Fashion

Dior Plots Global Retail Push for Chiuri's First Collection

The initiative combines freestanding pop-ups, partnerships with key retailers and special in-store merchandising.

clock 6hJoelle Diderich and Sharon Edelson

Eye

Franca Sozzani's Mass Draws Designers, Executives in Milan

The Mass was held at the tail end of Milan Fashion Week to remember the late editor in chief of Vogue Italia, who died in December.

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Business

Warren Buffett Baffled by Retail

The investor praised Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and said he can’t figure out retail.

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Donatella’s New Day: ‘Stronger’ Than Ever As Business Revamps

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Overview

"I'm proud, I'm passionate, I'm a fighter — and a survivor," said a bright-eyed, upbeat Donatella Versace from her penthouse suite at Claridge's one evening earlier this year.

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Fashion Features

Dolce & Gabbana Shifts Eyewear License

MILAN — Dolce & Gabbana has signed a licensing agreement with Luxottica for the production and global distribution of prescription frames and sunglasses under the Dolce & Gabbana and D&G labels. The five-year agreement, with an…

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Fashion Features

Quote of the Week

“I was nervous. This never happened to me before. But there’s always the first time for everything for the NYPD.’’

— Police Officer Mark A. Iocco, who escorted Wonderbra model Maja during a Times Square photo op.

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Retail

In Brief: Welcome to the Jungle … Personalized Cells …

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE: Bluefly Inc. on Thursday launched its storefront on Amazon.com as a featured store in the apparel and accessories section. “We’re excited to be able to bring our unique combination of fashion, value and…

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While J.C. Penney posted a 2 percent increase in September comps, the rest of the department store group continued to flounder.

Financial

Comps Slumber in September

The strong fashion cycle that boosted retail sales in the first half of this year and through most of 2003 could be nearing its end.

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Financial

Analysts: Retail Outlook Dims for October

NEW YORK — Consumers held onto their purse strings in September, and it looks as if they may do so through October.

Retail Forward’s Index of Future Spending slipped to 100.7 in October from a reading of 102.7 in September,…

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Stella McCartney

Fashion Features

La Vie Bohème – Stella McCartney, Dries Van Noten, Celine, Veronique Branquinho

Stella McCartney’s hipster collection had flower-child-like frocks and slinky tunics…Dries Van Noten’s was a movable feast of folksy chic…Roberto Menichetti’s Celine woman was a chic Parisienne…and Veronique…

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Nicole Kidman at Thiou.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Midnight Rambler … On the Money … Mommy Dearest …

MIDNIGHT RAMBLER: Few celebrities may be gracing the front rows of the Paris shows, but – heck – people gotta eat. Nicole Kidman, in town for this morning’s Chanel show, dined Wednesday night at Thiou, a Thai restaurant…

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Martin Grant

Fashion Features

Aspects of Luxe – Martin Grant, Loewe, Andrew Gn, Loulou de la Falaise

Martin Grant created a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” world…Jose Enrique Ona Selfa did luxurious sportswear for Loewe…Loulou de la Falaise combined Paris chic with exotic references…and Andrew Gn saluted the over-the-top…

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Leonard

Fashion Features

Pretty and Carefree – Leonard, Christian Wijnants, Charles Anastase, Bless, Issey Miyake, Isabelle Marant, Lutz, Gaspard Yurkievich, Bruno Pieters, Nicolas Andreas Taralis

PARIS — Vivid colors, graphic prints and feminine silhouettes have enlivened many collections here, as designers tap into the pretty, carefree attitude sweeping through fashion for spring. Veronique Leroy, for example, in her second season at…

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Mark Lee

Fashion Features

Yves Saint Laurent’s Plan for Growth

Yves Saint Laurent’s Mark Lee talks frankly about the shortcomings of the first phase of YSL’s development and outlines a strategy for phase two.

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Retailers are bullish on Nicole Kidman’s visuals for Chanel No.5.

Beauty Features

Stars Shine Brightly at Fragrance Counters

NEW YORK — Beauty is in the process of finding out if the stars are in alignment — at retail, that is.

The first wave of this season’s new celebrity fragrances and multimillion-dollar star-powered ad campaigns are…

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Sally Hansen’s 13-piece manicure and pedicure kit called Instant Nail Party.

Beauty Features

Retailers Look to Beauty to Bolster Holiday Sales

If early indications are any barometer, the news is hopeful for fall beauty sales.

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Beauty Features

Top Notes: Road to Russia … Lip Service … The Politics of Makeup …

ROAD TO RUSSIA: Procter & Gamble, eyeing Russia as a key area for growth, and Russian Fashion Week have inked a three-year partnership. P&G’s Pantene Pro-V brand will be featured as a key sponsor of the event, held in Moscow April…

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Beauty Features

Givaudan Unit Gains Ground

NEW YORK — Due to strong performances of its fine fragrances and consumer products businesses, Givaudan’s Fragrance Division delivered a 2.5 percent gain in sales for the nine-month period ended Sept. 30.

Results exclude sales of…

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Silvia Lagnado, global brand director for Dove.

Beauty Features

Dove Ad Campaign Aims to Redefine Beauty

New York — Dove, long billed as America’s beauty bar for nearly half a century, thinks 50 is fabulous— even in the face of our country’s youth-obsessed culture. Guided by that sort of plucky spirit, the Unilever brand is taking…

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Sabon’s Sharon Hasson and Avi Piatok.

Beauty Features

Sabon’s Upper West Side Soap Story

NEW YORK — With an ambitious roll-out of their Israel-based Sabon stores, childhood chums Avi Piatok and Sharon Hasson are attempting to make a solid splash in the U.S. bath and body market. Piatok, who founded Sabon in 1997, and Hasson, who…

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Daria Myers

Beauty Features

Origins: The Doctor Is In

NEW YORK — Origins is heading to the doctor’s office for its latest project.

The brand has signed a multiyear deal with Andrew Weil, M.D., encompassing both product development and spokesman duties. Weil’s first task will be…

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Dr. Wu’s products.

Beauty Features

Derm Trend Gets Asian Accent

NEW YORK — The dermatologist beauty brand trend continues. Its newest proponent, Los Angeles-based Dr. Jessica Wu, has an eponymous range that blends Asian plant extracts with Western technology.

“I wanted to develop a line that…

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Beauty Features

Holt Renfrew Expanding Grooming in Key Stores

NEW YORK — An increase in both the quantity and quality of men’s grooming brands has a number of retailers in North America pondering how to merchandise them.

Perhaps no chain is more committed to ramping up the men’s area…

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Select offerings from Revlon’s new face makeup collection, Age Defying with Botafirm, slated to debut in January.

Beauty Features

Revlon’s Second Skin

New York — Revlon finds older women very attractive. So much so that the beauty company is trying to woo mature women with the introduction of a face makeup collection called Age Defying with Botafirm, designed to reduce wrinkles in two weeks…

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Sarah Gray Miller

Media

Bargain Hunters Come Out of the Closet

NEW YORK — “I’m on an owl kick lately, I’m buying a lot of Seventies owl jewelry,” said Sarah Gray Miller, the editor in chief of Budget Living, which turns two with the October/November issue.

Miller, clutching…

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An image from Cosmo’s ad campaign.

Media

Memo Pad: Conflict Avoidance … Premature Anticipation … Get Carter …

CONFLICT AVOIDANCE: Yes, that’s New York Observer media reporter Tom Scocca’s byline on a story about Hong Kong horse racing in the October issue of GQ. But no, the piece does not constitute a conflict of interest for Scocca,…

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Fashion Features

Software Makes Auctions Easy

NEW YORK — ZTradingIndustries Inc. of Las Vegas has launched zdrop, software that manages and automates the sales of as many as 100,000 items at once on auction sites such as those run by eBay, Yahoo and Amazon.

Initially aimed at mail…

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Financial

Report: Rate Changes Could Affect Trade

GENEVA — Fluctuations in exchange rates may lessen demand for differentiated products like fashion items, while having a reduced impact on commodities, according to an International Monetary Fund report released this week.

Although minor…

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Financial

Costco Posts Gains in Qtr., Year

NEW YORK — Costco Wholesale Corp. on Thursday registered double-digit gains for both the fourth-quarter and year-end periods, citing gains in new memberships and increased sales at Costco Online.

The warehouse club said that for the three…

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Financial

Tarrant Closes on $45M Deal

NEW YORK — Tarrant Apparel Group said after the bell Thursday that it closed on a previously announced $45 million factoring loan with GMAC Commercial Finance.

The financing is a three-year deal that replaces Tarrant’s existing $90…

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Financial

Japanese Chain Plans to Shutter 10 Stores, Cut 800 Jobs

TOKYO — Mitsukoshi Ltd., the second-largest and one of the most prestigious department store chains in Japan, has revealed plans to close a total of 10 stores and cut 800 jobs by May 2005 to boost profitability.

The stores to be closed…

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Muffie Potter Aston

People

Suzy

Visits from the stork…Heidi Klum on the big screen…Trés Cher…Beyoncé and the Big Mac.

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Evelyn Lauder, Andre Agassi and Elizabeth Hurley.

Beauty Features

BCRF Thinks Pink in Vegas

LAS VEGAS — In a city given to spectacular promotional overtures, Evelyn Lauder pulled off a stunt last week that stopped casino-bound tourists in their tracks when she and her crusading partner, Elizabeth Hurley, bathed the Venetian Resort here…

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Fashion Features

A Gypsy Spirit

PARIS — Jean Paul Gaultier’s theme for spring was flamenco-dancing gypsies, but, aside from that delightful caravan, his bewitching collection also featured some wonderfully wearable clothes. There were terrific jackets with ruffles down…

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Fashion Features

Donatella’s New Day: ‘Stronger’ Than Ever As Business Revamps

Feeling better than ever, Donatella Versace, who spent six weeks in rehab this summer for drug-related issues, was in London to promote her latest fragrance.

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Financial

Diverse Views on Limited Buyback

NEW YORK — The reactions were mixed from Wall Street analysts on news that Limited Brands Inc. was commencing a $2 billion stock buyback program through a Dutch auction, followed by a post-purchase, special dividend of $500 million.

A…

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Financial

Strong Start for New York & Co. IPO

NEW YORK — Shares of New York & Co. were on the move in the market Thursday as the price jumped 13.5 percent in its trading debut.

The stock, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NWY, closed at $19.30, up…

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Spring bags from Michael Kors featured in The Walk campaign.

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Michael Kors Reprises ‘The Walk’ Street-Style Handbag Campaign

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