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Matteo Renzi's Resignation Fails to Rattle Europe

Analysts brushed off consequences of Renzi's resignation on luxury.

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Men's

Martin Greenfield Files Lawsuit Against Brooks Brothers

The tailor is seeking $1.9 million in damages, according to his attorney.

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Fashion

BFC, Google Team on Digital Fashion Educational Platform

The British Fashion Council has teamed with Google Arts & Culture on a digital educational platform to launch ahead of the Fashion Awards.

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The Cost of Luxury: PPR’s Final Gucci Bill To Approach $9 Billion

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With its days as a public company nearly over, Gucci Group will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Pinault-Printemps-Redoute at a cost of close to $9 billion.

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Wishing On a Star

NEW YORK — For its latest women’s scent, Tommy Hilfiger has turned on the star power, teaming up with Beyoncé Knowles. The fragrance, called True Star, is due out in September and could do $50 million at retail. For more, see…

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Fashion Features

The Cost of Luxury: PPR’s Final Gucci Bill To Approach $9 Billion

With its days as a public company nearly over, Gucci Group will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Pinault-Printemps-Redoute at a cost of close to $9 billion.

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Fashion Features

Tom Ford to Join Advisory Board of Sotheby’s

PARIS — Although Hollywood beckons in his post-fashion career, Tom Ford is also poised to put his mark on the auction world. And it won’t be at Christie’s, which is owned by his former boss François Pinault, but at its rival,…

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Ingrid Rossellini, Pia Lindstrom and Isabella Rossellini.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Beauty is Dirt Cheap … Green Grass …

BEAUTY IS DIRT CHEAP: Not one to mince words, the late Ingrid Bergman was known to tell designers their prices were too steep. “I think she offended several designers by saying their clothes were too expensive,” said her daughter,…

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Security was tightened at area malls, including Santa Monica Place, shown here.

Fashion Features

Terror Alert Chills L.A. Malls

A terrorist scare in Los Angeles Thursday significantly curtailed business in the area malls.

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Fashion Features

Growing Retail Presence Puts Guess Back in Black

NEW YORK — Guess Inc. surprised Wall Street by swinging back to profitability in the first quarter.

Thanks in part to a massive improvement in earnings from its dwindling wholesale operations, the Los Angeles-based jeans company reported…

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Financial

Columbia Net Rises 33.8%

NEW YORK — Demand for its spring products allowed Columbia Sportswear Co. to post double-digit percentage gains in sales and earnings for the first quarter.

For the three months ended March 31, the company on Thursday reported an income…

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Financial

Avon Earnings Vault 49.7%

NEW YORK — Double-digit sales increases in each of its international markets helped Avon Products Inc. outdo even its own expectations for the first quarter.

For the three months ended March 31, the New York-based cosmetics direct…

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A look from the Claiborne-developed Intuitions better line, an exclusive for Dillard’s.

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Liz Claiborne Net Rises 7.2%

The strength of Liz Claiborne Inc.’s higher-priced bridge segment and European business helped offset declining sales of its flagship and moderately priced brands in the first quarter.

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Financial

Net Flat at Hugo Boss as Sales Advance

BERLIN — Hugo Boss AG’s first-quarter profits came in unchanged, missing analysts’ estimates, despite sales growth during the period.

Net income for the first three months of the year was $51.9 million, or 44 million euros…

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Financial

The Body Shop Profits Hit $16.9M for Year

NEW YORK — Sizable gains from its businesses in the Americas lifted profits and helped maintain revenue levels for The Body Shop International PLC for the year.

For the year ended Feb. 28, the English skin and hair products retailer said…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Speedo Signs Coughlin … Success for Dress … Outstanding Moms …

SPEEDO SIGNS COUGHLIN: Speedo has signed a multiyear endorsement deal with American swimmer and Olympic hopeful Natalie Coughlin. The 21-year-old, who trains in Berkeley, Calif., will compete at the U.S. Olympic team trials for swimming in Long…

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The True Star ad.

Fashion Features

Hilfiger’s Star Power

True Star, Tommy Hilfiger Toiletries’ newest fragrance, will maximize the involvement of pop star Beyoncé Knowles in its estimated $15 million U.S. marketing and promotional campaign.

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The new Clarins line.

Fashion Features

Clarins To Brighten Its Skin Care Lineup

NEW YORK — Clarins plans to add a little light to its skin care assortment this summer.

With Bright Plus, a new collection of skin care products set to launch in the U.S. in August, the brand is aiming to combat factors that cause…

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Fashion Features

BCRF Gala Raises Record $5.5M

NEW YORK — It wasn’t a typical night on the fund-raising circuit, as Sir Elton John turned the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s 10th annual gala at the Waldorf-Astoria Monday into a massive sing-along that raised a record-breaking…

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A comic visual.

Fashion Features

Thierry Mugler Fashions a Superhero of a Scent

Thierry Mugler, who is launching a new men’s scent called BMen, has created a cast of imaginary comic book characters to populate his fragrance universe.

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Fashion Features

Chanel Reveals Additions To Color, Scent, Skin Care

NEW YORK — Chanel unveiled its second-half product launches Monday, outlining a comprehensive gift set program spanning color cosmetics, skin care and fragrance — as well as several initiatives in color, including a reorganized color…

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Domenico De Sole

Fashion Features

De Sole on Ford, Fashion — And Arnault

Domenico De Sole, the former chairman and ceo of Gucci, talks about the legacy he and Tom Ford have left behind, and his next moves.

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Peter Lamas demonstrates his products at Whole Foods in Dallas.

Fashion Features

Going Mass, Naturally

NEW YORK — Natural beauty products are stealthily creeping into the mainstream market.

By far, retailers such as The Body Shop, Aveda, Whole Foods, Wild Oats and independent health food and vitamin stores still account for the bulk of…

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“American Idol” finalist Kimberly Caldwell.

Fashion Features

‘Idol’ Fragrance Smells Like a Hit

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. — Fans started lining up by 11:15 a.m. for the noon to 2 p.m. appearance by “American Idol” star Kimberly Caldwell at the J.C. Penney fragrance counter here.

Caldwell, the 21-year-old spokeswoman for the…

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The 700-square-foot space features wooden flooring and white cabinetry.

Fashion Features

Critical Mass: Bare Escentuals Adds NYC

NEW YORK — The newest beauty boutique to enter the crowded Manhattan market has an edge — a built-in audience.

Bare Escentuals officially opens its 19th boutique, its first in New York, today at 1140 Third Avenue. Although new to…

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Fashion Features

Revlon Loss Widens

Despite showing signs of progress in its efforts to pare its massive debt, Revlon Inc. remained in the red for the first quarter.

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Redken for Men hair care items and styling aids.

Fashion Features

Redken Serious About Guys, Sets Launch of Men’s Line

NEW YORK — As men become increasingly concerned about their looks, Redken is hoping to capitalize on their vanity.

Redken for Men, a 15-item hair care, professional color and styling aids range is set to launch in salons next month….

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Cristophe Beverly Hills is the newest celebrity hair care line.

Fashion Features

Mass Shampoo Goes Hollywood

NEW YORK — A new guard of celebrity hair care lines is looking to pull sales of shampoo, conditioner and styling products out of their recent slump. And many think America’s obsession with celebrities will fuel sales early…

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Frédéric Fekkai leading his first educational seminar.

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Fekkai to Begin Seminar Biz

NEW YORK — Frédéric Fekkai’s first educational seminar, which took place this week, may just be the first of many, due to overwhelming response.

Fekkai said “Hair & Beyond: The Academy Frédéric…

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Ruth Finley

Media

Finley: Smooth Operator

Ruth Finley, founder and president of the Fashion Calendar for the past 60 years, shows no signs of letting up and will be honored Monday night by Citymeals-on-Wheels.

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Annemarie Iverson

Media

Memo Pad: Nylon Update … Inside Intel … Cineaste Smackdown …

NYLON UPDATE: Annemarie Iverson is angling for more than just an editing job at Nylon magazine. According to sources, the former YM editor is attempting to line up backing that would allow her to buy a stake in the struggling downtown fashion…

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Fashion Features

Congress Urged to Pass AGOA Bill

WASHINGTON — Officials from Gap, The Limited and VF Corp. told a House panel Thursday that if Congress doesn’t act quickly to extend special duty breaks for the poorest countries in sub-Saharan Africa, U.S. apparel orders to factories in…

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Fashion Features

Tiffany Warns of Diamonds Losing Luster

NEW YORK — Tiffany & Co. alerted investors to two unusual concerns that could imperil its sales in the future: the association of diamonds with brutal wars in Africa and the debasement of the gems in the minds of consumers.

Among the…

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Fashion Features

Industry Execs Meet Snow To Bash Bush on China

WASHINGTON — U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow, a day after the Bush administration rejected the AFL-CIO’s petition challenging China’s labor laws, sought to allay the anger of manufacturers and rejected a planned move by businesses…

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Financial

Markdowns Hit Russell Earnings

NEW YORK — Hurt by inventory close-out costs, Russell Corp. reported a steep drop in first-quarter earnings.

The athleticwear giant’s profits fell to $500,000, or 2 cents a share, from $3.4 million, or 11 cents, last year. The…

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Love Story Redux…Casting “The Three Stooges”…Johnny Depp, You Rogue

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