Stocks spent most of the day in negative territory, but moved up in afternoon trading as fears about the fate of Lehman Brothers turned to speculation about possible buyers for the troubled investment bank. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session at 11,433.88, up 164.96, or 1.5 percent, and the Standard & Poor’s Retail Index
managed a gain of 2.48 points, or 0.6 percent, to 410.17. The S&P 500 rose 1.4 percent to 1,249.05 and the Nasdaq Composite was 1.3 percent higher at 2,258.22. After reporting stellar second-quarter earnings, Lululemon Athletica led all fashion issues with a 14.4 percent spike. Regional department store Bon-Ton also scored a double-digit gain and Gottschalks shares rose 3.5 percent. Dillard’s stock headed in the other direction, retreating 5.6 percent. NexCen Brands shares jumped 8 percent after the firm said it is actively negotiating with multiple bidders to sell its Bill Blass and Waverly brands. With its 4.8 percent jump on Thursday, to $8.25 a share, Eddie Bauer Holdings’ stock has more than doubled since July 2. Overseas stocks were broadly lower, with IT Holding bucking the trend and locking in a 5.45 percent gain for the day.
* Editor’s note: European stocks are quoted in the currency of their principal exchanges. Shares on the London Stock Exchange are quoted in pence, Richemont and The Swatch Group are quoted in Swiss francs and Hennes & Mauritz is quoted in Swedish kronor. All other European stocks are in euros.
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion