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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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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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Riding Coach’s Express: No Signs of Slowdown As Luxe Brand Zooms

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Overview

How long can it last? And how do they do it? Mention Coach to a fashion insider and those are invariably the questions that pop out.

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EU Tariff Sanctions Start Today

The European Union begins levying 5 percent retaliatory tariffs today on some $4 billion in U.S. exports, including $100 million in apparel.

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Target to Make RFID Tags Mandatory for Vendors

Target has mandated that its top vendors apply RFID tags to cases and pallets bound for certain distribution centers beginning in late spring 2005.

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Chalayan, Asprey Part Ways

Hussein Chalayan’s contract is up at Asprey — and the designer is moving on. But the separation, after four seasons, is an amicable one.

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Coming This Week

MONDAY: Designers & Agents, Workshop New York, New York (through Wednesday).
Intimate Apparel and Accessories Market Weeks, New York.
Dillard’s Inc. reports fourth-quarter and year-end sales and earnings.

TUESDAY: Paris…

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In Brief: Cerberus to Buy Guilford

CERBERUS TO BUY GUILFORD Guilford Mills Inc. has found a buyer, but at a price well-below its market value. The Greensboro, N.C.-based textile manufacturer said Friday it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Cerberus Capital…

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Obituary: Amy Spindler, Fashion’s Cultural Critic

Designers and colleagues remember Amy Spindler, who died Friday at the age of 40.

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Newton Women, English Charmers and Knit Wits – Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry Prorsum and Missoni

There are plenty of choices for the stylish in Milan, from Yves Saint Laurent-by-Helmut Newton looks at Dolce & Gabbana to Christopher Bailey’s charmingly eccentric and hip looks at Burberry Prorsum and those delightful zigzags in Angela…

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Fashion Scoops: Date Line … Bally Girl … Steele Yourself …

DATE LINE: The countdown is on for Pinault-Printemps-Redoute to announce successors to Gucci creative director Tom Ford and chief executive Domenico De Sole. Although PPR has said the news won’t come before Ford’s YSL…

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Byzantine Glitz, Seventies Soul and Desilu Froth – Roberto Cavalli, Miu Miu and Moschino and Cheap and Chic

For fall, Roberto Cavalli traveled to turn-of-the-century Venice, while Miuccia Prada revisited the Seventies for Miu Miu and Moschino did the “I Love Lucy” look.

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Tod’s Almighty

Diego Della Valle has a romantic side, and it showed up in the Tod’s presentation at the PAC, Milan’s museum of contemporary art. The entrepreneur tapped the renowned set designer Dante Ferretti to create his “dream garden,” in…

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The Princess Diaries – Etro, Salvatore Ferragamo, Krizia and Gianfranco Ferré

At Etro, Veronica Etro memorialized Anastasia, while Graeme Black came up with low-key, aristocratic sportswear for Salvatore Ferragamo. At Krizia, Mariuccia Mandelli’s theme was the Prussian court, and Gianfranco Ferré’s went for the…

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Details Matter

Milan — Too bad Carrie Bradshaw has hung up her stilettos, because she’s missing a great accessories season in Milan. Designers have dreamed up many ways to step into fall: round-toed pumps with chunky heels; wicked stilettos gussied-up…

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John Edwards Rallies To Keep Jobs in U.S.

NEW YORK — “I do not think we should lift the quotas on Chinese textile imports.”

As the race for the Democratic presidential nomination hits a critical week, candidate John Edwards outlined a clear stand on domestic…

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Beauty Beat: Mary Kay: Human Touch Meets High Tech

DALLAS — Mary Kay envisions itself a high tech company with a human touch.

David Hall, president and chief executive officer of the 40-year-old direct-selling firm, said that 90 percent of its U.S. orders are now placed online, up from 50…

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Terry Lay to Head VF’s $2.7B Jeans Business

NEW YORK — VF Corp. on Friday unveiled a major management shakeup, shifting the duties of four top-level executives and naming Terry Lay to head the company’s $2.7 billion jeans business.

Lay, formerly vice president and chairman of…

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Financial

Fossil Net Up 24.7%

NEW YORK — Booming foreign and domestic sales chiseled higher fourth-quarter and year-end earnings from the bedrock for Fossil Inc.

For the three months ended Jan. 3, the Richardson, Tex.-based watch manufacturer saw earnings wind up 24.7…

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New Names and Fashion Looks Prime Holiday

NEW YORK — A rush of new brands, designer labels and fashion items are expected to bolster the importance of this week’s holiday market.

Among the new names expected to rock the market for late fall and holiday selling are Dolce &…

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Lacroix: ‘Show Me the Money’

MILAN — Christian Lacroix wants to set the record straight. He would like his 17-year-old fashion house to be as famous for profits as pouf skirts — and wants more creative control in order to achieve that.

And the star couturier is…

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Turning a New Leaf at Kenzo

PARIS — Antonio Marras, the new artistic director at Kenzo, dug down deep —into the archives and his own creative well — to understand the colorful, folkloric and celebrated universe of retired founder Kenzo Takada.

“I…

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Kenzo Takada’s Next Agenda

PARIS — The house of Kenzo may have a new lease on life, but so does its founder, Kenzo Takada, who is making a comeback with a clothing and home line called Gokan Kobo, which loosely translates from Japanese as “studio of the five…

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Singular (Retail) Sensations

PARIS — Quirky luxury and individual style is what the newest shops here hope to deliver.

Roger Vivier, the fabled shoe brand being relaunched by Italy’s Tod’s Group, is a prime example. Its new boutique at 29 Rue Du Faubourg…

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Seward Solo: Reenergizing the House of Azzaro

PARIS — Of all the lessons Vanessa Seward took from designer Loris Azzaro before his death last November, the foremost was to beautify women.

“I learned that following fashion isn’t most important,” says the 34-year-old…

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Scene

Eat, drink, be merry — and get some culture in the City of Light.

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Show Calendar

The following is the fall ready-to-wear runway show calendar.

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New Movements at Versace

With 100 percent growth in the U.S. over the past year, Versace’s watch business is booming and the company is capitalizing on the momentum.

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Reheating Legwarmers for Fall

NEW YORK — Until a Nineties revival no longer seems premature, the Eighties will remain the choice decade for inspiration — which means legwarmers are not going anywhere.

At this week’s fall legwear market, many brands are…

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Financial

Kmart: Who Gets the Cash?

A court in Chicago last week determined that the old bankrupt Kmart company should not have paid $367 million to certain former suppliers.

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Fashion Features

Riding Coach’s Express: No Signs of Slowdown As Luxe Brand Zooms

As American designers try to develop huge accessories businesses, Coach is the lone star that can compete with the likes of Gucci, Prada and Vuitton.

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Foxy Lady

MILAN — Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are never averse to having a bit of fun, and they did it this time by amping up the androgynous aspects of their Dolce & Gabbana collection. This season, the line was inspired by Yves Saint Laurent,…

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