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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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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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Expanding Net: Neiman Marcus Online Sales to Top $200M

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Overview

Neimanmarcus.com is the driving force behind NM Direct, the e-commerce and catalogue division of Neiman Marcus Group. Here's an update.

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Good Timing for Luxe Watches

After several challenging seasons,vendors at two major Swiss watch and jewelry shows last month were brimming with confidence.

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Wolford’s New President to Spruce Up Stores

NEW YORK — Wolford AG has found a bright spot in the challenging U.S. hosiery market, selling bright-colored styles and fishnets last fall that helped boost sales by 18 percent in the first nine months of the fiscal year that ended…

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Legbeat: Roca Socks … Irish Power …

ROCA SOCKS: Rapper Jay-Z’s Rocawear has produced its first sock collection for spring. New York-based Gina Hosiery acquired the license in November, which also includes a line of men’s and women’s casual sandals, and began…

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People

Dance Fever

NEW YORK — The prospect of break dancing would strike fear in the hearts of most 40-year-old women, but not Blanca Li.

The Spanish-born dancer, choreographer, actress and director, who is based in Paris, can do applejax, leg hops and…

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Fashion Features

Vintage Fever

Vintage has long been a source of inspiration for accessories makers. But sometimes slapping antique fabric on a basic clutch frame just looks…old. Here are four new lines resurrecting vintage in a modern manner.

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As…

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A Small Yet Potent Market

Pumped up over strong pre-Mother’s Day business, manufacturers are looking at May market this week as a slam dunk.

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Fashion Features

Shabby Chic Expands Beyond Home

NEW YORK — Domestic diva Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic is looking to carve out a multimedia product niche in the world of fashion.

Poised to generate combined wholesale and retail revenues of $15 million this year, the British-born…

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Fashion Features

Under Koch, Invista Offers Triple Threat

NEW YORK — Koch Industries Inc.’s new Invista unit, an $8.4 billion synthetic-fiber behemoth with brands such as Lycra, Coolmax, Cordura and Stainmaster, starts business today after Koch completed its $4.2 billion acquisition of the former…

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Beauty Beat: Strong Cosmetics Sales Boost Shiseido Earnings … Del Earnings Plunge 84.3% …

The Shiseido Group has reported its highest-ever net income and sales on a consolidated basis for the fiscal year ended March 31.

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Fashion Features

Etro’s World Grows With Accessories, Lounges

MILAN — Etro is preparing to take its paisleys and prints into a broader universe.

The company is focused on retail expansion, the growth of markets outside Italy — especially the U.S. — and product diversification. A more…

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Financial

Fashion, Retail Shares Plunge

NEW YORK — After a strong performance through most of March and April, the WWD Composite Stock Index finally lost steam last week, plunging 2.3 percent, or 3.45 points, to close at 120.15 on Friday.

The index had shown some resilience as…

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Fashion Features

L.A. Sales Pick Up as Terror Warning Is Lifted

Los Angeles retailers said sales appeared to be rebounding this weekend after Thursday’s threat advisory of a terrorist attack at a mall there.

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Fashion Features

Diamonds In the Cuff

GENEVA — Ladylike looks are back in fashion, so it isn’t surprising that watch designers are going for elegance. Distinctive, streamlined designs — featuring, say, a cuff or a scarf instead of a standard band — were all the…

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Fashion Features

Expanding Net: Neiman Marcus Online Sales to Top $200M

Neimanmarcus.com is the driving force behind NM Direct, the e-commerce and catalogue division of Neiman Marcus Group. Here’s an update

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Fashion Features

Prada’s Expanding in China

After inaugurating its Hong Kong flagship, Prada plans to roll out 13 more stores in China by the end of 2005, investing more than $41.9 million there.

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Fashion Features

Sara Lee Taps Barnes, Chaden For Key Executive Positions

NEW YORK — Sara Lee Corp. promoted Lee Chaden to chief executive officer of its branded apparel business, succeeding Cary McMillan, who has resigned from the company’s board and is leaving Sara Lee, the company said…

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Fashion Features

Burberry Said Naming Blake As President

Brian Blake, part of Domenico De Sole’s turnaround team at Gucci, is expected to join Burberry as its president worldwide, according to sources.

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Fashion Features

Coming This Week

Monday: Intimate Apparel and Accessories Market Week, New York.
Mercedes Australian Fashion Week, Sydney (through Saturday).
Citymeals-On-Wheels 20th Annual Fashion/Beauty Industry Benefit, New York.
AAFA American Image Awards, New…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Check The Fine Print … Saudi Arabia Nears WTO Entry … IT Holding Sells Knit House …

CHECK THE FINE PRINT: Pinault-Printemps-Redoute and the Italian securities commission may have had a failure to communicate. PPR said late last week that it received a notice from market regulator Consob to suspend its tender offer to Gucci…

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Fashion Features

Wal-Mart Begins Using RFID Tracking Device

Wal-Mart began using RFID tags to automatically track merchandise in its Dallas area stores Friday.

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Bally Ho … Good Sports … Hitting The Books …

BALLY HO: A source close to Bally said the house has tapped Johnny Coca to oversee its men’s and women’s accessories lines and women’s shoes. Coca, who will start at Bally in mid-May, hails from Celine, where he designs…

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Fashion Features

Gymboree’s Maternal Instinct

Gymboree is rolling out a new division for women’s apparel called Janeville, in a niche analysts say has room for more players.

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People

Euro Trip

Italy’s scantily clad starlets, fashion designers and star soccer players stepped out on a drizzly Milan night last week to attend the opening performance of Cirque du Soleil’s “Saltimbanco.”

It was the first time the…

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People

Kiss The Girls

NEW YORK — “I always wanted to be a ballerina,” enthused Muffie Potter Aston, who stopped just short of a twirl at a lunch at Saks Fifth Avenue last Wednesday that featured a fashion show by Carolina Herrera and benefited the…

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