NEW YORK — Rather than igniting a new market boom, Facebook Inc.’s much-touted initial public offering fizzled Friday, leaving investors right where they were before the hubbub — mired in worries over Europe’s economy and political morass.
Shares of the social media company closed up just 23 cents to $38.23 — having risen to as high as $45 in midday trading. That gives the company a market capitalization of $105.63 billion. There were hopes that a rising Facebook would help other new economy companies, but shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell 2.1 percent to $213.85 and eBay Inc. sank 1.7 percent to $38.36.
The S&P Retail Index declined 0.6 percent, or 3.58 points, to 590.78 as the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.6 percent, or 73.11 points, to 12,369.38. European markets also declined, with London’s FTSE 100 leading the way down with a drop of 1.3 percent to 5,267.62
Running countertrend were three companies that weighed in with first-quarter results. Shares of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. gained 9.3 percent to $1.29 after its losses narrowed; Aéropostale Inc. rose 4.4 percent to $18.49 despite a 34.5 percent profit drop, and Ann Inc. rose 3.2 percent to $26.68 after topping analyst earnings expectations.
For Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg, the IPO might well be an “out of the frying pan and into the fire” moment. The intense buildup to the offering is over, but the scrutiny and second guessing that all public companies enjoy is just beginning. A few fashion industry titans weighed in with some advice on how Zuckerberg might handle all the new attention.
“To Mark Zuckerberg: Congratulations, well done!” said Leonard Lauder, chairman emeritus of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. “Just remember: When looking at all the other people in your space that nothing stays golden forever. Start thinking about tomorrow today.”
Michael Kors added, “Don’t pay attention to fashion naysayers, Mr. Zuckerberg! I wore black crewnecks, black jackets and jeans before my IPO and I continue to do so after. It’s your talent, vision and performance that people are interested in.”
Donna Karan had a slightly different take: “He doesn’t need our advice — he should advise us. Really, though, there are so many things that need help in this world, and he can help, and help us, make the big changes.”
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“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 during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. 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.