BEST OF THE MONTH: Limited Brands Inc.’s 10 percent gain courtesy of Victoria’s Secret’s 15 percent boom, with Zumiez Inc. (9.1 percent) not far behind.
WORST OF THE MONTH: Perfumania Holdings Inc.’s 8.7 percent pullback.
BIGGEST UPSIDE: Stein Mart Inc. was expected to come in flat, but instead rose 8.5 percent as it pushed a clearance event into the month’s final weekend.
BIGGEST DOWNSIDE: The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. was down 4.6 percent versus Thomson Reuters’ estimate of a flat performance. Bon-Ton cited reduced levels of clearance merchandise as well as…
ALIBI OF THE MONTH: …“The hottest weather in our markets since 1995,” according to Tony Buccina, Bon-Ton’s vice chairman and president of merchandising.
BIGGEST SWINGS: In a telling tale of changing fortunes in the teen market, Abercrombie & Fitch Co. was up 6 percent, versus down 29 percent a year ago, while Aéropostale Inc. went from up 9 percent in August 2009 to down 1 percent last month.
LAPPING LUXE: Nordstrom Inc. continued to set the pace in the upscale business, bounding 6.3 percent, while Neiman Marcus Inc. and Saks Inc. rose 2.9 and 1 percent, respectively.
OFF-PRICE BREAKOUT: As promotional as the retail sector was in general, off-price leaders Ross Stores Inc. and The TJX Cos. Inc. still managed increases of 5 and 2 percent, respectively.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over the top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty