Retail stocks outpaced the market on Wall Street today.
The S&P 500 Retailing Industry Group rose 0.8 percent to 875.99 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average inched up 0.4 percent to 16,698.74, as trading settled.
Leading the U.S. stocks tracked by WWD was Sears Holdings Corp., which jumped 7.6 percent to $41.13. The ailing retailer has continued to lose market share and post losses, but the stock has managed to hold up as chief executive officer Edward Lampert sells off assets and seeks to transform to a member-centric business model.
Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. increased 5.8 percent to $37.15 after the company’s second-quarter losses lined up with expectations and Signet Jewelers rose 3.5 percent to $108.34 after completing its deal to acquire competitor Zale Corp. Also showing a solid gain was J.C. Penney Co. Inc., which increased 2.9 percent to $9.03.
In Europe, the major stock indices showed mostly modest declines with the FTSE 100 bucking the trend in London and gaining 0.3 percent to 6,871.29.
The FTSE MIB in Milan declined 0.4 percent to 21,511.35 while the DAX in Frankfurt was nearly flat, slipping just 0.27 points to 9,938.90, and CAC 40 in Paris decreased 1.12 points to 4,530.51.
Among the decliners were Salvatore Ferragamo Italia, down 1.2 percent to 22.35 euros; Brunello Cucinelli, 0.6 percent to 18.72 euros; Mulberry Group, 0.5 percent to 7.12pounds, and Tod’s 0.3 percent to 98.50 euros.
The euro traded at $1.36 against the U.S. dollar and the pound fetched $1.67.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)