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Court Rejects Burkini Ban in French Town

Rights groups applaud the decision as a victory for individual and religious freedom.

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Business

Prada Profits Slump 25% in H1 as Sales Falter

Revenues dropped 15 percent, despite the "first signs of improving trends in Mainland China.”

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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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Wal-Mart Gets Political: Retailer Seeks More Clout As Campaign Funds Hit $2M

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Overview

Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, has increased its political contributions to $2.1 million so far this presidential election cycle. from $667,805 for the entire 2000 race, Federal Election Commission records show.

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Textiles

WTO Negotiators in Tariff Accord

WASHINGTON — Trade negotiators from 147 countries forged an agreement on a framework Sunday to move the stalled global trade talks forward, keeping alive the goal of further slashing trade barriers around the globe.

Among the key deals…

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Fashion Features

Coming This Week

Monday: New York apparel, innerwear and accessories market week.

Tuesday: Accessories Circuit, Intermezzo Collections, Direction and Printsource trade shows, New York (through Thursday).
Coach Inc. reports…

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Financial

In Brief: Done Deal …

DONE DEAL: May Department Stores Co. has completed its acquisition of Marshall Field’s from Target Corp. The $3.24 billion deal was financed with $2.2 billion of long-term debt and $1 billion in short-term debt and cash, the company said…

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Fashion Features

Corrections

The sunglasses on Thursday’s cover were by Stella McCartney from DisRespectacles. The credit was omitted.

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Michael Clinton, executive vice president of Hearst Magazines, is from Pittsburgh, which is also where Teresa Heinz…

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Fashion Features

Who’s Got ‘It’?

The “It” Girls: A crop of young actresses may not be famous yet, but come fall, they will be gracing red carpets and movie screens.

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Fashion Features

Gucci’s Giannini Blossoms

MILAN — In her first solo effort as creative director of accessories at Gucci in the post-Tom Ford era, Frida Giannini has taken inspiration from the house’s history and added a contemporary twist.

Judging by retailers’…

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Fashion Features

Jewelers See Sparkling Future

Jewelers at the JA New York show presented their fall and holiday collections with a strong outlook following a solid spring.

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Fashion Features

Fine Jewelry Shines on the Web

NEW YORK — With baubles just a click away, fine jewelry’s online potential was the topic of discussion at the “Facing the Internet — Meet Players/Hone Your Game” panel at the Couture Club at JA.

Online luxury…

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Fashion Features

Awards, a Birthday and Other Celebrations

NEW YORK — Beyond healthy business prospects, the jewelry crowd had much reason to celebrate here last week.

From 400 people toasting Roberto Coin at a surprise party at the Rainbow Room for his 60th birthday to the Women’s Jewelry…

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Fashion Features

Soft Belts Mean Hard Business

DALLAS — The soft fabric and scarf belts that boosted the belt business this spring show no signs of dying for fall or next spring.

“It’s a retailer’s dream,” said John Mendes, who has sold more than 2,000 soft…

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Retail Features

Harvey Nichols: Next Luxury Brand?

Joseph Wan, Harvey Nichols’ group ceo, wants to see branded rtw collections on the runway, stand-alone stores and major ad campaigns.

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Fashion Features

Fiat Gears Up With Bags

MILAN — When two high-profile types join forces, the outcome is always interesting.

So, when Lapo Elkann, marketing manager for the Fiat brand and the stylish nephew of the late Gianni Agnelli, met Giulia Ligresti, the daughter of a…

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Fashion Features

Findings: Number 10 … New Designer at Kwiat … French Sun …

NUMBER 10: Two accessories businesses are celebrating a milestone during this week’s accessories market.

The Sak, which is turning 10 this week, was founded by chief executive officer Mark Talucci and president Todd Elliot. The…

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Fashion Features

Moo Roo Makes Its Move on Manhattan

NEW YORK — When Mary Norton cooked up the plan for Moo Roo’s Manhattan showroom, she knew she wanted the place to ooze with a Southern aura.

After all, Norton is from Charleston, S.C., and she often likes to incorporate her…

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Fashion Features

A Threesome Joins Gotham Gaggle

NEW YORK — There’s no better time to unveil a new accessories showroom than during market week, when scores of buyers descend upon Manhattan to check out the latest bags, belts, sunglasses, hats and scarves. Here, a look at three additions…

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Fashion Features

Legwear Firms Offer Spring Solutions

After years of sales declines during the spring and summer season, vendors are starting to see opportunities in “spring solutions.”

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Fashion Features

Pucci and Wolford Team Up

NEW YORK — Emilio Pucci’s vivid prints can transform a blank canvas into a magical, psychedelic place one can spend hours mulling. Now, the iconic label is ready to jazz up the hosiery sector, too.

Pucci struck a deal with Wolford…

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Fashion Features

A Clean Approach for Van Zeeland

NEW YORK — Kathy Van Zeeland’s handbag business is barely out of the gate, but she’s got confidence to burn.

Van Zeeland has nearly 20 years of experience in the handbag business, much of that spent at Nine West as a vice…

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Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Saks to Consolidate Cosmetics Operations … Brosius Branches Out …

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Saks Inc. said it will centralize the cosmetics buying for its 240-unit department store group, to save money through job cuts and to develop stronger relationships with vendors and more differentiated products.

In its…

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Fashion Features

Europe Watch: Kind of Blue … Check Mate … Girl Talk …

KIND OF BLUE: House of Jazz, the London-based fashion label known for its signature bold prints and celebrity clients including Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss and Drew Barrymore, is closing its doors.

The four-year-old company’s…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Dare to Wear … Horn of Plenty … Professor Rucci …

DARE TO WEAR: Has photographing all that flesh for Abercrombie & Fitch given Bruce Weber a new appreciation for, ahem, clothing? Sources in Europe said Weber has designed a men’s collection, including swim trunks and cowboy…

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Fashion Features

Lyon Preview: Lyon, Mode City Celebrates Its 20th

Trade fair organizers are making vast improvements, revisiting trend forums and polishing runway events.

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Fashion Features

Lyon Scene: Eat Like a King … Get Cultured … Love Lace …

EAT LIKE A KING
Home to many world-renowned chefs, Lyon is any food lover’s dream. Nicholas le Bec, who runs the restaurant at the luxurious Cour des Loges Hotel, is known for his homemade duck foie gras with black…

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Fashion Features

British Firms Deal With Global Issues

LONDON — U.K. innerwear companies are adopting a “wait and see” attitude as to how manufacturers in the European Union will respond if there is a surge in imports from China even as the British firms remain eager to establish…

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Financial

Acquisitions, New Brands Grow Public Companies

NEW YORK — After a spring characterized by slumping domestic sales, some intimate apparel manufacturers are depending on acquisitions and new product offerings to reverse the trend for fall.

The Warnaco Group Inc. has been among the most…

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Financial

Intimate Notes: Nordstrom Lauds Natori …

NORDSTROM LAUDS NATORI: Nordstrom Inc. has presented the Natori Co. with the retailer’s Partners in Excellence Award. The award recognizes Nordstrom vendors that demonstrate “exceptional commitment to quality, value, service,…

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Financial

Shares Rebound on Strong Earnings

NEW YORK — The WWD Composite Stock Index advanced for the first time in seven weeks, gaining 1.7 percent to 1,066.39 from 1,048.19 a week ago, helped partly by solid second-quarter results from two major manufacturers.

The S&P 500 also…

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Financial

Metro Group Sales Up, but Kaufhof Suffers

BERLIN — Metro Group AG grew second-quarter earnings and sales, but results were hurt by continued sluggish consumer demand at its Kaufhof Galleria department store chain.

The Düsseldorf-based company, which is the world’s…

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Fashion Features

Pensez Pink

LYON, France — The season’s lingerie is long on girlish charm, with ruffles, ribbons and, of course, plenty of pink. Here, a lace- and ribbon-trimmed silk, polyester and Lycra spandex bra and skirt from Vannina Vesperini, who will exhibit…

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Fashion Features

Wal-Mart Gets Political: Retailer Seeks More Clout As Campaign Funds Hit $2M

Wal-Mart has increased its political contributions to $2 million this presidential election cycle from $667,805 in 2000, FEC records show.

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Financial

The Money Game

WASHINGTON — Fashion, retailing and cosmetics executives are opening their wallets to contribute to the campaigns of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry.

Sears chairman Alan Lacy, Burberry chief executive Rose Marie Bravo and May Co….

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Fashion Features

The Buzz Around Boston

NEXT FOR KERRY: Even before Sen. John Kerry had finished his acceptance speech, convention attendees escaping the heat of a capacity crowd at the Fleet Center had this advice for the candidate: Focus on middle America’s…

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Fashion Features

CKI in Accessories Deal

NEW YORK — Calvin Klein Inc. is joining the growing number of sportswear players jumping into the better-priced accessories pool.

CKI, a subsidiary of Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., has signed a license deal with Accessory Network Group for…

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