Gucci Brand Hits Turbulence as PPR Sales Rise in First Quarter

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Gucci has hit a bump. After experiencing soaring growth over the last few years, the brand saw sales slip in the first quarter ending March 31 as a result of tough conditions in the U.S. and Europe and the impact of currency exchange.

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Vincent Darre in his Paris apartment.

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Gucci Brand Hits Turbulence as PPR Sales Rise in First Quarter

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A Hess Natur by Miguel Adrover trench coated with bee wax.

Human Resources

Miguel Adrover’s Second Act

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A look from The Pink Twill line.


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Diesel's take on pillows.

Fashion Features

Italian Designers Right at Home at Salone del Mobile

Just how serious Italian designers are about their home collections is perhaps best expressed by Giorgio Armani’s modus operandi.

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Dsquared gets woodsy.

Fashion Features

Kartell Packs Punch With Fashion Brands

Kartell can’t get enough fashion.

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Fashion Features

Missoni Says Mi Casa, Su Casa

Missoni’s upcoming hotels are a reflection of Rosita Missoni’s taste and personality. The designer reworked Moroso or Knoll seats with the brand’s colorful patterns or selected Hans J. Wegner wood chairs for the restaurant and Eero Saarinen’s famed…

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Joy Bryant and Iman

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Marchesa Gives Back

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Inter Parfums Sales Gain 28 Percent

Fueled by the success of its youth-oriented women’s scent Burberry the Beat, sales at Inter Parfums SA soared 28 percent to 73.9 million euros, or $110.7 million at average exchange, in the first quarter of 2008.

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Bill Brings More Transparency to Apparel Task Force

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A Christian Louboutin sketch that will be in Barneys' windows.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Star Struck.. Ode To Louboutin… Family Ties…

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At-home beauty regimens go Space Age with Tria, NuFace and Tanda.

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Beauty Left to Its Own Devices

Laser technology expert Robert Grove Ph.D. has a peculiar, square-shaped bald spot on his arm.

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Soft & Beautiful Sets Skin Care Debut

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L'Oreal Paris brought its Web diagnostic tool to life with a mall tour.


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Call it the online version of “She told two friends.”

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The McGraw ad.


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Groupe Clarins’ 1st-Qtr. Sales Rise

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Two of the new Les Orientalistes scents.


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