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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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2004’s Retail Surprise? Economic Outlook Rosy But It Might Not Last

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Overview

Election-year politics are likely to give the economy a jolt in 2004, but without sustained job creation, it might not carry into 2005.

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People

Salad Daze

Cleaning up those nasty tattoos.

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People

Pinup’s Rise

Dita Von Teese offers some racy advice.

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Fashion Features

Bridal and Beyond for Vera Wang Jewelry

With intricate design work, bold semiprecious stones and eye-popping diamonds, Vera Wang’s first jewelry collection is a visual feast.

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Fashion Features

Findings: ID Check…Big In Japan…Good Timing…

ID CHECK: Christian Dior has introduced a jewelry line based on identity bracelets. The name Dior, the carat and the ring’s identification number are engraved on the top side of the ring’s band. It is available in gold, white gold…

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Fashion Features

Lautman Mixes Business With Politics

CARMIEL, Israel — Dov Lautman, the Israeli chairman and founder of private label intimate apparel maker Delta Galil, never set out to become the spokesman for Israeli-Arab economic relations. But while building up the now $567 million business…

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Fashion Features

Intimate Notes: Wonderful Town…Cronan Joins Neuburger…To Sleep, Perchance

WONDERFUL TOWN: It was a celebrity-filled lineup for the Nov. 23 opening night of the 1953 Broadway musical, “Wonderful Town,” at the Al Hirschfeld Theater in Manhattan. Maidenform Inc. was the title sponsor of the after-show party…

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Fashion Features

Kmart Logs Smaller Loss In Quarter

Kmart Holdings Corp. posted a narrower third-quarter loss than its bankrupt predecessor company did in 2002, but comps continued to slide.

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Fashion Features

Wal-Mart’s Don Harris Sets Retirement

BOSTON — Don Harris, executive vice president of general merchandise over Wal-Mart’s U.S. store base, will retire in April, the retailer said Friday.

Harris, a 23-year veteran, is second in command behind Mike Duke, president and…

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Financial

Retailers Report Better 3rd Qtr.

NEW YORK — Better retailers, discounters and off-pricers dominated same-store sales results during the third quarter as consumers played both ends against the middle.

However, it was the better and specialty segments that wound up with the…

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Primedia Disbanding Consumer Magazines

NEW YORK — Primedia is getting ready for life after New York magazine.

With the sale of the flagship title now only weeks away, new chief executive officer Kelly Conlin is shaking up the company to prepare it for its new life as a…

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Fashion Features

Givenchy Homme Taps Creative Head

PARIS — Ozwald Boateng, one of Britain’s most colorful Savile Row tailors, has been appointed creative director at Givenchy Homme.

This confirms a report in these columns Feb. 13 that the French house was courting…

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Fashion Features

Obituary: Milton Lewis, Apparel Retailer, 89

NEW YORK — Milton Lewis, president of the defunct William A. Lewis Clothing Co., a Chicago-based women’s apparel retailer, died Nov. 13 at the…

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Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Arden’s Earnings Gain 3.2% … Decléor’s New Plans

NEW YORK — Benefiting from earlier promotions and fragrance innovations, Elizabeth Arden saw profits inch up 3.2 percent in the third quarter.

Net income for the three months ended Oct. 25 hit $38.9 million, or 88 cents a diluted share,…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: In The Pink…Cool Recall…Bah Humbug…

IN THE PINK: Emanuel Ungaro has a new leader, WWD has learned. Paolo de Spirt has been named the new chief executive officer of the French fashion house, effective immediately. He succeeds Riccardo Adamo, who left the company last…

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Fashion Features

The Young and The Restless

Here’s a look at what’s going on in the world of young talent — a beauty queen-turned-chanteuse on the verge, an entrepreneur who’s looking out for New York’s emerging designers and a day at play with Zac Posen.

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Fashion Features

Retailers Cut Jobs in Nov.

Department stores and specialty apparel retailers cut staff in November and 800 jobs were lost in the domestic apparel and textile industries last month.

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Financial

J. Crew: A Step Back to Move Forward

NEW YORK — No one ever said turnarounds were cheap.

J. Crew on Friday reported a loss in its third quarter, but company executives asserted that the results reflect its strategy to upgrade its operations and merchandise.

The New…

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Fashion Features

Europe Watch: In The Bag…Downsizing…Raf Riff

IN THE BAG: Handbag guru Roberta di Camerino is being celebrated in the Swiss town of Lugano this month. An exhibition organized by the newly created nonprofit Roberta di Camerino Foundation displays the designer’s most significant pieces….

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Fashion Features

Candy Girl

NEW YORK — If visions of sugarplums dance in your head year round, the time is right to indulge in a bit of novelty. For spring, innerwear designers favor candy prints on everything from bathrobes to slinky pajamas, and the results are sweet and…

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Fashion Features

2004’s Retail Surprise? Economic Outlook Rosy But It Might Not Last

Election-year politics are likely to give the economy a jolt in 2004, but without sustained job creation, it might not carry into 2005.

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Fashion Features

Tourists Help Salvage Snowy Sales

The snowstorm that blanketed in the Northeast on Friday and Saturday was for many retailers pretty much a non-issue by Sunday morning.

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Fashion Features

Versace’s CEO Sets Restructuring Plans

Versace is considering selling its historical headquarters, among other strategies revealed in the interim ceo’s restructuring plan.

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Fashion Features

Gucci America Posts Record $4M in Sales

LONDON — The momentum at Gucci Group keeps on building.

Sales at Gucci’s directly operated U.S. stores reached an all-time high of nearly $4 million Thursday. “It was the best single day in Gucci America’s…

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Fashion Features

Coming This Week

Monday: FFANY New York Shoe Expo (through Wednesday).

Thursday: The Commerce Department releases the November retail sales report.
Inditex Group reports third-quarter earnings.

Friday: The Labor Department…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Penney’s Progress…Ferragamo P.R.

  • PENNEY’S PROGRESS: J.C. Penney Co. Friday confirmed it has retained Credit Suisse First Boston to evaluate “strategic alternatives regarding its Eckerd operations, including retention, merger, spin-off or sale.” As…

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People

McQueen’s Princess

Liv Tyler’s yen for McQueen.

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