Averting the P.R. Fiasco: Retailers Taking Action To Build a Better Image

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Overview

In the post-Enron era, executives from all areas of business, including retail, are taking steps to ensure that their reputations remain solid.

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Paris’ Premiere Classe intends to upgrade the level of accessories exhibitors this season.

Fashion Features

France: A Refine Time

The City of Light glows this season as optimism returns to Paris and new and improved trade shows are ushered in.

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London’s To Be Confirmed remains one of the city’s top trade shows.

Fashion Features

England: Climate Control

British trade show organizers forecast a bright season ahead as scheduling changes and new markets lure vendors and buyers.

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The SIMM-sponsored Pasareles Cibeles runway shows in Madrid feature upward of 25 designers, including up-and-comer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada.

Fashion Features

Spain: Prep Rally

Trade show traffic is on the upswing and organizers here are responding with some new features for this year’s editions.

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Berlin’s Bread & Butter trade show aims to maintain its coolness factor while becoming more of a professional exhibition space.

Fashion Features

Germany: Getting In Focus

Size counts this season in Germany, where exhibition organizers are both expanding and contracting to better respond to market needs.

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Richard Nylon and Gwendolynne on the runway at MAFW.

Fashion Features

Australia: Show Off

It’s a space race in Australia as successful trade fairs look to expand.

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Jackie Chan was a new addition to Hong Kong’s Asia Pacific Leather Fair last fall.

Fashion Features

Asia: Back On Track

Exhibitionism reigns in Asia, where trade show producers hope to reach both a local and international market.

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The much talked about interior of Hong Kong's Spoon.

Fashion Features

Scene: Happening Hot Spots

Show hopping? Take a break and check out some of these happening hot spots around the globe.

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Fashion Features

Proof Positive

With tough times dissipating and fair changes welcomed by vendors and buyers, international trade show organizers are optimistic about the upcoming season.

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Fashion Features

Playing Field

NEW YORK — Calling all sports fans. This season, athletic-inspired looks were well represented on the runways, but that didn’t mean a generic line of gym gear. Designers are keeping things light with layered tops, shrunken sweatshirts and…

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Sam Walton's first store in Bentonville, Ark.

Retail

Averting the P.R. Fiasco: Retailers Taking Action To Build a Better Image

In the post-Enron era, executives from all areas of business, including retail, are taking steps to ensure that their reputations remain solid.

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Fashion Features

Correction

The word JAMS is a trademark belonging to Surf Line Hawaii Ltd. It was used generically to refer to Hawaiian print beachwear in a caption on page 1, Sept. 26.

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Hal Upbin

Fashion Features

Kellwood 3Q Profits Surge

Kellwood Co.’s slew of deals helped provide fat bottom-line growth and top-line gains, as it said third-quarter earnings vaulted 43.4 percent.

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Fashion Features

Consumer Confidence Rises on Job News

An improved job market put Americans in a more festive mood this month and sent the Consumer Confidence index to its highest level in 14 months.

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Financial

Bon-Ton Leaves Elder-Beerman Alone, For Now

NEW YORK — Don’t expect major changes any time soon.

That was the word from Bon-Ton Stores Inc. Tuesday regarding its acquisition of Elder-Beerman Stores Corp., a deal that closed just a month ago.

“For now our efforts…

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Lauren Bush

Other

Suzy: A Lily Safra Night…The Crillon Haute Couture Ball Scoop

Lili Safra dedicates the Edmund J. Safra Hall…All about the upcoming 13th Annual Crillon Haute Couture Ball…Who’s right for Wills?

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Regional Italian perfumes on display at Florence's Fragranze, now moved to October.

Fashion Features

Italy: Staying On Top

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, but Italian trade show producers seek to offer up the best in show.

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Liya Kebede, Elizabeth Hurley and Carolyn Murphy

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Lauder Ads Focus on Three

NEW YORK — Estée Lauder is continuing its push to modernize its flagship brand with a new ad campaign featuring its trio of supermodels.

Beginning in January, the brand will unveil a sexy new ad lineup shot by fashion photographer…

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Jones' new better line, Jones New York Signature

Fashion Features

Looking for Their Fair Share

Branded vendors are feeling the squeeze as retailers sharpen their private label programs, and here’s what they’re doing about it.

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Barry Schwartz

Marketing and Promotion

To Choose or Not to Choose

NEW YORK — Fashion marketers beware.

If author-psychologist Barry Schwartz has his way, people will strip down their decision making and start choosing what to buy from a significantly smaller range of options, including the fashions they…

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Marketing and Promotion

Marketing Intelligence: Brand Unpopularity…Beeline To A New Niche?…Chillin’ With The P’s…

BRAND UNPOPULARITY: Fashion brands were left in the dust by those from other parts of the U.S. and U.K. economies, when people ranked the three brands they considered best among any on offer. The rankings came in Harris Interactive polls fielded this…

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The Armani living room.

Fashion Features

High Living at the Esquire

NEW YORK — You wake up in Calvin Klein Land, in a bed that’s a tasteful shade of gray in a bedroom filled with his furniture, including a dresser packed with his underwear. Padding down the hall, you pass through the Armani living room,…

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M at Mercer's assortment includes furniture and home accessories.

Fashion Features

On The Drawing Board: Buenos Aires, Big Apple…On The Wall…Fine Eating…

BUENOS AIRES, BIG APPLE: Large screens featuring baroque Caravaggio paintings might seem like an odd choice for a store that focuses mostly on modern Italian furniture, but that’s just the contrast Monica Melhem was aiming for with M at Mercer,…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Getting House In Order…Choo’s Shoes…Spiegel Seeks A Stretch…

GETTING HOUSE IN ORDER: Benetton’s shareholders Tuesday approved an internal reorganization plan to boost efficiency and competitiveness at the company. The firm will group together certain operations into three clearly defined units to…

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Fashion Features

Sui Being a Homebody at Work

NEW YORK — Anna Sui has taken the idea to heart that her work space should reflect a “home away from home,” as both her residence and her new offices were designed with the same architect, Brad Floyd.

When the designer…

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Detail of a silk shantung dress by Simonetta, 1958

Fashion Features

Celebrating a Century of Style

ROME — Six winters ago, Enrico Quinto was on the slopes of Kitzbuhel, Austria, ski poles in one hand and cell phone in the other, instructing a friend who was bidding for him at an auction at Bergdorf Goodman.

Quinto, a fashion collector,…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Bravo L.A….Canine Couture?…Out To Lunch…

BRAVO L.A.: Sure, Burberry chief executive officer Rose Marie Bravo appeared excited over being able to showcase the Prorsum men’s and women’s collections for the first time in Los Angeles as they were shown on the Milan runway. But at…

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Fashion Features

A Pink Tie Ball for Cancer Survivors

SHORT HILLS, N.J. — Black-tie events can be slow and stuffy, but that was hardly the case at a recent Neiman Marcus party here.

Neiman’s branch in the Mall at Short Hills — among the luxury chain’s best performers…

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Trina Turk retained designer Kelly Wearstler for the interiors of her latest L.A. store.

Fashion Features

Designing the Store In the Brand’s Image

Interior design makes the difference.

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Luigi Maramotti

Fashion Features

Max Mara’s Creative Journey

Luigi Maramotti on the creative journey.

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Fashion Features

Neal Goldberg Exits Post as Gap Outlet President

Neal Goldberg, president of Gap’s outlet division, resigns.

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Zac Posen

Fashion Features

Zac Posen’s Latest Jaunt in L.A.

BEVERLY HILLS — For Zac Posen, the highlight of an engaged week that began with a trunk show and ended with seeing Nicole Kidman honored at a Hollywood gala (where Anjelica Huston wore one of his designs) was meeting the not-so-famous women who…

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Fashion Features

Vanguarde Files Ch. 11

NEW YORK — A decade after launching Vibe, Keith Clinkscales’ dream of building an African-American-themed magazine empire came to an end on Tuesday.

Vanguarde Media, which publishes Honey, Savoy, and Heart & Soul, filed for Chapter…

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Fashion Features

AAFA Conference Provides Merger Tips

NEW YORK — Always sell your business in the first quarter and always take cash.

And, if you can manage it, don’t sell your business at all.

Those aren’t necessarily the words one would expect from an investment banker,…

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