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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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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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A Middle Eastern Player: Luxe Retailer Villa Moda Sets $200M Growth Plan

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Overview

Villa Moda, the Kuwait-based luxury retailer, has new investors and is embarking on a three-year, $200 million drive to open more stores in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

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Wholesale Apparel Prices Reverse Field

Wholesale prices for women’s apparel were up for the second month in May, as retail prices climbed for the third consecutive month.

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McCluskey Takes Over for Wyatt at Warnaco

Helen McCluskey has been named group president, intimate apparel, at the Warnaco Group Inc.

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Green Leans on M&S Shareholders

LONDON — The day after the board of Marks & Spencer plc rejected his second, revised offer, retail tycoon Philip Green and his team were making the rounds of its major institutional shareholders asking them for more help.

As reported,…

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Adidas to Buy Valley Apparel

NEW YORK — As part of a plan to shore up its business in North America, Adidas-Salomon AG said Thursday it will acquire Valley Apparel Co., one of its licensees, which makes collegiate and professional league apparel and accessories. Terms of…

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Obituary: Alan Grosman, 61, SFA Exec

Alan Grosman, who was instrumental in building Saks Fifth Avenue’s American designer business, died at his home Wednesday after a long bout with lung cancer. He was 61.

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In Brief: In The Shade … Making Headway … New Man at Mills …

IN THE SHADE: Luxottica and Bulgari have renewed their licensing agreement for eyewear. The original license was set to expire in December 2006 but will now run through December 2010. No financial details were disclosed. “Bulgari is one…

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Suzy

After Ronald Reagan’s funeral, which riveted the world, Nancy Reagan talks with Suzy.

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Nike’s Fitness Push

NEW YORK — Nike Inc. doesn’t just want to outfit active people — it’s also looking to promote fitness and healthy living.

Molly White, Nike’s director of U.S. Community Affairs, gave a speech at the HealthierUS…

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Lauder Names Three Execs

Estée Lauder Cos. has promoted Aerin Lauder to senior vice president of global creative directions in the Estée Lauder division.

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Lacoste Hopes to Tickle the Market

Lacoste hopes 16- to 24-year-old females will be tickled pink by its new fragrance, Touch of Pink, which hits stores in August.

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Celebrity Fragrance-to-Go at Sotheby’s

NEW YORK — Even though the fragrance industry pumps out new launches each year at near lightening speed, there’s still room for improvement. And on Monday night at Sotheby’s, Quest International perfumers Calice Becker and Rodrigo…

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Nina Ricci’s Love Juice

PARIS — Nina Ricci is planning a romantic trip to the City of Light.

The fashion and beauty house, which is owned by Puig Beauty & Fashion Group, will introduce Love in Paris, a women’s fragrance, this fall.

The scent is…

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Chopard Attempts to Up Its Luxury Quotient With Fragrance

PARIS — High-end jeweler Chopard believes diamonds are forever, and it hopes its new fragrance, Infiniment Chopard, will have an equally enduring effect.

“We worked on the idea of a timeless fragrance — not a one-shot or…

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Dior Unveils Plans for Fall

NEW YORK — Christian Dior Perfumes is continuing to build on its strategy to connect the color cosmetics collections and fashion lines this fall. The brand also has announced the introduction of makeup artist Pati Dubroff to the Dior beauty…

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Laszlo Enters Studio at Fred Segal

LOS ANGELES — Robin Coe-Hutshing, owner of The Studio at Fred Segal, still marvels at how quickly she and her team had to rethink their initial, admittedly conservative, strategy to introduce cult skin care brand Erno Laszlo.

Acceptance…

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Parlux Fragrances Sales Increase

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Even before its expected launch of a Paris Hilton perfume later this year, Parlux Fragrances is seeing a surge in sales. For the fourth quarter ended March 31, income rose 116 percent to $2.5 million, or 24 cents a diluted…

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Allou Healthcare Officials Indicted In Fraud Scheme

NEW YORK — The former top corporate officers and controlling shareholders of Allou Healthcare were indicted Thursday for their role in a massive corporate fraud scheme that included arson, insurance fraud and bribery.

The indictments were…

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Critical Mass: Banderas’ Spirit Coming to U.S.

NEW YORK — The celebrity fragrance phenomenon is filtering into the mass market.

Puig Fragrances & Personal Care North America Inc., a new North American mass market division of Puig Beauty & Fashion Group, is importing its already…

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At the Counter: Father’s Day

WWD dispatched three reporters to scope out stores around New York to gauge retailers’ readiness for the Father’s Day fragrance rush. Here are their observations.

Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor

I set out on…

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Luxe Pack Returns to N.Y.

NEW YORK — “A great product in dated packaging just doesn’t work,” Barbara Zinn Moore of Lord & Taylor said during last week’s Luxe Pack New York packaging exposition. Speaking during a panel discussion, Zinn Moore, who…

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Bumble Celebrates New Digs

NEW YORK — Hairstylists, marquee executives and everyone in between gathered at the launch of Bumble and bumble’s new Meatpacking District locale Tuesday night, which celebrated, BBQ-style, the company’s new downtown salon, art…

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BeneFit’s Goal Is Skin Deep

NEW YORK — BeneFit is attempting to get under, or rather onto, customers’ skin.

The 28-year-old brand, which is majority-owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, will kick off its push to gain market share in the skin care…

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In Tamer Era, Calvin Tones It Down

Calvin Klein is exhibiting new modesty in his fall ad campaign.

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Memo Pad: Still In Vogue … Bill’s Free Speech … List Lust …

STILL IN VOGUE: Those persistent whispers about Vanity Fair publisher Lou Cona replacing Tom Florio as publisher of Vogue built up to a roar this week. The only hitch is that everyone from Condé Nast president Chuck…

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Bendel’s Purrs Over Catwoman

Henri Bendel asked a handful of designers to create limited-edition items emblazoned with “Catwoman” images.

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Opera Fund Pumps Up Buying Power

Opera, the Bulgari-led private equity fund in Italy, signed a deal with Bear Stearns Merchant Banking that will contribute up to $240 million to the fund for acquisitions.

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Fashion Scoops: Hail to the Chiefs?

HAIL TO THE CHIEFS?: If you build it, they will come. Los-Angeles-based designers David Cardona, Nony Tochterman of Petro Zillia and Louis Verdad were hoping to wrangle consumer magazine editors during this spring’s…

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Orange Groove

NEW YORK — “Think India Hicks at the Pink Sands Resort on Harbour Island in the Bahamas,” Michael Kors said, describing the inspiration for his new resort line. In other words, quiet island living by day and glamorous parties by…

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Wal-Mart Details RFID to Top Suppliers

New York — The mood was upbeat at Wal-Mart’s June meetings this week in Bentonville, Ark., to update its top 300 suppliers on the company’s latest radio frequency identification plans, according to those who attended.

The…

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A Middle Eastern Player: Luxe Retailer Villa Moda Sets $200M Growth Plan

Villa Moda has new investors and is embarking on a three-year, $200 million drive to open more stores in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

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Karl Lagerfeld Loves His H&M

Karl Lagerfeld has finished sketching the first Karl Lagerfeld for H&M collection, slated for November delivery to H&M’s 950-plus stores.

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Textile Groups Gear Up for Battle Over Quotas

BRUSSELS — Representatives of textile associations who signed the Istanbul Declaration — seeking an emergency session of the World Trade Organization — arrived here from 22 countries this week to refine plans for trying to stave off…

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Export Tax Subsidy Ended

WASHINGTON — The House approved a measure on Thursday that would eliminate a $5 billion-a-year U.S. export-tax subsidy that the World Trade Organization has ruled unfair. The subsidy provoked a U.S.-European Union trade dispute in which the EU…

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