Fashion

Chanel Plots The Year of Gabrielle

A new handbag model, its first new fragrance pillar in 15 years and more are on the docket.

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Business

New York Fashion Week Provides Much of What Retailers Ordered

American fashion capital set to soar.

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Business

Gucci Enhances Diversity and Inclusion

Gucci joined Parks, a nonprofit association helping companies to promote diversity and inclusion.

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Challenge for Chiquet: Growing Chanel Brand After Kopelman Success

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Overview

As operating reins at Chanel Inc. were officially handed over to Maureen Chiquet this week, a new star has joined the ranks of the industry's top luxury merchants — and she showed up for her debut interview wearing jeans.

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Fringe Theater

MILAN — It was a big moment. But when Alessandra Facchinetti showed her first collection for Gucci on Thursday, she did what she needed to do — continue on the course set by Tom Ford. The bold sexuality Gucci is known for was there, and…

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Arie Kopelman and Maureen Chiquet

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Challenge for Chiquet: Growing Chanel Brand After Kopelman Success

As Arie Kopelman hands over operating control of Chanel Inc. to Maureen Chiquet, the duo discuss the past and future of the famed house.

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Financial

Shareholders Sue Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger Corp. was slapped with multiple shareholder lawsuits stemming from a federal criminal investigation of its U.S. subsidiary.

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Alex Bolen, Eliza Reed Bolen and Oscar de la Renta.

Financial

Oscar Gets Financial Boost

NEW YORK — Oscar de la Renta has new asset-backed financing that the company is earmarking to strengthen its U.S. business.

The amount of the loan was not disclosed, but it is a financing arrangement backed more by the designer’s…

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Quote of the Week

“He really just believed in design. He didn’t play the game. He didn’t do the social thing, which he probably should have done.’’

Richard Lambertson of Lambertson Truex on Geoffrey Beene.

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Financial

In Brief: Shares Slammed … Mercedes Bid

SHARES SLAMMED: Shares of The Talbots Inc. and Ann Taylor Stores Corp. dropped in Thursday trading after both were downgraded by Wall Street analysts. On Wednesday, Talbots warned September same-store sales would be in the negative low single…

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Gucci

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The Pleasure Principle – Gucci, Moschino and DSquared

Alessandra Facchinetti created a very sexy Gucci collection with Fordian elements…Rosella Jardini’s Moschino had plenty of joie de mode…and Dean and Dan Caten’s DSquared line mixed vixen looks with some grown-up clothes.

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Gucci: Love And Diplomacy

MILAN — Retailers loved it, but editors aren’t quite smitten yet.

That was the immediate reaction after the debut Gucci collection by Alessandra Facchinetti, who succeeded Tom Ford as the company’s ready-to-wear…

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Max Mara

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Light and Breezy Does It: Max Mara/Sportmax, Piazza Sempione, Borbonese and Antonio Marras

Max Mara and Sportmax offered easy, classic spring fare…Piazza Sempione’s theme was lightness…and, at Borbonese, clean-cut and luxurious looks ruled.

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Jil Sander

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Jil Sander Settles In

MILAN — Just over a year after her return to the fashion fold, Jil Sander has learned something surprising about herself: She’s not that different from her former nemesis, Prada chief executive officer Patrizio…

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Fabrice Weber of Aramis and Designer Fragrances shares a FiFi’s moment with Kyan Douglas.

Beauty Features

Men’s Fragrance: The Next Celebrity Fray?

NEW YORK — While celebrity mania has gripped the women’s side of the fragrance business, industry observers are speculating as to whether the noise of celebrity launches on the men’s side will reach the same fevered pitch. The short…

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Coty Beauty Adds

Coty Beauty inked a long-term global beauty deal with Italian fashion brand Miss Sixty, which will have a “masstige” positioning.

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Benefit’s new story for 2005: no-nonsense foundation.

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Benefit Foundation Speaks Volumes

NEW YORK — With the launch of their first-ever foundation, Benefit founders Jean and Jane Ford are celebrating the company’s 30th anniversary by looking back to the future.

“We’ve always loved authentic,…

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From gamine to vamp, makeup kits look to books.

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Hitting the Books

NEW YORK — Spurred on by pouty pinups, artists’ sketchbooks and just plain convenience, makeup companies are hitting the books for holiday packaging, selling multipurpose palettes with narrative covers and magnetic…

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Cosmopolitan’s Don Loftus, Federated’s Thia Breen and Cartier’s Joseph Giugliano at Branch Tuesday night.

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Supporting Beauty’s Brightest

NEW YORK — The beauty industry really jazzed it up on Tuesday night.

Some of beauty’s biggest names turned up for the Cosmopolitan Cosmetics and Cartier-sponsored “Back to School and All That Jazz” cocktail party and…

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Woodridge’s The Bath Lounge, three-in-one body washes, shampoos and conditioners.

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Mass Beauty’s Newcomers for ’05

In a quest to pump up sales in the hair and bath categories, several mass market firms are making big changes to their product portfolio.

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The revamped Hair Therapy collection.

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Hurricane Forces ECRM to Opt for Rain Check

NEW YORK — The threat of Hurricane Jeanne, the fourth hurricane to pummel Florida this season, prompted ECRM show organizers to cancel its Hair Care Conference, scheduled to take place earlier this week in Miami.

ECRM sent out a barrage…

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L’Oréal to Host Legends Gala

NEW YORK — L’Oréal Paris is gathering together members of the beauty, fashion and publishing industries at the Legends Gala to mark the 10th anniversary of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, a not-for-profit organization devoted to…

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Beauty Features

Top Notes: Wal-Mart’s Cameo … New Nail Head … Cool Hunting

WAL-MART’S CAME0: ABC’s blockbuster soap “All My Children” and Wal-Mart toasted the launch of Enchantment perfume at a cocktail party, held Sept. 22, at the rooftop lounge of the Gansevoort Hotel in New York City’s…

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Gibò

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Paths Less Traveled

From sexy divas to deconstructed dreamers, Milan’s runways had the right attitude to match any personality: Gibò, Gilles Rosier, Neil Barrett, Iceberg, Exte, Laura Biagiotti, Mariella Burani and GF Ferré

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Sonia Kashuk and Petra Raymond of Sonia Kashuk.

Beauty Features

HBA Debuts Latest Industry Trends

NEW YORK — With an eye on finding a competitive edge, more than 16,000 beauty industry executives assembled at the HBA Health & Beauty America trade show this week.

The event, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center here from…

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Beauty Features

Beauty Panel Shares Success Stories

NEW YORK — Four industry entrepreneurs discussed the trials of the beauty business during the Movers and Shakers session at the HBA Health & Beauty America trade show on Wednesday.

Grant Berry, creator of Styli-Style, told the…

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Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

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Retro Reigns in Spain

MADRID — At Pasarela Cibeles, the SIMM-sponsored runway presentations held last week at the fairgrounds here, veteran designers generally played it safe while younger talents took the chances.

The presentations featured 26 designers, 23…

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Importers, Retailers Rebut Textile Industry

WASHINGTON — U.S. importers and retailers clashed with the textile sector on Thursday over limiting China’s imports next year, one day after the disclosure that the industry next week plans to file safeguard petitions against about 20…

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Kenneth Cole

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Kenneth Cole: Making Creativity Sell

NEW YORK — “Nobody needs what we sell,” said Kenneth Cole. “Our job is to make them think they do.”

Consumers have closets full of clothing and shoes, so why should retailers expect them to buy more, said Cole, the…

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Financial

H&M Earnings Jump 18% on Strong Sales

Hennes & Mauritz saw third-quarter profits climb 18 percent to $325.8 million, as sales gained 14 percent to $1.71 billion, led by the U.S.

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Robert and Caroline Polet

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Fashion Scoops: First Lady … Haute or Not … Big in Japan …

FIRST LADY: It wasn’t the first fashion show for Gucci chief executive officer Robert Polet, but it was for his wife, Caroline. Together, the fashion novices schmoozed with the style set, chatting it up with Mario…

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Talaya Centeno

Media

Made in the U.S.A.: Evans on Pioneers

NEW YORK — When Harold Evans thinks about American history, he thinks big. His latest book, “They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine, Two Centuries of Innovators,” is a survey of the individuals whose impact on…

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Kristin Davis

Media

Memo Pad: Have Envelope, Will Travel … East of Edun

HAVE ENVELOPE, WILL TRAVEL: Condé Nast Traveler has found a successful strategy for luring celebrities to present at its annual Readers’ Choice Awards — send them packing. “[Editor in chief] Tom [Wallace] likes to…

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The Trials of Romeo

Romeo Gigli is once again in a legal battle with his business partners, this time with previous and current owners IT Holding and Fratelli Prandina.

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Two looks from Tracy Reese’s Plenty spring line.

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Party Girls

NEW YORK — Tracy Reese hosted a swanky cocktail soiree Wednesday evening to show off her spring lineup for Plenty. She showed fun little dresses printed in bright colors and a beautiful vintage-looking lace group that featured a blouse and some…

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Financial

Gov’t Won’t Aid Karstadt

BERLIN — German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said Thursday the German government would not take steps to bail out the KarstadtQuelle department store and mail order group, which earlier this week revealed a $1.7 billion restructuring plan….

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Jennifer Garner

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Suzy

Goddaughter of Yentl … Bennifer the Sequel … Flockhart and Ford

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Fashion Features

Photographer Avedon Dies

Fashion photographer Richard Avedon, 81, died today in San Antonio, Tex., after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage last Saturday.

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