Milan Fashion Surprise: Gabriella Forte Departs From Dolce & Gabbana

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Industry veteran Gabriella Forte is stepping down as president of Dolce & Gabbana USA, marking a significant change at the Italian fashion house.

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Milan Fashion Surprise: Gabriella Forte Departs From Dolce & Gabbana

Industry veteran Gabriella Forte is stepping down as president of Dolce & Gabbana USA, marking a significant change at the Italian fashion house.

clock March 4, 2005Amanda Kaiser and Courtney Colavita


Coach Raises Guidance

NEW YORK — Coach’s hot streak isn’t cooling off.

The accessories company on Thursday increased its second-half forecast because of strong spring season results that are trending above plan.

Coach anticipates that for…

clock March 4, 2005Amy S. Choi

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Five Cops Arrested for Fake Bag Bribes

Five NYPD officers have been arrested for allegedly accepting counterfeit Coach handbags as bribes from a street peddler, who also was nabbed.

clock March 4, 2005Scott Malone


Warnaco Hits Black in Quarter

NEW YORK — The Warnaco Group Inc. on Thursday reported improved fourth-quarter results, ending the period with a profit compared with the year-ago loss.

Income for the three months ended Jan. 1 was $16.2 million, or 35 cents a diluted…

clock March 4, 2005Vicki M. Young

Fashion Features

Quote of the Week

“It’s a very challenging, verycompetitive industry. Discounters, moderate stores, luxury stores, allof them compete with us. Just about everyone competes for our customer.’’

— Federated’s Terry Lundgren…

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The photo on Thursday, showing a model in an argyle top was incorrectly credited. It was a look from Bill Burns.

Chantelle will host a party at the W New York hotel March 7 for its partnership with Dress for Success. The nature of the event was…

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February Same-Store Sales Spring a Positive Surprise

Same-store sales results produced a February surprise at major stores, as stronger-than-expected numbers set the bar for the rest of 2005.

clock March 4, 2005Meredith Derby

Karolina Kurkova



Breathlessly back from the Oscar parties … Elton gives Liz Taylor a diamond watch for her birhday … Cate Blanchett and the case of the missing statue.

clock March 4, 2005Aileen Mehle

Terranova’s cheap and trendy look.


Terranova: Next Up in Cheap and Trendy

Terranova, a cheap and trendy Italian chain, has had a store in SoHo since December and is looking for more locations in New York and other U.S. cities.

clock March 4, 2005David Moin


WTO Ruling Finds Cotton Subsidies to Be in Violation

Millions of dollars in subsidies to U.S. cotton growers and yarn spinners could be threatened by a WTO ruling handed down Thursday.

clock March 4, 2005Joanna Ramey and Kristi Ellis

Stella McCartney

Fashion Features

Growing Season – Stella McCartney, Rochas, Dries Van Noten

The Paris fall shows marched on with collections from Stella McCartney, Rochas, Dries Van Noten, Celine, Veronique Branquinho and Cacharel.

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Marion Cotillard

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Fashion Scoops: Bubbling Up at Burberry … Size Small … Mark Your Calendars …

BUBBLING UP AT BURBERRY: Gucci Group’s Pascal Perrier is Burberry-bound. Currently Gucci Group’s director of licensing and business development, Perrier is expected to join the British fashion firm in April, a Burberry…

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Sex and the City of Light – Vanessa Seward

It was no surprise when a flock of curvy PYTs turned up wearing Vanessa Seward’s slinky, bejeweled gowns for Azzaro at an extravagant black-tie bash at the Lido on Wednesday night. But while Seward’s dazzling dresses are a…

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Practical Magic – Martin Margiela

Martin Margiela: Edgy Martin Margiela flirted with, of all things, convention in his latest collection. While the elusive Belgian may be best known for his deconstructed looks, he took a more lighthearted  approach this time, and…

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Gwen Stefani in Dior by John Galliano.


Come to the Cabaret

PARIS — It was amateur night at the Lido in Paris on Wednesday night — out in the audience, at least.

“I’ve never been here before,” announced Sofia Coppola, who, along with Carine…

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A cropped pants look from Réyes.


Buyers Aplenty at D&A

NEW YORK — Go ahead and merge.

That was the reaction from vendors and retailers at the Designers & Agents trade show  here to the combining of retailing giants Federated Department Stores and May Department Stores.


clock March 4, 2005Evan Clark and David Yassky


Escada Off to Strong Start in ’05

BERLIN — Escada AG is off to a good start if first-quarter results are an indication of what the 2005 fiscal year might be like.

The German fashion house reported on Thursday that its first-quarter consolidated profits, after taxes and…

clock March 4, 2005Damien McGuinness

Carlos Santana

Beauty Features

Santana Strikes Fragrance Chord

The legendary Carlos Santana has signed a deal with Victory International for signature men’s and women’s scents, set for a fall tour.

clock March 4, 2005Matthew W. Evans

Dr. Brandt Laser Tight and Laser Relief, the first two Laser in a Bottle products.

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Dr. Brandt Bottles Laser Treatments

NEW YORK — Dr. Fredric Brandt is bottling up another one of his popular office treatments with a new line of topical skin care products called Laser in a Bottle. The first two products from the line, which will launch next month, are called Laser…

clock March 4, 2005Bryn Kenny

Clinique’s Impossibly Glossy lip gloss.

Beauty Features

Clinique Goes Impossibly Glossy

NEW YORK — Clinique’s new Colour Surge Impossibly Glossy may be its highest-shine lip gloss formula to date — but it is decidedly not tacky, the company insists.

“In fact, it’s almost impossibly nontacky for such a…

clock March 4, 2005Julie Naughton

Beauty Features

Shiseido to Make Management Changes

TOKYO — Shiseido has announced a wave of administrative restructuring and executive changes across its head office and its cosmetics business division. 

The restructuring of the cosmetics business division calls for the product…

clock March 4, 2005Koji Hirano

Carol Hamilton and Rob Robillard

Beauty Features

L’Oreal Chases the Opposite Sex

L’Oreal Paris is launching its first men’s grooming line, an antiaging series called Men’s Expert, that’s believed to be the first in the mass market.

clock March 4, 2005Matthew W. Evans and Faye Brookman

William McMenemy

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McMenemy Plans for the Long Term at Del

NEW YORK — When Del Laboratories was bought by DLI Holding Corp. last year for $480 million, many in the industry thought they had seen the last of William McMenemy.

After all, he had been a major shareholder of the company — Del…

clock March 4, 2005Andrea Nagel

N.Y.C.’s Nourish Your Complexion skin care line.

Beauty Features

Del Labs’ New Product Pipeline

NEW YORK — Del Labs’ new leader may have temporarily stepped out of the industry spotlight last year, but the company’s beauty brands — even in the midst of an acquisition — remained as aggressive as ever, declared…

clock March 4, 2005Molly Prior

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Medispas Make Spa Their Focus

LOS ANGELES — Now that medispas are an established component of the spa world, with a combination of both pampering and medical treatments available under one roof, even oncologists and gynecologists are getting in on the trend.


clock March 4, 2005Kavita Daswani

Collistar’s new hair care line.

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Collistar Aims for Perfect Hair

MILAN — Burgeoning Italian beauty brand Collistar has enlarged its presence with new hair care products.

Special Perfect Hair is divided into four minilines focused on different hair problems: Nourishment and Luster, Volume and Vitality,…

clock March 4, 2005Stephanie Epiro

Maria Menounos

Beauty Features

Snippets: Straight Talking … And the Show Goes On … BBW Benefit

STRAIGHT TALKING: Pantene has tapped yet another celebrity to tout its hair care line in their well-known testimonial-type TV ads. Beginning March 15, Maria Menounos, the Entertainment Tonight correspondent, will appear in…

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The Lads Soften With Age

NEW YORK — Beginning in the late Nineties, Maxim, Stuff and FHM introduced American magazine readers to the idea of life as a frat party filled with strippers, beer, tasteless jokes and loud music. It was a notion that quickly redefined, and…

clock March 4, 2005Jeff Bercovici

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Memo Pad: Seventeen Standoff … The New Yorker’s Fairy Godfather … Shorting Circuits

SEVENTEEN STANDOFF: Every magazine editor claims to give her readers exactly what they want. But what if what your readers want conflicts with the rules laid down by the American Society of Magazine Editors? That’s the situation…

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Amanda Beard in Speedo’s ads.


Speedo Steps on Axcelerator

NEW YORK — Speedo is making more than swimsuits and is launching its first national advertising campaign in over six years to tell consumers about the company’s new direction.

The ads are for the brand’s new Axcelerate…

clock March 4, 2005Melanie Kletter


Fashion Features

A Little of What You Fancy: Celine, Veronique Branquinho, Loewe, Cacharel, Leonard, Isabelle Marant

<STRONG>Celine:</STRONG> The copywriters on the payroll at Celine must have been working overtime when concocting the liner notes for Roberto Menichetti’s second collection for the house. What else could explain the strange block of verbiage?…

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