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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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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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Beauty Industry Cheered by Hopes of Flat Holiday Scent Sales

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The gloom is beginning to lift for department store beauty retailers, and some are entertaining ideas of ending the year with a tiny increase.

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Mirror Image

NEW YORK — Call it a new way to shine. With its Perfectly Real Makeup, a 20-stockkeeping-unit foundation line set to be launched in March in 2,200 U.S. department and specialty stores, Clinique is introducing Micro-Mirrored Pigment Technology,…

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Trends and Analysis

Beauty Industry Cheered by Hopes of Flat Holiday Scent Sales

The gloom is beginning to lift for department store beauty retailers, and some are entertaining ideas of ending the year with a tiny increase.

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Armani to Arnault: Give Me a Ring

At the International Herald Tribune’s luxury goods parley in Paris, Giorgio Armani had a message for LVMH chief Bernard Arnault: Call me anytime.

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Tough Pluck for Nov. Comps

Retail sales results for November came in slightly below expectations, interrupting expectations of comfort and joy for retailers this season.

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Fashion Features

Textile Coalition Frays As Steel Tariffs Lifted

WASHINGTON — President Bush untied one of the complex trade knots his administration is facing Thursday, but there’s still a tricky tangle of trade issues to be resolved.

In a move to avert a threatened trade war with the European…

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Jean Coutu Talks With J.C. Penney Over Eckerd Buy

NEW YORK — Canadian retailer the Jean Coutu Group is negotiating to buy the Eckerd drugstore chain from J.C. Penney.

Michel Coutu, president and chief executive officer of Rhode Island-based Brooks Pharmacy, the company’s U.S….

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Sak’s Pass…Winston Carries On…Austin In Operations

  • SAKS’ PASS: Saks Inc. on Thursday said that it notified distressed FAO Inc. that it was not interested in buying FAO or any of its assets. As reported, the Saks department store group operates FAO Schwarz toy shops in its many…

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Suzy

Splitsville for Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova; Hugh Grant’s chatty girlfriend; Everybody wants to be Napoleon.

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Fashion Features

Lancôme’s New Artist: Gucci Westman

NEW YORK — A roomful of magazine beauty editors, attending a new product presentation by Lancôme, were treated to a pleasant surprise after listening to talk of fragrance notes and sensuous bottle curvature.

The real news of the…

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Fashion Features

Clinique’s New Natural Look

NEW YORK — Clinique is out to put a new face on the foundation category this spring.

With Perfectly Real Makeup, a new 20-stockkeeping-unit foundation lineup launching in March and the brand’s largest foundation launch in nearly 10…

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Fashion Features

Hope of a Mass Recovery

If early results at Wal-Mart and Rite Aid are any indication, the mass beauty market might end the fourth quarter and year with an uptick in sales.

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Fashion Features

NACDS Raises $1.7M

NEW YORK — Mass retailers made their annual trip to Manhattan again this week for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ fund-raising dinner.

This year’s event, held at the Sheraton New York, raised $1.7 million and…

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Fashion Features

Critical Mass: Wegmans Refines Mix for N.J.

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. — With the opening of its fourth store in New Jersey, Wegmans is showing it knows how to target stores for different markets.

Wegmans, based in Rochester, N.Y., operates some of the most upscale supermarkets in the United…

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Fashion Features

Latinas Lounge in Color

NEW YORK — Frustrated with cosmetics she felt were unflattering to Latina skin tones, three years ago makeup artist Monica Ramirez decided to take matters into her own hands.

An excellent idea, since according to “The Latina’s…

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Fashion Features

Fekkai Heads South for Winter

NEW YORK — Snow birds may miss the grand opening, but Palm Beach locals are readying for the “late winter” debut of what could be their new home-away-from-home.

The Frédéric Fekkai Salon and Spa at the Brazilian…

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Fashion Features

Service Station

NEW YORK — Time-starved women can have their cake and eat it too.

New York may have a plethora of places for people to go to get rubbed, poked, firmed and filed, but when it comes to fitting all the pampering in, the question often is:…

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Fashion Features

Caboodles Sold To CEO and Bank Firm

NEW YORK — The Caboodles Cosmetics company has been sold.

As previously reported here as the expected buyer, the company’s acting chief executive officer Charles Beech, in conjunction with private investment group Pittco Capital…

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Fashion Features

Snippets: Exceeding Expectations…Star Treatment…Home Free…

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS: A trio of big names were pulling out all the stops Thursday night to make sure XCD, a new men’s grooming line, gets off to a good retail start. Drugstore chain CVS, New Jersey Nets basketball star Jason Kidd and…

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Fashion Features

La Prairie Hits West Coast

LOS ANGELES — La Prairie, the uberluxe spa and skin care brand, is opening a West Coast door in mid-January.

The 2,000-square-foot spa will be located inside the Beverly Hills Hotel, a favorite among Hollywood’s A-list, many of whom…

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Fashion Features

Grammy Nods Portend Big Night for Fashion

LOS ANGELES — The annual Super Bowl of skin, sparkle and song — otherwise known as the Grammy Awards — on Thursday announced its list of nominees for the 46th annual show here on Feb. 8. And judging from the artists on the list,…

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Playboy: 50 and Looking for Viagra

NEW YORK — Hugh Hefner may as well have been sitting on a throne.

In fact, he was sitting at a table on the third floor of Henri Bendel on Wednesday night, diligently signing copies of a coffee table book filled with 50 years’ worth…

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Fabien’s French Touch

PARIS — There’s a full-page photo of the contents of Catherine Deneuve’s fridge in the December-January issue of French Vogue, revealing that the legendary actress eats yogurt, crème fraîche and — lo and behold…

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Memo Pad: ‘Tis The Season (1)…’Tis The Season (2)…Bazaar’s LA. Woman

’TIS THE SEASON (1): Gruner + Jahr could have another lawsuit on its hands.

Three weeks ago, Diane Potter, director of consumer marketing, who admitted during the Rosie O’Donnell trial to having falsified…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Blissed Out?…Cold Feet…Mending Menichetti…

BLISSED OUT?: It looks like luxury giant LVMH may have finally found a buyer for Bliss. According to a Paris source, the beauty empire founded by Marcia Kilgore in 1996 is about to be acquired by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Further…

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Fashion Features

British Fashion Council to Name New Head

LONDON — The British Fashion Council will announce today that it has named Stuart Rose to replace Nicholas Coleridge, who has been chairman of the body since 2000.

Rose has been in the retailing business for 30 years, and is widely…

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