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Luxury consumers better get ready for sticker shock come fall, as the dollar's weakness against the euro is causing prices to rise.

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Antonio Belloni


The Weakened Dollar: Stores, Designers Fret Over Higher Fall Prices

Luxury consumers better get ready for sticker shock come fall, as the dollar’s weakness against the euro is causing prices to rise.

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Price No Object for Right Look

Even with the higher prices expected for fall, some U.S. buyers contended that, if the fashion is right, a slight increase in price won’t impact shoppers.

“We have seen some increases, but everyone is working together to try to keep…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Pac Sun Leases … Radici Shrinks

PAC SUN LEASES: Teen retailer Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. said it would correct its accounting for leases, which is expected to reduce net income by $1 million, $300,000 and $600,000 for the fiscal years ended in January 2005,…

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Fashion Features


Deborah Cameron resigned from her position as circulation director of The Source in December. A report on Tuesday incorrectly stated she had been dismissed.


In a story on Tuesday, the designer of First Daughter…

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H. Lee Scott


Wal-Mart: Wrong Approach, But Will Forge Ahead in L.A.

Wal-Mart chief executive officer H. Lee Scott admitted Wednesday the company had made a mistake in its failed efforts to build a supercenter in Inglewood, Calif., but it’s still pushing ahead with plans to open up to 25 stores in the state this year.

clock February 24, 2005Michelle Tyree

The premiere issue of Suede.


Essence Puts Suede on Hold

NEW YORK — After publishing only three issues, Essence Communications said Wednesday it was suspending publication of Suede, the urban fashion magazine launched last fall as a spin-off of Essence.

The news comes six weeks after Time Inc.,…

clock February 24, 2005Jeff Bercovici


Federated Decision on May Could Come Soon

Federated Department Stores Inc., with its board of directors scheduled to meet Friday, could make a crucial decision regarding its merger with May Department Stores at that time.

clock February 24, 2005David Moin and Vicki M. Young


Target-Vornado Drop Talks

NEW YORK — Target Corp. and Vornado Realty Trust have abandoned talks about a joint bid to buy Sears, Roebuck & Co., people familiar with the matter said.

Target, based in Minneapolis, pulled the plug on a potential bid after deciding…

clock February 24, 2005Vicki M. Young

Alison Pill


Jagged Little Pill

Talking with Alison Pill, who opens tonight in the play “On the Mountain” … Checking in with Richard Prince … A smooth vodka.

clock February 24, 2005Marshall Heyman

Untitled (Check Painting) by Richard Prince.


Check Mate

BEVERLY HILLS — Cashed checks are typically fodder for the paper shredder rather than a painter’s canvas, but Richard Prince has managed to make them into works of art.

Prince took his old personal checks, cashed and canceled, and…

clock February 24, 2005Rose Apodaca

Jean-Marc XO Vodka


Drink to This

Kiss those cosmos goodbye. And go ahead, chuck out appletinis and lychee martinis, too. Vodka is about to get a whole lot tastier straight up.

French distiller Jean-Marc Daucourt hit upon the idea of taking the afterburn out of vodka. So after…

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Burberry Prorsum

Fashion Features

Proceed With Confidence – Burberry Prorsum, Gucci and Missoni

Christopher Bailey’s splendidly confident fall collection for Burberry Prorsum celebrated Brit “It” girls, while Alessandra Facchinetti showed a certain self-assurance for Gucci. And at Missoni, Angela Missoni created a put-together womanly look.

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Margherita Missoni

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Deja Vu? … Watch Out … Show Diplomacy …

DEJA VU?: On the eve of the first Jil Sander show without Jil Sander — the second time around — Milan is buzzing about the prospect of yet another comeback for the Hamburg-born designer. “She…

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Alberta Ferretti

Fashion Features

Studying Volume – Alberta Ferretti, Trend Les Copains, Piazza Sempione, D&G, Krizia and Mariella Burani

From baby-doll dresses to full-cut skirts to coats that could double as robes, designers’ love affair with more-is-better shapes continued in a big way.

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James Ferragamo

Fashion Features

The Archives Live

FLORENCE — In order to move ahead, Salvatore Ferragamo is turning back to its beginnings.

The fall season marks a significant step for the Florence-based company, which is injecting its accessories with a new edge and refocusing on its…

clock February 24, 2005Luisa Zargani

Dick Gilbert

Fashion Features

Denim Dish: Mudd’s Roster Grows by Two … Fall Looks Take a Cue From Jeans’ Past … So Low Launching Denim

The Mudd family is expecting a couple of new arrivals this year, a contemporary brand called Piama and a men’s product dubbed Red Mukk.

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Michael Simon pairs knit tops with woven bottoms for fall.

Fashion Features

Simon Says Sportswear

DALLAS — Michael Simon, who turned embellished sweaters with amusing themes into a $30 million business in the Nineties, is moving beyond kitsch with this week’s introduction of a colorful sportswear collection that straddles contemporary…

clock February 24, 2005Holly Haber

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Fashion Features

Joie Does a Double Take

Joie Rucker, former designer of the Joie line, is back with two new lines, Puca and ArchIndigo, operating under her own firm, Tres Angeles.

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Soccer player Heather Mitts is starring in Under Armour’s new ad campaign.

Fashion Features

Under Armour Shows Feminine Side

Under Armour is launching a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign to let women know it has products for them, too.

clock February 24, 2005Melanie Kletter

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Fashion Features

Brazilian Beach Party at Nike

NEW YORK — Nike is heading to South America for its summer collection.

Brazilian culture inspired the company’s new performance and lifestyle looks, which include brightly colored mesh tops, T-shirts, boardshorts and jerseys, as…

clock February 24, 2005Melanie Kletter


Russell’s Net Drops 29%, Sales Rise

NEW YORK — Russell Corp.’s fourth-quarter earnings took a tumble as they were hit by higher costs and charges even as sales increased.

The athletic company’s fourth-quarter profits dropped 28.8 percent to $10.3 million, or 31…

clock February 24, 2005Melanie Kletter

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: VS Beauty Looks to Build Brands … Chanel Growth Up 7.2% in France … The Face-Friendly Skies

VS Beauty Looks to Build Brands

NEW YORK — Victoria’s Secret Beauty, a division of Limited Brands Inc., is refocusing its energies in a bid to accelerate growth.

The beauty division of the lingerie brand has…

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Fashion Features

Ladies of the Academy: Oscar nominees ranked by their films’ total domestic gross revenues.

If a movie’s box-office draw is any indication as to whether or not it will produce an Oscar for best actress or best supporting actress, then it looks as if Hilary Swank and Cate Blanchett could be well positioned to win this weekend at the 77th…

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From Patrick Robinson’s first collection for Paco Rabanne.

Fashion Features

The Latest From Paris

These three designers will launch collections — two on their own and one for a venerable French house — during Paris Fashion Week. Here’s a preview.

Patrick Robinson for Paco Rabanne

Patrick Robinson is…

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Fashion Features

Scene: Things to do and see during Paris Fashion Week.

STORY OF O: Since her jewelry “boudoir” opened a year ago, designer Karine O’Hana Berrebi has seen business grow so quickly she had to find a new, larger space. Luckily, one came up next door at 62 Rue des…

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Fashion Features

Paris Fashion Week Schedule

The following is the lineup for the French ready-to-wear shows. Although accurate at press time, attendees are encouraged to confirm times and locations.

Monday, Feb. 28

9:30 a.m. ES


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The Alain Ducasse school.

Fashion Features

What’s Cooking

Want to come over for langoustines with crystallized tomatoes and green cabbage?

More average French people can extend such invitations these days, thanks to the haute cuisine classes blossoming all over Paris.

Capitalizing on the…

clock February 24, 2005Chantal Goupil

Panelists Lynn Tesoro, Reed Krakoff, Dawn Mello, Zac Posen and Mary Alice Stephenson.

Fashion Features

CFDA Message: Follow Your Vision

NEW YORK — With Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé Knowles, Jessica Simpson and even U2’s Bono giving traditional designers a run for their money, the line between fashion and the power of the image is more blurred than ever.

But when it…

clock February 24, 2005Marc Karimzadeh

President Bush


President Nominates Trade Advisory Panel

WASHINGTON — President Bush nominated a new slate of members to the White House Advisory Committee for Trade Policy & Negotiations on Wednesday, with retail, apparel and textile officials included on the 25-member roster.

Named to the…

clock February 24, 2005Joanna Ramey


Apparel Prices Up in January

Retail prices for women’s apparel increased a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent in January, recovering some of the ground lost in December.

clock February 24, 2005Joanna Ramey


TJX Net Drops in Qtr. On Onetime Charge

TJX Cos. had a 25.9 percent decline in fourth-quarter profit, hurt by big promotions at several off-price units and a $19.3 million one-time charge.

clock February 24, 2005Meredith Derby

Marvin Traub and Mohan Murjani, and Traub’s pichwai, a tapestry from India.

Fashion Features

Marvin Traub’s India Adventure

NEW YORK — For Marvin Traub, ex-Bloomingdale’s chairman, deal-maker and international consultant, one destination has been most alluring. He’s traveled to India 15 times over the last 40 years in an ongoing journey of mercantilism…

clock February 24, 2005David Moin


La Senza to Shutter U.S. Doors

MONTREAL — La Senza’s foray into the U.S. market is about to end less than two years after Canada’s largest independent lingerie retailer opened its first store south of the border.

The U.S. store opened in June 2003 at the…

clock February 24, 2005Brian Dunn


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