From Boho to Beading: India Draws Designers With Exotic Inspirations

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Designers are taking inspiration from India, reflected in beaded and metallic trim, embroidery, spicy colors and tie-dye prints.

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An Indian-inspired fall look from Monique Lhuillier.

Fashion Features

From Boho to Beading: India Draws Designers With Exotic Inspirations

Designers are taking inspiration from India, reflected in beaded and metallic trim, embroidery, spicy colors and tie-dye prints.

clock March 23, 2005Rusty Williamson

"Our feeling at this moment is that we probably are sitting on too much cash." — William Fung, Li & Fung


Li & Fung Sets Sights on $10B by ’07

Executives at sourcing powerhouse Li & Fung Ltd. have set an ambitious goal for the next three years: to become a $10 billion firm by the end of 2007.

clock March 23, 2005Scott Malone


U.S.-Made Apparel Prices Dip in Feb.

Wholesale prices for U.S.-produced women’s and girls’ apparel fell 0.1 in February, but were up 0.9 percent against a year ago, according to the PPI.

clock March 23, 2005Kristi Ellis

Fashion Features

In Brief: Goody’s Decline … Human Factor … Safeguard Stay

GOODY’S DECLINE: Shares of Goody’s Family Clothing Inc. fell 17.3 percent in Nasdaq trading Tuesday after the company said first-quarter earnings would be “significantly lower” than the 24 cents a share in last…

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A look from the new collection by Pucci and Rossignol.


Quiksilver Shares Fall On Rossignol Purchase

Quiksilver Inc.’s shares tumbled $3.46 to $29.74, a more than 10 percent decline, on the NYSE after the company said it would acquire Rossignol.

clock March 23, 2005Melanie Kletter and Emilie Marsh

Neiman's is guaranteed to fetch a high price.


Neiman’s Reality Check

Nearly a week after the Neiman Marcus Group put itself on the selling block, the field of potential buyers appears to be tightening.

clock March 23, 2005Sharon Edelson


CEO Says Bulgari Retail Prices May Rise

Bulgari reported a 17.6 percent jump in 2004 net profit as ceo Francesco Trapani said a strong euro would force the jeweler to boost retail prices.

clock March 23, 2005Amanda Kaiser



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Pamela Anderson

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Anderson Takes on Role in AIDS Battle

NEW YORK — Pamela Anderson has a new gig: the latest spokeswoman for the MAC AIDS Fund.

The well-endowed “Baywatch” actress will join four other spokeswomen named…

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Fashion Features

Mothers of Fashion Reinvention

NEW YORK — The fashion business soon may be on the receiving end of a revitalizing shot in the arm from leading-edge Baby Boomers.

The majority of Americans ages 40 to 58 do not plan to retire before age 70, according to the Merrill Lynch…

clock March 23, 2005Valerie Seckler

Fashion Features

Boomer Mind-set: Open Says-a-Me

NEW YORK — An openness to new ideas is the trait that most Baby Boomers say describes them.

This is good news for apparel marketers who traditionally have faced consumers increasingly set in their attitudes — and fashion…

clock March 23, 2005Valerie Seckler

From left: Tom Murry; Abbey Doneger; Marnie, Laura and John Pomerantz; Joyce Brown, and Gilbert Harrison beneath the Al Hirschfield caricature of John Pomerantz.

Fashion Features

Pomerantz Helps FIT Raise $89K

NEW YORK — Writing a check is one thing, rousing friends and supporters for a 7 a.m. breakfast is another. John Pomerantz managed to do both Tuesday for the Fashion Institute of Technology’s new Fashion Merchandising & Management…

clock March 23, 2005Rosemary Feitelberg


Analysts Wary on Saks Stock Upgrade

Wall Street analysts were impressed by strategic initiatives put in place at Saks Fifth Avenue, but not enough to upgrade their ratings of the stock.

clock March 23, 2005Vicki M. Young

Tom Ford

Fashion Features

Tom Ford to Get SCAD Honor

NEW YORK — Far from the European runways where he made his mark, Tom Ford will be honored in Georgia’s first city at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s annual fashion show.

Uncharacteristically following in the footsteps…

clock March 23, 2005Rosemary Feitelberg


PEI Earnings Climb 59.4% for Year

NEW YORK — Higher costs took the wind out of fourth-quarter earnings for Perry Ellis International Inc., but surging sales lifted the company to double-digit gains for the year.

For the three months ended Jan. 31, the Miami-based firm saw…

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Girlshop’s Todd Richter and Laura Eisman.

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Girlshop Gets Real

NEW YORK — Girlshop, an early Internet fashion boutique and one of the first retailers to turn a profit online, is opening its first real-world store today in the Meatpacking District here.

As on the Web site, it’s all about…

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Metro Group Net Up

BERLIN — The Metro Group continued to grow earnings and sales in 2004, buoyed by expansion in Eastern Europe and the strength of its Metro Cash & Carry, Media Markt, Saturn and Praktiker retail divisions.

Group net profit rose 10.7…

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Dress Barn Net Falls On Acquisition

NEW YORK — Dress Barn Inc.’s second-quarter earnings fell 66.1 percent as costs related to the company’s recent acquisition of Maurices Inc. cut into profits.

For the three months ended Jan. 29, the company earned $1.6…

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Studded styles from Streets Ahead.

Fashion Features

Los Angeles Contemporary Market in Flux

Two isn’t necessarily better than one when it comes to market weeks in Los Angeles, and many hope it won’t be repeated next season.

clock March 23, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller and Michelle Tyree


WTO Renews Trade Talks

GENEVA — World Trade Organization talks on the role of cotton subsidies and their impact on poor African nations got back on track Tuesday after the U.S. backed down from a demand that the negotiations be broadened to include other textile…

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