LONDON — European stock markets put on a mixed show in mid-morning trading on Wednesday, amid a bundle of mixed news from the region’s fashion retailers.
The CAC 40 in Paris was up 0.4 percent to 3,823.94, followed by the FTSE MIB in Milan, which advanced 0.2 percent to 16,324.74.
The DAX in Frankfurt was down 0.2 percent to 8,210.06, while the FTSE 100 in London fell 0.1 percent to 6,331.51.
The euro traded at $1.33 against the dollar, while the pound fetched $1.56, the Swiss franc equaled $1.08, and the Swedish krona traded at $0.15 at 11:30 a.m. CET.
Retail and luxury stocks were mostly up, with the morning’s biggest gainers including Mulberry Group, up 1.8 percent to 9.59 pounds; and Inditex, 1.6 percent to 99.43 euros after notching a 1.4 percent increase in first-quarter net income and a 5.2 percent sales gain during the three months to April 30.
Shares in Asos.com, which on Wednesday reported that group revenues for the third quarter rose 43 percent 197.2 million pounds, advanced 3.2 percent to 41.09 pounds.
Among the morning’s fallers was Hennes & Mauritz, which reported broadly flat sales in the second quarter, due partly to the stronger Swedish krona. The stock was down 0.1 percent to 223.90 Swedish kronor.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
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.