Vanity — All is Vanity: Designers Change Image In the New Game of Fame

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Fashion designers are going through a major makeover moment. Here's what's driving them to the workouts, facelifts and other redo's.

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Weave Away

NEW YORK — Earth tones, tribal patterns and lots and lots of crumpled, woven and artfully distressed leather — they all added up to a fabulous Donna Karan collection. Karan’s spring line took a new, fresh direction in her show on…

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Donna Karan's green juice diet transformed her from Urban Warrior Donna to “Goddess” Exhibit Donna.

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Vanity — All is Vanity: Designers Change Image In the New Game of Fame

Fashion designers are going through a major makeover moment. Here’s what’s driving them to the workouts, facelifts and other redo’s.

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Anna Sui

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Accessories Star for Spring

Spring has accessories to please every palette. In New York, the runways were overflowing with everything from shell necklaces and Luicte heels to floppy hats and colorful bags,

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Isabel’s Retail Effects Linger

Days after its tumultuous arrival and departure, Hurricane Isabel has continued to disrupt everyday life and commerce in the mid-Atlantic region.

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Financial

Inditex Profits Rise 21% in Half

PARIS — Inditex, the Spanish fashion retailer that operates the Zara fast-fashion chain, last week reported a 20.9 percent increase in first-half net income, but said sales in the first seven weeks of the third quarter had been slower than…

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Coming This Week

Monday: Ideabiella fabric fair, Cernobbio, Italy (through Wednesday).
Toronto Fashion Week (through Friday).

Tuesday: Textilmoda textile fair, Madrid, Spain (through Thursday).
Collection Premiere Moscow (through…

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In Brief: Take It To The Bank…Retail Tortage

  • TAKE IT TO THE BANK: Versace is going to the bank for a loan. Denying a press report in Milan that the company was preparing an October road show to raise cash, a Versace spokesman said the company is sourcing a new loan to help pay…

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Fernanda Niven, Jackie Astier, Alex Kramer, Diandra Douglas, Kendall Conrad, Carolina Herrera Jr. and Patricia Lansing at Key for the Cure.

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Super Troupers

Akris and Saks parties…Waxing on during fashion week.

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Aerin Lauder in Missoni and Carolyn Murphy in Alberta Ferretti.

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Almost Paradise

Lauders in Paradise.

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Bloomberg Celebrates 7th on Sixth Birthday

NEW YORK — White wine and tea sandwiches were plentiful but designers were scarce Friday at Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 10th birthday bash for 7th on Sixth at Gracie Mansion.

Vivienne Tam, B. Michael, Max Azria and Ron Chereskin were…

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Paul Smith Thinks Pink

LONDON — Paul Smith is breathing new life into his Pink label.

The designer, who stages his runway show today at London Fashion Week, has very quietly separated Paul Smith Pink, his second, more casual line of women’s clothing and…

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Milliner David Mason’s fedora

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Extra Extra

New York’s runways overflowed with enough accessories, from shell necklaces and Lucite heels to floppy hats and colorful bags, to please anyone.

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Shows’ Feminine Approach Lauded

NEW YORK — Young designer collections, bright colors, clean Seventies-inspired sportswear, flirty dresses, details and femininity carried the spring 2004 designer collections, shown last week, according to retail buyers.

Retailers said…

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Setting Up Shop

Wanna dress like Nicole? Well, following the fashion-is-everywhere trend, made-to-order designer John Anthony will become accessible to the public when his in-store boutique opens at Bergdorf Goodman on Wednesday. It’s not exactly…

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Harrison Wong

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The Global Village

NEW YORK — Since this city holds firmly to the conceit that it’s the center of the universe, it’s fitting that people from many parts of the world converge here for Fashion Week. Some designers this season hailed from Asia or South…

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Frederick’s of Hollywood’s best-selling embellished sleepgown by Jacalyn Bennett.

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Fall Intimates Get a Slick Start

Innerwear is off to a fast start for fall, with designer brands and looks with a distinctive twist giving consumers a reason to buy, retailers report.

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Peggy Fleming headlines the Wacoal event at Saks.

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Fleming’s Fit For the Cure

NEW YORK — More than 100 shoppers lined up in the lingerie department of the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship last week to meet Olympic Gold Medalist Peggy Fleming, who hosted a Wacoal Fit for the Cure Program.

It was the first time that…

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"Gill and Curl"

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Baring It

A bit of nostalgia with Sam Haskins.

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Médcine Douce at Premiere Classe.

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Accessories Trade Shows Feature Low Costs, Color

PARIS — Buyers sought opulent-looking but affordable costume jewelry and accessories at the Premiere Classe and Bijorhca trade shows, which ended their four-day run here Sept. 8.

Although a number of retailers said they had sluggish summer…

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Europe Watch: Prioritizing…Lickety…Low Gear…Second Hand…

PRIORITIZING: The amount Germans spend on apparel continues to decline, according to a new study from the GfK Market Research Group in Nuremberg. Whereas German consumers spent an average of 12 percent of their disposable income on apparel in…

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Designer Temple St. Clair Carr opened her first boutique in Costa Mesa last Thursday.

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Temple St. Clair Opens First Boutique

LOS ANGELES — Temple St. Clair’s baubles now have a place to call home.

The Tiffany & Co.-backed jewelry firm opened its first stand-alone boutique at the upscale South Coast Plaza mall in Costa Mesa, Calif.,…

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MK by Michel Klein at Who’s Next.

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Budgets Tight, Colors Bright At Paris Trade Shows

Retail budgets might have been tight, but color was on the lists for many buyers at a recent round of Paris trade shows.

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Tommy Lee

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Fashion Scoops: The Media Beat…Girl Interrrupted…Come What May…Model Citizens…

THE MEDIA BEAT: When Sharon Osbourne needed a fashion week correspondent for her new talk show, she wasn’t interested in the Mary Alice Stephenson type. She took the Tommy Lee route instead, sending the rocker out to…

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Financial

Lawsuit Sinks Dress Barn Net

NEW YORK — A $32 million litigation charge pulled The Dress Barn into the red in its fourth quarter.

The Suffern, N.Y.-based specialty retailer, which offers value-priced casual and career apparel at 772 stores, recorded a loss of $8…

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Liv Tyler

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Beauty Beat: Burberry’s Brit Off to a Quick Start … Wella Holders Press On … At Avon’s Door: Erin Brockovich

NEW YORK — While the crowd at Thursday night’s launch party for Burberry’s new fragrance, Brit, may have played a somewhat segregated game of upstairs-downstairs — rockers and model types hung out in a concert-like venue above,…

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Selfridges just introduced Spanx.

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New Steps for Euro Stores

Legwear is on the comeback trail in Europe, as evidenced by makeovers at the hosiery departments of Printemps in Paris and Selfridges London.

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May in Deal to Acquire Desmonds Formalwear

NEW YORK — The May Department Stores Co. has walked down the aisle once again, expanding its wedding apparel portfolio with the acquisition of Desmonds Formalwear for an undisclosed cash sum.

Desmonds, with annual revenues of about $20…

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Counterfeit Goods Seized

NEW YORK — The Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, a joint New York and New Jersey agency, last week seized almost $1 million worth of counterfeit goods, including handbags, wallets, shoes and other items bearing the Gucci and Louis Vuitton…

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Missoni At 50

Sumirago, Italy — Doesn’t it feel good to be golden? The house of Missoni, started by Ottavio and Rosita Missoni when they were newlyweds, is celebrating 50 years as one of the strongest family-run businesses in fashion. Here, Ottavio and…

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Rosita and Tai Missoni: 50 years in business and marriage.

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Missoni’s Golden Moment

Sumirago, Italy — Ottavio Missoni likes to joke that when he and his wife, Rosita, first set up shop in 1953, he was the president but she would do all the work.

“I’m lazy. My favorite pastimes are sleeping and reading, so…

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Angela, Luca and Vittorio Missoni at headquarters in Sumirago, Italy.

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The Second Generation Takes The Reins

It’s not always a given that children of the founders will follow in their parents’ career paths. But the Missonis have gracefully slid into management roles at the family-run company.

SUMIRAGO, Italy — The fabric they…

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The Third Generation

The third generation of Missonis inherited not only great genes but also a sincere appreciation of their family’s business and history. Spoiled? No way. The five oldest of the nine children of sibs Angela, Luca and Vittorio Missoni are as…

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A Missoni look from fall 2003.

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A Pattern At Retail

Missoni keeps retailers’ attention with consistent design and their business through relationships the family has cultivated.

NEW YORK — “It’s a color and pattern moment right now,” exclaimed Robert Burke,…

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Donna Karan

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Tennis Whites, Preppy Brights and Tribal Rights – Donna Karan and Tommy Hilfiger

There were beautiful, poetic Gatsbyesque looks, country-club styles in screaming prepster colors and elegantly relaxed clothes that moved to a tribal rhythm as the New York collections ended.

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Cynthia Rowley

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Flirty Girls and Sharp Chicks – Cynthia Rowley, Matthew Williamson, Lilly Pulitzer, Roland Mouret and Gottex

Why not just enjoy being a girl? From charming lace dresses to Sixties shifts and even sharply tailored white denim coats, there were an almost infinite variety of ways to do it for spring.

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Carlos Miele

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Motley Crew – Carlos Miele, Christopher Deane, Gaelyn and Cianfarani, Cortazar, House of Field, Cat Swanson

Designers love to go their own way, whether it’s with latex chic, tropical charm, costume-party looks or Sandra Dee sweetness.

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Simon’s Campaign Focuses on Choice

NEW YORK — The Simon Property Group has come up with an offbeat way of inviting people to its malls. It’s through a new national television and print campaign that, at least initially, depicts animals, not people, having “more…

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The current flight of Kate Moss advertising for Missoni is part of a drive to modernize the brand’s image.

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Marketing Missoni Style

Translating those wild Missoni patterns to other categories isn’t always easy, but the company has found ways to capitalize on what made it so famous.

MILAN — Those famous zigzag knits are about as synonymous with the name…

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