Christmas Wish List: Retailers Hope Luxury Leads to Holiday Cheer

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Overview

From J.C. Penney's fluffy spa collection to J. Crew's Italian cashmeres and Bergdorf Goodman's column gowns worn with fox shrugs, retailers at all price levels will be wrapping themselves in luxury this holiday.

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Fashion Features

Miami Heat

With a nod to the city’s sultry tropical vibe, designers at the Miami Swim Show featured sexy pieces, from floral and animal prints to cut-to-there shapes.

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At Bergdorf’s, Cassin fox shrug, $1,725.

Retail

Christmas Wish List: Retailers Hope Luxury Leads to Holiday Cheer

From Penney’s fluffy spa collection to J. Crew’s Italian cashmeres and Bergdorf’s column gowns, stores will be wrapped in luxury this holiday.

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Clarification

The dress Halle Berry wore to the Los Angeles premiere of “Catwoman” was by Matthew Williamson. The actress incorrectly identified the designer of the dress in a story on Monday.

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Donatella Versace

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Versace Plans Not Dimmed by Donatella Decision

Donatella Versace’s decision to enter drug rehab isn’t expected to have a major impact on the Versace company or its plans to seek an investor.

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Kate Edwards, Vanessa Kerry, Kristin Gore, Alex Kerry and Karenna Gore Schiff.

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The Buzz Around Boston: Dem Daughters … Presidential Quotient … Cocktails, Condoms and Celebrities

DEM DAUGHTERS: Kate Edwards, 22, daughter of Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards, said she has postponed plans to work for Vanity Fair magazine until after the November election.

“I was going to start in…

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People

They are Wearing: Lunch Bunch

The Ladies and Gents Who Lunch chow down at Manhattan’s hot spots.

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Bryce Dallas Howard in Zac Posen.

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Village People

”The Village” premieres in Brooklyn.

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Cate Blanchett in “Hedda Gabler.”

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Wizard of Oz

“Hedda Gabler” Down Under.

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Financial

Penney’s Warns Bangladesh

J.C. Penney Co. sent a letter to a Bangladesh garment association urging it to pressure its government to withdraw a request for a WTO quota review.

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Textiles

Unions and Shippers Agree to Hire 2,000 at L.A. Ports

LOS ANGELES — The dockworkers union and major shipping lines have reached a tentative agreement to hire as many as 2,000 nonunion workers to cope with rising traffic at the nation’s busiest port complex, union spokesman John Showalter…

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Media

Memo Pad: Hef’s New Playmate

HEF’S NEW PLAYMATE: Give Hugh Hefner credit for not making the same mistake twice. The Playboy founder named a new editorial director Wednesday, handing the job to executive editor Chris Napolitano. WWD reported last month…

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Whitely Exits McQueen for Vuitton

PARIS — Gucci Group has lost another brand executive — this time to archrival LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

Susan Whitely, former chief executive officer at Alexander McQueen, has been named managing director at Louis…

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Looks from It Jeans.

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Denim Dish: Avondale $5.4M in Red … ITS Names Winners … FRX Hits Tokyo …

Avondale $5.4M in Red

Denim and twill mill Avondale Inc. blamed intense competition from foreign-made garments and high cotton prices for its $5.4 million third-quarter loss. The loss compared with a $10,000 deficit a year…

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A Mustang look.

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High-End, Vintage Looks Shine in Berlin

Judging by the stands at this month’s Bread & Butter and Premium jeans shows in Germany, the high-end jeans trend is going strong.

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Financial

In Brief: Settled … Unifi to Close Irish Plant … Burani Sales Gain

SETTLED: Movado Group Inc. said Wednesday it reached a settlement in the lawsuit against Swiss Army Brands along with two former employees, Susanne Rechner and Todd Cozzolino. The suit was filed in November 2001 and alleged that Swiss Army…

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Victoria Richardson tries her hand at ringing up a sale from fellow Boys & Girls Club member Kirsten Grimes during their recent participation in Camp Old Navy at Opry Mills in Nashville.

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Camp Old Navy: Retailing 101

At Camp Old Navy, there are no arts and crafts or songs around a campfire, but there are lessons in folding clothes and working a register.

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Textiles

Benin, Senegal Nix U.S. Cotton Proposal

GENEVA — Trade ministers from the African nations of Benin and Senegal upped the stakes in the global trade talks Wednesday, asserting they are not ready to go along with a U.S. proposal to handle a simmering dispute on cotton before addressing…

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A poncho from Cris worn with a Da’mage skirt.

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An Italian Designer Flirts With Cashmere

NEW YORK — Cristiani Proietti has a closet just for cashmere in her Beverly Hills apartment and now she’s working to give other women that same need.

This fall, Proietti launches a cashmere knitwear collection under her Cris label….

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A Magic Propaganda Mill shirt to be auctioned at “Get Your Vote On!”

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Casting Ballots With Fashion

NEW YORK — Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Russell Simmons aren’t the only ones rounding up the troops to get out and vote in the upcoming presidential election.

Composer and performer Imani Uzuri will be cheering on women in…

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Hilary Presti won Aeropostale’s design contest.

Fashion Features

Budding Designer Takes Manhattan

NEW YORK — Many teenage girls dream about becoming a fashion designer, but 13-year-old Hilary Presti of Janesville, Wisc., turned her vision into reality.

As the grand prize winner of Aeropostale’s Aero “Be a Designer”…

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The new U.S. Track & Field uniforms incorporate Nike’s Swift technology.

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Nike Sprints Into Summer Games

Nike unveiled the red, white and blue uniform that members of the U.S. Track & Field team will wear at next month’s Summer Olympic Games.

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Retail

Adidas Opens a ‘Performance’ in Las Vegas

NEW YORK — Adidas has opened its first U.S. performance center store in Las Vegas, a retail concept intended to show the brand’s sport merchandise in a minimalist design setting.

The unit marks the start of a 15-store rollout, with…

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Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Wella to Slash 1,200 Jobs … Avon Profits Up 36 Percent … Unilever Net Rises 33%

Wella to Slash 1,200 Jobs

BERLIN — Wella announced it will cut 1,200 jobs in light of a cooperative supply chain contract signed with Procter & Gamble Wednesday.

The contract will consolidate both companies’…

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Francesco Trapani

Financial

Bulgari Revenue Hits $231.9M

Bulgari saw its second-quarter revenue jump 13.5 percent on rising demand for jewelry, watches and fragrances around the world.

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Financial

Beige Book Shows Slower June

Consumer spending has “moderated across much of the country,” the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday in its Beige Book.

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Financial

Tod’s Sales Strong in First Half

MILAN — Tod’s saw double-digit revenue growth in the first half of the year on rising sales momentum of its Tod’s and Hogan brands, especially in its core European market.

Tod’s said preliminary sales for the six months…

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