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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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Fashion

Rihanna Said Eyeing Paris for Next Fenty Puma Show

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

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Media

Condé Nast Said to Mull Cost Cutting, Publisher Changes

Cuts may be coming to Condé Nast.

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LVMH v. Morgan Stanley: Luxe Group Out to Show Major Damages in Case

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The French luxury goods giant vows to soon bring forth supporting evidence of "extremely substantial" damages caused by the investment firm.

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Fashion Features

The Cool Caftan

IRVINE, Calif. — In her cruise-spring show at the Bren Center on Thursday, Marie Gray, vice chairman and chief designer at St. John, celebrated flower power throughout the firm’s collections with breezy jackets, dresses and caftans covered…

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Financial

LVMH v. Morgan Stanley: Luxe Group Out to Show Major Damages in Case

LVMH’s war with investment bank Morgan Stanley could reach a new level this fall, according to the firm’s 2003 annual report.

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Financial

Sears Taps Padilla to Lead Merchandising

uis Padilla, a veteran of the Target and Marshall Field’s chains, will join Sears as president of merchandising, a newly created position.

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Financial

Overtime Rules Are Taking Effect

WASHINGTON — For the first time in more than 50 years, the U.S. Department of Labor today will implement a major overhaul of federal overtime regulations against a backdrop of controversy.

The new rules raise the salary threshold…

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Fashion Features

Coming This Week

Monday: Perry Ellis International and Gottschalks Inc. report second-quarter sales and earnings.

Thursday: Atlanta resort market (through Aug. 30).
Kellwood Co., Chico’s, Deb Shops, Dollar General and The Sports Authority…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Roxy’s New VEEP…

ROXY’S NEW VEEP: In Quiksilver’s campaign to fortify the next phase of its young women’s power brand, Roxy, the Huntington Beach, Calif.-based global concern has hired Mary Kwan as senior vice president of merchandising and…

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Fashion Features

Corrections

In the Aug. 16 issue, three credits were inadvertently omitted from the images in the photo spread. The shirt (pictured) is from Zoe D. at the Jeffrey Schwager Showroom and the jeans are from Allen B. by Allen Schwartz. The eagle-detailed handbag in…

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Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Ren to Make U.S. Debut … Karan Prescribes an Apple a Day

Ren to Make U.S. Debut

LOS ANGELES — Ren, the London-based skin care line, is coming to America.

Next month the brand, which is distributed in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Amsterdam and Sweden, will debut in seven…

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Fashion Features

New Men’s Shopping Mag Seeks Affluent Readers

NEW YORK — Vitals, the new men’s magazine, is sure to be lumped in with Cargo and Sync as one more shopping magazine.

But Vitals editor in chief Joe Zee resists that designation, arguing the magazine — the newest offering from…

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Financial

General Growth, Rouse Sign $7.2B Merger Deal

NEW YORK — Consolidation’s the order of the day for both retailers and the mall developers that house them.

Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc. said Friday it had signed a $7.2 billion definitive merger agreement with The…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: A Big Rock … No Script Approval for Now … Leaving Liz? …

A BIG ROCK: Rumors persist that Asprey is looking to kick-start its rejuvenation by appointing a bigwig creative director — and it could be in talks with none other than Karl Lagerfeld. Although the company insists it’s not…

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People

Inn Demand

Clerkenwell, the artsy East London neighborhood, is now home to one of the city’s newest and most novel hotels, the Zetter Restaurant and Rooms.

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People

Fry Gets Vile

NEW YORK — Stephen Fry, a giant of a man who’s had a long and varied career in film, television and theater, enjoyed reading Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel of society, “Vile Bodies,” as a teenager. So when he was asked to…

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Fashion Features

VF Taps Seegal As Nautica CEO

Nautica confirmed that Denise V. Seegal will be its new president and chief executive officer, succeeding founder David Chu, who is leaving to pursue other interests.

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Fashion Features

J.Lo Gets Hands-On at Sweetface

With the recent departures of the ceo and creative director at Jennifer Lopez’s fashion firm, J.Lo is taking center stage to invigorate her franchise.

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Fashion Features

Intimate Portraits

There’s much ado about sweet, lacy nothings and charming loungewear at four new lines: Wendy Glez, Dana Profili Lingerie, Jillian Sherry and Puella.

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Fashion Features

Marchon Signs Michael, Sets Sight Abroad

Eyewear company Marchon does good business with U.S. brands but is looking to create a presence in the international market.

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Fashion Features

Meyers Out to Make Noise in Watches

NEW YORK — Meyers is hoping to build a business on a blend of jewelry and watches.

The collection of watches, launched in the U.S. earlier this year, combines jewelry and watchmaking with an unusual design feature. Like a sunburst, the…

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Fashion Features

Findings: Yasmena Sold … A Jewel of a Time … Another Bag Lunch …

YASMENA SOLD: Pine Brook, N.J.-based leather goods manufacturer Westport Corp. acquired budding handbag firm Yasmena Inc., based in New York, for an undisclosed sum last week.

Yasmena was founded by Emily Blumenthal in 2000 with a…

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Fashion Features

Jewelers Join the Gem Brigade

This fall, a treasure trove of new designers and firms are entering the fine jewelry field, including Tourneau, Deity, Nam M. Cho and Meg Carter.

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Financial

WWD Stock Index Resilient

NEW YORK — By the end of last week, investors shrugged off rising oil prices — at least for the time being — and focused on other economic news, as well as some solid earnings reports.

As a result, the WWD Stock Index

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Financial

Gross Margins Expand in Qtr.

NEW YORK — Whoever sees June and July as markdown, slash-and-cut clearance months, may want to do some rethinking.

Of the retailers reporting second-quarter results last week, the majority experienced higher, year-over-year gross margin…

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Financial

Cartier Complaint Seeks Injunction Against Knockoffs

NEW YORK — Cartier is seeking to halt the sale of watches it claims are knockoffs of its Tank line.

In a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, on Aug. 18, Cartier, a division of Richemont North…

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Fashion Features

White Is Right for Fontaine

NEW YORK — If there’s anything women need more than a little black dress, it’s a lot of white shirts.

That’s the opinion of Anne Fontaine, whose self-named collection consists of white shirts and little else. And her…

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Fashion Features

Europe Watch: Global Vision … Win Some, Lose Some … Fair is Fair

GLOBAL VISION: The minimalism — even austerity — often associated with Scandinavian design may still be an important trademark of the region’s fashion industry, but Nordic designers are increasingly taking their cue from…

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