Spring’s Marathon Ends: No One Trend Emerges But Retailers Laud Paris

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Despite the lack of a compelling, unifying direction as the French capital wound up an international marathon of shows, some buyers said they would likely increase their spend on collections here by as much as 15 percent.

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Fashion Features

Spring’s Marathon Ends: No One Trend Emerges But Retailers Laud Paris

Despite the lack of a unified direction at the Paris collections, some buyers said they would increase their spending by as much as 15 percent.

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African Nations Threaten Trade Talks

Top African diplomats warned they will block a deal to advance the Doha global trade talks if their demands for action on cotton subsidies aren’t met.

clock October 11, 2005John Zarocostas


Moody’s Lowers Hilfiger’s Debt Rating

Moody’s Investors Service downgraded its ratings on the corporate family and senior debt load of Tommy Hilfiger USA Inc.

clock October 11, 2005Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Fashion Features

In Brief: Luxottica’s China Play … Software To Shop By

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

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Sonia Rykiel

Fashion Features

Air Supply – Sonia Rykiel, Guy Laroche, Haider Ackermann, Kenzo, Martin Margiela, Elie Saab, Antonio Berardi

Keep it light — from oversized sweater dresses to beribboned caftans, that’s the mantra behind some of spring’s most appealing looks.

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Bernard Arnault touring the Louis Vuitton store.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: We Are The World … Nuclear Family … Red-Letter Day

Globalization: It’s a good thing. And the French worry far too much about China being a threat to their jobs.

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A look from Yohji Yamamoto's +Noir line.

Fashion Features

The New Noir

Recognizing that women can’t go to the office dressed like dinosaurs, Yohji Yamamoto has more to offer than the spiky looks shown on the Paris runway last week.

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Catherine Malandrino

Fashion Features

Elements of Style – Devi Kroell, Cortomoltedo, Catherine Malandrino, Bruno Frisoni, Patrick Cox, Stephane Kelian

She made a hit with that circular snakeskin bag, but Devi Kroell has many more tempting numbers this season.

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Louis Vuitton's majestic transformation of the Petit Palais.


Caesar’s Palais

Louis Vuitton took over the gilded Petit Palais Sunday night for a fashion show and a party to celebrate its new Champs-Elysees flagship.

clock October 11, 2005Emilie Marsh and Katya Foreman


Eye Scoop: Elkann Hospitalized

Lapo Elkann, grandson of the late Gianni Agnelli, has been hospitalized after an apparent drug overdose.

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Zang Toi's designs on display at the Kennedy Center.

Fashion Features

China to Strike a Fashion Pose

China is set to make the jump from garment center to fashion capital, according to designers featured in an exhibition at the Kennedy Center.

clock October 11, 2005Susan Watters

One of Han Feng's renderings for "Madam Butterfly" costumes.

Fashion Features

Han Feng First Chinese Designer to Create Costumes for English National Opera

Han Feng’s decision to design costumes for the English National Opera’s new production of “Madam Butterfly” was partly a gesture of friendship.

clock October 11, 2005Rosemary Feitelberg

The registration area at Material World New York.

Fashion Features

Material World Makes N.Y. Debut

Textile vendors exhibiting at Material World’s inaugural New York show said quality, innovation and dependability were attracting buyers.

clock October 11, 2005Ross Tucker

Fashion Features

L.A. Vendors Deal With China, Costs

Textile vendors are grappling with lingering uncertainty over Chinese quotas and escalating energy prices as they prepare for the Los Angeles International Textile Show to be held Oct. 17-19 at the California Market Center.

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Elizabeth Hurley and Evelyn Lauder at the Four Seasons Boston.

Beauty Features

Evelyn Lauder and Liz Hurley Raise $250,000 for Cancer

Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley made quite a team.

clock October 11, 2005Katherine Bowers and Ellen Groves

The Body Shop's Oxford Street store in London reflects the chain's new format.


Beauty Beat: The Body Shop to Open Moscow Unit … Givaudan Sales Rise in Period … Strong Holiday Boosts Douglas

The Body Shop is bound for Russia.

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FCBID Arts Festival on Tap

On a rundown stretch of 39th Street, far from the bohemian rhapsodies of the Lower East Side or Williamsburg, the Fashion Center Business Improvement District held a party Wednesday to promote its first arts festival, which kicks off on Oct. 17.

clock October 11, 2005Amy S. Choi

Dayanara Torres in a hand-beaded chiffon tunic and jeans.

Fashion Features

Metro 7 Marks New Ground for Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart’s new contemporary line, Metro 7, marks a number of firsts for the world’s largest retailer — ones it hopes will help give its $25 billion apparel business a fashionable edge.

clock October 11, 2005Rose Apodaca and Sharon Edelson

Avant-Toi's sprayed silk-steel knitted dress layered with a sprayed cotton jersey T-shirt.

Fashion Features

Milan Fairs Boom on Classic and New

The number of U.S. buyers increased by more than 50 percent at the seventh edition of White, establishing the cutting-edge fashion and accessories fairs as an essential stopover in their increasingly tight schedules.

clock October 11, 2005Valerie Waterhouse

Diane Levin

Fashion Features

Poleci Growing With Trends

Poleci is growing slowly and deliberately.

clock October 11, 2005Sharon Edelson

A rendering of the Bulgari storefront at the Collection at Chevy Chase.

Fashion Features

The Collection at Chevy Chase Raises Profile

The Collection at Chevy Chase, the first luxury retail enclave set for metro Washington, has signed on four more high-profile tenants.

clock October 11, 2005David Moin


Former Saks Employee Charges Discrimination

A discrimination charge by a former department manager was filed on Tuesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Raleigh, N.C.

clock October 11, 2005Vicki M. Young


Turkish Market Coming of Age

Haggling over finds is so yesterday for the Turkish shopper, who is waiting, credit card at the ready, for a pageant of new stores to move into Istanbul.

clock October 11, 2005Suna Erdem


Retail Group Bullish For Holiday Season

The retail sector trotted out its sometimes-schizophrenic mix of cynicism and optimism here Monday when asked to “vote” on issues ranging from the strength of the holiday season to corporate social responsibility.

clock October 11, 2005Denise Power

Joanne Lipman


Memo Pad: Cornered Office … Film Forum

Poor Joanne Lipman. First The Wall Street Journal sends her off after 22 years of service and now Conde Nast can barely find a place for her to sit.

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Women's is a growing focus for Spyder.

Fashion Features

Spyder’s Man: Active Firm Promotes Son of Founder

Spyder Active Sports is keeping it in the family.

clock October 11, 2005Melanie Kletter

A Fornarina bag.

Fashion Features

Mipel: New Venue, Same Challenges

A new location outside Milan did not discourage exhibitors and visitors from attending Mipel, the four-day leather goods exhibition here.

clock October 11, 2005Luisa Zargani


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