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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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Retail

Retailers Keep Holiday Plans Conservative and Inventories Tight

Inventories are being kept tight in hope of increasing full-price selling and reducing markdowns.

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Fashion

Rihanna Said Eyeing Paris for Fenty Puma Show

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

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In Focus

Roger Federer on His Nike Collaboration and Coming Back Strong in 2017

Roger Federer at the NikeLab store in NYC

VF Earnings Grow 20% As Jeans Sales Decline And Firm Seeks Brands

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Overview

VF Corp. on Wednesday reported a 20.2 percent ris in second-quarter earnings, driven by recently acquired brands and strong sales across most of its core businesses, with the notable exception of jeans.

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Fashion Features

Garden Gamine

Downtown girls and hippie chicks are inspiring denim and corduroy looks for fall, mixed with flowing caftans, sheer silks and graphic sweaters.

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Financial

VF Earnings Grow 20% As Jeans Sales Decline And Firm Seeks Brands

Strong growth across most of core businesses — except jeans — allowed VF Corp. to post a 20.2 percent earnings gain in its second quarter.

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Financial

In Brief: Springing Sales … Marketing Lands’ End … Cache Cashes In

SPRINGING SALES: Columbia Sportswear Co. reported double-digit bottom- and top-line gains in the second quarter, thanks largely to strong shipments of spring sportswear. For the three months ended June 30, the Portland, Ore.-based activewear…

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Fashion Features

Correction

De Beers LV, the diamond jewelry venture between the mining and marketing company and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, plans to spend a reported $400 million on the venture. This figure was incorrect in a story on Wednesday.

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Fashion Features

Lividini Leaving Saks Fifth Ave.

Jaqui Lividini, the effervescent fashion voice for Saks Fifth Avenue and survivor of a string of regime changes, has left to start a second career.

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Special Delivery? … Cash and Prizes … Ace Crowd …

SPECIAL DELIVERY?: In recognition of Ralph Lauren’s contributions to the Caribbean island of Jamaica, the country is considering putting the designer’s image on a stamp. The Polo Ralph Lauren chairman and chief executive officer…

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People

Harlem Night

The opening night of the Studio Museum of Harlem’s annual show was “Figuratively” and literally a hit.

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People

The Welcome Wagon

Target parties for its new Brooklyn store.

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Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Janet Cook to Retire at Estée Lauder … Marionnaud’s Sales Rise

Janet Cook to Retire at Estée Lauder

NEW YORK — Janet Cook, president of Estée Lauder North America, will retire this fall.

“Only in America could you start as a beauty adviser and end up as president of the…

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Fashion Features

CFDA Inducts 21 Members

NEW YORK — The Council of Fashion Designers of America inducted new members on Wednesday, including several of the rising stars of the New York scene and some who are well established.

The CFDA board ratified the election of 21 new…

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Fashion Features

Parties, Politics on Tap for Democrats

Party planners, restaurateurs and public relations firms are making final preparations for next week’s Democratic Convention in Boston.

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Fashion Features

Diving Into Crowded Waters

Calvin Klein Choice, St. John Knits, Skechers, Paul Frank and Sag Harbor were some of the brands that launched swim lines in Miami this week.

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Fashion Features

Mandy Moore Joins Celeb Fashion Rush

Entertainer Mandy Moore is launching her first line of apparel, which will begin hitting stores at the end of the month.

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Fashion Features

French Connection Woos Young Voters to the Polls

NEW YORK — Although it’s based in Britain, French Connection is looking to make a scene on the American political front with its latest T-shirts and voting initiatives.

In collaboration with Rock the Vote, the company has designed…

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Textiles

Textile Execs Lobby Against China

The Bush administration accepted for review a safeguard petition alleging that imported socks from China severely hurt U.S. manufacturers .

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Financial

N.Y. Wage Bill to Pataki

ALBANY, N.Y. — Businesses in New York are facing a $2 boost in the minimum wage by January 2007 after approval on Wednesday in the State Senate and Assembly. It would be the first increase in four years.

The bill, which would raise the…

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Textiles

Galey & Lord Agrees to Patriarch Partners Sale

Denim mill Galey & Lord Inc. on Wednesday agreed to be acquired by Patriarch Partners LLC, a private investment concern.

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Retail Features

Penélope Cruz’s Latest Role: Madrid Retailer

Penélope Cruz is a movie star, but she is also a budding retailer and hands-on boss, said Mariu Alvarez, who runs Cruz’s Madrid shop, Amarcord.

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Fashion Features

It Takes a Thief: The Percentage of 2003 Inventory Loss Due to Shoplifting in 15 Store Types.

The number-one cause of inventory loss, or shrinkage, in 2003 was employee theft, accounting for 47 percent of unrecovered merchandise. Shoplifting was second at 32 percent, followed by administrative and paper error, 15 percent, and vendor fraud, 6…

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Fashion Features

The Race Is On

The nominees for the 29th annual Dallas Fashion Awards have been named.

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