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Aéropostale's Future Still Unclear; Liquidation Possible

The future of teen retailer Aeropostale is still unclear, as bidding at a court auction was continuing into the evening hours on Monday.

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Fashion

Carolina Herrera Hires Raffaele Ilardo as Vice President of Design

Raffaele Ilardo will head up creative development and design for the Carolina Herrera New York ready-to-wear and bridal collections.

clock 9hRosemary Feitelberg

Fashion

Bomber Jackets, Off-the-Shoulder and Rompers Trending

Google's Fashion Trends Report found that Gigi Hadid, Kanye West, Kendall Jenner, Michelle Obama and Taylor Swift influenced the top trends.

clock 12hMaghan McDowell

Luxury?s New Spring: Boom Times Return With Double-Digits

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Overview

Luxury executives believe the halcyon days of double-digit growth could be back, and most feel they?ll record single- and double-digit growth this year.

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Tout Uncommon

PARIS — Talk about walking like an Egyptian. John Galliano celebrated the land of milk and mummies with a dazzlingly decadent spring couture lineup for Dior featuring elaborate Cleopatra looks that would have delighted Elizabeth Taylor in her…

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Fashion Features

Luxury’s New Spring: Boom Times Return With Double-Digits

Luxury executives believe the halcyon days of double-digit growth could be back, and most feel they’ll record single- and double-digit growth this year.

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Hot at the Top

PARIS — Although houses including Givenchy and Emanuel Ungaro opted to downsize their couture audiences this week, high fashion is on a big-time roll.

Take Chanel. Couture sales rocketed 50 percent last year in volume, and roughly half of…

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Fashion Features

Short Files Complaint Against LF

LF Brands’ ex-chief executive W. John Short filed a complaint Friday seeking more than $3.7 million in damages from his former employers.

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Fashion Features

Quelle Difference – Christian Dior and Yohji Yamamoto

Two of fashion’s great mavericks delivered surprising — and very different — collections as the Paris season got moving.

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Fashion Features

J.P. Morgan Upgrade Boosts Polo Shares

NEW YORK — Polo Ralph Lauren Inc.’s shares jumped $1.60, or 5.6 percent, to finish at $30.10 on the New York Stock Exchange Friday after J.P. Morgan Securities upgraded the stock and named it a top pick for 2004.

“We have…

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Fashion Features

Commerce Report Unsatisfactory For Textile Execs

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration, attempting to head off criticism that it has not helped the flagging manufacturing sector, released a long-anticipated report Friday with recommendations on how to resuscitate U.S….

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Gap Names Jeff Jones To Top Marketing Slot

NEW YORK — Gap Inc. has filled its long-vacant position for head of marketing at its flagship Gap brand.

The company said Monday that Jeff Jones will join Gap as executive vice president, marketing on April 1. He succeeds Peter Hempel,…

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Fashion Features

Coming This Week

Tuesday: State of the Union, Washington.
Turkish Fashion Fabric Exhibition, New York (through Wednesday).
Innovation Asia, New York (through Thursday).

Wednesday: European Preview, New York (through…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Jones Promotes Curran…Calvin’s Latest Team

  • JONES PROMOTES CURRAN: Jones Apparel Group has promoted Mary Ann Curran to chief executive officer of its Canadian businesses. Curran has been with Jones for six years, most recently holding the title of vice president and chief…

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People

The Icewoman Cometh

Lynn Cox is not just out for a balmy swim.

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People

Wedding Belle

San Francisco nuptials.

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People

What A Yarn

Knitting up a storm for Gem.

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Fashion Features

Luca Luca Sets a Retail Agenda

NEW YORK — Luca Luca, the Manhattan-based designer collection with an Italian soul, is raising its profile by widening its retail presence. While there’s been sufficient media hype, with celebrity followings at fashion shows and product…

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Financial

Federated to Close 5 Rich’s, Lazarus Units

NEW YORK — Federated Department Stores Inc. said Friday it will close five underperforming Rich’s-Macy’s and Lazarus-Macy’s stores by May, affecting 369 employees.

The stores, which include the Lazarus-Macy’s…

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Fashion Features

Climatic Changes

Consolidation, sharper pricing, new competition, private label’s comeback and brand-conscious shoppers are shaking up the $4.4 billion outerwear retail business.

Then there’s the weather factor, which has chilled bones lately, but…

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Fashion Features

The Main Event

NEW YORK — As far as business goes, stormy is the forecast for outerwear makers, but like the coats they produce, companies are preparing for all the elements.

Consolidation, pressure on pricing, an influx of designer labels, the…

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Fashion Features

Goldsmith’s Long And Winding Road

NEW YORK — The way Ted Goldsmith tells it, he graduated from high school on a Friday and went to work the following Monday in his family’s coat business.

Forty-four years later, he has exited just as unceremoniously.

Admired…

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Fashion Features

Dealing With Old Man Winter

DALLAS — The $4.4 billion women’s retail outerwear business is expected to grow at least 3 percent from now until 2007 thanks to basics, fashion and stores’ creative approaches to building the category.

In the shorter term,…

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Fashion Features

Summer’s Second Coming

NEW YORK — The search for the next hot accessory is on.

After last summer’s craze for chandelier earrings and Jelly Kelly handbags, accessories makers now face the challenge of creating a hot trend to replicate the performance of…

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Fashion Features

Fornarina Fun in Las Vegas

MILAN — Fornarina strongly endorses having fun in life: “Fornarina Fun!” is one of the company’s mantras, spelled out in its ad campaigns and on its colorful tops.

Not surprisingly then, the hip Italian clothing and…

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Bloomtown

NEW YORK — Romance was in the air at last week’s print shows — Directions and Printsource, both held at the Hotel Pennsylvania — with an array of Twenties-, Thirties- and Fifties-style floral prints, many on floaty chiffon….

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Fashion Features

Schumer Airs Cargo Security Fears

NEW YORK — While the vast majority of apparel imported into the U.S. from Asia comes by boat, retailers who want to chase fashion trends more closely rely on air freight, which can cut several weeks off the delivery time.

But those who…

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Fashion Features

Customs Seizes $94M in Fakes

WASHINGTON — Fashion merchandise valued at $32.8 million was seized at U.S. borders during fiscal year 2003, amounting to 34.9 percent of the $94 million in knockoff goods confiscated, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service reported last…

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Fashion Features

Mills: No More ‘Carry Forward’

WASHINGTON — In a tit for tat, a coalition of textile and fiber groups has sent a letter to the President, countering a letter by retailers and importers that are petitioning the government for more quota flexibilities this year.

A…

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Fashion Features

Susan Lucci, HSN in Intimate Deal

NEW YORK — Susan Lucci will soon be taking a page from the playbook of her vixenish “All My Children” character, Erica Kane, with a line of lingerie called Susan Lucci Intimates.

The actress will launch her sexy-looking…

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DKNY Takes Show On the Road

NEW YORK — Get ready for the DKNY sequel.

Following on the heels of the company’s short film, “New York Stories,” that debuted last fall, comes “Road Stories,” a 12-minute romp across the country that takes…

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Memo Pad: People In The Academy…Somewhere Off In The Gala-xy

PEOPLE IN THE ACADEMY: At People Magazine, editors generally worry about being too “Inside Baseball.” Now, at least when it comes to the Oscars, they want to be just that. People managing editor Martha Nelson is rolling out a…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: New Recruits…Stage Left…Doll House….

NEW RECRUITS: Five limousines in Paris are ferrying some of couture’s newest recruits: 14 American women here for a fashion extravaganza organized by Judy Price, the founder and former owner of Avenue magazine. It’s the 10th…

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Fashion Features

Shop Girl

“You know, I’ve never drunk vodka in my life,” Diane von Furstenberg confessed Sunday night at Caviar Kaspia, hoisting a tiny glass. She was the toast of Paris on the eve of couture as Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon…

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Conversion Experience

After a two-week vacation, Alber Elbaz returned to the Lanvin atelier with nary a sketch in tow and only 10 days to go before his designs were due. But that didn’t stop him from putting plenty of thought into his new fall collection, and…

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Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Walgreen Co. Promotes 11 … Bobbi Brown’s Valentine … Risdon Appointments … Search On for Noxzema Girl

NEW YORK — Walgreen Co. announced a raft of promotions last week, elevating 11 within the ranks of the drug chain.

John W. Gleeson, who was most recently vice president of corporate strategy and treasurer, was named senior vice president…

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