Only a strong finish in the days leading up to and following Christmas has placed U.S. retailers on the verge of smashing the old record for holiday sales, which has stood for four years as the American economy has stumbled, declined and attempted to recover.
If the current estimate of a 3.8 percent increase in general merchandise, apparel and accessories, furniture and other categories, or GAFO, sales projected by the International Council of Shopping Centers is realized, as appears increasingly likely, U.S. holiday revenues would hit $252.3 billion, $600 million higher than the $251.7 billion reached in 2007, when holiday sales were up 1.6 percent. Since then, holiday sales have fallen 6.1 percent in 2008, to $236.3 billion, and dropped another 1.3 percent in 2009, to $233.4 billion, before moving back into positive but still subpeak territory with 4.1 percent growth last year to $242.9 billion, $8.8 billion below their historic high.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
For @simonerocha_‘s fall show, hairstylist @jamespecis created a look inspired by the painter John Constable. Models’ hair was pulled back, tied into knots and topped off with a bow. (📷: @kukukuba) #wwdbeauty #lfw
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)