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Haider Ackermann's Captivating Spring Collection

The collection was ravishing, captivating with its drifting silk, trailing ribbons and delicious tropical colors.

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Maria Grazia Chiuri's First-Ever Fashion Show for Dior

In her debut collection for Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri proclaimed her ascent boldly, with a fresh take on on daytime dressing.

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Inside Jonathan Anderson's Show for Loewe

Jonathan Anderson elaborated on the long, languid silhouettes he introduced for fall, here more organic and unfinished, but just as alluring.

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The $55B Baby: Retail Landscape Shifts as Kmart Buys Sears

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In a deal that reshapes America's retail scene, Kmart Holding Co. said Wednesday that it will buy Sears, Roebuck & Co. for $11 billion, creating the nation's third-largest retailer with $55 billion in sales.

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The Montreal-based contemporary label, Industry, has crossed the border.

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Ones to Watch: Industry … Elwood … Hummel …

The contemporary and junior markets are constantly changing and every style-conscious teen — from the jeans-and-T-shirt lover to the glamorous trendsetter — always has her eye on the next hot thing. WWD scoured high and low and found…

clock November 18, 2004WWD Staff

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Teens as Brand Ambassadors

NEW YORK — Contrary to the popular view of teens as a group with a herd mentality who chase after the newest, hottest thing, American girls ages 13 to 17 are claiming they do not purchase items simply because they’re popular or…

clock November 18, 2004Valerie Seckler

Best friends from Spanish Harlem cite Ashanti, Jennifer Lopez and Christina Milian as fashion inspiration.

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Gotta Have It

Teens in Lenox Square, Atlanta

Are totally into…

Ponchos, Ugg boots, Asian-inspired mesh mules, Gap, Old Navy, Seven For All Mankind, Lacoste, Juicy Couture, Jakes, So Low

Love to shop at…

Ego,…

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Sales of premium jeans at Bloomingdale’s helped third-quarter profits at parent company Federated Department Stores increase 10.4 percent to $74 million.

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Niche Specialty Stores Win Teen Dollars

NEW YORK — Teen girls aspiring to update their wardrobes as often as their Hollywood idols have led the past year’s rebound in the specialty apparel market.

But even as the sector’s sales and earnings are going gangbusters…

clock November 18, 2004Meredith Derby

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Star Power

NEW YORK — While the paparazzi’s lens often captures a star’s everyday moments, it can also show their everyday styles. Here, for example, inspired by Uma’s look, Beau & Eros’ cotton tank; Rocket 898’s white…

clock November 18, 2004WWD Staff

Financial

Hudson’s Bay Exec Lineup Retooled to Lift Marketing

MONTREAL — Hudson’s Bay Co. of Toronto is launching a management reorganization in a bid to boost sales and come up with new retailing concepts as the company moves toward integrating its Bay department stores and Zellers discount…

clock November 18, 2004Brian Dunn

Retail

Bluefly to Open SoHo Unit

NEW YORK — Internet discount shop Bluefly Inc. will open a temporary store in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood on Friday, offering merchandise that will be updated daily to take advantage of the holiday shopping season.

The estimated…

clock November 18, 2004WWD Staff

Financial

Hot Topic Net Down 17.6%

NEW YORK — Hurting teen retailer Hot Topic Inc. posted its second quarter in a row of declining profits Wednesday. Bottom-line results in the first nine months of the year were similarly gloomy.

The company said after the close of the…

clock November 18, 2004Meredith Derby

Zac Posen Raffia Gown, 2004.

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Glamour Personified in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — From Ross Lovegrove’s Brasilia lounge seats to Zac Posen’s full-length spring 2004 Raffia gown, objects that exude glamour are the focus of a San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibition.

“Glamour:…

clock November 18, 2004Elizabeth Khuri

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Fashion Features

A Real Doll: Madame Alexander Celebrates 80

NEW YORK — For a woman who started sewing Red Cross dolls on the kitchen table of her Lower East Side walk-up in 1923, Madame Alexander sure didn’t scrimp on fashion.

The woman who was born Beatrice Alexander Behrman went on to…

clock November 18, 2004Rosemary Feitelberg

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Niche Fragrances Exploding in Italy … Marionnaud Sees Softer Half

FLORENCE — Once dominated by commercial brand names like Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani and Bulgari, the stagnant Italian beauty market has seen a recent emergence of selective, or niche, specialty fragrances.

Industry observers…

clock November 18, 2004Stephanie Epiro

Karl Lagerfeld and one of his photos.

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Fashion Scoops: Snap Decisions … Celebrity Streak … German Connection …

SNAP DECISIONS: While shoppers sifted through meager leftovers of the Karl Lagerfeld for H&M collection on Tuesday, the designer himself was back in the realm of luxury, mingling with the likes of Princess Caroline of Monaco

clock November 18, 2004WWD Staff

Financial

Talbots Net Slides As Sales Rise 3.2%

Talbots Inc. blamed lousy weather for soft third-quarter results, while Charming Shoppes cited its Lane Bryant unit for its strong performance.

clock November 18, 2004Meredith Derby

A suede belted jacket and silk Oxford pants.

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Ellen Tracy Takes Shot at Casual

NEW YORK — Ellen Tracy, a dominant player in bridge sportswear for years, is trying another court.

The $170 million brand, owned by Liz Claiborne Inc. and known for its consistent look and fit in career sportswear, has embarked on a fresh…

clock November 18, 2004Eric Wilson

Elle Macpherson talks lingerie.

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Elle Gets Intimate

Elle Macpherson Intimates bows in North America for spring at Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Marshall Field’s and Holt Renfrew.

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The Crazy Horse Saloon-inspired centerpiece.

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Bendel’s Boudoir

Henri Bendel has created a brave new world of lingerie.

clock November 18, 2004Karyn Monget

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Street Smarts: The top 10 streetwear chains ranked by number of stores

Urban retailers sell apparel and footwear, but above all, they sell a vibe. Whether it’s celebrity-powered lines such as Apple Bottoms, the denim collection for full-figured gals from rapper Nelly or preppy styles from Ralph Lauren, streetwear…

clock November 18, 2004WWD Staff

Diesel is upgrading the quality of its jeans.

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Denim Dish: Diesel’s New York Push … Little Big Goes Designer … Novel Denim Posts A Net Loss …

Diesel’s New York Push

Renzo Rosso, the owner of Diesel, clearly has a soft spot in his heart for the U.S.

“The American dream is my myth and the Big Apple is my home,” said Rosso, speaking metaphorically in an…

clock November 18, 2004WWD Staff

A look from Puma’s new marketing campaign.

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Sidelines: Puma’s New Message … Swim Party

PUMA’S NEW MESSAGE: Puma next month will kick off a marketing campaign called “New Stuff,” which includes TV and print advertisements. Shot by photographer Andrew Zuckerman, the initial round of three TV ads is designed to be…

clock November 18, 2004WWD Staff

Penguin is expanding its line for spring into swimwear and other categories.

Fashion Features

Penguin Plots Expansion

After two seasons carefully testing its women’s line, Original Penguin by Munsingwear is moving full-steam ahead for spring.

clock November 18, 2004Melanie Kletter

Retail

Brand Challenges Ahead

Consumers may again take a liking to two dimming franchises, Sears and Kmart, if the merged partners start sharing the best of their brands, marketing executives and brand-image specialists said Wednesday.

At Kmart, that refers to apparel and…

clock November 18, 2004Valerie Seckler

Fashion Features

Lampert’s Legacy Takes a Stride Ahead With Latest Deal

It was just a matter of time before the mystery surrounding money manager Edward Lampert’s true interests in Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Kmart Holding Corp. was revealed.

Lampert, chairman, chief executive officer and founder of the $9…

clock November 18, 2004Meredith Derby

Financial

Vendors See Opportunity in Merger

The vendor community, while caught off guard by news of the deal, were mostly optimistic in assessing the potential of this new retail goliath — even though there were unanswered questions about the retailer’s future.

“I feel…

clock November 18, 2004Evan Clark

Fashion Features

Suzy Scoop: Analyze This

ANALYZE THIS: Robert De Niro and his longtime love, Grace Hightower, will reaffirm their wedding vows on Saturday at their home in New York, surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends. Their six-year-old son, Elliot De Niro,…

clock November 18, 2004WWD Staff

Pierre Bergé’s cabinet is up for auction at Sotheby’s.

Fashion Features

Selling Pierre

PARIS — Apartments are out; museums are in.

That’s the latest trend for Pierre Bergé, who is selling his two-room pad at New York’s Pierre Hotel — plus all its contents — and channeling proceeds toward the…

clock November 18, 2004Miles Socha

Marjorie Gubelmann Raein in Carolina Herrera with Daniel Benedict and Helena Christensen.

Fashion Features

Reining In A Crowd

Despite all the fuss about the nude scenes in “Alexander,” stars Angelina Jolie and Rosario Dawson didn’t bat an eyelash at the film’s premiere.

clock November 18, 2004WWD Staff

Financial

Customs to Investigate Hong Kong, Macau Bra Imports

WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs & Border Protection is scrutinizing a year’s worth of shipments of bra imports from Macau and Hong Kong after finding numerous entries not claiming China as the country of origin despite documentation proving…

clock November 18, 2004Kristi Ellis

Financial

Women’s Apparel Prices Rise 1.8%

WASHINGTON — Retail prices for women’s apparel rebounded in October after last week’s strong sales report for stores, fueling positive signs for the holiday shopping season.

The U.S. Labor Department’s Consumer Price…

clock November 18, 2004Kristi Ellis

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Beauty Features

Sean John Postpones Women’s Collection

Sean John has postponed the launch of its eagerly anticipated women’s collection to holiday 2005.

clock November 18, 2004Lisa Lockwood

Fashion Features

Editor’s Note

EDITOR’S NOTE: The accessories credits for the cover of the Teen In Depth section of today’s paper are Ipa-Nima plastic-covered canvas and wood sandals, Stella Negro nylon cotton tote, Bellissima cellulose acetate plastic cuff, all…

clock November 18, 2004WWD Staff

Financial

In Brief: Tommy Update … Paying for Barneys … Award Time

TOMMY UPDATE: Tommy Hilfiger Corp. said Wednesday that it has obtained waivers from its bank group for an affiliate, Tommy Hilfiger U.S.A. Inc. The credit facility is to expire on July 1. The waivers were necessary to prevent defaults under the…

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Fashion Features

The $55B Baby: Retail Landscape Shifts as Kmart Buys Sears

Kmart Corp.’s purchase of Sears makes it the second-largest U.S. apparel retailer and puts its new chairman, Edward Lampert, in the spotlight.

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