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A Bubbly ’05 for LVMH: Net Leaps 21 Percent, Arnault Sees No Peers

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Boasting that LVMH is "light years ahead of the competition," Bernard Arnault announced a 21 percent jump in 2005 net profits to 1.44 billion euros, or $1.79 billion, as sales of Vuitton denim bags and Dom Perignon champagne accelerated at year end.

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A Bubbly ’05 for LVMH: Net Leaps 21 Percent, Arnault Sees No Peers

LVMH reported a 21 percent hike in 2005 profits to $1.79 billion, led by sales of Louis Vuitton denim handbags and Dom Perignon champagne.

clock March 3, 2006Miles Socha and Jennifer Weil


Coach Unveils Store Deal With Simon

Coach Inc. said it will open 20 stores and expand 10 others inside malls owned by Simon Property Group over a two-year period.

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Andrew Young Goes to Bat for Wal-Mart

Young told interviewer Ed Gordon that he tried to bring Wal-Mart into Nigeria last year.

clock March 3, 2006Rosemary Feitelberg

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Quote of The Week

“It’s important to go after a younger customer, but it’s also important to build the core franchise, which is the 35- to 50-year-old.”

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In Brief: Lobbying For Textiles … Macy’s And Union To Settle

A brief look at some of the day’s stories.

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Wintery Weather Cools Comps in Feb.

February brought a Northeast blizzard and tough comp-store comparisons, but Kohl’s and J.C. Penney were able to rise above the pack.

clock March 3, 2006Meredith Derby and Liza Casabona

Stella McCartney

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Cools Rush In – Yves Saint Laurent, Rochas, Stella McCartney

Dark, somber looks aren’t the only game in town.

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Emanuel Ungaro

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The Balance Theme – Emanuel Ungaro, Celine, Cacharel, Leonard

Darker tones were making news, of course, but there were still plenty of touches of color and shine.

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Patrizio Bertelli

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Miu Miu Comes Into Its Own

Miu Miu’s hotly anticipated show this Sunday in Paris marks a coming-of-age for the Italian brand, long-considered Prada’s little sister.

clock March 3, 2006Amanda Kaiser

Courtney Love

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Fashion Scoops: Love Song … Gathering Moss … Fair Game …

“I’m a Lady Who Lunches now,” Courtney Love said at Stella McCartney Thursday morning.

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Kinerase's ad featuring Courteney Cox.

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Cox, Kinerase Renew Partnership

She may just be the best friend Kinerase ever had.

clock March 3, 2006Julie Naughton

SK-II's Signs Eye Mask.

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The Latest Masks of SK-II

What’s behind the mask? Brighter skin, if SK-II has anything to say about it.

clock March 3, 2006Julie Naughton

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Lauder Powers Perfectionist

The patch, designed to be used around the eyes, employs a microcurrent gel delivery system to increase the penetration of active ingredients and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

clock March 3, 2006Julie Naughton

Coty Inc. has signed a license for a "Desperate Housewives" fragrance.

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Coty Courts ‘Housewives’ and Kose

Is there a whiff of Wisteria in the air? Certainly if it’s up to Coty Inc.

clock March 3, 2006Julie Naughton and Pete Born

Nu Skin's ProDerm skin analyzer.

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Nu Skin Focuses on Results With ProDerm

Nu Skin Enterprises is giving new meaning to personalized skin care with its ProDerm Skin Analyzer, a device used to measure facial tissue.

clock March 3, 2006Michelle Edgar

Rochelle Bloom and Tom Wopat

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Five FiFi Awards Given at Breakfast

The Fragrance Foundation named five FiFi Award winners in the editorial excellence and technological breakthrough categories at its annual Finalist’s Breakfast Tuesday, a first for the organization.

clock March 3, 2006Michelle Edgar

Shades from the Carolyn New York collection.

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Cianciotto to Paint the Town With Nail Color Line

Veteran nail technician Carolyn Cianciotto thinks she has the manicure business nailed.

clock March 3, 2006Crystal Martin

L'Oréal Paris' HIP collection.

Fashion Features

Critical Mass: Retailers’ Big Space Squeeze

A jigsaw puzzle with too many pieces: That’s how retailers described their cosmetics wall planograms.

clock March 3, 2006Faye Brookman

Select items from Principessa's bath and body line.

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Principessa’s U.S. Expansion

In the race to charm discerning beauty consumers, specialty retailers are scrambling to add niche brands to their assortments.

clock March 3, 2006Molly Prior

Kama Ayurveda by Alcanz International.

Fashion Features

L.A. Expo Draws International Crowd

The two-day event, which took place Sunday and Monday at the Los Angeles Convention Center, took its cues from Hollywood.

clock March 3, 2006Kavita Daswani

Eva Mendes

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Jamal Hammadi Aligns With PureBeauty

In a new marriage with PureBeauty, things for Jamal Hammadi are about to change.

clock March 3, 2006Kavita Daswani

Fashion Features

U.S. Trade Groups Concerned Over Port Deal Repercussions

The presidents of seven U.S. business trade and lobbying groups are worried about a backlash against U.S. investment abroad because of attempts by Congress to block, or have final approval over, a proposed takeover of operations at major U.S. ports by…

clock March 3, 2006Kristi Ellis

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Chico’s Misses Estimates

Chico’s FAS Inc. reported an uncharacteristic quarterly financial performance Wednesday after the close of the stock market, saying earnings per share missed analysts’ estimates.

clock March 3, 2006Meredith Derby

Nina Ricci footwear and Kleinfeld bags.

Fashion Features

Oscars’ Game: No Rules

With the countdown to Sunday’s 78th annual Academy Awards almost complete, a consensus has emerged in the precariously high-stakes business of dressing for Oscar.

clock March 3, 2006Rose Apodaca and Marcy Medina


Follow the Oscar Money

Jack Keyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., estimated that the Oscars generate $122.5 million in revenue for Los Angeles.

clock March 3, 2006Marcy Medina's redesigned home page.


Memo Pad: Elle Sets Sites On … New Deal For Maxim Man … That’s Rich

Elle has long lagged behind Vogue in the online arena but it’s finally starting to play some catch-up.

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Jacqui Getty

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Two Gettys Drill a Fashion Well

It was one of Patricia Arquette’s finer red-carpet moments.

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Talbots on 57th Street in Manhattan.


Strong Comps Boost Talbots 4Q Earnings

Talbots Inc. posted a better-than-expected 28.6 percent increase in fourth-quarter earnings, driven by strong same-store sales and successful inventory management.

clock March 3, 2006Meredith Derby


Wet Seal’s Jennifer Pritchard Resigns

Teen specialty retailer Wet Seal Inc. said Jennifer Pritchard, president of the company’s Arden B. division since January 2004, has resigned.

clock March 3, 2006Emili Vesilind


J.C. Penney Experience Pops With Technology

The J.C. Penney Experience pop-up store that opens today at 1 Times Square is as much a showcase for technology as it is for the company’s branding campaign.

clock March 3, 2006Denise Power

A Lucien Lelong Editions afternoon dress, 1935.

Fashion Features

Lelong’s Work Celebrated at FIT Museum

The couturier Lucien Lelong trailblazed the way for generations of designers with his double “L” logo, fragrances, accessories, self-promoting ads and socialite clientele.

clock March 3, 2006Rosemary Feitelberg


Cornell Trading Exits the U.S.

Cornell Trading here has closed its U.S. operations and shut 79 stores that operated under the April Cornell banner.

clock March 3, 2006Brian Dunn

Fashion Features

Obituary: Dominique Watine-Arnault, 56

Dominique Watine-Arnault, the president of the Fred jewelry house and sister of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton chairman and chief executive Bernard Arnault, died here on Monday.

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