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Department Stores need Radical Makeover
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London Fashion week
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J.C. Penny Abused Workers
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Bob Mackies Fall Show
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Nude Wedding for 11 couples
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Marilyn Monroe Sues
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         Kellwood cuts forecast, 
         sees Q4 share  loss
ST. LOUIS, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Apparel manufacturer Kellwood Co on Thursday said it expects to record a loss of about 7 cents per share in the fourth quarter compared with a profit of 20 cents per share in the year earlier period, and said it expected the first half of 2001 to be difficult.
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Nordstrom 4Q Earnings Beat Estimates
SEATTLE (AP) -- Nordstrom Inc.  reported a 59 percent drop in fourth quarter profits Thursday, blaming slow sales in the holiday season, but the results beat Wall Street's reduced expectations.
For the quarter ended Jan. 31, Nordstrom posted net income of $27 million, or 20 cents a share, compared with $66.5 million,
or 50 cents a share, for the same period last year.
Last month, the Seattle-based clothing chain warned it was expecting fourth-quarter earnings to fall to between 18 cents and 23 cents a share after slow sales in December. Analysts surveyed by First Call/Thomson Financial lowered their expectations to 19 cents a share.

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U.S. department stores need radical
                     make-over
" Sears is already in the midst cutting the number of its apparel vendors and offering fewer styles in more sizes and colors....
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     Another Bumper London Fashion Week 
LONDON (AP) - Six days, 52 catwalk shows, 150 designers with stands at the exhibition: London Fashion Week just goes from strength to strength.
Now in its eighth year, it is an increasingly prestigious showcase for Britain's fashion industry, currently worth an estimated $10.5 billion a year, according to organizers the British Fashion Council.
London Fashion Week began with barely a dozen catwalk shows over three days and about 50 designers displaying their wares at the accompanying exhibition of hats, scarves, shoes and jewelry.
Based at the Natural History Museum, the modern event draws more than 3,000 visitors as well as 2,000 buyers and more than 1,200 fashion writers from around the world.
Sponsorship has trebled over the last five years, with Vidal Sassoon, the current sponsors, paying $5 million to back the event over 10 seasons.
         
A model for Polish designer Arkadius Weremczuk displays a design during his autumn/winter 2001 show at London Fashion
week February 18, 2001. Designers will be showing their collections in London over the next six days. 
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Jodie Kidd, wears an outfit by Matthew Williamson
during his show at London Fashion Week in London,
Monday Feb 19, 2001
     
A model displays a design from Ghost's 2001 Winter
collection at London Fashion Week February 20, 2001. 

     
Supermodel Jodie Kidd displays a white top and trousers
from fashion designer Amaya Arzuaga's  Autumn/Winter 2001/2002 collection during London  Fashion Week February 23, 2001. The collection features tucked sleeves, puff hems, feather trims and  pleats in wool, chiffon, leather, fur, tweed and suede. This week's event will see a record number of designers
from all over the world showing their latest creations in venues across the British capital. REUTERS

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Article by Just-Style
Interfiliere, the French trade fair devoted to providing
yarns, fabrics and components for the lingerie, underwear and hosiery trades, was also hot on innovative ideas this year. Everything from stockings containing "silver ions" to eliminate the problem of tired legs, to the incorporation of creams that soothe away cellulite, and water-reactive fabrics that reveal their patterns only when wet, was on show. 
But the big story had to be the birth of a whole new apparel market housewear. Increasing leisure time, more home workers and a generally more relaxed attitude to dress means that this is a sector that is set to grow and grow. 
   http://www.just-style.com/features_detail.asp?art=330 

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Anna virus loses its sizzle
Variants of a virus capitalizing on the popularity of 19-year-old Russian tennis player Anna Kournikova failed to add momentum to the worm's spread Monday. 
"I think it is under control at this point," said Vincent Gullotto, director of security software maker Network Associates' antivirus emergency response team. "It had the potential to become Love Letter-ish, but because we and others had protection, it failed to spread too quickly." 
Network Associates had seen "a few hundred" submissions of the virus from clients, but by Monday afternoon, the rate had dropped off. 

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JC Penney Supplier Seriously Abused
                    Workers

Workers at a factory supplying apparel to US retailer JC Penney were systematically abused, starved and beaten, an
investigation by the US Labor Department has revealed. 
The report, dated December 14 and leaked to the New York Times this week, investigated the Daewoosa plant in
American Samoa, a Pacific territory where most US labour standards are supposed to apply. The factory employed
around 300 workers, many of them women from Vietnam.
The company first attracted press attention at the beginning of December when a riot broke out after Samoan supervisors
were given authority to beat Asian workers if they did not obey instructions. Approval was given by the firmís president,
Kil So Lee. A young Vietnamese woman lost an eye after being beaten with a pipe during the riot.
"This was one of the worst sweatshop cases I've seen in the 15 years I've been investigating sweatshops," said Charles
Kernaghan, president of the National Labor Committee, a labour rights group based in New York.

 
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Super model Heidi Klum is held up by Eric Moulds of the
Buffalo Bills, left, and Rod Woodson of the Baltimore Ravens,
in this photo from the upcoming 2001 Sports Illustrated
swimsuit issue. (AP Photo/HO) 

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        Underneath.com for Sale 
             At $5.8 Million
Atlanta based QUAD-i (Innovative Internet Ideas, Inc.), owner and operator of Underneath.com, the Internet's most popular
retailer of brand name intimate apparel for men and women, today announced that it is up for sale for $5.8 million. 
Underneath.com has been operating successfully since December 1997. It is one of the few profitable eTailers having posted a profit for its fiscal year ended June, 2000. QUAD-i, its parent company, never received venture capital and had to grow thebusiness focusing on real revenue and profits with its initial seed funding of $40,000 from its founder's credit cards. 
The web site is experiencing tremendous growth and increasing traffic. It is in need of more resources to keep up with its
success, which is the reason it is up for sale. Although many eTailers have gone ``belly-up,'' shopping on the Internet is
exploding according to the latest figures, as media becomes more interactive. Underneath.com receives an average of over
7,500 unique visitors each day. The site has almost 16,000 affiliates in its affiliate program, making it one of the most
``linked-to'' web sites selling brand name intimate apparel. 

  
 

                          
                    
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