract with the French house and expanded his responsibilities to…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Westward Ho…Wright Sweetens Elder Deal

  • WESTWARD HO!: Marks & Spencer plans to plant one more flag in West London with a 152,000-square-foot anchor store at Chelsfield’s White City retail park. The store, due to open in fall 2006, will carry the M&S clothing, home and…

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Fashion Features

Corrections

The limited collection of Diesel apparel designed by Stephen Sprouse offers two styles each of men’s and women’s pants. This was incorrect in an item on page 2, Sept. 9.

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Financial

Sales at Richemont Inch Up in Summer

LONDON — The hot summer months brought a modest sales recovery for Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA, the Swiss luxury goods group and parent company of brands including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Dunhill.

In a trading statement…

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Financial

Spiegel Explores Value Of Newport News Unit

NEW YORK — The Spiegel Group Inc. has retained an outside firm to look into the possible sale of its Newport News Inc. subsidiary.

The bankrupt Downers Grove, Ill.-based parent of Eddie Bauer said Tuesday it has directed Miller Buckfire…

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Fashion Features

Arresting New Collection From Cartier

NEW YORK — Cartier is launching its newest collection with an unexpected distribution plan — and a criminal marketing twist.

The new Menotte collection is inspired by handcuffs, and while it won’t launch fully until November,…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Poor Service…On The Street’ At The Tents…Equal Billing

POOR SERVICE: A good concierge is hard to find, and so, evidently, is a bad one.

With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicking off on Friday, 7th on Sixth took the unusual step this week of dropping one of its sponsors. All references to…

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Financial

Barneys Sales Grow As Net Loss Widens

NEW YORK — Barneys New York’s net loss nearly quintupled in the second quarter, but the company found signs of encouragement in improving sales trends.

For the three months ended Aug. 2, the net loss grew to $2.1 million, or 15…

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Fashion Features

Retailers to Remember September 11

NEW YORK — Two years later, retailers are still commemorating 9/11, yet taking more minimalist approaches in the form of window tributes and moments of silence.

Saks Fifth Avenue will have its Fifth Avenue windows draped in black and the…

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Fashion Features

In Opera’s Defense

WASHINGTON — The Washington Opera is turning out to be the venue of choice for President Bush’s Defense Department hardliners in search of a place to chill. While Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, a longtime opera fan, has cut back on…

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Fashion Features

Miami Vices

MIAMI — It could have been 1984 — some of the fashions notwithstanding.

Barneys New York chose the hip-hop culture of the Eighties as inspiration for the kickoff party of its new South Beach Co-op store last Thursday night….

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Fashion Features

Vuitton’s Next Experience

As Louis Vuitton crosses the 310-store mark with openings in Tokyo and Paris, it is boldly showing its momentum despite a sluggish luxury market.

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Fashion Features

Hot New ‘Hood

TOKYO — When it opened its store at Roppongi Hills here last week, Louis Vuitton helped put the spotlight on the most talked-about neighborhood in Tokyo.

The massive shopping, business and residential complex opened earlier this year…

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Fashion Features

The Great Escape

It’s a wardrobe tailored for the perfect getaway. For spring 2004, the Palmer Jones girl — a jewel thief who debuted on the company’s fall 2003 runway, complete with vintage jewelry from Christie’s — is on the run…

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Fashion Features

Simply Seductive

NEW YORK — When it comes to the little black dress, less is always more — more sexy, that is. For the Designer & Agents Show, which runs Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at the Starrett-Lehigh Center, designers are creating alluring looks that are…

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Fashion Features

Staying Small And Chic

LOS ANGELES — Back on New York’s Bond Street, 3,000 miles from her adopted home here, longtime agent Barbara Kramer happened upon fledgling designer Tunji Dada this summer in a way she relishes: accidentally.

Dada had only recently…

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Fashion Features

Florida’s Latest Hot Destin-ation

The days of calling the Florida Panhandle “the Redneck Riviera” are waning, thanks to a boom in commercial real estate and retail in and around Destin.

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Marketing and Promotion

Hispanic Ad Dollars Go North

Spending on ads aimed at Hispanic consumers has more than doubled in the past five years, to reach $1.89 billion in 2002.

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Marketing and Promotion

‘Warning:’ A Poetic Brand Extension

ATLANTA — Fifty-nine-year-old Judy Cody of Milledgeville, Ga., formerly a churchgoing homebody, has gone through a change of lifestyle.

Now known by fellow Red Hat Society members as “Lady Hibiscus, Duchess of Merrymaking,”…

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Fashion Features

Building Up D.C.’s East Side

Washington officials say the once downtrodden East End neighborhood is finally ready to come alive. Here’s an update.

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Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: French Connection: Art to Inspire Color … Victoria’s New Secret … Higgins Jumps to Avon … Hicks Exits Yves Rocher

LONDON — To create its latest makeup collection, called FCUK Vanity, British fashion brand French Connection didn’t watch what the rest of the beauty industry was doing.

Instead, it drew inspiration from art stores and…

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Financial

Losses Grow at Value City

Inventory clearance and higher costs pushed Value City to a wider loss in the second quarter, despite a big improvement in net and same-store sales.

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Financial

Strategic Change at Stein Mart

NEW YORK — Unproductive stores pushed Stein Mart Inc. into the red for both the second quarter and first half, as the retailer said it is planning for a challenging third quarter while disengaging from a percentage-off coupon…

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Fashion Features

Kellwood New England Appoints President

NEW YORK — Kellwood Co. has a new president for its Kellwood New England division in Barbara Cavanagh.

The 27-year industry veteran, who took up her new mantle on Monday, was most recently vice president of product development for Saks…

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Financial

Zale’s Net Drops in Qtr. As Whitehall Posts Loss

NEW YORK — Special items depressed Zale Corp.’s quarterly earnings, but soft sales threw Whitehall Jewelers for a loss in its most recent earnings report.

Additionally, Whitehall disclosed in a regulatory filing that it is one of 14…

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Fashion Features

ASR Casts Wider Net at Expo

A report from the ASR show in San Diego, where artists, polkadots, bikinis and swimwear abounded.

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