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Ginnifer Goodwin in Dior.


Starlets Kick Off Oscar Week With an Art Opening

VF cover girls Ginnifer Goodwin and Abbie Cornish mingled at the opening of Kimberly Brooks’ exhibit, “The Stylist Project.”

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Symrise Net Drops 6.7 Percent

Company sales rose 3.2 percent in 2009.

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Beiersdorf Net Falls 32.8 Percent

Net profits at Beiersdorf AG fell 32.8 percent last year to 381 million euros, or $531.4 million.

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Lou Doillon and Charlotte Gainsbourg

Fashion Scoops

Front Row at Balenciaga: Stars of All Stripes

Clémence Poésy popped over to Paris from London where she’s shooting the next chapters of the “Harry Potter” film saga.

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Leifsdottir homepage.

Designer and Luxury

Urban to Enter Bridal

Urban Outfitters Inc. unveiled record profits and revealed its sixth brand will revolve around bridalwear.

clock March 4, 2010Sharon Edelson

Aquascutum RTW Fall 2010

Designer and Luxury

Aquascutum Designers Resign

At Aquascutum, Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz have handed in their resignation.

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Diana Eng

Fashion Features

A Fairytale Tech Show

At an unusual fashion show last week, sixth and seventh graders mingled with scientists, and a sewing machine provided the live music.

clock March 5, 2010Cate T. Corcoran

Samantha dru top, da-nang shorts


Bluefly Sees Sales Uptick

Web site Bluefly’s sales surge this week.

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Marcia Gay Harden, Martine Reardon and Constantine Maroulis.


Celebrity-Studded Go Red Event Raises $850,000

Marcia Gay Harden, Star Jones, James Gandolfini, “American Idol” Constantine Maroulis and Amy Shorin-Silverstein turn out for Go Red benefit.

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Drybar: The Latest in Blowout Bar Trend

The blow-dry salon, Drybar, unveiled its first location last month in the well-heeled Los Angeles neighborhood Brentwood

clock March 5, 2010Rachel Brown

An image from Revlon’s new Web site.

Color Cosmetics

Revlon Unveils Updated Website

Revlon’s new and improved website features virtual makeover area and an improved site map.

clock March 5, 2010Andrea Nagel

Salon by Sally Hershberger items.


HSN Gets Upscale Sally Hershberger Line

Sally Hershberger is launching a hair care line befitting her luxury image.

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J.C. Penney


Renewed Demand Removes Chill from Feb. Sales

Stores post best same-store sales results in more than two years.

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Ali Goldstein

Color Cosmetics

Maybelline Taps Ali Goldstein

Maybelline New York has named Ali Goldstein as its new vice president of color cosmetics for the U.S.

clock March 5, 2010Andrea Nagel


Gaylord Exits Seven For All Mankind for New Job

Seven for All Manking president leaving post to become president of Columbia Sportswear subsidiary and Montrail footwear business.

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A view inside the new Vera Wang store.


Vera Wang Launches First West Coast Store

Designer Vera Wang opens on Melrose Avenue.

clock March 5, 2010Anne Riley-Katz

Designer and Luxury

Hilfiger Talks History and Conglomerates

Tommy Hilfiger, when asked about PVH rumors, said: “I wouldn’t want to be part of a large conglomerate with no control at all.”

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Ready To Wear

In Brief: Zikas Joins Kaufman Franco

Kaufman Franco has named Suzanne Zikas senior vice president, sales.

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Coldwater Creek Cuts 4th-Qtr. Loss

Coldwater Creek said it posted a loss of $9.7 million, or 11 cents a diluted share, compared with $18.6 million.

clock March 5, 2010Alexandra Steigrad


Beiersdorf Net Falls 32.8 Percent

Net profits at Beiersdorf fell 32.8 percent last year to 381 million euros, or $531.4 million.

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Gap’s Denim Drive

Cotton Incorporated has partnered with Gap Inc. on a charitable initiative called Cotton: From Blue to Green.

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Government and Trade

U.S. Requests Review of India’s Export Subsidies

U.S. asked WTO to evaluate whether India is entitled to provide textiles and apparel export subsidies that are normally prohibited under global rules.

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Backstage at Prada RTW Fall 2010

Beauty Features

Milan Beauty Roundup: Up In The Hair

Updos took center stage at Milan Fashion Week, while makeup emphasized natural beauty.

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Dan Brestle, Linda Marshall and John Hurson

Beauty Features

Legislation, Economy on Front Burner at PCPC

Brestle urged cosmetics executives to fight against what the industry group sees as unwanted state proposals to ban product ingredients.

clock March 5, 2010Julie Naughton and Pete Born

Color Cosmetics

Zooey Deschanel and Solange Knowles Tapped by Rimmel

Actress Zooey Deschanel, singer-songwriter Solange Knowles and model Alejandra Ramos Munoz will appear in ads for Rimmel beginning later this year.

clock March 5, 2010Brid Costello

Mélanie Thierry

Beauty Features

Melanie Thierry Said To Be Face of YSL Scent

Mélanie Thierry is to be the face of the next Yves Saint Laurent women’s fragrance, due out later this year, according to industry sources.

clock March 5, 2010Jennifer Weil


Coach to Expand Fragrance Reach

Coach is expanding its fragrance distribution to about 1,400 department and specialty store doors in North America.

clock March 5, 2010Julie Naughton

Fashion Scoops

Tom Ford Moves Forward on Women’s Collection… Chanel’s Barn Raising…

Tom Ford women’s wear collection is moving closer to reality.

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Fashion Scoops

Carine Roitfeld ‘Blacklisted’ by Balenciaga

In other Balenciaga news, noticeably absent from Thursday’s front row was French Vogue editor in chief Carine Roitfeld and her team.

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Daily Stock Wrap: March 4, 2010

The day’s gainers and losers.

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Quinton Aaron and Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side.”


Ladies First: Interview With Molly Smith, Producer of “The Blind Side”

“The Blind Side” producer Molly Smith on her career choice: “I told my adviser [at NYU], ‘I’m one of 10 kids and I’m a little bossy.”

clock March 5, 2010Marcy Medina

Jessica Alba in Viktor & Rolf with Cash Warren.


Pre-Oscar Festivities Kick Off

Jessica Alba, Serena Williams, Marisa Tomei and Heather Graham celebrate Oscars early events around Los Angeles.

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The Gentlewoman First Issue.


Memo Pad: L.L. Bean’s New Signature… Martha’s Reality…

L.L. Bean Signature, the company’s anticipated contemporary collection for men and women, will open for business March 15.

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Audrey Marnay

Fashion Scoops

Front Row at Nina Ricci

At the Nina Ricci show, model-turned-actress Audrey Marnay, who has designed jewelry in the past, hinted at a project in the works with Gaia Repossi.

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Ralph Lauren's Olympic Closing Ceremony uniforms.


Ralph Lauren Unveils Olympic Closing Ceremony Uniforms

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Social Studies

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