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Luxury Goods in the Pink: Dior Sales Increase 11% As Sector Booms Again

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Overview

Aided by lusty demand for skiwear, handbags and pink-logo items, Christian Dior Couture saw fourth-quarter sales leap 11 percent to $184 million.

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The Next Wave

Shifting politics, economics, demographics and styles create a sea change in the Golden State.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

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Numbers, Please

The facts and figures that shape the Golden State’s place in the world economy.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Development’s jeans and silk and cotton vest.

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Neighborhood Swatch

In a city where every street corner displays a diverse array of colors, cars and cultures, it’s no wonder that Los Angelenos fancy wardrobes that can go from casual to glamorous — all in the blink of a traffic light. Aware of that fact,…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

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The Ethnic Equation

With an increasingly diverse culture, California is becoming a testing ground for how business may be done in the future.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

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The Fab Five

A by-the-numbers rundown of California’s hottest retail markets.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Wet Seal sales have slipped due in part to waning mall traffic.

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The New Gold Rush

Despite Californians’ appetite for shopping, not all retailers will meet with success when they head west.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

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Small But Mighty

A look at the state’s homemade batch of small specialty chains.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

The Impulse department at Macy’s West.

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The California Look

Contemporary fashions have made the state’s signature style a chief export.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Designer Louis Verdad with one of his models.

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Playing Dress Up

Heading into its third year on the scene, what can L.A. fashion week do to be taken seriously?

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Juicy Couture earned buzz when stars like Cameron Diaz starting sporting it around town.

Fashion Features

Making A Star Turn

From high-fashion goods to hand cream, getting noticed in Hollywood isn’t just for starlets anymore.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

A bikini from Tyr Sport’s Active line.

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Staying In The Swim Of Things

California swimwear brands go against the current to keep operations on shore.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

A fashion-forward look from Op’s newest line, Seven2.

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California Dreamin

With the surf lifestyle now a global obsession, its apparel component considers how to keep riding the wave.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

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It’s In The Jeans

The buzz. The buyouts. The jeans. California’s top 10 denim companies have a knack for pioneering styles and creating brands that become must-haves for the world. But the state’s top moneymakers may surprise you.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Isoule bouclés from New West Textiles.

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Material Possessions

In an ever-changing global economic climate, California’s textile industry has carved a cozy niche for itself.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Korean barbecue dishes from L.A.’s Koreatown district.

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California Cool

A fresh sampling of some of the hottest spots around the state.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Valentino

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Slinky Shine and Flamboyant Drama – Valentino and Emanuel Ungaro

As the Paris spring couture collections continued, Valentino and Emanuel Ungaro took decidedly different tacks.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Givenchy

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A ‘Belle de Jour’ Moment – Givenchy

Grown-up good-girl clothes — curvy lace suits, a swirling pleated cocktail dress trimmed with velvet ribbon — brought to mind the days of “Belle de Jour.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Inside Gottschalks.

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Everything In Moderation

An examination of the key trends shaping California’s moderate category.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

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Sure as Suiting

PARIS — Valentino always seems to have the 411 on what his ladies like to wear, and this spring couture season was no exception. His collection blended wearability and luxe with sexiness, in styles ranging from suits with beaded or beribboned…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

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Luxury Goods in the Pink: Dior Sales Increase 11% As Sector Booms Again

Aided by lusty demand for skiwear, handbags and pink-logo items, Christian Dior Couture saw fourth-quarter sales leap 11 percent to $184 million.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

A coach bag.

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Coach Surge Continues in 2nd Quarter

Reflecting higher sales and improving margins, Coach said its second-quarter profits surged 52.9 percent to $95.4 million.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

A page from Spiegel’s new catalogue.

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A New Look in the Mail

NEW YORK — As it approaches its 100th anniversary as a women’s apparel and furnishings catalogue, Spiegel is getting a total makeover.

The bankrupt company has unveiled a complete repositioning of its fabled catalogue with the lofty…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

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In Brief: Fashion Warriors…Tiffany’s New Store…Disney Alum To Gap

  • FASHION WARRIORS: The fashion industry is no place for sissies — just ask the folks at London’s National Army Museum in Chelsea. On Feb. 7-8, the museum will stage “Dressed to Kill,” a couture-meets-combat…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

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Kate Spade Countersues

NEW YORK — Kate Spade LLC is fighting back.

The New York-based accessories firm has filed a counterclaim against Platform LLC, the design firm it had hired in 2001 to enter the home category. Platform sued Kate Spade in November, alleging…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

President George W. Bush

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Industry Concerned With President’s Omissions

The President’s lack of a call in his State of the Union for Congressional approval of CAFTA left free traders glum about the pact’s chances of passage.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Peter Whitford, Wet Seal chief executive, at the ICR Xchange conference last week.

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Wet Seal Settles Wage Dispute Suit

LOS ANGELES — The Wet Seal Inc. said Wednesday it has settled a wage dispute with four garment workers who claimed they were not paid minimum wage or overtime at DT Sewing, one of the teen retailer’s contractors.

Wet Seal agreed to…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

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DuPont, Koch Deal Gets European OK

NEW YORK — DuPont and Koch Industries got a thumbs-up Wednesday from European regulators to go ahead with the sale of DuPont’s Invista textiles unit.

A statement from the European Commission said, “The combined market shares…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Josh Duhamel, and a scene from “Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!”

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Just a Tad

Josh Duhamel of “Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!” reflects on studliness.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Sarah Wynter and Alexis Bledel in “Dysenchanted.”

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The Grimm Reaper

On the couch in fairyland.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Princesses Elisabeth and Maria Theresia von Thurn und Taxis.

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Fashion Scoops: Ace Of Clubs…Customer Service…Nick Of Time…

ACE OF CLUBS: Maxim’s maxed out on parties on Tuesday night, when Pierre Cardin’s restaurant and nightclub hosted not one, but two, mondain dinner parties. The first was the inaugural bash for Maxim’s International Club, a new…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

A look from de la Falaise’s collection.

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Out of Africa

“It’s important to remain faithful,” said Yves Saint Laurent as he made a brief house call on Tuesday evening to inspect the latest designs by his onetime muse and accessories designer Loulou de la Falaise. “You know,…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Carsten Höller’s installation features surveillance cameras.

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Slimane’s Sensory Experience

PARIS — Hedi Slimane is hardly your typical art patron. For starters, the 35-year-old fashion star has scant interest in owning art.

Instead, he is helping Christian Dior amass a far-flung collection of contemporary works by inviting…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Tim Gardner and Susan Dell

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Dell’s New Philosophy

usan Dell is trying a new, more traditional wholesale approach to her once-direct-to-consumer business, but she’s still breaking rules.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Levi’s European offering focused on square-top jeans.

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Denim Dish: Berlin Blooms

The international jeans scene is playing it true blue for fall 2004-winter 2005, focusing on dark denim in more subtle, used finishes for a natural, “these are my favorite old blue jeans” kind of look.

Exhibitors and buyers at…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Carrie Fisher

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Sister Carrie

More insight into Carrie Fisher.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

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4Whatitsworth Adds to Staff

The Los Angeles denim resource 4Whatitsworth Inc. this month named three new staffers.

Looking to revamp its Tyte junior jeans line, the company has named a new design team. Tanya Teichner, formerly of Bisou Bisou, was named vice president of…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Dash featured Naomi Campbell and Victoria Beckham (not pictured) to help Rocawear get closer to the British customer.

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Hip-Hop Style Hits London Streets

LONDON — A diamond-encrusted Jacob the Jeweler watch sits at the top of the fantasy wish list of some British teenagers — and on the wrists of their fashion icons, David and Victoria Beckham.

In the last couple of years, wearing…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Two spring ads from Ecko Unlimited’s “Dreamnasium II.”

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Ecko Unlimited Keeps Dream Alive

NEW YORK — What does Hugh Hefner have in common with Fat Joe?

The original playboy and the megastar rapper both appear, along with many other personalities, in Ecko Unlimited’s spring campaign titled “Dreamnasium II.”…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

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Beauty Beat: L’Oréal Sales Hurt By Currency Rate … Marionnaud Sales Rise … Ojon Launching Hair Care

PARIS — French beauty giant L’Oréal reported consolidated sales for 2003 of $17.69 billion at current exchange rates, or 14 billion euros, down 1.8 percent year on year.

At constant group structure and exchange rates,…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

A look from Split.

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Surf Sector Reaches Out

SAN DIEGO — Barrel bags printed in a spoof on LVMH’s Murakami design. Patent creeper shoes and Dolce Vita sunglasses. Fifties party dresses with tulle skirts. Elbow-length mittens.

This is surf?

Such frou-frou and…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

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USOC, Nike Said Teaming Up

NEW YORK — The U.S. Olympic Committee is set to announce a partnership today with Nike Inc. at a press conference here. Both the USOC and Nike declined to comment on the deal Wednesday, but reports said Nike was taking over the corporate…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

There is now a wide variety of Web and print catalogues for active women.

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Catalogues Racing Ahead

NEW YORK — For active women who would rather jog outside than drive to the mall, there are now a bevy of print and online activewear catalogues where they can peruse everything from the latest surfboards to hard-to-find plus-sized sports…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

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Sidelines: Roots Plant Closing

A plant partly owned by Roots Canada that supplied apparel to that company has closed at a cost of about 200 jobs, a company spokeswoman confirmed. The plant, which made uniforms for the Canadian Olympic team, was no longer cost effective, Roots…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

Financial

Hartmarx Net Rises in Qtr., Year

NEW YORK — Strong performances in women’s wear and men’s sportswear coupled with successful cost-reduction measures led Hartmarx Corp. to improved earnings for the fourth quarter and the year.

For the three months ended Nov….

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

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Apparel Sales Flourish Online

NEW YORK — Apparel sales online this past holiday grew at a rate of 41 percent, outpacing broader online sales gains of 24 percent in the November-December period, excluding travel and automobiles.

Apparel sales online came to $1.49…

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

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Buyer’s Market

The top categories for luxury purchases in 2003.

clock January 22, 2004WWD Staff

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