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French Designer Sonia Rykiel Dies at the Age of 86

The French designer was synonymous with striped sweaters and Left Bank insouciance.

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Fashion

Rihanna Said Eyeing Paris for Next Fenty Puma Show

The music star had launched the collection last February during New York Fashion Week.

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Media

Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

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Apparel’s Latest Blow: No More Levi’s Plants, 2,000 Jobs To Be Lost

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Overview

Levi Strauss plans to close its remaining North American factories and make all its apparel through outside contractors, cutting about 2,000 jobs.

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On The Drawing Board

  • BEAUTY OF THE BEAST: Why can’t a store be more like Godzilla? That seems to be the logic of French architect Kristian Gavoille.

    The new 1,940-square-foot jeans store he designed for Marithé and François Girbaud in…

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Fashion Features

Striking a Cord

LONDON — Until recently, tassels and tiebacks were what suburban people used to drape around their brightly colored floral curtains in semidetached homes in the suburbs. Robbie Spina and Joe Zito are changing all that.

Less than four…

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Fashion Features

A Nation of Shopkeepers

London boutiques Paola Couture, a posh shoe store, and The Handbag Cafe, where shoppers can get a pastry and a purse.

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Financial

H&M Profits Rise in Quarter, But Hot Summer Takes Toll

PARIS — Sweden’s Hennes & Mauritz blamed an unusually hot European summer for weaker than expected third-quarter sales and earnings, as it reported profit after financial items up 9.1 percent for the three-month period.

The…

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Fashion Features

Wal-Mart Trial Kicks Off, Verdict May Take Decade

BOSTON — Parties in a landmark suit alleging sexual discrimination by Wal-Mart Stores may have to wait weeks to find out if it’s granted class-action status, but Wal-Mart argued Wednesday that the suit itself could drag on for more than a…

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Fashion Features

Dates Set for Gucci Payout

Gucci outlined in an SEC filing the timetable to pay its exceptional dividend of 13.50 euros ($15.53 at current exchange) per share to PPR.

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: To All The Girls I’ve Dressed Before…Royal Wedding, Italian Style…YSL New London Home

TO ALL THE GIRLS I’VE DRESSED BEFORE: Mayor Bloomberg’s dinner on Wednesday night to kick off the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund was off limits to the press, so naturally, details immediately leaked out. The turnout was as expected, with…

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Fashion Features

Italy Says Ciao to Choo

MILAN — While Jimmy Choo might be a household name in the U.S. and England, the opening of its first store in Italy heralds the company’s expansion in Continental Europe and coincides with the launch of its first handbag…

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Fashion Features

…And Welcomes Brooks Bros., Too

MILAN — Brooks Brothers is ready to do business with — and compete in — the country known for its fine sartorial tradition with the opening of its first Italian store, which will officially be inaugurated here next Wednesday during…

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Financial

Burani Profits Soar in First Half

MILAN — Acquisitions and strong apparel and accessories sales boosted Mariella Burani Fashion Group SpA’s first-half profits and revenues as the company expressed optimism about the second part of the year.

Pre-tax profit for the…

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Fashion Features

Shore Thing

NEW YORK — There’s nothing like a seaside inspiration to create an upbeat collection — especially in the right hands. And this season, Anna Sui fit the bill. Over the summer, the designer went to Capri and Positano, and she returned…

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Fashion Features

Critical Mass: Ilona Scent Only on Web

NEW YORK — Conventional wisdom has always been that selling fragrance on the Internet is challenging.

But a Denver-based company called Ilona is proving that loyal customers will buy a scent without sniffing it first. The company has…

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Fashion Features

Brown’s Bio to Air on WE

NEW YORK — Makeup artist Bobbi Brown will appear on Women’s Entertainment’s [WE] latest installment of “When I was A Girl.”

The show, produced by award-winning filmmaker LindaEllerbee’s Lucky Duck…

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Fashion Features

Lane Crawford Unveils Faces

HONG KONG — Lane Crawford is officially launching today a cosmetics concept store, called Faces, adjacent to its Kowloon unit on Canton Road….

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Fashion Features

Apparel’s Latest Blow: No More Levi’s Plants, 2,000 Jobs To Be Lost

Levi Strauss plans to close its remaining North American factories and make all its apparel through outside contractors, cutting about 2,000 jobs.

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Fashion Features

Ross Establishes Trade-Policy Coalition

WASHINGTON — Corporate turnaround expert Wilbur L. Ross on Thursday launched a new coalition with the goal of redirecting U.S. trade policy, which he said has tilted too far in the direction of promoting imports at the expense of domestic…

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Fashion Features

Cone Files Chapter 11 Petition

Taking a step toward its planned acquisition by bankruptcy baron Wilbur L. Ross, Cone Mills Corp. late Wednesday filed a Chapter 11 petition.

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Fashion Features

Group Vows Protest Of FTAA Agreement

The U.S. remains committed to finishing a Free Trade Area of the Americas deal by 2005, but a broad coalition of groups said it will protest the pact.

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Fashion Features

Sears to Carry Apparel Online

Sears.com will begin selling apparel next year – something it has resisted since going live in 1997 – to get the Sears selling channels in sync.

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Fashion Features

Top Notes: The Russia House…China Expansion…Victoria Vogue Changes…Field Trip…

THE RUSSIA HOUSE: Avon is starting work on a new 250,000-square-foot manufacturing plant near Narofominsk in the Moscow region. Russia is one of Avon’s fastest growing markets, according to Susan Kropf, Avon’s president and chief…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Midtown Fire…Fila’s New Plan

  • MIDTOWN FIRE: A small fire broke out at the Asprey construction site on Fifth Avenue and 56th Street on Thursday evening, according to a fireman on the scene. He said the cause was still being determined. A stretch of Fifth Avenue was…

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Fashion Features

Clarification

Lena Olin carried a white fur stole by Adrienne Landau to the Emmys. The credit information was not supplied for a caption on page 9, Tuesday.

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Fashion Features

Correction

The Elton John-David Furnish art auction will take place Tuesday at Sotheby’s on Bond Street in London. The auction house was incorrect in a scoop on page 5, Thursday.

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People

Suzy

Opening the season at the Met, a book by the former empress of Iran, Omar Sharif’s get-out-of-jail-free card.

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Fashion Features

Greene Elevated at Lauder

NEW YORK — Lynne Greene has been named president of specialty groups worldwide at the Estée Lauder Cos. in charge of the Prescriptives, La Mer, Jo Malone and Kate Spade divisions.

She is succeeding Pamela Baxter, who is leaving…

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Fashion Features

Frederick’s Puts on Fragrance

NEW YORK — After spending more than 50 years in the lingerie market, Frederick’s of Hollywood is delving this fall into a new product category: fragrance.

Linda LoRe, president and chief executive officer of Frederick’s of…

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Fashion Features

Clinique Adds Day Version To Repairwear Franchise

NEW YORK — After challenging the night last year, Clinique is welcoming a new day for its Repairwear franchise this winter.

Repairwear Day SPF 15, a daytime addition to the nighttime formula the brand launched last December, is designed…

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Fashion Features

Varvatos Sets First Scent

John Varvatos, one of the hottest men’s apparel designers, is also looking to become a player in men’s fragrance and skin care.

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Fashion Features

Kiehl’s Dives Into Deep Waters For Antiaging Cream

NEW YORK — Kiehl’s has stepped into the abyss with its latest product, Abyssine Cream.

To create the brand’s first antiaging cream, Kiehl’s literally reached to the bottom of the sea for a key ingredient — survival…

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Fashion Features

Clé de Peau’s Trio of Launches

NEW YORK — Clé de Peau Beauté, the upscale color and skin care brand, is ramping up its assortment with three new products due to hit counters in November.

“It’s interesting that in a troubled economy the luxury…

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Fashion Features

With Rivals Looming, Drugstores Fight Back

A handful of drugstore chains are trying to strengthen their positions and reverse a decade-old market share erosion with a slew of new initiatives.

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Fashion Features

New Ethnic Data Revealed

NEW YORK — L’Oréal’s Ethnic Hair & Skin Institute welcomed more than 220 people to its second conference in Chicago last weekend. The event serves as an open forum for scientific discussion on both clinical and basic research…

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Fashion Features

Culver’s Beauty Systems Grabs West Coast Firm

Alberto-Culver’s Beauty Systems Group has agreed to buy West Coast Beauty Supply, one of last big players in professional beauty distribution.

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Fashion Features

Snippets: Face Time…Hair And There…Fekkai Goes Downtown

FACE TIME: Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank of the 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center has tapped Maria Baloumian as a full-time aesthetician and cosmeceutical consultant. Beginning Oct. 1 Baloumian and her team will begin offering a variety of…

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Memo Pad: Penthouse Of Cards…Celebrity Smackdown…NY Times Love Letter Of The Day…Cosmetic Surgery

PENTHOUSE OF CARDS: Marty Staff has bailed out of his gig as Penthouse’s licensing czar, largely because there’s not much left to bail out on. The magazine and its various entities — including licensing arm PH Brand Management…

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Fashion Features

E-Tax Supporters Make Another Attempt

WASHINGTON — Retailers and other backers of taxing sales on the Internet are trying again to convince Congress to give its needed OK for collections to start.

Bipartisan e-tax legislation was introduced in the House on Thursday and a…

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Fashion Features

Kenneth Walker Joins FutureBrand

NEW YORK — FutureBrand has appointed Kenneth Walker as vice chairman, in a new role at the brand consulting and design firm.

Walker is a familiar figure in retail and wholesale circles and has worn several career hats, including store…

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Fashion Features

The Wet Look

PARIS — Industrial designers have seen the future — and it’s wet. At the recent Maison & Objet design fair here, water-related products and designs for the bathroom dominated, from showers shaped like street lamps and silicon sinks…

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