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The Race to Be Bigger: After Losing Field’s, Federated Keen to Buy

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Federated is still on the hunt. After losing its bid for Marshall Field's to May Department Stores, Federated Department Stores remains eager to make acquisitions — and it could even snare a prize such as Neiman Marcus.

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Mulberry in Black, Set for Growth

After a shareholders battle and years of losses, British brand Mulberry, which will make a U.S. debut at BG for fall, posted an annual profit.

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Madonna with her custom Prada bag.

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Fashion Scoops: Prize Prada … Leapin’ Higher … A Good Sport …

PRIZE PRADA: The Material Girl is the first to get her hands on Prada’s new handbag for the fall-winter season — a custom-made version Madonna was recently spotted carrying to a party Demi Moore threw for her Kabbalah…

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Blumarine’s semisheer beach triangle bra and bikini made in Italy.

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Italian Firms: No China Syndrome

Italian innerwear manufacturers and designers are not loosing sleep over the phasing out of quotas in China come Jan. 1.

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Hope Newman

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Yomo Wraps Up

NEW YORK — Fur stoles may be back for fall, but not everyone is willing to go that route. And yet, fashionistas are looking for something beyond the pashmina. Designer Hope Newman thinks she has just the thing with her new accessories collection,…

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Earrings from the Corsage collection.

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De Beers’ Breakfast Treats

LONDON — They may have been displayed like chocolates on three-tiered silver trays, but De Beers LV’s new treats are for the eyes only.

De Beers LV launched two capsule collections during a breakfast here Thursday at Claridges. Both…

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A bag from Benetton’s

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Benetton Bags Break In

United Colors of Benetton is getting ready to show its stripes by selling its accessories to U.S. stores for the first time.

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Findings: Time Travelers … Farley Joins Judith Leiber … Picnic Perfect …

TIME TRAVELERS: Cartier, Alfred Dunhill and Montblanc will be among 10 watchmakers to show “Montres et Merveilles,” an exhibition on fine watchmaking in Beijing.

Organized by Compagnie Financière Richemont AG, which owns…

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Wal-Mart Drags Stocks Down

NEW YORK — The WWD Composite Stock Index fell 1.7 percent to 1,083.22 from 1,102.13 a week ago after a number of component companies reported bad news during an otherwise quiet week.

The S&P 500 finished the week essentially flat,…

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A look from Carla B.

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Color Brightens a Quieter Moda Prima

MILAN — The tough Italian economy contributed to a decline in visitor numbers at the latest edition of Moda Prima.

Held June 6-8, the fair attracted 2,936 visitors, down from 3,400 at the December edition.

“The indications…

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China Fears Deflated

NEW YORK — Apparel price deflation, concerns about shortages at year-end and shorter lead times were some key issues raised in a recently released Smith Barney research report.

The report was based on a conference call hosted by retail…

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Europe Watch: Doubling Up

DOUBLING UP: Antwerp, Belgium’s MoMu fashion museum and London’s Victoria & Albert museum are joining forces. In a first-time collaboration, the two museums will curate a joint exhibit entitled “Malign Muses: When Fashion…

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White Ahead

Dolce & Gabbana’s first cruise collection features signature elements such as form-fitting shapes, fruit-salad colors and Swarovski crystals and lace.

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Terry Lundgren

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The Race to Be Bigger: After Losing Field’s, Federated Keen to Buy

May Co. outbid Federated for Marshall Field’s, but Federated still wants to make an acquisition, which could include a prize such as Neiman Marcus.

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H&M’s U.S. expansion, which began with stores like this one in New York, is heading west to San Francisco.

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H&M Headed to West Coast

Hennes & Mauritz plans to go head-to-head with Gap and Macy’s West when it opens its first West Coast store in San Francisco next year.

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Ugandan Ambassador Leery of Phaseout

USTR Robert Zoellick and Ugandan Ambassador Edith Ssempala differed on the impact of quota elimination, as the Senate passed a new AGOA bill.

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In Brief: Wrapped Up … Li & Fung Lands Levi’s Tops … Hoffa Quits Trade Post …

WRAPPED UP: A Versace spokesman confirmed on Friday that the company has completed its planned debt-restructuring initiative through Banca Intesa and Versace will fully reimburse 100 million euros, or $121.7 million at current exchange, worth…

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Coming This Week

Monday: Qingdao International Fabrics, Accessories & Yarns Exhibition, Qingdao, China (through Wednesday).

Tuesday: Shoes & Leather Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (through Thursday).
Surf & Beach Show, Beach & Bikini…

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They are Wearing: Stepford Wives Club

GREENWICH, Conn. — The filmmakers of “The Stepford Wives” paid Alease Fisher “ungodly buckets of money” to use the exterior of her house in Greenwich as the McMansion owned by the character played by Glenn…

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Alex Brunkhorst in Proenza Schouler at the launch party for her debut novel, “The Mating Season.”

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Mating Dame

Talking with author Alex Brunkhorst about “The Mating Season.”

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Melissa Mars

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Mars Attacks

Her stage name is Melissa Mars, but she’s down to earth.

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Jessica de Rothschild in Alexander McQueen.

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Eye Scoop: Globe Trotters

A soccer scoop.

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Potential Targets

NEW YORK — If size really does matter, then Federated will have to make an acquisition in order to maintain its position relative to a now Marshall Field’s-enhanced May Co.

All eyes are fixed on Dillard’s as the prime target,…

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The new flagship at Via Della Spiga.

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Dolce & Gabbana’s Fairy-Tale Flagship

With their sprawling new women’s flagship in Milan, Dolce and Gabbana are unveiling a new retail concept and embracing a kind of egalitarian luxe.

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Dolce & Gabbana’s  silk tulle and lace dress.

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Livin’ la Vita Dolce

Dolce & Gabbana’s first cruise collection features signature elements such as form-fitting shapes, fruit-salad colors and Swarovski crystals and lace.

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Beyoncé Knowles

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Beauty Beat: Beyoncé and Tommy Celebrate True Star

NEW YORK — Beyoncé Knowles and Tommy Hilfiger mastered the art of scent promotion Thursday at a party celebrating the launch of True Star, the newest Tommy Hilfiger Toiletries fragrance.

Held at the Chelsea Art Museum, the event…

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Maggie Rizer in Marc Jacobs.

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DIFFA Event Raises $300K

NEW YORK — With chips in hand and checkbooks at the ready, guests at Thursday’s DIFFA Viva Glam event at the Copacabana helped raise more than $300,000 for the AIDS-fighting group.

The evening’s host, Maggie Rizer, rounded up…

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