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Chloé Captured the Effortless Simplicity of French Style

The seafaring life was the inspiration for Clare Waight Keller's lovely, breezy spring collection for Chloé.

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Claus Dietrich Lahrs Appointed Chief Executive of Bottega Veneta

He succeeds Carlo Alberto Beretta, who will take on the new role of chief client and marketing officer at Kering.

clock 17hLuisa Zargani and Joelle Diderich

Beauty

Acqua di Parma Goes Luxe, Plots Retail Expansion

Acqua di Parma is launching a higher-priced line, opening its first U.S. store and expanding its women's range.

clock 14hRachel Strugatz

Reaping the Benefits: Wal-Mart’s H. Lee Scott Retail’s Highest Earner

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Overview

Performance-based bonuses catalyzed compensation among the nation's top retail executives in 2003 and leading the charge was none other than the usually frugal Wal-Mart stores.

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Boss Tweed

PARIS — Ever-inventive Karl Lagerfeld, who helped launch fashion’s ongoing girly craze with his candy-colored, beribboned suits, changed direction on Wednesday with the fall couture collection he showed for Chanel. This season, he chose…

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In Brief: One More Step for Jones … A Meeting in Time … Henkel Cute Forecast …

ONE MORE STEP FOR JONES: Jones Apparel Group Inc. said on Wednesday that it successfully completed its cash tender offer for Maxwell Shoe Co. Inc. for all the outstanding shares of common stock, together with the associated preferred stock…

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Corrections

Wholesale revenues for Delta Galil, the Tel Aviv-based intimate apparel manufacturer, were $580 million in 2003. This number was incorrect in a story on June 21.

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A managing director at Peter J. Solomon Co. was…

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Philip Green

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Green Hopes Third Time’s a Charm for M&S

On Wednesday, retail tycoon Philip Green made a third and final bid for the struggling British retail chain.

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Wellman Snared in Three-Year Price-Fixing Investigation

NEW YORK — Wellman Inc. this week became the third major U.S. fiber company to be caught up in a federal investigation into price fixing in the polyester staple industry.

The U.S. Department of Justice has been probing the activities of…

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Richemont’s Franco Cologni Plans Retirement

LONDON — Franco Cologni, who was instrumental in building Richemont’s watch business, will retire from his full-time executive role later this year when he turns 70, the company said in a statement Wednesday.

In November, Cologni…

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Joy Bryant

People

Do Democrats Dress Better?

Sen. John Kerry’s daughters host a fundraiser concert in L.A. Tuesday night.

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Maria Sharapova in a Diane von Furstenberg top and AG jeans emerges from the DKNY store after an afternoon shopping spree.

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Ace Shopper

Shopping with tennis phenom Maria Sharapova.

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Phoenix, from left: Thomas Mars, Christian Mazzalai, Deck d’Arcy and Laurent “Branco” Brancowitz.

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Phoenix Rising

NEW YORK — All an unknown band needs is for its album to fall into the right hands. And if those delicate, Midas-fingered mitts happen to be Sofia Coppola’s, even better.

Since appearing on the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning…

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What to Watch: Let the Games Begin … Crossover Appeal … Sharapova: Tennis’ New Face …

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

Activewear companies are gearing up for the world’s most important sporting event as Olympic athletes enter their final training period for the Summer Games in Athens next month.

Olympics-related…

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Reaping the Benefits: Wal-Mart’s H. Lee Scott Retail’s Highest Earner

Performance-based bonuses catalyzed compensation among the top retail executives in 2003, with the usually frugal Wal-Mart leading the charge.

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Chanel

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Authoritative Chic and Exuberant Extravagance

Karl Lagerfeld and Valentino made solid cases for couture’s validity: Lagerfeld’s boldness at Chanel and Valentino’s wearable indiscretion.

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H. Lee Scott

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Retail Pay Scale: The 20 Executives of Public Retail Companies Selling Apparel With the Highest Compensation in 2003.

The compensation of retail executives pales in comparison to the renumeration of fashion designers. Tommy Hilfiger, for example, earned $18.3 million in 2003, while the highest-paid retailer on the list, H. Lee Scott, chief executive officer of…

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The J 12 watch.

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Chanel’s Record-Breaking Ride

Following two trunk shows that brought in $5 million each, Chanel’s growth hinges on designer Karl Lagerfeld and its strong advertising and marketing.

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Plugg’s back-to-school print campaign.

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Denim Dish: A Hass Retires at Levi’s … Plugg Ad Plush … Getting Connected …

A Haas Retires at Levi’s

Peter Haas Sr. is stepping down from his seat on the Levi Strauss & Co. board and from his post as chairman emeritus, the firm said last week. His spot on the board will be filled by his wife,…

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Executives at Lee Jeans said they’re expecting a strong fall season.

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What to Watch: A Basics Bonanza

NEW YORK — A focus on basic five-pocket jeans dressed up with distinctive washes and higher-quality fabrics, coupled with signs of recovery in the economy at large, led to a solid first half for major jeans makers.

Executives said they…

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L.E.I. is launching a pair of higher-priced lines for fall retailing.

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What to Watch: Getting a Jump on B-T-S

NEW YORK — When teens head to the malls later this summer to begin their back-to-school shopping, they’ll be met with a number of higher-priced lines from familiar jeans vendors.

Those lines will draw heavily on the Eighties for…

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What to Watch: Dockers Seen as Hefty Bite for Bidders

NEW YORK — By year’s end, Levi Strauss & Co. aims to part ways with the Dockers brand, a label the San Francisco jeans giant launched in 1986 that today represents almost 25 percent of its revenues.

Since the company acknowledged in…

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Anna Mouglalis

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Fashion Scoops: His and Hers … Step by Step … Ray of Light …

HIS AND HERS: Hedi Slimane still has a strong female following for his Dior Homme men’s wear. To wit: model Linda Evangelista popped in to the new Dior boutique on Rue Royale Wednesday afternoon to check out the fall arrivals. Since…

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Bernard and Helene Arnault

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Vuitton Rocks la Ville

“There’s a big yellow ring that I need on my finger!” Eve shrieked Tuesday night in Paris as Louis Vuitton debuted its fine jewelry collection. The luxury giant lassoed every VIP in town, making the lobby of its headquarters…

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What to Watch: Entertaining Deals

Jessica Simpson or Alicia Keys could be the next celebrity to launch a sportswear line.

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Executives at Wet Seal are taking steps to turn business around this fall.

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What to Watch: Back-to-School: Critical Season for Teen Retailers

A key back-to-school season awaits.

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Neil J. Katz

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Beauty Beat: Katz, Tommy Bahama Team Up For New Fragrance Collection … Chanel, Seventeen Contest

NEW YORK — Neil J. Katz, former president of Liz Claiborne Cosmetics, has re-emerged brandishing a beauty license from Tommy Bahama and plans for a fragrance line positioned on the image of the high-priced tropical resort apparel…

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Gucci Japan Appoints President

TOKYO — Shinichi Tanaka has been named president of Gucci Group Japan, replacing Toshiaki Tashiro, who has resigned.

Tanaka, who joined Gucci Japan in 1997, had been executive vice president and chief financial officer of Gucci Japan. A…

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New York Fashion Space Gets $1.5M in Funding

NEW YORK — New York Fashion Space, a project to create a permanent home for apparel manufacturing in Manhattan, has crossed its first fund-raising obstacle.

The City Council has authorized $1.5 million in capital funding for the plan,…

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

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Olsen Swim Line Expanding

NEW YORK — Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen may be all over the tabloids now, but that isn’t slowing the expansion of their business operation.

The twins’ swimwear line, which has been sold exclusively at Wal-Mart for the past four…

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DFS Group Opens First European Store in Venice

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