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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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Federated’s Coronation: Lundgren Extends Control As Group’s Next Chairman

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Terry J. Lundgren, president and ceo of Federated Department Stores, will also become chairman Jan. 15, when James M. Zimmerman retires.

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Fashion Features

Cat Power

NEW YORK — Maggie the Cat — one of literature’s sexiest characters. Immortalized by Elizabeth Taylor on screen and now played by Ashley Judd on Broadway, Maggie and her frills-and-thrills boudoir style have inspired designers for…

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Fashion Features

Federated’s Coronation: Lundgren Extends Control As Group’s Next Chairman

Terry J. Lundgren, president and ceo of Federated Department Stores, will also become chairman Jan. 15, when James M. Zimmerman retires.

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Fashion Features

Coming This Week

Tuesday: The U.S. Labor Department releases the November Consumer Price Index.

Thursday: Nike Inc. reports on second-quarter earnings.
Quiksilver reports on fourth-quarter earnings.

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Fashion Features

Escada Nearing Badgley Mischka Deal

ASCHHEIM, Germany — Escada USA is closing in on a deal to sell its 80 percent stake in Badgley Mischka.

Badgley Mischka has “been going through the sale process, and there are a couple of finalists,” said Lawrence DeParis,…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Toast Points…Celanese Hiking Prices…FAO Update

TOAST POINTS: The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation last week named the five recipients of its third annual grants to finance their fashion shows in New York in February. Derek Lam, Jeffrey Chow, Libertine, Doo-Ri and Andrew Harmon were each…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Star Academy…Leather Goods…Going Once

STAR ACADEMY: “What are you doing here?” Naomi Campbell blurted out on the runway at the Chanel couture salon Friday night as she sashayed by Vogue’s André Leon Talley. He might have asked her the same…

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Fashion Features

Corrections

Newly launched denim line James expects first-year sales to reach $12 million. The number was incorrect in a story on page 11, Dec. 11.

Marina Pappas is senior vice president of design for Sag Harbor, a division of Kellwood Co. Her name was…

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Fashion Features

Apparel, Textile Imports Set New Record

WASHINGTON — Imports of apparel and textiles rose 15.2 percent in October, marking the highest October import figure on record, as China pumped more into the U.S. market and snatched more market share away from some of the largest suppliers to…

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People

Cinema Paradiso

Besides stirring up Oscar buzz, the start of the holiday movie season provided a few scintillating fashion moments.

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People

Eye Scoop: Breakfast Club

BREAKFAST CLUB: The Guggenheim’s rotunda, Gucci-fied for the festivities with a sleek all-white decor, will stay open for breakfast on Thursday at midnight when the museum’s Young Collectors Council throws its first Artist’s Ball….

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Fashion Features

Teddi of California Shuttered

Owing $14 million to its largest creditor, SunTrust Bank, Teddi of California, long a fixture on the moderate apparel scene, has shuttered.

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Fashion Features

A Jeweler’s Growing Family

London Jewelers is opening boutiques under other brand names that will straddle its 3,500-square-foot store in the Americana mall.

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Fashion Features

Pianegonda: From ‘Heretic’ To Global Player in 10 Years

By Alessandra Ilari

MILAN — No guts, no glory — that was Franco Pianegonda’s mantra when he entered the jewelry world 10 years ago with the line that bears his last name.

The designer cared little that his sleek and…

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Financial

Hudson’s Bay Co. May Face Takeover

NEW YORK — An American industrialist appears to be contemplating the takeover of Hudson’s Bay Co., Canada’s historic retail institution.

Jerry Zucker, chairman of Maple Leaf Heritage Investments, said last week that the firm…

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Financial

G-III Sees 34% Rise in 3rd-Qtr. Profits

NEW YORK — Strong deliveries of its sports apparel business paved the way for a 34 percent increase in G-III Apparel Group Ltd.’s third-quarter profits.

For the three-month period ended Oct. 31, the outerwear firm saw its profits…

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Financial

Cutter & Buck’s Net Income Skyrockets

NEW YORK — Cutter & Buck Inc.’s return to its core business paid handsomely in the second quarter as the company’s bottom line skyrocketed on massive margin growth.

For the three months ended Oct. 31, the Seattle-based…

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Fashion Features

Wholesale Women’s Prices Drop 0.3%

Women’s wholesale apparel prices fell 0.3 percent in November, reversing two months of slight increases, the Labor Department’s PPI revealed.

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Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Batra Departs Sephora for Estée Lauder Post

NEW YORK — Shashi Batra, senior vice president of merchandising for Sephora USA, has left the French-based perfumery chain to join the Estée Lauder Cos., where he has been named general manager of one of Lauder’s newest acquisitions,…

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New York Sale Gets Closer

NEW YORK — Does Mort Zuckerman have it?

As the sale of New York Magazine winds towards the home stretch, most signs lead in his direction, but it’s still not a done deal.

According to sources, New York magazine editor…

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Fashion Features

Peachy Keen

PARIS — Sometimes, saying it softly makes the strongest statement. The season’s palette of peaches, deep reds and hushed colors keep the mood in lingerie sweet and low. Here, from the upcoming Salon International de la Lingerie, Elise…

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Fashion Features

Life is a Cabaret

PARIS — Talk about barely there lingerie.

Two new shows at landmark Paris cabarets — the Lido and the Crazy Horse — suggest that less is sometimes more when it comes to dancing ladies.

“Costume is a big word for…

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Fashion Features

SIL’s Runway Theme

overriding theme at the upcoming session of Salon International de la Lingerie, or SIL, the vast lingerie trade show set to run at the Porte de Versailles exhibit halls here Jan. 23-26.

Lingerie-inspired trends have gotten serious play on the…

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Fashion Features

Economic Weather Outlook: Improving but Still Cloudy

While the economic and retail news has been fairly upbeat lately, some people believe the recession cut deep and the climb out is difficult.

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Fashion Features

Negotiators Aim to Reignite WTO Talks

As WTO negotiators set to meet to restart global trade talks, officials said all countries should be prepared to tackle the issue of cotton subsidies.

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Fashion Features

Fashion Stocks Parallel Dow 10K

NEW YORK — It was a very good year to invest in fashion.

With the Dow Jones Industrial Average creeping over 10,000 for the first time in 18 months last Thursday — and managing to settle there for the entire weekend — the…

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Fashion Features

Alvarez & Marsal’s Salvation Formula

NEW YORK — Companies in distress have made Alvarez & Marsal the go-to firm in corporate restructuring.

A&M has a reputation as the first stop on the way to bankruptcy court, as evidenced by the speculation that followed the Dec. 1…

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Fashion Features

Smaller Factors Leverage High Tech

NEW YORK — Bigger isn’t always better.

Nor is “bigger” even necessary if you have the technology to level the playing field. At least, that’s what the smaller players in the factoring industry are discovering. …

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