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Overview

When the going gets tough, Russians go luxury shopping — and right now there are just a handful of major retailers snapping up all the brands.

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Fashion Features

Snake Charmer

MILAN — Ever since the days of Adam and Eve, snakes have been credited with an irresistible charm. And Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana borrowed some of it for the fabulous Dolce & Gabbana spring collection they showed on Friday, using…

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Financial

Saks Fifth Avenue to Close 11 Units

NEW YORK — Saks Fifth Avenue Enterprises, a unit of Saks Inc., said Friday it will close eight Saks Fifth Avenue stores and three Off 5th stores by early 2005 — reducing the unit’s total square footage by 7 percent — in order…

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Financial

Armani Operating Earnings Jump 23%

MILAN — Giorgio Armani saw rising first-half profits and revenue in the second quarter, but witnessed a slowdown in U.S. retail sales.

Earnings before interest and taxes for the six months ended June 30 rose 23 percent to 89 million…

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Retail

Russia’s Luxury Mania: Stores Grab Real Estate To Build New Empires

When the going gets tough, Russians go luxury shopping — and right now there are just a handful of major retailers snapping up all the brands.

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Seeing Pretty … Onboard Oakley

SEEING PRETTY: BCBG Max Azria has signed a licensing deal with New York-based ClearVision Optical for a line of eyewear for women with an option to launch men’s. ClearVision replaces Eyespace, whose licensing contract expired in December….

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Christine Orban

People

Another Country

French writer Christine Orban discusses her memoir “One Day My Sister Disappeared.”

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Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg with Sarah Jessica Parker in Vera Wang and a Marni jacket.

People

School Night

Sarah Jessica Parker, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, Katie Couric, Marisa Tomei, Regis and Joy Philbin and Marlo Thomas ventured to Vera Wang’s Park Avenue apartment last Thursday night to…

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The dining room at Silverleaf Tavern.

People

Ye Olde Tavern

NEW YORK — Bordello chic seems to be cropping up all over New York. Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s V Steakhouse at the Time Warner Center is decorated in plush maroon tones and appears to have sprouted out of a Russian forestal fairy tale. If…

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Dolce & Gabbana

Fashion Features

In Their Own Fashion – Dolce & Gabbana, Jil Sander, Versace and Miu Miu

Versace, Jil Sander, Dolce & Gabbana and Miu Miu were among the highlights closing an upbeat Italian season.

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Roberto Cavalli

Fashion Features

Circling the Globe – Roberto Cavalli, Gianfranco Ferré, Etro, Moschino Cheap & Chic, Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti and Strenesse

Roberto Cavalli’s Tuscan woman goes to Ibiza, Saint Tropez and Mustique…Gianfranco Ferré embraces the biker babe..India and Africa are inspirations at Etro…Moschino Cheap & Chic heads to Hawaii.

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Riley Keough, Lisa Marie Presley and Priscilla Presley.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: All Shook Up … Drama Major … Galaxy Quest …

ALL SHOOK UP: A traffic bottleneck prevented Priscilla Presley, her daughter, Lisa Marie, and granddaughter, Riley Keough, from gracing the front row at the Dolce & Gabbana show on Friday. Instead, the trio of Presley…

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Alessandro Dell’Acqua

Fashion Features

Facets of Femininity – Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Luisa Beccaria, Antonio Berardi, Stephen Fairchild, Blugirl and Cividini

Alessandro Dell’Acqua created a Victorian jungle queen … Luisa Beccaria’s looks, as ever, were gentle and feminine … and Antonio Berardi’s collection would have pleased Marie Antoinette.

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Textiles

WTO Standing Firm On Quota Phaseout

The WTO’s Council on Trade reaffirmed its commitment to end apparel and textile quota system, squashing an attempt to extend them.

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Retail

Reba’s Latest Duet: Fashion With Dillard’s

Reba McEntire has teamed with Dillard’s to develop a signature collection, produced by Icon Creations, to be sold in 147 of its 329 stores.

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Fashion Features

Beckham Spicing Up Denim

LOS ANGELES — Victoria Beckham, the former Spice Girl, is getting her groove on again in a design partnership with denim label Rock & Republic.

Beckham, who is married to soccer superstar David Beckham, is partial to denim, T-shirts…

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Trussardi

Fashion Features

A Little Romance

Though safari, tribal and ethnic flourishes ruled the Milan runways for spring, some designers continued to embrace fashion’s romantic side. But by working with high-tech fabrics, furs and denim, they took the girly notion beyond tissue-thin…

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Financial

WWD Stock Index Inches Up

NEW YORK — The WWD Stock Index advanced for the first time in a month, gaining 0.3 percent to 1,083.65 from 1,080.33 a week ago.

Among the broader indices, the S&P 500 shook off record-high oil prices to rally 1.9…

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Brioni

Fashion Features

A Theory of Evolution

Wonderful fabrications but boring silhouettes do not a fashion house make. This point was taken by a series of super-luxurious companies that, for spring, attempted to inject more fashion sensibility into their collections. Think evolution not…

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Fashion Features

FCBID Aims to Get Vote in Style

NEW YORK — The Fashion Center Business Improvement District, seeking to make voting stylish, sent a letter this week calling on designers to help with a get-out-the-vote drive.

Barbara Blair Randall, executive director of the FCBID, told…

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Vera Wang is making a business move to Hawaii.

Retail

How Suite It Is: Wang Takes Style to Hawaii

NEW YORK — Apparently, it’s not enough to wear a Vera Wang wedding dress. Soon newlyweds can sleep in a Vera Wang-designed suite, too.

Through a deal with the Halekulani resort in Honolulu, the designer is dressing up a room in her…

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Financial

Next Up: LVMH Sues Wet Seal

NEW YORK — A month after failing to win an injunction against Dooney & Bourke for allegedly copying its Murakami handbag design, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is back on the offensive, this time against Wet Seal.

In a…

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Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: IFF Taps Dunsdon … Helen of Troy Adds Skin Milk, TimeBlock

NEW YORK — International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. said Friday it has promoted James H. Dunsdon to the newly created role of chief operating officer of the company.

In his role, Dunsdon will have global responsibility for all aspects…

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A glass-encased skywalk is a star attraction.

Retail

La Perla’s New Luxurious Presence

NEW YORK — Two significant developments are expected to impact the $250 million lingerie specialist Gruppo La Perla this year: It unveiled a multimillion dollar flagship and headquarters on Madison Avenue here last month, and the company is…

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Financial

Europe Watch: Fashion Diplomacy … Heading East … Galeries Going …

FASHION DIPLOMACY: Last year China sent six up-and-coming designers to show on the runway in Paris. Now the City of Light is reciprocating by dispatching its talent to China. Anne Valérie Hash, Lutz, Gaspard Yurkievich, Felipe Oliveira…

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Textiles

U.N. Study: Quota End Will Hurt Poor Nations

GENEVA — The end of quotas will pose an economic hurdle for the world’s poorest nations, with the surge in competition likely to erode already weak labor and environmental protections in the developing world, according to a study by the…

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Missoni’s feminine look.

Fashion Features

Retailers Like Milan’s Stylish Mix

Milan’s designers dreampt of romantic getaways to Africa and India, and retailers, calling it a solid season, are happy to go along for the ride.

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Ralph S. Mason

Beauty Features

Cradle CEO Touts Expansion

NEW YORK — Despite multiple reshufflings of executives at the company since the summer, Cradle Holdings’ chief executive officer Ralph S. Mason claims the firm is poised for growth. It operates three beauty brands: the Erno Laszlo skin…

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Fashion Features

Intimate Notes: Getting Involved

GETTING INVOLVED: The Curvation bra brand at VF Intimates will be participating in October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a Limited Edition Queen Latifah Signature Series line of four pink ribbon bras and one shaper. Queen Latifah…

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Fashion Features

Stepping into Spring

Accessories designers are revving things up for spring with mile-high wedges, jewel-embellished bags and heels and safari-inspired pieces. Although the looks are still feminine, the mood is much more relaxed and bohemian.

At Tod’s, the…

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Fashion Features

Cult Cargo

“I feel like a drug mule.” With that pronouncement Vogue’s Sally Singer plunked down a shopping bag — her allowed carry-on—on a seat at the back of the airport bus at Charles de Gaulle after arriving from Milan on…

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Richard Avedon in 1965

Fashion Features

Obituary: Iconic Image Maker Richard Avedon

NEW YORK — “I’m not a snob about fashion….Who knows what a fine photograph is? In 50 years, it might be a fashion photograph that provides the clue to this time and this life.”

The statement the late Richard Avedon…

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Interior of the Scott Mallory store on Spring Street in New York.

Retail

Scott Mallory Unbuckles SoHo Store

NEW YORK —Yet another high-end fashion retailer has moved into SoHo but this time around, it’s not an international luxury house.

Last month, new belt firm Scott Mallory set up shop in what was half of shoemaker Charles…

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Edwin “Itsi Bitsy” Atkins with his statement bags, including the head of Howard Stern.

Fashion Features

Itsi Bitsy’s Teeny-Weeny Bag Biz

NEW YORK — During the recent Republican National Convention and last month’s New York Fashion Week, an intrepid handbag designer and a pack of models took to the streets of Manhattan with a series of guerrilla fashion shows.

The…

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Fashion Features

Findings: Golden Ads … New Sales and Marketing Exec at Sharon G. … The Buzz About Town

GOLDEN ADS: The World Gold Council wants to see the metal on the tip of everyone’s tongue and at the top of everyone’s mind. The organization’s new advertising campaign, Speak Gold, takes an emotional approach to marketing…

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