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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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‘Best Solution’ for PPR: Weinberg Stands Behind New Strategy for Gucci

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Overview

With the expected announcement of Gucci Group?s successors to Tom Ford, PPR chief Serge Weinberg discussed the multidesigner strategy.

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Snippets: Retro Fitted … A Citrus Cure … Post Partum …

RETRO FITTED: Retrohair, a hair company servicing salons, appeared on the hair scene in August to aid salon owners with their respective retail businesses. Now, the company, which was founded by Bill Gunzburg and is headquartered in Pittsburgh,…

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Newell’s Industrie Targets Stylists

LOS ANGELES — Newell Rubbermaid, the conglomerate that markets everything from pens to trash receptacles, has entered the arena of high-tech hair styling with a line aimed at salon professionals.

Industrie, a division of the Atlanta-based…

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Meatpacking Magnet

Hotel Gansevoort’s Meatpacking impact.

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Leather Up

PARIS — In his first collection for Hermès, Jean Paul Gaultier embraced the house’s equestrian heritage, showing at the Ecole Militaire, where female cadets were practicing dressage before the show. His stylish clothes themselves…

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‘Best Solution’ for PPR: Weinberg Stands Behind New Strategy for Gucci

With the expected announcement of Gucci Group’s successors to Tom Ford, PPR chief Serge Weinberg discussed the multidesigner strategy.

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Fashion Features

Vegas Headliner

Eddie Rodriguez, designer of Wilke-Rodriguez men’s wear, is launching a moderate retail chain.

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Financial

Urban Outfitters Earnings Skyrocket 120%

Urban Outfitters said fourth-quarter profits more than doubled, fueled by double-digit same-store sales gains, better margins and more stores.

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Financial

Strong Holiday Sales Buoy Aeropostale Net

NEW YORK — Teen retailer Aeropostale Inc. on Thursday reported double-digit growth in fourth-quarter profits and revenue, citing knockout holiday sales and strong performance of spring merchandise.

The chain, which boosted its outlook for…

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Financial

Bon-Ton Profits Leap 60.3% in 4th Quarter

NEW YORK — Sales from recently acquired Elder-Beerman Stores Corp. helped Bon-Ton Stores Inc. post soaring bottom- and top-line results in the fourth quarter, despite sagging same-store sales.

For the three months ended Jan. 31, the York,…

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Britney Signs With Arden

Pop princess Britney Spears has signed a deal with Elizabeth Arden to develop Spears-branded fragrance, color cosmetics and skin care.

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Skin Is In at Clinique

NEW YORK — Skin is getting serious attention from Clinique this spring.

The brand will extend its Advanced Stop Signs, Water Therapy and Moisture Surge franchises, as well as add two new acne products.

Advanced Stop Signs Eye…

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Lutens, Quest Craft Scent Labyrinth

LILLE, France — Serge Lutens and Quest International are out to make discovering fragrance an amazing experience.

To this end, the perfumer teamed with the fragrance supplier to construct an olfactive labyrinth here. The project, one of…

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Keeping It in the Family: Belk Shuffles Top Execs

Thomas “Tim” Belk Jr. has been named chairman and chief executive of Belk Inc., succeeding his uncle, John Belk, who is retiring.

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Obituary: John Ross McMullin

NEW YORK — John Ross McMullin, 47, former chief executive officer of Adidas America, the North American arm of Adidas-Salomon, died Monday at his home in Portland, Ore., ending a two-and-a-half-year battle with colorectal cancer.

McMullin…

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Financial

Mossimo Earnings Fall

NEW YORK — Sizeable income tax benefits in 2002 made for difficult comparisons for Mossimo Inc.’s fourth-quarter and year-end results.

For the three months ended Dec. 31, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based apparel licensor saw earnings…

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Financial

ShopKo Net Sees Small Decrease

NEW YORK — A dip in overall and same-store sales, exacerbated by promotional pressures, lowered ShopKo Stores Inc.’s profits in the fourth quarter.

For the three months ended Jan. 31, the Green Bay, Wis.-based discount chain said…

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Black Said Exiting Ferragamo When Contract Expires

Sources say Graeme Black will not renew his contract as women’s ready-to-wear designer at Salvatore Ferragamo after it expires in April.

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In Brief: Kids in Cars … Tower Trade … Dot-Com IPO …

KIDS IN CARS: The trucker hat just got smaller. Los Angeles-based Von Dutch Originals has struck a licensing deal with Old School Clothing LLC in New York for a line of kids’ apparel, mimicking the feel of the parent brand’s car…

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People

Suzy

The Nicole and Lenny show appears back on again…Sarah Jessica, the author…The Wellner bash…On the road again with Paul McCartney.

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Memo Pad: X-Ing Out … Moving Right Along …

X-ING OUT: It seems the New York Times isn’t a big believer in porno chic. Neil Strauss, the music critic who signed up to ghostwrite porn star Jenna Jameson’s memoirs without telling his superiors first, is leaving…

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Obituary: Retailer Paul Hirshleifer

NEW YORK — Paul Hirshleifer, who established Hirshleifer’s as one of the nation’s premiere designer stores, died Feb. 27 of thyroid cancer, according to his daughter, Caryn Hirshleifer. He was 75.

Hirshleifer recently had…

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Moody’s Rates Bonds For Invista Acquisition

NEW YORK — Moody’s Investors Service on Thursday assigned ratings to the $3 billion in bonds that subsidiaries of Wichita, Kan.-based Koch Industries Inc. plan to issue to finance the company’s acquisition of DuPont’s Invista…

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Industry Sales Gain in February

Clothing and accessory, general merchandise and department stores posted notable sales growth in February, the Commerce Department reported.

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Cole Names Newman Vice Chairman

NEW YORK — Kenneth Cole Productions named Michael Newman vice chairman on Thursday. In this new post, Newman will oversee strategic planning and assess growth opportunities for the corporation.

Newman will report to Cole, who is chairman…

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ITF to Launch Just Cavalli

Following his initial foray into the fragrance market, Roberto Cavalli is about to launch a second masterbrand aimed at a younger customer.

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YSL Beauté To Roll Out New Nail Line

NEW YORK — YSL Beauté is planning to nail down additional business in the nail polish category this spring with a new formulation.

La Laque Long-Lasting Nail Lacquer, a long-wearing, high-shine line of polishes, is set to launch in…

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Lanvin Said Restructuring

PARIS — Restructuring is under way at Lanvin, according to reports circulating in the market.

The brand’s beauty division based here was trimmed by seven staff members — including its marketing team — in mid-February and…

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Revlon on Road to Debt Reduction

This month, Revlon is expected to complete the first of a three-part debt-reduction program. Here’s an update.

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Despite Price Cuts, German Sales Hold Steady

FRANKFURT — Germany’s perfumeries held their own in 2003, despite a dismal economy, continued consumer reluctance and a build-up of price-cutting activities.

At the German Perfumery Association’s annual press conference during…

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Critical Mass: Coming Soon: A Cosmetics Toy Story

NEW YORK — Bratz dolls have conquered the toy industry. Now the “girls with a passion for fashion” hope to win over young beauty consumers.

Markwins International Corp. has inked a deal with MGA Entertainment for cosmetics…

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Jewel to Sing in L’Oréal Campaign

NEW YORK — L’Oréal’s Féria has snagged itself another songbird.

Already Beyoncé sings the praises of the playful hair color line in TV spots, and now Jewel will lend her looks and vocals to the brand.

In…

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Molton Brown to Open U.S. Stores

NEW YORK — Molton Brown is about to jump into the U.S. specialty retail arena, with two freestanding stores in Manhattan — one to open this spring and the other in the fall.

“Molton Brown is hitting U.S. soil with our own…

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Alberto Is Predator, Not Prey

MELROSE PARK, Ill. — Howard Bernick, chief executive officer of Alberto-Culver, uses the phrase “never say never” when fielding questions about the possibility of selling the $2.9 billion company he has been a part of for nearly 27…

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