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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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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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Ford on the Record: Tom Blasts Weinberg, Gucci Team Strategy

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Overview

"Money had absolutely nothing to do with it. It was about control." In those words, Tom Ford denied recent rumors that his salary demands were the deal-breaker that ultimately ended a dazzling 10-year moment in fashion.

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A photograph of Celine’s spring 1999 collection that appeared on Thursday was miscredited. The image was by MCV Photo.

Liv Tyler wore a Givenchy dress to the Oscars, with H. Stern earrings and a Neil Lane bracelet. The neck band…

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Getting Romantic and Racy – Costume National and Akris

Ennio Capasa was even more romantic than usual with his fall Costume National collection, as illustrated by the dashing motorcycle jackets and motocross gear. Meanwhile, Albert Kriemler went slightly racy for Akris, with bold coats and sleek suits.

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Gilles’ Gal

Now that her husband, PPR chief executive Serge Weinberg, has his hands in the fashion kitchen via the French group’s stake in Gucci, Nicole Weinberg has decided to jump into the frying pan, too. No, she’s not a candidate to succeed Tom…

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Sonia Kashuk’s Next Generation

NEW YORK — With a banner hanging from the ceiling to draw attention to the activity, Target’s exclusive Sonia Kashuk Professional Makeup collection is undergoing a renaissance.

Now being relaunched in Target’s 1,225 doors, new…

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Critical Mass: Styli-Style Wheels Into CVS Doors

NEW YORK — One big break can mean a world of difference for a small beauty company.

Securing wall footage at CVS is just that opportunity for Intermark USA’s Styli-Style, a start-up company piloted by Grant Berry. CVS is currently…

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Top Notes: Charlize Please … And More Charlize … Lange to Enter Macy’s …

CHARLIZE PLEASE: It’s good to be an Oscar winner. In addition to a number of other lovely parting gifts, Best Actress champ Charlize Theron snagged a personalized Stila train case, stuffed with such goodies as Stila’s Pocket…

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Alberto: Ripe for Takeover

NEW YORK — Speculation about a possible takeover of Alberto-Culver by either L’Oréal or Procter & Gamble has been pushing the share price higher of the health and beauty aids company. Moreover, industry observers are predicting that…

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Financial

Carrefour Profits Up 18.5% in ’03

NEW YORK — Carrefour SA on Thursday posted 2003 results that showed an 18.5 percent jump in profits, despite a difficult year in its home market of France.

The second-largest supermarket retailer in the world after Wal-Mart said net…

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Financial

Sales Push Net Into the Black At Gottschalks

NEW YORK — Gottschalks Inc. on Thursday posted improved fourth-quarter and year-end results, although same-stores sales in both periods were mixed.

For the three months ended Jan. 31, net income was $8.4 million, or 64 cents a diluted…

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Target Reinvents Mass Bath

Target’s exclusive Sonia Kashuk Professional Makeup collection is undergoing a renaissance with new packaging and a fresh in-store look.

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Precocious Posen in Touch at Bergdorf’s

NEW YORK — It’s indicative of the speed with which Zac Posen has been able to distinguish himself from New York’s pack of young designers into one with serious business ambitions that Bergdorf Goodman has not only begun to stock his…

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U.S., Turkey Textile Band Pushes Quota Extension

WASHINGTON — In what might amount to a last-ditch effort, two leading U.S. textile associations have joined forces with four Turkish textile and apparel associations in an effort to extend apparel and textile quotas through 2007.

Quotas on…

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Financial

Kellwood Net Surges 57.8%

NEW YORK — For Kellwood Co., it’s good to have less — inventory, that is.

The acquisition of Briggs last year and a margin boost from less inventory — on the part of both the vendor and its retail clients — helped…

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U.S. Trade Officials Plan Vietnam Confab

U.S. trade officials plan to hold talks with Vietnam this month to discuss the results of a U.S. Customs investigation into alleged apparel transshipments.

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Financial

February Comps Exceed Expectations

From luxury and department stores to mass merchants and specialty retailers, February same-store sales soared.

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Middle-Income Spending on the Way Up

NEW YORK — President Bush’s tax cuts, which many contend inordinately benefit the nation’s wealthiest households, haven’t put a damper on the near-term spending plans of middle-income earners.

The share of middle-income…

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Cargo: Let the Shopping Games Begin

NEW YORK — The Golden Age of Guys Buying Stuff commences today with the much-heralded arrival of Condé Nast’s Cargo on newsstands in New York and Los Angeles, with a national rollout due next week.

Cargo is the first, the…

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Memo Pad: All About Miuccia … Under Renovations … Doing It Themselves …

ALL ABOUT MIUCCIA: She clearly had a lot to say about a lot of things, including her tempestuous marriage. The centerpiece to next week’s style special of The New Yorker is an 8,000-word profile of Miuccia Prada written by…

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Suzy

More on Oscar’s big night and Elton John’s diamond-studded bash…Jude and Sadie’s nanny diaries…Orchids galore.

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Dior Earnings Soar 21%

Dior said 2003 operating profits zoomed by 21 percent to $48.9 million, proving there is indeed a method to John Galliano’s apparent madness.

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French Maids, Marionette Models and Marie Antoinette – Helmut Lang, Jean Paul Gaultier and Emanuel Ungaro

Helmut Lang added a dose of sexy maid inspiration to his artistic looks, while Jean Paul Gaultier showed his collection on honest-to-goodness, life-size puppets, and Giambattista Valli was inspired by the last French queen at Emanuel Ungaro.

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Fashion Scoops: Let the Conspiracy Theories Begin … Roman Candle … Diva Alert …

LET THE CONSPIRACY THEORIES BEGIN!: Rumor has it that Karl Lagerfeld tonight is once again giving a birthday party at his home for Bernard Arnault. Among the 40 or so guests believed to be coming are French First Lady…

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Snow-Angel Style, Old-Money Polish and Young Ladies’ Delights – Lagerfeld Gallery, Celine and Rochas

Karl Lagerfeld created stylish snow gear for Lagerfeld Gallery, while Michael Kors’ final collection for Celine was full of the kinds of great-looking, understated clothes that are money in the bank. Meanwhile, Olivier Theyskens continued to…

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Wal-Mart Chief Headlines CTFA

Wal-Mart ceo Lee Scott identified cosmetics as one of a half-dozen growth areas at the CTFA annual meeting last week. Here’s a report from Boca.

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A Votre Service

PARIS — Ooh-la-la! Helmut Lang’s sizzling collection this season was inspired by that universal symbol of sexiness, the French maid. He interpreted this look, of course, in his own distinctive way, which meant putting his girls in black…

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Ford on the Record: Tom Blasts Weinberg, Gucci Team Strategy

In a candid and wide-ranging interview, Tom Ford shares more than a few words on his Gucci life, the big exit and what’s next.

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Financial

PPR Profits Fall 59% in 2003

Serge Weinberg, PPR ceo, hinted that franchises or licenses could be ahead for Gucci, as he said PPR’s 2003 profits fell 59 percent to $786 million.

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M&S Names Radice to New Role

Marks & Spencer promoted Vittorio Radice to executive director for general merchandise responsible for clothing, home and store development.

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In Brief: Ferragamo’s New Hire … Checking Out the Knits …

FERRAGAMO’S NEW HIRE: Fulvio Zendrini has been tapped as Salvatore Ferragamo Italia’s communications director. He succeeds Maria Cesira Manzini, who left several months ago. Zendrini, based at the company’s headquarters in…

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