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Buyers Divide on Paris: Some Praise Season, Others Call It Lackluster

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In one of the most divisive seasons in memory, retailers took distinctly opposing views of Paris Fashion Week: Some said sizzle, some said fizzle.

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Strike Up the Bands

PARIS — Karl Lagerfeld’s graphic highway set for Chanel was labeled, “One Way Street.” But the clothes themselves, although organized around a central borrowed-from-the-boys theme, had several dimensions. Rather than the soft,…

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Retailers praised cape looks at Chloé…

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Buyers Divide on Paris: Some Praise Season, Others Call It Lackluster

In one of the most divisive seasons in memory, retailers took distinctly opposing views of Paris Fashion Week: Some said sizzle, some said fizzle.

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Warnaco Profitable in 2003

The Warnaco Group posted improved fourth-quarter and full-year results, and substantially increased earnings from continuing operations for both periods.

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In Brief: Head of the Class … Maternity Madness …

HEAD OF THE CLASS: Several well-known names are going back to school on March 31 to sit on the other side of the desk. Norma Kamali, Donna Karan’s Jeffrey Aronsson, Coach’s Reed Krakoff, Candie’s Neil Cole, singer Suzanne Vega…

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PVH Net Up 67.7%

NEW YORK — Costs from the now-completed acquisition of Calvin Klein threw Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. for a loss in the fourth quarter, but once the accounting dust settled, CKI contributed handsomely to the company’s top and bottom…

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Gervais Tapped by Ferragamo

NEW YORK — Nathalie Gervais, a former artistic director at Nina Ricci, has been named creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo SpA. It is a new post.

This confirms a report in these columns Feb. 23. Gervais will be responsible for…

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Media

Memo Pad: Not Another Teen Magazine … Economy of Cool …

NOT ANOTHER TEEN MAGAZINE: The all-new YM taking shape under editor in chief Linda Fears is threatening to shed a few pounds (and a few IQ points) and gain a thick coat of gloss.

In less than two weeks on the job, Fears has begun…

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Obituary: Vivian Infantino, Footwear News Fashion Director

NEW YORK — Vivian Infantino, the longtime fashion director of WWD’s sister publication, Footwear News, who helped boost the careers of everyone from Manolo Blahnik to Kenneth Cole, died early Saturday morning of cancer.

A wake will…

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Hedi Slimane

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Heady Hedi

NEW YORK — When Hedi Slimane was 14, he tried to teach himself to play the drums on a percussion set at home. “I lived in an apartment and my neighbors went crazy,” the Dior Homme designer says in a telephone interview from Los…

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Noble Effort

NEW YORK — When she opened for Cyndi Lauper on tour, singer-songwriter Keri Noble picked up business acumen, not fashion tips, from the kooky pop chanteuse. “I’d tiptoe past her room — you don’t want to bother the…

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Quiksilver Purchases DC Shoes

LOS ANGELES — Quiksilver Inc. has agreed to acquire DC Shoes Inc., for $87.7 million in cash and stock, the Huntington Beach, Calif., surfwear company said Monday.

In the deal, Quiksilver will pay $56 million in cash and $31.7 million in…

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Christian Lacroix

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Pretty Young Things and Stylish Women – Christian Lacroix, Lanvin, Nina Ricci and Loewe

Christian Lacroix went bright, light and younger for fall, while at Lanvin, Alber Elbaz’s stellar collection had a touch of the flapper. Meanwhile, pretty, intriguing looks filled Lars Nilsson’s Nina Ricci collection and Jose Enrique Ona…

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Grace Jones

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Fashion Scoops: On the Mend … Gucci Coup … Full Gallop …

ON THE MEND: Lloyd Klein has rescheduled the presentation of his fall collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles on March 29. The designer, who was injured along with several staff members in a Feb. 7…

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Punch Up

Fight Night, a charity event sponsored by London’s KX Gym was a hit — so to speak.

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Dries Van Noten

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A Different Drummer – Dries Van Noten, Hussein Chalayan, Givenchy, Veronique Branquinho and Martin Grant

Some designers always march to their own beats, regardless of the tune the majority happens to be humming. At times, this can result in excellent, distinctive collections; at others, the results are less appealing.

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Ann Demeulemeester

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Rock ’n’ Roll Cool, a Twenties Twist and Downtown Girls – Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens, Revillon, Sonia Rykiel and Martine Sitbon

Ann Demeulemeester laced her rock ’n’ roll attitude with falconry, while Rick Owens showed deconstructed looks in his own house and for Revillon. Sonia Rykiel added a Twenties flavor, and Martine Sitbon courted downtowners.

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Pinheads, Pompadours And Doe-Eyed Beauties

Size mattered at the Paris shows this season, at least when it came to hair. Dior, Chanel and Emanuel Ungaro each channeled crosses between Madame Pompadour and Brian Setzer of the Stray Cats — varying the height of pinned-in…

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Cecil Beaton’s design for Birgit Nilsson.

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La Scala Road Show at Dahesh

NEW YORK — La Scala, Milan’s fabled opera house, is still months away from reopening after a multiyear restoration project, but opera fans can get a look into its past at a new exhibition at the Dahesh Museum of Art…

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Outfit by Essential.

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Buyers Thrifty at Paris Trade Shows

Buyers were upbeat but still watching their wallets at the recent round of Paris rtw shows.

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National Spinning In Salvador Move

NEW YORK — Extending its operations beyond the U.S., acrylic yarn maker National Spinning Co. has opened a sweater-manufacturing venture in La Paz, El Salvador.

The sweater unit, known as Fuente de Ropa de las Americas or FRASA, plans to…

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Swatches: Getting Together

GETTING TOGETHER: Première Vision, the fabric fair, and Expofil, the French yarn fair, are tying the knot. Management of the two firms approved a merger, according to a statement released last week. The combined company is called PVE….

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Indian Industry to Visit U.S.

India is planning a pair of events in June to promote sourcing.

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Guatemalan factories plan to use their speed as a trade advantage.

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Guatemala Preps for 2005

As Guatemala prepares for the new apparel trade regime in 2005, executives and government officials are counting on CAFTA to sustain business.

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U.S., Dominican Republic Working on Free-Trade Pact

U.S. and Dominican Republic trade officials are hunkered down in Washington this week in an attempt to conclude a free-trade pact.

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Asia Watch: U.S. Arrival … Nice Buy …

U.S. ARRIVAL: Sumikin Bussan Corp. of Tokyo has established a subsidiary in New York to market textiles and apparel to American clothing manufacturers and retailers. The company is aiming for sales of $27.3 million at current exchange, or 3…

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Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Stewart Leaves Revlon Board … Dashing Diva Expansion …

NEW YORK — Martha Stewart, a member of Revlon’s board since June 1996, is resigning her post, the company said Monday.

Revlon declined to provide additional details of Stewart’s resignation, including the date that it will be…

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Fashion Features

Kmart Names Marketing Chief

Kmart Holding Corp. continues to rebuild its senior executive ranks, and named former HSN executive Paul Guyardo its chief marketing officer.

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Galey & Lord Exits Bankruptcy

NEW YORK — After a little more than two years operating under court protection, Galey & Lord Inc. has emerged from bankruptcy and named a new board.

The Greensboro, N.C.-based firm said in a statement it completed Chapter 11 proceedings on…

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