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Clash of the Titans: Karl and Meryl

The versions of the "canceled dress" story told by Meryl Streep's publicist and by Karl Lagerfeld are both believable — and consistent.

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Giorgio Armani to Restructure Brands

The designer will cease the Armani Collezioni and Armani Jeans brands.

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What Celebs Were Talking About on the Oscars Red Carpet

“Nicole! A ‘lion’ roars!” a veteran reporter called to her. “More like a kitten,” she giggled.

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Tommy?s Latest Love-In: Hilfiger Signs Beyonc? To Boost Fragrance Biz

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Est?e Lauder, Tommy Hilfiger?s beauty licensee, has enlisted Beyonc? Knowles to appear in the advertising for a new Hilfiger women?s fragrance.

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Baby’s Got Back

NEW YORK — Christian Lacroix is a master of fantasy, and so it stands to reason that he’s often at his best for evening, which brings out the eccentric splendor for which he’s known. And his spring couture collection didn’t…

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Tommy Hilfiger and Beyonce Knowles

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Tommy’s Latest Love-In: Hilfiger Signs Beyoncé To Boost Fragrance Biz

Estée Lauder, Tommy Hilfiger’s beauty licensee, has enlisted Beyoncé Knowles to appear in the advertising for a new Hilfiger women’s fragrance.

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Miuccia Prada

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Milan Slate Taking Shape

Italian designers are banking on good planning this season as they cope with the whammy of an earlier-than-ever Oscars.

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Luxottica Buys Cole National

Italian eyewear bellwether Luxottica Group SpA said Monday it was buying Cole National, parent of Pearle Vision stores.

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Costa Rica Joins Proposed CAFTA

WASHINGTON — Now that the U.S. has wrapped up free-trade negotiations with Costa Rica, which will join four other countries in a Central American Free Trade pact, the Bush administration hopes to complete a trade pact with the Dominican Republic…

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Confetti’s yellow and brown linen.

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Asian Mills Prepare for Quota End

NEW YORK — The big question for exhibitors at a trio of Asian textile trade shows in New York last week was what to do to prepare for 2005, when the nations of the World Trade Organization are set to drop quotas on fabric and apparel.

That…

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Luigi Botto Acquires Gartex Cotton Firm

NEW YORK — Luigi Botto is expanding beyond its traditional wool base, following the Biella, Italy-based mill’s acquisition of converter Gartex International, traditionally a cotton specialist.

“The idea is, within the group…

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Union: Millions of Jobs at Stake in ’05

NEW YORK — The head of the world’s largest apparel and textile trade union told world economic leaders that if Chinese competition is left unchecked, the end of quotas in 2005 could have disastrous results for many countries, at a cost of…

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Mantero’s multicolored cotton.

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Weak Dollar a Worry for Europe

NEW YORK — While bright colors and florals were the rage at European Preview, there was a lot of talk about green, specifically the weakened position of the U.S. greenback.

Mill executives said they were handling the weak dollar —…

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In Brief: Sowinski To Liz…Quicksilver Scores

  • SOWINSKI TO LIZ: Liz Claiborne Inc. has appointed Frank S. Sowinski to the position of executive vice president, effective Thursday, with responsibility for finance and administration, information technology and customer service, as…

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Correction

Captions were transposed on photos of an installation by artist Carsten Höller and a fitting room for Dior Homme designed by Pierre Huyghe on page 9, Thursday.

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L’Oréal to Acquire Coty’s Yue-Sai Brand

PARIS — L’Oréal has signed an agreement of intent to acquire Chinese makeup and skin care brand Yue-Sai and its Shanghai industrial site from Coty Inc.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The news regarding Yue-Sai,…

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Italian Couture Organizers Seek Revival

MILAN — Most Americans think only of Paris when they think of couture — but Stefano Dominella, president of Alta Roma, wants to change that.

As the couture shows kicked off in Rome on Sunday and at a time when many question the…

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London Fashion Week Loses Six Designers

LONDON — The upcoming London Fashion Week has been hit by a series of defections and dropouts this season as designers seek greener pastures or deal with business issues.

Designers Hamish Morrow and Blaak are headed for Paris, while J….

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Cambodia Homicide Brings Heat From AAFA

WASHINGTON — The slaying last week of a prominent Cambodian union leader who helped organize garment factories there has “cast a dark cloud” on the country’s human rights record, according to the American Apparel & Footwear…

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Roberto Menichetti in his studio with his new logo, below.

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Menichetti Races Back Into Fashion

Following a 21-month hiatus from fashion, Roberto Menichetti is back with ambitious plans and major partners. Here’s an update.

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Runway looks for men by John Galliano.

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Fashion Scoops: De Sole’s Plan…Skirting The Issue…New Date…

DE SOLE’S PLAN: Gucci Group chief Domenico De Sole, who missed Tom Ford’s men’s finale for Gucci, stood proud Monday night in Paris as Ford took his bows for his last Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche men’s collection….

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Betsy Parkinson in one of her Normandy & Monroe designs.

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Normandy & Monroe Steps Into Women’s

NEW YORK — It’s a long way from Little Rock, Ark., to Manhattan’s Upper East Side, but that’s just where Normandy & Monroe sees its new women’s outerwear residing.

Normandy & Monroe will be setting up shop today…

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Designer dresses for Swarovski’s “Little Red Dress Collection.”

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Painting the Town Red

NEW YORK — Red dresses are generally worn to make a statement, so it’s fitting that two health-related initiatives are using red dresses to catch consumers’ eyes.

As part of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red…

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Spring Blossoms

LOS ANGELES — It may only be January, but in Hollywood, fashion springs eternal — or at least endlessly on the red carpet leading into the Golden Globes and its satellite of parties throughout the Beverly Hills Hilton Sunday night. No one…

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Diane Lane in Bill Blass, Neil Lane vintage coral earrings and rings vintage bag.

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Smooth As Silk

A winter chill may have descended upon typically sunny Beverly Hills Sunday, but spring had definitely sprung on the 61st Annual Golden Globes red carpet. Silk, satin and chiffon confections in the prettiest colors captured the fun, flighty spirit of…

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Debra Messing in Isaac Mizrahi.

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A Family Affair

While much was said about the stars who arrived without their famous mates, the bigger news was how many showed up with their moms or dads or their kids — in one form or another. Tom Cruise brought his mother; Nicole Kidman dragged along her…

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Scarlett Johansson in Stella McCartney with De Beers earrings and bracelet.

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Extra! Extra!

It’s not just the dress that determines a great red-carpet moment. It’s all the extras, too, like the loose curls held back by jeweled barrettes and the berry lips and smoky eyes that defined beauty Sunday. The statement-making accessories…

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Kim Cattrall with Kristin Davis in Prada at the HBO party at the Chateau Marmont.

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Eye: Solid Gold

Stars collided — literally — at the Beverly Hilton Sunday night as the Golden Globes ended and the parties began.

“I need a drink,” were words overheard from Charlize Theron, Bill Murray and the Duchess of…

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Kelly Osbourne

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Hollywood Dish: Ring-A-Ling…Flat Out…In Stitches…

RING-A-LING: Diamonds shined on Sunday, but one of the biggest belonged to bling queen Jennifer Lopez, who replaced her 6.1 carat pink diamond engagement ring with a 14.59 carat oval-cut yellow diamond one from Fred Leighton —which was…

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By the Numbers

1,400: Number of bottles of Moët et Chandon poured at the Golden Globes and the related parties at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Sunday night.

6: Golden Globes after parties at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

55: Inches of…

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They Said It…

“I’m in a Giorgio Armani that I wore at my 60th birthday party — six years ago.”
— Jane Fonda

“Before I even got cast in ‘Thirteen,’ my aunt told me she had a vision of my getting…

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Wal-Mart Petitions Against Antisupercenter Ordinance

LOS ANGELES — The fight to keep retail supercenters out of California is heating up.

In a far from unexpected move, Wal-Mart is taking the fight to the courts, filing a petition Monday to challenge an Alameda County ordinance that…

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Sephora Said Returning To Rockefeller Center

Sephora is said to be taking over the Benetton flagship at 597 Fifth Avenue, between 48th and 49th Streets.

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Memo Pad: Sticky Fingers

STICKY FINGERS: At this rate, Harper’s Bazaar’s fashion closet will soon be the victim of a daring daylight robbery. The week after both Vogue and WWD’s sibling W admitted their closets suffered from staff-related…

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CIT Reports 9.8% Net Rise

NEW YORK — Rising volume from new business and improved credit quality across the board helped push CIT Group Inc. to healthy earnings during the fourth quarter.

Despite higher charge-offs, the company said delinquencies and nonperforming…

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Asia Watch: Gant To Japan…Vrooming Vuitton

GANT TO JAPAN: Gant Co. and Japanese wholesaler Hitomi Co. have signed a licensing and master franchisee agreement to bring the Gant brand to Japan for fall.

All of Gant’s collections, including ranges for women, men, boys and…

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Filpucci’s rayon-polyester blend and an all-rayon fabric.

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New Finishes Ahead at Pitti

Bright, shimmering colors for spring-summer 2005 are expected to be a key element of yarn collections bowing at next week’s Pitti Immagine Filati show.

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Swatches: Cotton Confab…Another Price Hike

COTTON CONFAB: The organizations that promote the use of cotton in the U.S. and abroad are planning to tackle the knotty issues of international trade at a conference next month. Cotton’s Sourcing Summit, to be held in Miami Feb. 22-24,…

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