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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: Trans-Atlantic Trade War Looms Over WTO Ruling

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Overview

U.S. apparel makers, already hard-pressed by a glut of cheap imports, were chilled by the threat of a trans-Atlantic trade war over U.S. steel duties.

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Fashion Scoops: Bali Baby…The West Wing…Sex In The Windows

BALI BABY: The first Bulgari hotel hasn’t yet opened its doors, but the location is already set for resort number two. Bulgari Hotel & Resorts, the joint venture created by the Italian jeweler and the luxury division of Marriott…

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Fashion Features

Reports See Spending Up

Nongift apparel is seen realizing the biggest percentage growth in spending this holiday season among a half-dozen segments, said a new survey.

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People

Tough Chic

The Black Panthers set out to make a political statement, but they also made one in fashion.

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People

Day And Night

Heath’s models…breakfast of champions.

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Fashion Features

Fashion Republic

Banana Republic is reinventing itself with a renewed emphasis on fashion, and it staged a spring runway show to prove the point.

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Fashion Features

China Boosters in D.C.

WASHINGTON — China fever in the nation’s capital shows no sign of subsiding.

This time it’s the lobbying arms of apparel retailers and apparel and textile importers taking their turn, but in opposition to imposing limits on…

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Fashion Features

Asia Watch: Alaia Arrives…Dickson’s Deal…Ports Goes Public…

ALAIA ARRIVES: 10 Comme Ltd., a joint venture between Comme des Garçons and Carla Sozzani, signed an agreement with Azzedine Alaïa for the exclusive importation and distribution of the designer’s brand within Japan. 10 Comme…

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Fashion Features

Florals, Prints Key at Ideacomo

A report from the Ideacomo trade fair in Italy, where classic florals, both printed and jacquard, and geometric prints were tops.

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Fashion Features

WTO Study: Global Apparel Trade Up 4%

GENEVA — The global trade in clothing grew by 4 percent last year, to reach $201 billion, according to a World Trade Organization study released last week. That represented a recovery from the 2 percent contraction in trade the previous…

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Fashion Features

World Yarn Production Drops 3.6%

GENEVA — Global yarn production contracted by 3.6 percent in the second quarter of 2003, marking the largest drop seen since 1998, when the textile industry was feeling the hangover of the Asian currency collapse, according to a recently released…

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Fashion Features

Spin City

NEW YORK — It’s all about the yarn. That’s what students at the Fashion Institute of Technology found out when designing their creations for the new exhibit “Let Us Spin You a Yarn: FIT Students Design With Lion Brand…

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Fashion Features

Japanese Fiber Makers Post Gains

TOKYO — A pair of major Japanese synthetic-fiber manufacturers, Toray and Teijin, last week reported dramatically improved first-half profits, after having taken heavy one-time charges in the prior-year period.

Toray Industries Group said…

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Fashion Features

The Channel Cancels Event

NEW YORK — The Channel, a new invitation-only buying event that planned to link select specialty stores with designers and manufacturers, has been canceled because of lack of participation from vendors.

The first show was slated for Feb….

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Fashion Features

Memo Pad: Countdown…Rather Late…Briefly Noted

COUNTDOWN: Who breached first?

As the trial of Rosie O’Donnell and Gruner + Jahr wraps up in New York State Supreme Court, that’s the question that will ultimately decide who wins the case and who, if anyone, takes the…

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Fashion Features

PacSun Scorching in Quarter

Pacific Sunwear of California shined brightly Monday, reporting a 54.1 percent gain in third-quarter profits, driven by double-digit sales gains.

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Fashion Features

First in Show

NEW YORK — Long known for its collections of wearable and stylish basics, Banana Republic put on its first runway show on Thursday night. The spring styles were a departure from those of the brand’s origins — a catalogue of…

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Fashion Features

Apparel’s Latest Blow: Trans-Atlantic Trade War Looms Over WTO Ruling

U.S. apparel makers, already hard-pressed by a glut of cheap imports, were chilled by the threat of a trans-Atlantic trade war over U.S. steel duties.

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Fashion Features

From Cognac to High Fashion

Courvoisier is making a splash in fashion and launching a line of apparel for fall called House of Courvoisier.

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Fashion Features

Claiborne Said Eyeing Enyce

Liz Claiborne Inc. could be taking it to the street with an acquisition of Enyce, an urban brand owned by Fila.

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Fashion Features

One Price Appoints John Disa New CEO

After a two-month search, One Price Clothing Stores on Monday named John Disa chief executive officer for the troubled 552-store chain.

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Fashion Features

Market Basket

MATERNITY LOOK BOOK: While making maternity clothes for celebrities such as Katie Couric, Jodie Foster, Demi Moore and Cindy Crawford, M designer Lauren Sara has shared her countless tips on how to dress around the bump. Now, the Bala Cynwyd,…

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Fashion Features

Basso’s New Place to Call Home

Dennis Basso’s first store opens.

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Fashion Features

Poor Sales Push Tefron Into Red

NEW YORK — An expected plunge in sales flipped Tefron Ltd. to a loss in the third quarter.

For the three months ended Sept. 30, the Bnei-Brak, Israel-based seamless intimate apparel and activewear manufacturer posted a net loss of $1.1…

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Fashion Features

Puma Predicts Twofold Profit Increase

PARIS — Buoyed by a strong third quarter, Germany’s Puma AG on Thursday projected full-year profit would at least double to $284.2 million.

This would represent a continuation of the third-quarter trend, when the sporting goods and…

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Fashion Features

Holiday Cheer: Panel Sees Retail Pickup for Season

NEW YORK — Imagine a great Christmas for retailers this year, with high single-digit gains. Or a “department store revival,” with exclusive merchandise covering most of the floor space. And what about no apparel…

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Fashion Features

Style.com Gets Holiday Spirit

NEW YORK — Style.com is upping the ante for its fashion-savvy audience.

The Web site today will launch a holiday shop featuring designer goods from luxury labels such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Versace.

“We…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Done Deal For Debenhams…Staying In The Neighborhood

  • DONE DEAL FOR DEBENHAMS: Debenhams is in private hands after shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of the pumped-up bid tendered last month by Baroness Retail, controlled by CVC Capital Partners and Texas Pacific Group, at a…

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Fashion Features

Corrections

Johnston’s, a Scottish cashmere supplier, is exclusive to Cashmere Inc. This point was incorrect in a story on Greenwich retailing on page 6, Friday.

Lisa Schultz, Kmart’s chief creative officer, will work in tandem with the chief…

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Fashion Features

Stein Mart’s Manto Resigns From Firm

NEW YORk — Stein Mart Inc., the Jacksonville, Fla.-based off-price retailer, said Gwen K. Manto has resigned as vice chairman and chief merchandising officer to pursue other interests.

She also stepped down from Stein Mart’s board…

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Fashion Features

Obituary: Simona Fendi Saracino, 38

MILAN — Simona Fendi Saracino, daughter of Paola Fendi, died Sunday morning of an embolus, or blockage in the bloodstream. She was 38.

After working at fur auction house Hudson’s Bay in Winnipeg, and training at fur centers in…

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Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Bathing With Red Flower

Soap and candle marketer Red Flower hopes some new strategies will help propagate its budding beauty business.

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Fashion Features

C.Z. Guest Memorial Set

NEW YORK — A memorial service for C.Z. Guest, who died at the age of 83 at her home in Old Westbury, N.Y., on Saturday, will be held on Nov. 15 at the Church of the Advent in Westbury, N.Y.

An American fashion icon and social star, Guest…

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Fashion Features

A Rare Look Inside Hermès

PARIS — Offering a rare glimpse into the objects that inspire its designs, Hermès on Thursday feted a coffee-table book “La Beaute en Voyage,” or “Beauty on Holiday” (Editions Cercle d’Art). It’s devoted…

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