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Fashion's Game of Musical Chairs Quickens in Paris

The spring shows feature debuts at four major brands, prompting reflection on the pace of designer change.

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Retail

Tough Times for Neiman's as Firm Battles 'Challenges'

The luxury chain has been battling the luxury malaise.

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Retail

Focusing on Spring, Buyers Praise Milan's Creative Energy

The city has not lost its sizzle, once again led by Prada and Gucci.

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The Milan Collections: Buyers Praise Styles, Lament Limping Dollar

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With the dollar trading at about 80 euro cents, buyers at the Milan shows were forced to curb their enthusiasm about more expensive European goods.

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Helen Wang Takes On the Elements

NEW YORK — Helen Wang is layering up with her first outerwear collection.

Inspired by faded Hollywood stars, the designer has named each simple, classic style after actresses such as the Audrey, a fitted style with a fold-up collar…

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Richard Tyler Is All About Eve

DALLAS — Richard Tyler is filling his sandwich of brands with a nighttime treat.

Called Richard Tyler Eve, the new bridge-priced eveningwear collection launches for fall with retail prices mostly under $1,000, significantly lower than…

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Financial

Launches Push Innovo Into Red

NEW YORK — Despite thrusting sales skyward, the cost of launching two major brands ultimately pushed Innovo Group. Inc. into the red for the fourth quarter and the fiscal year.

The fourth quarter proved to be the hardest hit with heavy…

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Leiber Signs International Deal

NEW YORK — Judith Leiber LLC has signed a multiyear partnership for international wholesale and retail distribution with International Bonded Warehouses, part of the Miami-based Falic Group, a travel retail operator.

The agreement will…

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Obituary: Jane Engelhard Dies in Nantucket

NEW YORK — Jane Engelhard, philanthropist and mother of Annette de la Renta, the wife of Oscar de la Renta, died Sunday on Nantucket. Further details could not be learned.

Engelhard was the widow of Charles W. Engelhard Jr., a precious…

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Pale Goddess

HOLLYWOOD — Bumping up the Academy Awards a month may have intensified the buzz to deafening levels, but when it came to fashions on Sunday the tone tended toward more of a whisper. Nicole Kidman, who collaborated on her celadon green Chanel…

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All Grown Up

Oscar gowns were decidely more mature this year, but they were also tamer.

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Rocking Out

Stars proved that without any bling they don’t have a thing.

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Modern Glam

If red-carpet style was retro, beauty looks were all about today.

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Eye: New Best Friends

As soon as the final statuette was doled out, Hollywood put on its party shoes and escaped the Kodak Theater into a starry night.

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Common Cents

Even the designers who stand to profit are concerned that celebrities might be playing it too “safe.”

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The Daily Grind

Work or play, the countdown to the Oscars was a schedule so packed with campaigning for red-carpet placement that it would’ve wiped out even the most gung-ho of presidential contenders.

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Mod’Amont Sees Uptick

PARIS — Luminous colors, retro styles and versatile materials were the main fashion messages at Mod’Amont, the supplies and trimmings trade show held here Feb. 25-28.

The show, which ran concurrently with Premiere Vision, featured…

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Guarded Approach at Texworld

PARIS — Exhibitors at Texworld forecast business would improve for the upcoming spring-summer 2005 season. But they remained cautious, citing the fast-changing international climate.

In turn, buyers said they planned to place more…

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Last Word

“This was like a paint-by-numbers night — way too predictable. We knew everyone that was gonna win.”
— Jennifer Coolidge at Vanity Fair party Sunday night

“Anyone who takes too long with taking pictures is…

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IFFE-Bound Vendors Upbeat

A report by a pro-labor group declared that globalization’s “potential for good is immense” but that “too many people are not sharing in its benefits.”

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PV’s Split Personality

There was an abundance of highly colorful and textured summer tweed looks at last week’s Première Vision fabric fair.

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Lucy Barnes Stays Off the Beaten Path

NEW YORK — Not one for pretenses, Lucy Barnes is at ease with being the only clothing store on the block on Manhattan’s West 14th Street.

Her new nontrendy neighbors — a church and a funeral home — suit her just fine, as…

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The Finer Things – Trussardi, Iceberg, Giuliana Teso, Borbonese, Antonio Marras and Ermanno Scervino

As the Milan fall collections wound down, top fur and leather houses and others were staking their claims to sophisticated, stylish looks.

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Rich Experiences

Fashion at its best is egalitarian, alienating no one and providing enough choice for the spectrum of tastes. Whether it’s a dash of spunk, a quirky tickle or some sporty tendencies, designers offered up fall collections that could engage…

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The Gathering

MILAN — Christopher Bailey designed his delightful fall collection for Burberry Prorsum with charmingly eccentric English girls in mind. He provided them with classics and more offbeat pieces, which included trenchcoats and little capelets, and…

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The Milan Collections: Buyers Praise Styles, Lament Limping Dollar

With the dollar trading at about 80 euro cents, buyers at the Milan shows were forced to curb their enthusiasm about more expensive European goods.

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Levi’s ’03 Loss Hits $349M

NEW YORK — Levi Strauss & Co.’s continuing operational and financial missteps hit the company’s bottom line hard in the fourth quarter, leaving the company $245 million in the red.

Levi’s officials disclosed late Monday…

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Wal-Mart Buys Supermarket Increasing Presence in Brazil

Wal-Mart said Monday it has purchased Bompreco, Brazil’s third-largest supermarket chain, for $300 million from Dutch supermarket giant Ahold NV.

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Supreme Court Rules for Ralph in Mauritius Flap

A Mauritius Supreme Court judge has ruled that the local production and sale of products bearing the Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. names is illegal.

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In Brief: BCBG Bags … One for Wet Seal … Worth Joins Amerex …

BCBG BAGS: Revving up the luxe, Los Angeles-based BCBG Max Azria has launched a signature handbag collection for spring, a higher-end offering complementing its five-year-old handbag line. The three tote and clutch styles use oil calf leather,…

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Correction

Stories that ran on March 1 and Feb. 24 should have read that analysts estimate Coach’s 2004 sales and diluted earnings per share to be $1.27 billion and $1.21, respectively. Last year’s sales and EPS were $953.2 million and 79 cents,…

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Kanarick’s Art Hits Sweet Spot

NEW YORK — Craig Kanarick’s art almost looks good enough to eat, which shouldn’t be surprising considering his subjects.

Kanarick, who in a previous life was a co-founder of the briefly high-flying Internet agency Razorfish,…

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De la Renta to Build Bridge

NEW YORK — Oscar de la Renta is on the lookout for a new bridge partner.

The firm recently terminated its apparel licensing agreement with Apparel Group International for the Oscar by Oscar de la Renta bridge line, signed in…

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Paper Names New Execs

NEW YORK — The owner of premium jeans line Paper Denim & Cloth has shaken up management.

Dick Gilbert, president of Mudd Inc., which owns the New York operation, said Monday that his son, Chris, has been named chief operating officer, the…

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Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Now, Mother-of-Pearl Skin … Smoldering Eyes … The Buzz About Be …

PARIS — Robert Wan believes mother-of-pearl beautifies not just jewelry, but skin, too.

The expert — who is a pearl supplier and designer — plans to launch AquaPerla, a 10-unit skin care line in Paris’s L’Eclaireur…

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Memo Pad: Bulking Down … All Karl, All Week Long … Chow Down …

BULKING DOWN: When the Audit Bureau of Circulations clamped down last summer on the rising tide of magazine subscriptions sent to beauty salons and doctor’s offices that were being passed off as individual readers, circulation executives…

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Industry Awaits Presidential Outcome

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Apparel executives are caught in a conundrum this year, as the election-year debate on trade, the economy and jobs on the national stage creates uncertainty in boardrooms across the country.

It’s not just China…

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Financial

U.S. Economy Seen Growing 4.6% in ’04

GENEVA — Buoyed by low interest rates, higher investment and strong consumer demand, the U.S economy is projected to grow by 4.6 percent in 2004, ahead of the 3.1 percent growth last year, a U.N. agency predicted.

But the agency warned…

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ILO Report: More Free Trade

GENEVA — A report released last week by a pro-labor organization declared that globalization’s “potential for good is immense” but that “too many people are not sharing in its benefits.”

The report by the…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: New Guy in Town … Runaway Success … Stealing Sozzani …

NEW GUY IN TOWN: It looks like Guy Leymarie, the former chief executive of Cartier, has said “I do” to another jeweler: De Beers LV. Sources said he will succeed Alain Lorenzo as chief executive of the joint venture…

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Valvo Just Getting Started at 15

Carmen Marc Valvo is aiming for $100 million in sales this year and has a few new lines and deals to help get there.

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