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  February 15,  2003                                 Issue #91


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Cathie Jung of Mystic, Conn., foreground, speaks with Laura Ricker, right, and Clarina Bezzola about wearing corsets during the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show exhibition and sale Friday, Jan 31, 2003 in New York. Jung is the holder of the Guinness Book of World Records, smallest waisted living person, 15 inches.
The Vintage Clothing Show had styles from the last century, including a sexy corset, when more than 50 vendors display their wares at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

               Shuttle Disaster Hurts Retail Sales
Nonstop television coverage of the space shuttle Columbia disaster on Saturday kept riveted consumers away from stores, hurting retail demand last week, according to a report released on Tuesday. 
U.S. chain store sales were down 0.9 percent in the week ended Feb. 1 from the week before, breaking a three-week run of higher demand, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and UBS Warburg said in a joint report. 
Sales rose 2.7 percent compared with the same week a year ago when snow and ice storms in the U.S. Midwest and New England crimped weekly sales. 
"However, that effect was seemingly offset by slower traffic and sales -- especially on Saturday, most likely due to the consumers' focus on the space shuttle disaster," BTM analyst Michael Niemira said in the report.

Australian pop star Kylie Minogue (C) laughs during a photocall to launch her new lingerie range called LoveKylie, at Selfridges in London, February 4, 2003. With each piece designed and developed by Minogue, the brand's sixth collection combines elegant boudoir styles with beautiful fabrics, sleek design and flirtatious detailing.

Job Cuts Up 42 Percent From December 
NEW YORK - Job cuts announced by U.S. corporations in January increased 42 percent from December, led by the retail, commodities and transportation sectors.
The report suggested that many businesses are laying off workers as they continue to cut costs and reduce debt. Many companies also have stopped hiring because of uncertainty about a potential war in Iraq, the firm said. 
Announced job cuts for January totaled 132,222 compared with 92,917 in December.


                 Brazilian Fashion
What exactly is Brazilian fashion? the answer isn't all that clear. While vibrant colors and wild plumage may be too stereotypical an expectation (although designer Tufi Duek did present just that for his Forum line), it's the general consensus that it ought to be - like the nation itself - sensuous and high-spirited.
Forum achieved all that - a Carnivale-esque collection of feather-capped chiffon dresses and tropical, sunset-hued silk blouses. Not unlike the background video montage of parrots flying along the wetlands, the girls marched out to tribal beats festooned with birds-of-prey hairstyles. And the crowd loved it -- as they should. Michelle Alves never looked so exotically gorgeous as she did in her high-collared indigo feather jacket and low-slung jeans.
But there's far more to Brazil than just the jungle. Sao Paulo Fashion Week newcomer Eduardo Suppes showed punk rock at its most attractive. Leave it to the South Americans to re-mix Vivienne Westwood's earlier designs into something seductive and easy-going. There were still plenty of bondage pants and zipper-laden bomber jackets, but paired with slinky halter tops with peek-a-boo cutouts, a loose beige knit top, and a gold lame blazer. The hard aesthetic softened up, assuming downtown chic, and it was obvious that the girls knew they looked good. Dressed in a blousy short silk dress of red, yellow, and black print, Marcelle flashed a sly smile knowing it was a vision of strength and sexiness, and downright cool.

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The Grand Cabaret Show
While there was a whole lot to ogle Tuesday night at Lane Bryant's fourth annual spring lingerie fashion show held in the Grand Ballroom of The Manhattan Center, there was one element noticeably lacking: Anna Nicole Smith. It appears the buxom blonde was less than welcome at the plus-size fashion event after causing a minor commotion at last year's rock 'n' roll-themed event, when she raunchily grabbed her crotch and sauntered off stage in a Dilaudin-ish daze.
Not that Smith was missed. Bobbi Brown, on-board once again working her clean-faced, smoky-eyed makeup magic, quietly admitted, "I was hiding from her last year. She kept saying, 'Why don't you like me, Bobbi? Aren't I juicy?'" Prive's Laurent D. was a bit less forthcoming. While giving the models soft, sensuous curls, the politic hairstylist only offered a sly smile and a shake of the head in regards to his client's absence.
As possible compensation, Lane Bryant invited Roseanne Barr to emcee the Cabaret-themed event. "I accepted immediately, because, well, I'm a fan of the whole Nazi era," joked the comedienne before a crowd that included Star Jones, Tommy Tune, plus-size socialites Marjorie Gubelman and Natalie Leeds, and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, who donned his glasses to get a better look at his daughter Mia, modeling on the runway. Earlier on, Mia made a comment backstage that she loved doing Lane Bryant's show because her father could come
and watch all the girls in lingerie and "not get in trouble with the wife."

Models wear intimate apparel from the label 'Lane Bryant' during 
the 'The Grand Cabaret' Lane Bryant lingerie fashion show Tuesday, 
Feb 4, 2003 in New York

The EUROPEAN PREVIEW Jan 22-23-2003 confirms its recognition within the Industry .
They recorded more than 2500 Designers and Buyers from North America , a number similar to the attendance of a year ago for the same Spring Summer Pre Collections.
One of the key factors to explain this steady performance is the close links that have been established between Exhibitors and Buyers over a period of 6 European PreView sessions .
Buyers particularly appreciate, the variety of product categories from 9 European Countries , the span of the price range and the wealth of creativity offered at such early stage in the season.
This is very much in keeping with EUROPEAN PREVIEW mission statement which was created to bring to the North American market a PREVIEW of the European Fabrics collections.
The full fledged collections will be presented in a few weeks in Paris at PREMIERE VISION , Feb 12 to 15 2003 where Designers and Buyers will finalize their selections.
EUROPEAN PREVIEW will be back in New York on July 16-17 2003 at the same location, to present the FALL WINTER 2004 Fabrics Pre Collections.


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