LAW OF AVERAGES: The earliness of Easter, the lateness of Mother’s Day, the nastiness of the weather and the high price of gas were all expected to work against April’s same-store sales results. And they did, even more than most expected. Thomson Reuters’ tally of analysts’ estimates for the month called for a 1.5 percent increase, with the actual mean result picking up just 0.8 percent. Combining March and April, the increase was 2.5 percent compared with a 5.4 percent climb last year. More than half the stores reported missed estimates last month.
APPAREL WITHOUT APOLOGIES: Department and discount stores — ranging from Saks Inc. to Kohl’s Corp. to Target Corp. — fared worse than expected, and the relative strength of apparel stores, a point higher than anticipated with a 3.2 percent gain, was due in large part to the inclusion of powerhouse off-pricers TJX Cos. Inc. and Ross Stores Inc. They had respective increases of 6 and 7 percent and lifted their first-quarter earnings guidance. Excluding Gap Inc., another disappointment last month with a 2 percent slide, apparel stores forged ahead 5.3 percent versus the 3.5 percent gain expected. RELATED STORY: Stores Struggle With April Sales >> PEER PRESSURE: In the unofficial competition between teen retailers that have abandoned monthly sales reporting, Aéropostale Inc. Thursday followed American Eagle Outfitters Inc.’s lead from the day before, lifting its first-quarter earnings estimates to a range of 12 cents to 13 cents a diluted share from the previous range of between 8 cents and 10 cents. The New York-based store had more modest growth in comp sales — up 2 percent including e-commerce, versus a 17 percent jump at AEO.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews