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November 1,  2001                                Issue #60


     Mcpete Sez, 
The Lingerie Newsletter & Women's Wear Journal.

                 

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Firm to Launch Metal-Free Bra
TOKYO - A Japanese firm is launching a metal-free bra in response to tighter airport security procedures worldwide following last month's attacks on the United States, Kyodo news
agency reported Friday.
Triumph International (Japan) Ltd said it had decided to develop the bra because the tiny metallic fasteners on more usual brassieres had been triggering alarms on airport security detectors, Kyodo said.
Some 500 of what are being called the Frequent Flyers' Bras are to go on sale online from December, Kyodo quoted the company, the Japanese branch of Germany's Triumph group, as saying.
The firm could not be immediately reached for comment.
Instead of metal wires and hooks, the new bra incorporates resinous wires and nonmagnetic metal hooks that do not trigger metal detector alarms.
The bra, available in white, orange and blue, will be sold as a set with matching panties for 3,800 yen ($31.40).
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Worried Fashion Designers 
      Launch Sales Campaign
A high-profile publicity and advertising campaign aimed at encouraging American consumers to start shopping in the crucial run-up to Christmas will be launched by US fashion designers. 
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, a 241-member trade group, is to launch "Fashion for America: Shop to show your support," a public-relations campaign aimed at getting consumers back into the shopping habit.
As part of the campaign, leading designers such as Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren will do in-store appearances, while the council will also sell a special T-shirt  priced at $22.50 with proceeds going to September 11 relief funds.   The initiative is expected to wrap its message around patriotism - hinting that the best way for consumers to demonstrate their patriotism is to go shopping.


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Levi Strauss Accuses Guess of
       Copying Designs, Again
Two of the country's most popular denim labels, Levi Strauss & Co and Guess Inc., are slugging it out in the courts over the design of their jeans and jackets.
Levi has accused Guess of stealing its distinctive arched stitching design, a design the company claims it has been using since 1873 and to which it owns two U.S. trademarks.
In a federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco, Levi alleges that Guess is selling jackets and jeans with a "highly similar" stitching pattern. The company claims the infringement is causing irreparable and incalculable damage to the value of Levi Strauss' trademark and good name.
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A model for Dior presents this ecru satin dress worn with pink and gold brocade corset and white stretch tulle skirt as part of British designer John Galliano's Spring/Summer 2002 ready-to-wear collection, in Paris October 9, 2001.
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  Galeries Lafayette to Buy Marks 
    & Spencerís French Stores

French department store chain Galeries Lafayette has agreed to buy the 18 store French network of British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S).
Terms of the fire sale were not released. However, M&Sís French chain lost $40 million in the financial year ending in March.
The acquisition will bring to an end an ugly Anglo-French spat that began when troubled M&S announced in March that it was closing its money-losing operations on the Continent.
 Back then, workers complained that M&S had informed them of its plans to close the stores at the same time as investors, contravening Franceís rigid and arcane laws on cutting jobs.
After M&S employees staged pickets outside its French stores, Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin embraced their cause and ordered an investigation into whether the retailer had breached France's labor laws.
Under French law, the deal is subject to approval by M&S's workers' committee, which must be approved before the end of 2001. The acquisition will salvage about 1,500 jobs. But the 400 people who work at M&Sís four Belgium units will not be so lucky. These stores will be shuttered in December.

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Bodyhints Reinvents Lingerie Retailing with Grand Opening of SoHo Flagship Boutique
NEW YORK, Oct. 26- Bodyhints, a dynamic new retailer of women's designer lingerie, loungewear and essentials, opened its flagship boutique today in the heart of SoHo at 462 West Broadway. Offering lingerie that ranges from the world's finest in haute couture to the most practical seamless designs, comfy and sexy loungewear and sleepwear, hip fashion accessories and the best bath and body products, Bodyhints is reinventing the intimate apparel shopping experience.
Born from her frustration with shopping for lingerie in either very small, quirky shops or large department stores, Bodyhints
Co-CEO Lauren Blankenship founded the company on the vision of a large, modern lingerie store with a great assortment of designer products merchandised for easy shopping. ``I didn't like my lingerie or loungewear shopping options and I thought there had to be a better way. Bodyhints combines the selection you seek in the finest department stores with the focus, unique brands and service of a specialty boutique.'' Some of the designers showcased include: Araks, Aubade, Capucine Puerari, Hanro, James Perse, Le Mystere, Lise Charmel, OnGossamer, Patricia Fieldwalker, Roberto Cavalli, Sabrina Nadel, and Voyage.
Bodyhints is led by the husband-and-wife team of Lauren and Allen Blankenship and is the couple's second venture together.
Previously, they co-founded and built Rouze.com, the edgy online destination site for young, urban men that was 
acquired by Playboy Enterprises in February 2000.
The posh, 2000 square ft. store was designed by the New York firm MOVK Architecture & Design. 
Future plans for the company include a private salon for VIP clients and events opening this winter, the spring 2002 launch of its online store at bodyhints.com, as well as the opening of additional boutiques in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other major cities. 

   
A model presents a swimsuit with tropical motifs as part of French designer for fashion house Kenzo Gilles Rosier's 2002 spring-summer ready-to-wear fashion show, in Paris
      

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Security advised us that they could find no one fitting the description of the fourth cell member, Bin Workin, in the office. Police are confident that anyone who looks like he's Bin Workin will be very easy to spot.   
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Middle-aged and older women are posing nude for pinup calendars ó for good causes.
Karen Valich, a 47-year-old wife and mother, says her middle-aged friends thought she was nuts when she suggested they shed their clothes for a pin-up calendar.
"They all laughed at me and said, 'Yeah, right, I'll be your manager, you go and take your clothes off,' " says Valich ó now also known as Miss January.
Her friends in the Bellingham, Wash., area ó ranging in age from 25 to 89 ó eventually became emboldened for a reason: Their lives all had been touched by cancer, and their goal was to raise money for the American Cancer Society (news - web sites).
The Northwest Exposure calendar, covering the year 2002, catches a wave of ordinary women getting nude for a cause. In the past, there may have been occasional beefcake or cheesecake calendars to benefit charities. But Northwest Exposure, as well as another calendar by a group of South Carolina women, is part of a newer trend in which middle-aged or older people ó until now, mostly women in Britain ó pose au naturel , albeit obscured by props to varying degrees.
For example, Valich, as Miss January, is not wearing clothes, but she is strategically wrapped in a blanket as she poses in front of a fire, holding a cup of coffee. The picture carries the caption: "Cozy up with a warm one." 



                                

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