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French Designer Sonia Rykiel Dies at the Age of 86

The French designer was synonymous with striped sweaters and Left Bank insouciance.

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Rihanna Said Eyeing Paris for Next Fenty Puma Show

The music star had launched the collection last February during New York Fashion Week.

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Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

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The Weinberg Way: No Theology, Please — Just the Numbers

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Serge Weinberg, ceo of PPR and interim president of Gucci Group, discusses the firm's plans for retail and luxury brand growth.

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New Moms Targeted With Belli

NEW YORK — When Annette Rubin became pregnant two years ago, she knew not to drink coffee or alcohol, but she became curious when she read an article warning pregnant women not to dye their hair. According to the article, certain toxic chemicals…

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I-Bella Plans for Growth

NEW YORK — A former Avon lady has come calling on the beauty business.

Wendy Clark, the onetime general manager of the Avon Salon and Spa, based here, has begun rolling out hair care products for color-treated locks with her new company,…

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Azzaro Revisits Beauty Market

PARIS — Parfums Azzaro plans to boost its presence on women’s fragrance counters by growing the franchise it kicked off last year with Visit for Men.

Groupe Clarins, which owns the Azzaro fashion brand’s beauty business, will…

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Saving Face at Wal-Mart

Facing a huge gender-discrimination suit, Wal-Mart must ensure that the case doesn’t impact profits, workers or customers, observers said.

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Wal-Mart’s Legal Woes Tarnish Brand Image as Well as Hiring Prospects

NEW YORK — The Betty Dukes et al. vs. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. discrimination case is one of numerous employment actions filed against the retailer, which experts say is negatively impacting its brand equity and position as a top employer….

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Design: Laws of Recycling … Cerruti’s 2nd Career … Design Award Nominees …

Laws of Recycling

PARIS — Good design, even damaged by time, can become good again.

A handful of cutting-edge industrial designers here are focusing their current projects on refuse, either gently repairing damaged products…

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YM Gets Older, Maybe Wiser

NEW YORK — YM is waking up to the teen market’s fragmented new reality.

With the redesigned August issue, on newsstands July 8, the 70-year-old title is officially done trying to be all things to all teens. Under new editor in chief…

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Memo Pad: The Name Game … Moonlighting With the Fab Five … Behold A Lady …

THE NAME GAME: Condé Nast is nearly ready to reveal the name of its new home furnishings magazine, and don’t be surprised if it’s a bit of a head-scratcher. Among the monikers being considered are Domino, Plum and Love It!,…

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WWDWalkthrough: A Vintage Affair

NEW YORK — It was a muggy, sun-drenched Saturday and while the rest of the free world convened in Central Park or wrangled a lounge chair at some rooftop pool, I found myself in the rather shabby confines of the New Yorker Hotel at 34th Street…

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On Track With New Show, The Train

NEW YORK — Jean-Pierre Mocho, chairman of the French Fashion & Garment Association, which owns Prêt à Porter Paris, is finessing plans for The Train, a new designer trade show geared for buyers with a well-trained eye.

Set for…

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Good-Humor Man

NEW YORK — “Fashion has to be funny,” says Leo Fabrizio, designer of the fledgling collection called Tra’shic. “Women should feel happy when they dress.”

Well, as it happens, “funny” is something…

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Canan Cullu Wins at ITKIB’s Young Designer Competition

ISTANBUL — It was no surprise to those who contributed to the loud applause that greeted Canan Cullu’s dark, intricate four-piece Samurai collection when she was announced as the latest winner of Turkey’s ITKIB young designers’…

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A Breezy Season in the Windy City

CHICAGO — Midwestern retailers completed their fall collections at a quiet but productive market this month at the Apparel Center here.

“I like the laid-back environment,” said Pamela Kindschuh, who owns Only Her, a specialty…

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Raising The Flag

NEW YORK — With its American Beauty brand, the first project out of the gate from its new BeautyBank division, the Estée Lauder Cos. is showing its colors. The new venture will be exclusive in North America to Kohl’s Department…

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The Weinberg Way: No Theology, Please — Just the Numbers

Serge Weinberg, ceo of PPR and interim president of Gucci Group, discusses the firm’s plans for retail and luxury brand growth.

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California Sues Retailers Over Lead Warnings

Thirteen major retailers have been sued by California for allegedly failing to warn customers that some costume jewelry they sell contains lead.

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The Body Shop Eyeing Canada Franchisees

NEW YORK — The Body Shop International is poised to expand its global reach.

The socially conscious skin care retailer said Thursday it was negotiating to buy its head franchisee in Canada. Additionally, the firm said it acquired a 75…

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Nike Earnings Soar in Quarter, Year

Nike Inc.’s earnings surged in the fourth quarter, aided by strong sales around the globe and a weak dollar.

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Retro, Vintage Star at FIG in Dallas

DALLAS — Eye-catching items such as sequined ponchos and embroidered mesh pants drove business at the Fashion Industry Gallery’s recent market.

Sales representatives were upbeat about business and reported gains at the four-day…

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Fall DFAs to Feature Missoni Retrospective

DALLAS — The Dallas Fashion Awards will have a colorful flair this fall when Missoni presents a retrospective show as the recipient of the annual ceremony’s Fashion Excellence Award.

“The Missoni family members are true…

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Financial

Cutter & Buck Profits in Qtr., Year

NEW YORK — Cutter & Buck Inc.’s campaign to concentrate on its core business has taken it out of the sand traps and onto the greens, returning the company to profitability in both the fourth quarter and full year.

For the three…

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Mexx Seeks European Buys

Detailing its plans to expand Liz Claiborne Inc. brands throughout the Continent at a press conference here Thursday, officials of Claiborne’s Mexx subsidiary also expressed a sharp appetite for acquisitions.

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Gucci Goes Out Quietly

AMSTERDAM — Gucci Group made its last gesture as a publicly traded company here Thursday with an annual shareholders’ meeting as brief as it was perfunctory.

But thanks partly to bad weather in Holland, it made for a few amusing…

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Cosmoprof’s Second Act

Will Cosmoprof’s luxury brand identity carry over — and stick — to its second Las Vegas show?

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Gambler’s Delight

How does Sin City approach a day of beauty?

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EBay: The World’s Corner Beauty Store

A mecca for hard-to-find items, as well as what’s on trend, eBay emerges as beauty’s virtual stomping ground. By Kristin Finn

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HBA Report: Not Your Mother’s Spa … Nails You Can Suck On … Invasion Down Under …

What will tomorrow bring in beauty? For one, spas are leaving natural remedies for bioenergetic ones. Nail polish is now safe enough to eat. The Aussies are coming and a small beauty company is expanding its reach with a new Manhattan-based studio and…

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In Brief: Mixed Moody’s … One Cool Billion … Heading Out …

MIXED MOODY’S: Following Revlon’s refinancing last week, Moody’s Investors Service on Thursday issued a slew of ratings actions affecting about $1.4 billion of the company’s debt. Among the moves, the ratings agency…

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Fashion Features

Gucci Goes Out Quietly

AMSTERDAM — Gucci Group made its last gesture as a publicly traded company here Thursday with an annual shareholders’ meeting as brief as it was perfunctory.

But thanks partly to bad weather in Holland, it made for a few amusing…

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Fashion Scoops: Record Haul … Hit and Mrs. … Eyes on Agnelli …

RECORD HAUL: Versace just logged its most successful trunk show to date at its Fifth Avenue flagship, selling $850,000 of fall merchandise over three days, led by — of all things in the world of Versace — cashmere…

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Lauder Banking on Beauty With Kohl’s

Estée Lauder Cos.’ BeautyBank division unveiled American Beauty, its first homegrown cosmetics and skin care brand in 14 years.

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Dior to Offer Pure Poison

Some 20 years after launching the provocative Poison scent, Parfums Christian Dior will introduce Pure Poison this summer.

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Guerlain Launching L’Instant Pour Homme

PARIS — Guerlain plans to seduce men in an instant this fall.

The LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned brand will introduce L’Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme, a male partner for its women’s fragrance L’Instant de…

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Kenzo Embarks on Worldwide Rollout of KenzoAir

NEW YORK — Kenzo will introduce its latest men’s scent, called KenzoAir, in the U.S., as well as other world markets, in September. The LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned brand launched the blend of vetiver and anise accords in…

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Ferré Set to Launch Fragrance Duo

Nearly a year after Gianfranco Ferré launched his GF Ferré young clothing line, Italian perfumer ITF has unveiled the label’s first fragrance duo.

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Desazars to Head BPI’s U.S. Operations

NEW YORK — Paris-based Beauté Prestige International has appointed Louis Desazars president of its New York-based subsidiary. Desazars will take the helm of BPI USA on July 1, three months after Maggie Ciafardini exited BPI as executive…

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Miyake’s New Eau for Men

PARIS — Issey Miyake’s aquatic adventure continues.

One decade after the launch of L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme, the Japanese designer and his beauty licensee Beauté Prestige International are set to introduce…

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Critical Mass: MGM Makes Beauty Premiere

NEW YORK — There’s always been synergy between Hollywood and the beauty business.

Now, MGM Consumer Products is hoping that link will kick off a fruitful licensing business for the logo. The first starring products will be four…

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Perfumery Congress Held in Cannes

CANNES, France — How best to pull the global fragrance industry out of the doldrums was among the main points discussed at the World Perfumery Congress, a five-day event that began June 1 here.

The event, which included conferences and a…

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Top Notes: Lauder Awarded Posthoumsly … New Laszlo President … Lancome Signs Robertson …

LAUDER AWARDED POSTHUMOUSLY: The late Estée Lauder was among the honorees at the White House on Wednesday, when her sons Leonard and Ronald Lauder accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. The Medal of…

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