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Hong Kong Loses Ralph Lauren Flagship, Braces for More Closures

Ralph Lauren quietly shuttered its two-year-old 20,000-square-foot store last week. Other brands are expected to close boutiques in a city that has lost its luster for cash-rich mainland Chinese tourists.

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Beauty

WWD Beauty Inc Honors the Industry’s Best for 2016

The 15th-annual awards ceremony recognized the accomplishments of a cross section of beauty executives.

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Business

Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case in China

The decision could be a landmark ruling for Western brands in China.

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Tommy’s Tough Reality: Hilfiger Struggles With Federal Probe

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Overview

Surrounded by assistants, cameraman and hordes of hopeful designers at a casting call for his new reality TV show, Tommy Hilfiger was in his element — the master of ceremonies offering opinions on style and serving up well-crafted sound bites.

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Retail

Gap to Open Accessories Store

NEW YORK — Gap has a simple message this holiday season: Love accessories.

On Nov. 18, the chain is treating New Yorkers to a new retail concept — an accessories-only Gap shop called Love, to be located in a separate space adjacent…

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Financial

Europe Watch: Bloc Party … French Pinch … German Blues

BLOC PARTY: Zara is boosting its presence in Eastern Europe. The Spanish fast-fashion chain, part of the Inditex retail group, said it opened a 20,000-square-foot flagship in Budapest on Friday, a week after opening its first store in the…

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Financial

WWD Stock Index Aided By Oil

NEW YORK — Retail stock prices gained ground for a second straight week as falling oil prices, a brighter jobs picture, stronger same-store sales in October and the reelection of President Bush inspired Wall Street to invest in the…

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Financial

Jobs Rise, but Industry Tapering Continues

Textile and apparel manufacturers slashed more jobs in October, while retailers added to their payrolls, the Labor Department reported Friday.

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Fashion Features

Nights in White Satin

NEW YORK — Designers are finding their way in the dark this season with shimmering white silk nightgowns, romantically accented by mesh, ribbons and lace. Here, Hush Hush’s lace-accented, midcalf version in silk charmeuse with…

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Tommy Hilfiger at a casting for “The Cut.”

Financial

Tommy’s Tough Reality: Hilfiger Struggles With Federal Probe

Tommy Hilfiger has maintained his cool persona, but the company that bears his name is under much pressure from a grand jury investigation.

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Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Lauder Sees China Growth

Estée Lauder sees its future in China, independent pharmacies in Europe and more proprietary products, William F. Lauder told shareholders.

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Financial

China’s Disclosure of Subsidies Under Fire

The U.S., EU and Japan took China to task last week at the WTO over its failure to give notice of its annual government subsidies to businesses.

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Fashion Features

In Brief: New Look

NEW LOOK: Italy’s De Rigo has signed a licensing deal with jeweler Chopard to produce and distribute eyewear for the brand starting in the spring. De Rigo declined to release sales forecasts for the brand or the duration of the license…

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Fashion Features

Correction

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are “longtime friends and collaborators,” according to Hawke’s publicist. The Suzy column on Nov. 3 stated that Delpy was Hawke’s girlfriend.

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Robert Lee Morris’ new book chronicles his 30-plus years in fashion.

Fashion Features

Robert Lee Morris Comes Full Circle

ACCESSORIES: Times have improved considerably since Robert Lee Morris was 23 and sold his jewelry to buy brown rice and vegetables.

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Laura Godsal pedaling her wares.

Fashion Features

My Tights Makes Strides on the Web

LONDON — Laura Godsal is a woman thoroughly committed to her legwear. Rain or shine, no matter the weather, she bikes around town in a skirt, heels and a fabulous pair of tights. Even in the heat and stickiness of the London summer, she slips on…

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Susan Sarandon

Fashion Features

Stars, Stones Dazzle at Ace Awards

NEW YORK — Industry executives were in jovial spirits at the annual Ace Accessories Council Excellence Awards last Monday. With fall retail sales said to be strong many are confident the momentum will continue through holiday and spring. Add to…

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Mikimoto ad campaign.

Retail

Findings: Pearl Lifestyle … Bergdorf’s Newest Gem … Cole’s Sole

PEARL LIFESTYLE: The tide is starting to shift at pearl giant Mikimoto. The firm has narrowed its focus on attracting the more fashion-conscious customer, most recently with a new print ad campaign that launched in September. The six-image…

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Wonderbra’s Sultry Stripe bra and coordinating panty at Sara Lee.

Retail

Market Slowly Picks Up Steam

NEW YORK — A smattering of out-of-town retailers managed to show up at last week’s market amid Election Day jitters.

Traffic was sparse and sporadic, with the exception of a few Madison Avenue showrooms that were busy on Tuesday,…

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Retail

Frederick’s Celeb Auction Nets $20,000

LOS ANGELES — Citing the Boston Red Sox defeat of the Yankees, Susan Sarandon said “Anything is possible,” including lingerie making a difference for charity.

At Frederick’s of Hollywood’s Second Annual Lingerie…

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Fashion Features

Intimate Notes: La Perla Taps Marini

LA PERLA TAPS MARINI: Yolanda Marini has been named to the new post of vice president of La Perla USA. She succeeds Gianfranco Flore, who had served as chief executive officer of Bologna, Italy-based Gruppo La Perla’s American unit until…

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Sean Lennon and Milla Jovovich

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Birthday Bash … Bag Man … Domestic Issues

BIRTHDAY BASH: There were so many B-list celebrities knocking about with Mariah Carey, Bruce Willis and Usher at P. Diddy’s 35th birthday party at Cipriani at 55 Wall Street Thursday night that you could almost…

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One of the rooms in FIT’s new conference center, which houses the Advanced Management Program.

Fashion Features

FIT Brings Industry to the Classroom

NEW YORK — The Fashion Institute of Technology is looking for its newest students in the industry’s executive suites.

Designed for high-level executives, the school’s new Advanced Management Program kicks off on Thursday with…

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A window display.

Fashion Features

Oscar’s Retail Debut

It took Oscar de la Renta nearly 40 years to open his first U.S. flagship and he still didn’t know quite what to expect.

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Textiles

Italian Textile Show Delayed

MILAN — The planned new Italian textile show, regrouping the country’s main industry exhibitions under one roof and trumpeted with pride less than two months ago, is not going to take place in March as scheduled and may not happen at…

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Fashion Features

David Chu to Launch Collection

NEW YORK — David Chu is back in the game.

The founder and former chief executive officer of VF Corp.’s Nautica business has established a new company to market an upscale men’s designer collection label, to debut at retail in…

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