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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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The Inside Man: Mark Lee Moves From YSL to Gucci Brand

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The formidable YSL executive, who spearheaded a radical and costly overhaul of the French fashion house, will succeed Giacomo Santucci as president and managing director of the $1.9 billion Italian firm, effective Nov. 2.

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Fashion Features

The Rugby Team

BOSTON — Ralph Lauren chose Saturday, the opening day of the World Series, to debut Rugby, his new store here on Newbury Street, which features a fresh, lower-priced line of preppy clothes for the collegiate set available only in the shop. After…

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Fashion Features

The Inside Man: Mark Lee Moves From YSL to Gucci Brand

Mark Lee, who spearheaded a radical overhaul at Yves Saint Laurent, will succeed Giacomo Santucci as president and managing director of Gucci.

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Financial

In Brief: Vuitton No-go on Madison … M&S Investors Tender Shares … Outlook Negative

VUITTON NO-GO ON MADISON: Louis Vuitton has abandoned a plan to open on Madison Avenue, at least for the moment. The French leather goods, shoes, jewelry and ready-to-wear brand, was close to securing a lease at 845 Madison Ave. at 70th Street,…

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Financial

EU to Remove U.S. Trade Penalty

EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said trade sanctions against $4 billion in U.S. exports, including apparel and textiles, will be lifted Jan. 1.

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Retail Features

Gap Said Naming Zung

Gap Inc. is expected to announce today that Austyn Zung will become senior vice president of design and product development for its new women’s apparel concept targeting customers 35 and older.

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Fashion Features

Valli to Launch Own Collection

A day after the news that Vincent Darré will replace him as creative director at Emanuel Ungaro, Valli said he will be launching his namesake line for fall 2005.

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Retail Features

Burberry By The Bay and in Rome

With flagships opening in San Francisco and Rome, the sun still has plenty of room to shine on Burberry’s luxury goods empire.

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Retail Features

Bravo a Star Attraction

SAN FRANCISCO — Wrapped in a gold lamé trench, Burberry chief executive Rose Marie Bravo looked every bit the rock star last Thursday night as she navigated the opening night party jammed with 450 guests at the new flagship here.

And…

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People

Solar Power

The Los Angeles activist set donned their fall tweeds for the NRDC Action Forum’s “Ecosalon” … What they wore to the Ramones benefit.

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People

They Are Wearing: Hey Ho, Let’s Go

NEW YORK — One might expect Ramones fans to look like Joey Ramone doppelgängers — banged black bobs, black leather jackets, ripped denim and sneakers. Not so. At the recent Be Well: Ramones Beat on Cancer benefit, acolytes turned up…

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Fashion Features

The Fashionables Pick Their Peers

RTW: A dozen fashion-minded women pick their favorite harbinger of style from another generation, and the results were surprising and diverse.

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Fashion Features

Saga Furs Turns 50, Turns Pages

NEW YORK — Saga Furs, a co-operative of fur breeders, celebrated its 50th anniversary with a cocktail party and book unveiling at Scandinavia House Wednesday night.

Zang Toi revved up the bash when he arrived halfway through with three…

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Fashion Features

Star-Studded Bridal Sales

NEW YORK — Star Magazine and Us Weekly might not be the first places brides-to-be turn to for dress suggestions, but recent coverage of celebrity weddings in those magazines helped Monique Lhuillier ring up $200,000 in sales at a recent three-day…

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Fashion Features

Mark Heister Unloads in Chicago

NEW YORK — To mark its 30th year in business, Mark Heister has donated 428 samples to Columbia College Chicago.

The Chicago-based designer produces sculpted eveningwear and separates under his own label and estimated his donation to be…

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Textiles

Interstoff Firms Set for Quota End

TEXTILES: China’s growing prowess in global textile production was the talk of the trading floor at this month’s Interstoff Asia show in Hong Kong.

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Retail Features

Ralph’s Rugby Pitch

Ralph Lauren has set his sights on the burgeoning college market with a brand new vertical retail concept called Rugby.

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Memo Pad: Make It, Don’t Fake It … Institutional Food … The Wu Chang Clan

MAKE IT, DON’T FAKE IT: Think you’re not hurting anyone with that $7 “Kate Spade” handbag you picked up in Chinatown? Harper’s Bazaar hopes you’ll reconsider. The Hearst-owned fashion title is throwing its…

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Fashion Features

DVF, Samsung Joint Venture To Launch Designer Phones

NEW YORK — Diane von Furstenberg is doing a high wireless act.

The fashion designer is sharing her face and creative inspiration with Samsung through her design of a fire-engine red cell phone sporting Andy Warhol’s portrait of von…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Roc-A-Feller Foundation … Image-makers … Denim Rocks …

ROC-A-FELLER FOUNDATION: There was a Rockefeller and a Roc-A-Fella at the Four Seasons Monday: Music-fashion-film impresario Damon Dash (Rocawear, Team Roc, PRO-Keds, etc.) and designer Rachel Roy sat passing pumpkin soup back and…

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Retail Features

Dior Opens Unit in Ginza

TOKYO — A white building, luminous as a block of ice, made its official debut in the burgeoning Ginza district here over the weekend as Christian Dior feted its largest store in Asia.

Located at 5-6-1 Ginza, the boutique boasts 10,300…

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Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Davies Duo Gets Natural With Collective Wellbeing … Dessange on QVC

Davies Duo Gets Natural With Collective Wellbeing

NEW YORK — The beauty aisles at natural foods markets are about to get a shot of style.

Collective Wellbeing, a new personal care brand from Davies Gate founders Jack and Ellen…

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