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A&F Finds 'Growing Up' Tough Now that Sex No Longer Sells

Abercrombie is aging its models to show it is no longer a "teen" brand; company reported a Q2 loss.

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Media

Barbie Becomes Paid Social Media Influencer

Through her Instagram account, Barbie “produces” sponsored content.

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Fashion

Costume Institute's Next Subject Said to Be Rei Kawakubo

The exhibit next spring would be only the second the Met has devoted to a living designer.

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Fashion?s Miss Modesty: Designers Drop Raunchy In Favor of the Demure

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Overview

As design houses put clothes back on the models in their ads and draw a distinction between "sensuous" and "sexy," is sex going out of fashion?

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Snippets: Redken Replacement … The Tao of Target … Seeing a Change …

REDKEN REPLACEMENT: As Redken’s sponsorship as Olympus Fashion Week’s sole hair care company comes near to expiring, several other hair care brands are reportedly being pursued to take its place. TRESemmé, for one, is a top…

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Fashion Features

Lauder to Launch Two Skin Care Collections

NEW YORK — Skin is in at Estée Lauder counters this spring.

The beauty giant is readying the launches of two new skin care collections — Body Performance and Clear Difference — targeting vexing skin care…

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Memo Pad: It’s a Youth Thing … Axel’s Choice … Moving Over …

IT’S A YOUTH THING: While Martha Stewart spends all day, every day, in a federal courtroom, her employees are keeping busy frantically inventing new magazines that fall outside her cult of personality. The digest-size Everyday Food…

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Fashion Features

Phat Farm Taps President

NEW YORK — Bernt Ullmann, former president of the international division of Fubu The Collection, has joined Phat Farm, a division of Kellwood Co., as president. He began Feb. 1.

In this new position, Ullmann plans to bring the Phat Farm…

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Fashion Features

Wal-Mart Said Eyeing Deal in Italy

BOSTON — Ciao, Italia, Wal-Mart might be about to come calling.

The Bentonville, Ark., giant is said to have made a play for high-end Italian supermarket chain Esselunga, a private firm with sales of $3.7 billion, according to Italian…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Retailers Going Home

PARIS — European retailers believe an evolution in the consumer psyche, battered by fear of terrorism and war, has opened a window of opportunity in the underexploited home market here.

Retailers said that there has been a flight from…

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People

Suzy

Penélope’s red-carpet blues … Samantha Morton’s big mouth … Fergie’s next career.

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Fashion Features

Lacoste’s High-Energy Scent

PARIS — Lacoste plans to lure the 16- to 24-year-old set with its signature men’s fragrance, set to bow worldwide in March.

With this launch, Procter & Gamble Prestige Beaute, La Chemise Lacoste’s beauty license holder, will…

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Fashion Features

Iman Pens Book on Global Beauty

NEW YORK — The daughter of a diplomat and a one-time political science major, Iman has long espoused an all-inclusive approach to what defines beauty.

As one of the first top black fashion models, she has become a role model. Then to help…

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Fashion Features

La Prairie Opens First California Spa

LOS ANGELES — Without fanfare, the West Coast installment of the La Prairie spa bowed last week at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the first spa in the landmark’s 91-year history. And just in time, too, for the Academy Awards on Feb….

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Fashion Features

Grand Cayman Spa

PARIS — So what else is new for La Prairie besides its new Beverly Hills location in Los Angeles?

The Swiss luxury beauty brand is gearing up to open a 22,220-square-foot spa in the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman hotel this fall.

Also…

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Fashion Features

Thibiant Spa Inspired by Indian Art

BEVERLY HILLS — Aida Thibiant will be the first to admit that everything needs a bit of a revamp once in a while.

So to commemorate the 30th anniversary of her Beverly Hills spa, Thibiant decided to gut the 7,000-square-foot, two-floor…

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Fashion Features

Interior tones are kept in muted shades of beige and cream.

NEW YORK — Avon’s Mark brand has just celebrated its six-month birthday.

Born on Aug. 1, 2003, the direct seller’s youthful creation already has lured some 25,000 young women into the Avon fold, up from the 15,000 new…

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Fashion Features

Top Notes: Sally Hansen, Glamour Honor Four … Risdon Move … Karan to Bronze …

SALLY HANSEN, GLAMOUR HONOR FOUR: Sally Hansen and Glamour magazine held their fourth Annual Best of You Awards luncheon Feb. 3, recognizing the philanthropic efforts of four honorees. Awards went to Rebecca Allen, for her efforts to fight…

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Fashion Features

Critical Mass: Upscale Implements Seek an Edge in Mass

NEW YORK — The trendiest products on mass retail beauty shelves today don’t feature the latest shades or long-wearing formulas.

Instead, they are utilitarian items to clip or file nails and groom toes. But these products are…

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Fashion Features

Fragrance Group Tweaks Programs

NEW YORK — Change is good and it’s rapidly taking place with Rochelle Bloom behind the reins of the Fragrance Foundation.

“I think the Fragrance Foundation has a great future ahead of it and what it needs is some fine-tuning…

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Fashion Features

Liquid Refreshment

NEW YORK — Francisco Costa showed himself a master of the Calvin Klein minimalist aesthetic and delivered a beautiful, graceful collection for fall. Key to the looks were his comfort with Klein’s undone manner, in styles such as a washed…

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Fashion Features

Fashion’s Miss Modesty: Designers Drop Raunchy In Favor of the Demure

As design houses put clothes back on the models in their ads and draw a distinction between “sensuous” and “sexy,” is sex going out of fashion?

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Fashion Features

Simon Family Said Negotiating With Rodriguez

NEW YORK — More details emerged on Thursday regarding a potential investment in Narciso Rodriguez’s signature business, indicating that it is members of the Simon family who are in talks with the designer, independent of the real estate…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Macy’s Settles Disability Case … Perry’s Update … Free and Clear …

MACY’S SETTLES DISABILITY CASE: A federal judge granted preliminary approval of the settlement of two related class action lawsuits concerning accessibility for customers with disabilities at 75 Macy’s West stores in California, the…

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Fashion Features

Corrections

Bob Wichser is president and chief executive officer of JA Apparel Corp. His title was incorrect in a story about the sale of the Joseph Abboud business to J.W. Childs Thursday. Furthermore, JA Apparel did not send a letter warning retailers of the…

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Fashion Features

Revlon Trims Loss, Debt to Be Halved

Revlon Inc. revealed a plan to dramarically strengthen its balance sheet by virtually having its debt, even in light of its sixth straight year in the red.

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Fashion Features

FitzGerald to Retire From Unilver Board

LONDON — Unilever’s net profit in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 rocketed 134 percent to $1.02 billion (800 million euros) from $438 million (342 million euros), thanks to a more focused brand portfolio, higher margins and better capital…

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Financial

May Co. Earnings Jump 9.8%

Some pricier merchandise and less promotional selling helped May Department Stores post fourth-quarter earnings growth of 9.8 percent.

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Fashion Features

Seventh on Sixth, Smashbox Merge in L.A.

NEW YORK — Fern Mallis and the Factor brothers have kissed and made up.

Seventh on Sixth, which in addition to the ongoing Olympus Fashion Week produces Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Los Angeles, is merging its Los Angeles event with its…

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Fashion Features

Value City Buys Leslie Fay Name

NEW YORK — The Leslie Fay brand name was sold Thursday at auction to Value City Department Stores, the Columbus, Ohio-based off-price chain, for an estimated $4 million.

The two-hour auction, which took place at the law firm of Jenkens &…

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Fashion Features

Short Skirts Give Legs to Economy

Wall Street analysts and business scholars say that when hemlines go up, so does the stock market.

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Fashion Features

Winter Weather Aids Jan. Apparel Sales

WASHINGTON — Apparel retailers posted solid sales gains across the board in January, as cold weather drove consumers to stores for seasonal items, according to economists.

Apparel and accessories store sales remained strong, with a…

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Fashion Features

A Breath of Fresh Air – Calvin Klein, Anna Sui and Chado Ralph Rucci

At Calvin Klein, Francisco Costa’s fluid minimalism ruled, while at Anna Sui, optimism was the order of the day, expressed in Disney-style patterns and looks. Meanwhile, Chado’s Ralph Rucci went lighter and more wearable.

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Fashion Features

Whatever You Want, You Got It – Carmen Marc Valvo, Baby Phat Pink, Yeohlee, Benjamin Cho and Jeffrey Chow

Carmen Marc Valvo did gowns galore…Kimora Lee Simmons bowed Baby Phat Pink in glam style…Yeohlee got a little help from her friends…and Jeffrey Chow polished things up.

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Sofia’s Choice … Miller Time … Mr. Chou’s …

SOFIA’S CHOICE: The paparazzi attention on Sofia Coppola was understandably more intense at Anna Sui’s front row on Wednesday, but following her Golden Globe wins and double Academy Award nominations, the director said…

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Fashion Features

Bond Girls, Tweedy Fare and Ladylike Charm – Behnaz Sarafpour, Matthew Williamson, Custo Barcelona and Lela Rose

Designers switched course this season, as Behnaz Sarafpour went soft and ladylike with sweet dresses, Matthew Williamson padded up with luxuriant furs and Custo Dalmau mellowed out with Bond girl-inspired looks.

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Fashion Features

Calendar: Today’s Shows

Friday, Feb. 13
9 a.m.: Ralph Lauren (also at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.), DIA Annex, 545 West 22nd Street
10 a.m.: Joe Boxer, The Tent, Bryant Park.
Noon: Zang Toi, Studio Noir, Bryant Park.
1 p.m.: Milly, The…

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Fashion Features

All in the Famiglia

Even for the industry’s top stylists, working on a fashion show is a back-of-the-house kind of gig. The glory remains the sole domain of the designer. But some names just command a little more attention — Francesca Versace, daughter of…

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Fashion Features

Be Mine

Valentine’s day arrived early for Anne Heche, who was presented with a $6,995 Gevril watch at a Thursday morning breakfast. The actress, who arrived at the event, held at Manhattan’s My Most Favorite Desert Company, with husband Coleman…

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Fashion Features

Henry Duarte Goes Home

When most designers decide to relocate a store, it’s usually to upgrade to a larger space or better neighborhood. When Henry Duarte recently moved his Melrose Avenue store in Los Angeles, he took a step back — literally. Duarte went back…

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Fashion Features

Neutrogena’s Triple Threat

NEW YORK — In a mission to treat dry, damaged hair, Neutrogena is bringing its skin moisturizing talents to hair care in a new line formulated to rehydrate locks.

And it seems more than a handful of consumers qualify for the new range….

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Fashion Features

Shiseido Closes Qiora Boutique

NEW YORK — Shiseido Cosmetics (America) Ltd. has shuttered its only freestanding Qiora store in the U.S. as part of a strategy to realign distribution of the brand and focus on merchandising Qiora at selected, independently owned cosmetics…

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