Slimming Saks: Belk Said Near Deal to Buy Proffitt’s, McRae’s

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Saks Inc. is splitting up its department store group and is said to have an agreement in principle with Belk Inc. to sell Proffitt's and McRae's.

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Slimming Saks: Belk Said Near Deal to Buy Proffitt’s, McRae’s

Saks Inc. is splitting up its department store group and is said to have an agreement in principle with Belk Inc. to sell Proffitt’s and McRae’s.

clock April 15, 2005Vicki M. Young and David Moin


House Approves Bankruptcy Reform

The House easily passed legislation long sought by retailers and credit card companies aimed at overhauling the nation’s bankruptcy laws.

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Daniel Annese

Beauty Features

Lauder to Tap New Team

Estee Lauder is expected to unveil another step today in the venerable brand’s continuing evolution by naming a slew of executives to new posts.

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Fashion Features

Quote of the Week

“Quality of product is number one. If I were designing ready-to-wear right now, that’s what it would be about — real, true value. And I don’t mean value for the price. I mean value in terms of…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Tax Time … New Nike Director

TAX TIME: As Americans rush to file taxes by today’s deadline, calls for a national sales tax were made again at a news conference on Capitol Hill Thursday. The FairTax legislation, sponsored by Rep. John Linder (R., Ga.) and…

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Demi Moore



Social Notes from All Over … Everyone wants Olivia Newton-John’s HotPants, but she’s not giving them up … A Bronx paradise.

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Carolina Herrera

Beauty Features

FiFi’s Star-Studded Night Out

The FiFi’s were heavy on celebrities, but appropriately for a ceremony that will be televised in May, its biggest star appeared via TV.

clock April 15, 2005Julie Naughton and Matthew W. Evans

Beauty Features

In the Winner’s Circle

Cosmopolitan Magazine

Women’s: DKNY Be Delicious by Donna Karan Cosmetics and Ralph Cool by Ralph Lauren Fragrances
Men’s: Romance Silver by Ralph…

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The Adidas Active Skincare for Men ad.

Beauty Features

Coty Inc. Signs Soccer Star Zidane

PARIS — Coty Inc. has just scored a new high-profile spokesman.

The beauty company inked a long-term licensing agreement with soccer star Zinedine Zidane to be the first global spokesman for Adidas beauty. He will be the face for the…

clock April 15, 2005Jennifer Weil

Products from True Cosmetics.

Beauty Features

True Cosmetics Hails Power of Antioxidants

LOS ANGELES — Admittedly, “Idebenone,” laughs Michelle Balmer, the cofounder of True Cosmetics, “sounds like a lounge singer. And it really is the star of the line.”

Along with the widening converts crooning the…

clock April 15, 2005Rose Apodaca

The print ad for The Healing Garden Organics Wild Honey line.

Beauty Features

Coty’s Earth-Friendly Endeavor: Organics

NEW YORK — Coty Beauty’s The Healing Garden will piggyback off its aromatherapy heritage to launch its next pillar, Organics — one that the company anticipates will redefine the brand’s role in the specialty bath…

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Racer Ron Capps and his son.

Beauty Features

Brut Re-created by Helen of Troy

NEW YORK — Brut, a name that has endured within the fragrance industry for decades, is being reinvented.

First launched in department stores 41 years ago as Brut by Faberge — then as Brut 33 at mass in the late Sixties —…

clock April 15, 2005Matthew W. Evans

Spirit Antonio Banderas for Women; an ad for the new fragrance.

Beauty Features

Critical Mass: Banderas Has Spirit for Women’s Scent

NEW YORK — Women adore Antonio Banderas. Now America will find out if they want to wear a scent bearing his name.

Fresh from victory for Spirit Antonio Banderas for Men at last week’s Fragrance Foundation’s FiFi Awards, PUIG…

clock April 15, 2005Faye Brookman

Beauty Features

Brinkley’s Second Act as CoverGirl Face

NEW YORK — Love is timeless, and apparently, so is beauty.

Christie Brinkley, 51, is returning to CoverGirl, the brand that helped launch her famous face nearly 30 years ago, in a deal that will put her as the spokeswoman of a new makeup…

clock April 15, 2005Andrea Nagel

Beauty Features

Top Notes: Shiseido Promotion … Packaging Starpower … Branching Out

SHISEIDO PROMOTION: Linda Ten Eyck has been appointed vice president of sales operations for Shiseido Cosmetics (America) Ltd. Ten Eyck was formerly senior executive director of retail operations. In her new post, Ten Eyck will…

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Beauty Features

In Other Show News: Naked Paint … Skin An Apothecary … Practical Nature …

Naked Paint, the brainchild of two ex-dot-comers, has expanded its handmade body care line with the introduction of Figment Body Crème. The $30 cream is formulated with shea butter, evening primrose oil and sweet almond oil. Naked…

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Beauty Features

Snippets: Miami Bound … Conair Buys Scunci … Sam’s the Man

MIAMI BOUND: Oribe has just opened his South Beach salon, a one-story, 2,500-square-foot structure located on 1627 Euclid Avenue at Lincoln Road that took more than one year and almost $1 million to build. The sleek, modern…

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David Remnick


Memo Pad: Podium Fatigue … Gloves Go On … Blowing Budget …

PODIUM FATIGUE: Attendees of this year’s National Magazine Awards got to see an awful lot of New Yorker editor David Remnick — perhaps a bit more than some would have wished. (And, no, we don’t mean…

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The current issue of Popular Science.


Pop Sci’s Whiz Kid

NEW YORK — Singling out stars in a room full of potential poachers isn’t exactly the best staffing strategy. But that didn’t stop Popular Science editor in chief Mark Jannot from praising Mike Haney during this week’s National…

clock April 15, 2005Sara James

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Sahara Nights … Out of Fashion … A Rhino Named Ecko …

SAHARA NIGHTS: Penelope Cruz and Ralph Lauren still have a thing for each other. When Cruz discovered she would be attending a premiere for her new movie, “Sahara,” in Madrid, she phoned…

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Theft Hits Polo Shares

NEW YORK — Shares of Polo Ralph Lauren on Thursday fell 3.3 percent in trading after the disclosure that the credit card information of some customers may have been compromised.

Polo’s stock closed at $37.18, down $1.28, in New York…

clock April 15, 2005Vicki M. Young


Daffy’s Downtown Digs

NEW YORK — Marcia Wilson, president and chief executive officer of Daffy’s, began looking to open a store in lower Manhattan more than four years ago and was scheduled to see a retail space in the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept….

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Takashi Murakami with "Three Pairs From Three Triplets" by Yoshitomo Nara at the Japan Society.

Fashion Features

Murakami’s Take on Fashion

NEW YORK — Three days after the opening of the exhibition he curated at the Japan Society here, artist Takashi Murakami was on a tight schedule, giving a private tour of the show, “Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding…

clock April 15, 2005Sharon Edelson

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Dolce & Gabbana Land in China

Dolce & Gabbana opened its first store in mainland China at Hangzhou’s EuroStreet, a new luxury mall on the shores of the city’s West Lake.

clock April 15, 2005Lisa Movius

A fall-winter look by Angelo Tarlazzi.

Fashion Features

Tarlazzi Returns for Act Two in U.S.

PARIS — Angelo Tarlazzi, a designer who gained fame in the Eighties for his dramatic eveningwear and flyaway dresses, is out to conquer America — again.

Although absent from the market for about a decade, Tarlazzi is making new…

clock April 15, 2005Miles Socha


Beauty Features

Extracts Expo Welcomes Newbies

NEW YORK — In an industry of giants, the Extracts trade show gives smaller beauty companies a hospitable venue to get noticed. In recent years, the percentage of first-time Extracts exhibitors has grown, reaching nearly 50 percent at the spring…

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