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Lampert Standing by Sears With $300 Million Loan

Sales continued to decline at Sears and Kmart, and the parent company posted losses for the second quarter.

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Beauty

Stash SJP Brings Edge to Celebrity Fragrance Game

SJP's unexpected strategy to face celeb fragrance fallout.

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Business

Emanuel Chirico on the Virtues of Raf Simons at Calvin Klein

PVH ceo Emanuel Chirico expects big things from Raf Simons’ take on Calvin Klein.

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Aguilera’s Latest Song: Pop Star Eager to Bring Sexy Style to Lingerie

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Overview

Christina Aguilera, the petite singer who's just as comfortable in a satin bustier as in leather chaps, wants to bring her idea of sexy to innerwear.

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Mirror, Mirror on the Mall

More than half of what people do in shopping malls is unrelated to shopping. Retail anthropologist Paco Underhill suggests how to shift the balance.

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Fashion Features

Hispanics: A Hidden Opportunity

Hispanic women account for 11 percent of the female population but only 8 percent of apparel sales, despite spending disproportionately on clothing. (Originally published July 16, 2003.)

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Fashion Features

Asian Promise: Lost in Translation

Apparel marketers’ attempts to reach Asian-Americans are minimal, despite the group’s high income and education levels, younger-than-average age and sophisticated sense of style.

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Fashion Features

Wealthy Shun Luxe Label

Call them independent. Call them well-organized. Call them confident. Call them optimistic. But don’t call affluent Americans luxurious. (Originally published Nov. 5, 2003.)

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Fashion Features

Show Some Emotion

A desire for individual style or status — once the key catalyst of luxury purchases — is no longer enough to spur most affluent Americans to consume high-end products.

Instead, a trio of emotional triggers are driving spending on…

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Fashion Features

Skin-Deep Appeals

Gay marketing efforts have been slow to take off — and lesbians have been left out of most of the action to date. (Originally published Jan. 28, 2004.)

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Fashion Features

Groundbreaking Gay Data

With the recent publication of “The Gay & Lesbian Atlas,” marketers can get their first comprehensive empirical look at the geography of gay and lesbian Americans. (Originally published May 19, 2004.)

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Fashion Features

WWD Book of Marketing/Statistics

  • 12%: The portion of 13- to 17-year-old females who purchased apparel because of advertising in…

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    Fashion Features

    Moving Target

    Fashion marketers are increasingly being pressured to push beyond the bounds of traditional, reason-based market research to mount campaigns that strike more resonant notes in the psyches and souls of consumers — and move them to buy apparel.

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    Fashion Features

    Primary Colors

    Since resort has become one of the strongest selling seasons in recent years, many designers are doing full collections this time around.

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    Fashion Features

    Aguilera’s Latest Song: Pop Star Eager to Bring Sexy Style to Lingerie

    Christina Aguilera, the petite singer who’s just as comfortable in a satin bustier as in leather chaps, wants to bring her idea of sexy to innerwear.

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    Fashion Features

    Consumer Confidence Soars in June

    Although consumer confidence reached a two-year high, which sent the Dow up 56.3 points, retail issues were hit after Target lowered its outlook.

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    Fashion Features

    In Brief: Marchon Takes Fendi Global … Nike Promotions … Same Suit, Different Day …

    MARCHON TAKES FENDI GLOBAL: Marchon Eyewear will take over the global license for Fendi eyewear effective January 2005. It was previously held by Italian eyewear firm De Rigo. Marchon has been the manufacturer and distributor for Fendi eyewear…

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    Fashion Features

    Mass Market Seeks Boost From Hollywood

    Stores and brands grounded in popular tastes — from Target and Levi’s to Max Mara and Ellen Tracy — are making inroads in Tinseltown.

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    Fashion Features

    Beauty Beat: Lauder, Michelle Branch to Get Creative at Kohl’s

    NEW YORK — The Estée Lauder Cos. grew a new branch on its family tree of brands last night.

    Lauder’s BeautyBank division revealed that Grammy Award-winning musician Michelle Branch will be the first “guest creator”…

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    Fashion Features

    Groupe Clarins, P&G To Part Ways in 2005

    PARIS — Groupe Clarins’ license for the U.S. distribution of Procter & Gamble’s fragrance brands Giorgio, Hugo Boss, Jean Patou, Lacoste and Valentino won’t be renewed when it expires on Dec. 31, 2005.

    Cincinnati-based…

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    Fashion Features

    Polet Steps Out in Low-Key Style

    Robert Polet, the president and chief-executive-in-waiting of Gucci Group, at the house’s spring 2005 men’s wear show in Milan Tuesday night.

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    Fashion Features

    Macy’s Makes Moves to Keep on Top of Trends

    Macy’s East named Karen Smith-Harvey senior vice president for fashion forecasting and trend direction, and appointed two fashion directors.

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    Fashion Features

    Fashion Scoops: He’s in the Back … Happy Birthday … Pressing On …

    HE’S IN THE BACK: Prada chief executive Patrizio Bertelli’s front-row seat at the men’s Jil Sander show in Milan Tuesday night was conspicuously vacant, which left some attendees wondering whether the empty spot…

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    Fashion Features

    Cruising for Dollars

    NEW YORK — Resortwear used to conjure images of sarongs and swimwear, but no more.

    The resort season has outgrown spring and includes everything from mink shrugs to ski jackets to silken evening gowns. Moreover, it’s a season that…

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    Fashion Features

    French Connection Founder To Cut Stake to 43 Percent

    LONDON — Stephen Marks, the founder and business mind behind the U.K. clothing label French Connection, plans to give up majority control of the company by slashing his stake to just under 43 percent in order to finance a divorce…

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    Fashion Features

    Rocawear, Nesi Part Ways

    After three years with Nesi Apparel Group, Rocawear has reassigned its junior sportswear license to Signature Apparel Group.

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    Fashion Features

    Prada to Make L.A. an Epicenter

    MILAN — Prada did it in New York. It did it in Tokyo. Now it’s hitting Beverly Hills.

    Prada said it will open its long-awaited Los Angeles Epicenter store on July 16. The unit, designed by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, will be the…

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    Fashion Features

    Domino Effect: Condé Nast Names Shelter Mag

    NEW YORK — What’s black and white and hopes eventually to be read all over? That would be Domino, the shelter-focused shopping magazine in development at Condé Nast Publications.

    The company (which, like WWD, is a unit of…

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    Fashion Features

    Wall Street Goes to the Mall

    NEW YORK — Giving real-world context to endless hours of number crunching, the store tour is a rite of Wall Street fashion and retail analysis.

    It’s a chance for analysts and fund managers, who control the hefty investments of…

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    Fashion Features

    Buyer’s Lounge Back in Style

    NEW YORK — It’s a mixture of old and new at 250 West 39th Street, located off Seventh Avenue in the Garment District.

    L&L Acquisitions, which runs the building, has added a buyer’s lounge, harkening back to a time when the…

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    Fashion Features

    Lingerie’s Celebrity Gold Rush

    Lingerie is the hottest new frontier in the licensing arena, with an array of celebrities and designers connecting with brands or doing their own.

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    Fashion Features

    West Watch: San Francisco Treat

    SAN FRANCISCO TREAT: San Francisco designers are hoping that buyers will leave not only their hearts but purchase orders in the city by the bay during the first fashion week Aug. 26 to Aug. 29.

    San Francisco’s event will be at the…

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    Fashion Features

    Verified by Visa Gains Popularity as Online Sales Rise

    NEW YORK — Visa USA said Tuesday that it is seeing increased adoption of its “Verified by Visa” fraud-prevention program by consumers as its e-commerce sales swell.

    “During the first quarter of 2004, e-commerce spending…

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    Fashion Features

    Millennials Crave Authenticity

    Reality is a turn-on. That’s the bottom line for marketers appealing to tweens, teens and young adults. (Originally published March 5, 2003.)

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    Fashion Features

    Fashion Rx: Emotional Rescue

    Authors Kevin Roberts and Dan Hill tell why appeals to the heart, rather than the mind, are best able to stir loyalty and loosen purse strings. (Originally published April 21, 2004.)

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