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Hong Kong Loses Ralph Lauren Flagship, Braces for More Closures

Ralph Lauren quietly shuttered its two-year-old 20,000-square-foot store last week. Other brands are expected to close boutiques in a city that has lost its luster for cash-rich mainland Chinese tourists.

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Beauty

WWD Beauty Inc Honors the Industry’s Best for 2016

The 15th-annual awards ceremony recognized the accomplishments of a cross section of beauty executives.

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Business

Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case in China

The decision could be a landmark ruling for Western brands in China.

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YSL Beaut? Makeover: Barbier Takes Up Reins, Roos to Gucci Group

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Overview

The moment has arrived for a changing of the guard at YSL Beaut?, run for the past seven years by Chantal Roos.

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Fashion Features

NAFFEM Show Dates Set

The 25th annual edition of the North American Fur & Fashion Exhibition will take place here from April 29 through May 2 at Place Bonaventure, with Russian buyers making up the largest foreign contingency.

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Fashion Features

Orbis Global Ball Raises $400K

More than $400,000 was raised at the 25th annual Orbis Global Ball here.

clock April 3, 2007Rebecca Kleinman

Tiffany at The Domain.

Financial

Growing Austin Gets Major Retail Boost

This college town and state capital, long known as a hotbed for music and proud of its offbeat style, is getting an injection of designer fashion and accessories.

clock April 3, 2007Holly Haber

Fashion Features

AAFA Summit: Integration Key to Execution

The ability to master the supply chain – from the factory floor to the selling floor – is increasingly complex and has more bottom line impact than ever because of retail consolidation and security concerns.

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Seventeen-year-old Jasmine in "China Blue," set to air on PBS tonight.

Fashion Features

Documentary Puts Chinese Labor in the Spotlight

A new film made without the cooperation of the Chinese government casts a light on labor conditions in a Chinese denim factory.

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Financial

Textile Industry In Canada Slides

Canada’s textile and apparel industry is experiencing a significant decline despite government initiatives to support the sector, a World Trade Organization report said.

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A Scene from this year's Interstoff Asia Essential.

Fashion Features

Hunt for Eco Fabrics Fuels Interstoff Asia

Interstoff Asia Essential tried on its new name last month when it opened to 220 exhibitors and more than 8,700 buyers from 58 countries and regions.

clock April 3, 2007Vicki Rothrock

Financial

Target Sees Opportunity in City as Wal-Mart Puts Manhattan on Back Burner

Wal-Mart’s apparent decision to give up on launching a Manhattan store sounds sweet to rival Target.

clock April 3, 2007Katherine Bowers

Carrefour's Jose Luis Duran

Financial

Global Markets Key to Retailing Future

Emerging markets are transforming the landscape of the retail industry, as more players eye expansion in the fast-growing economies of China, India and Russia, said executives at the World Retail Congress here last week.

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Hedi Slimane

Fashion Features

Slimane Opens Up About Dior

Breaking his silence about splitting from Dior Homme, designer Hedi Slimane said he walked away freely.

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Fashion Features

Luxe Firms File Trademark Suit

Gucci America, Balenciaga Corp. France and Bottega Veneta International have filed a trademark counterfeiting and infringement lawsuit against Hetty Feldman Palant in federal court in South Florida.

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Fashion Features

In Briefs: Saks Names New Counsel… McArthurglen Appointment… Fashion And Charity…

Saks Inc. named Michael Brizel executive vice president and general counsel.

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Chantal Roos

Beauty Features

YSL Beauté Makeover: Barbier Takes Up Reins, Roos to Gucci Group

The moment has arrived for a changing of the guard at YSL Beauté, run for the past seven years by Chantal Roos.

clock April 3, 2007Miles Socha and Jennifer Weil

Sales for the Nivea brand exceeded 3 billion euros for the first time in 2006.

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Beiersdorf Celebrates 125, Posts Sales of $6.4B in ’06… Selective To Distribute Ferragamo Scents… Another Suiter For Boots

The Beiersdorf Group celebrated its 125th anniversary last week and reported more detailed news of another record-breaking year at its annual consumer brands press conference here.

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Thea Sharrock

Media

Dark Arts

Transforming the boy best known as Harry Potter into a teenager with unusual sexual obsessions was never going to be easy – but theater director Thea Sharrock was up for the challenge.

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Jacquetta Wheeler in Temperley.

Fashion Features

All That Glitters

“I’m on caviar alert – it must be around here somewhere,” said Gordon Campbell Gray, scanning the crowd gathered in London’s Guildhall Thursday night to fete the launch of Quintessentially Wine, a new club sourcing rare vintages from around the world.

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Yacht Haven Grande at the foot of the harbor in St. Thomas.

Retail

Shopping Meets Hospitality at Yacht Haven Grande

T-shirts and straw hats were always the standard retail fare in St. Thomas – that is, until the opening last month of the Yacht Haven Grande.

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New York & Company

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: More On Melrose… Naomi’s Knickers… Selling Miyake…

Contemporary brand Theory will join Marc Jacobs and Diane von Furstenberg on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles when it opens a 4,000-square-foot boutique on the ever-evolving street in May.

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Financial

U.S. and South Korea Complete Historic Trade Accord in Seoul

Going down to the wire, U.S. and South Korean negotiators reached a free trade accord that would be the biggest for the U.S. since the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

clock April 3, 2007Evan Clark

Jay-Z in a recent Rocawear ad.

Financial

Iconix Closes Rocawear Deal, Pillowtex Could Be Next Target

Iconix Brand Group Inc. wrapped up the acquisition of Rocawear and may have its sights set on another target: home textiles firm Pillowtex LLC, according to market sources.

clock April 3, 2007Amy S. Choi and Vicki M. Young

Media

Memo Pad: Cleanup Committee… Looking For Love

The new issue of Elle Accessories and its three previous editions are like night and day. Although magazines traditionally wait more than three issues before a redesign, editor Anne Slowey began working with creative agency AR last summer to change…

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Fashion Features

Surrealists Get Into Fashion at the V&A

For an art movement that emerged from the ideas of Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud, surrealism perhaps wouldn’t be expected to produce work as playful as a Salvador Dali satin sofa made in the shape of Mae West’s lips, a ruby lips brooch crammed with…

clock April 3, 2007Nina Jones

Pilar Rossi

Financial

Pilar Rossi Returns to Wholesale, Marks 20th Year

Pilar Rossi is celebrating her signature Madison Avenue store’s 20th year, and getting back into the wholesale business this fall.

clock April 3, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg

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