Reading the Tea Leaves: As Saks Inc. Nears Deal, SFA Speculation Swirls

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As its parent, Saks Inc., inches closer to shedding its northern department store group and Club Libby Lu division, speculation continues to swirl over the future ownership of its crown jewel, SFA.

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A spring look from Pure.

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Kenneth Cole pledged support on his runway.


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As part of its aggressive retail expansion, which included the debut of its Los Angeles flagship in July, the company has plucked a prime corner location on the 50-yard line of Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road.

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Armani Exchange is trying to reach new customers with a marketing strategy that taps into the core of their lifestyle: music, culture and fashion.

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It’s not enough that Linda Loudermilk wants to affect the way we dress. What she really wants to do is change the world.

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Roots is expecting handbag sales to double over the next two years.

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Roots Turns Focus to Leather

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IT Holding Posts Net Loss of $13.9M

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Valentino Profits Gain 9% in Half

Thanks to a strong sales performance of its Valentino and Hugo Boss brands, Valentino Fashion Group posted robust first-half results.

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Hahn began in 1947 with the company that was founded by his great uncle, Max Fabrikant.

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Pom-pom necklace by Mikey Jewelry.

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Ethnic Looks Top Paris Show Trends

African-inspired jewelry and bags were a continuing trend, while a more subdued direction for spring-summer 2006 was apparent.

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The October cover of Seventeen.


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Seventeen seems to be getting over its squeamishness about sex.

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Reading the Tea Leaves: As Saks Inc. Nears Deal, SFA Speculation Swirls

As its parent, Saks Inc., inches closer to shedding its northern department store group and Club Libby Lu division, speculation continues to swirl over the…

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Shining Stars

It’s a cutthroat world on the red carpet, but occasionally smaller houses claim a sliver of the celebrity dressing spotlight from the usual big names.

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Artsy Fashion

So long as there are dresses that retail for the price of a Picasso, there will be exhibitions trumpeting fashion as art.

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Chic of the Show: Veronica Webb

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