- SLIM UPS SAKS STAKE: Billionaire Carlos Slim Helú said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday that his stake in Saks Inc. was 9.4 percent, which compares with a 7.9 percent holding reported earlier this month. Last month, Jennison Associates LLC, an affiliate of Prudential Financial Inc., said in an SEC filing that it amassed a 10.9 percent stake in Saks, up from a 7.9 percent stake in the company. Marsico Capital Management reported to the SEC last Friday that, by the end of January, it had upped its stake in the retailer to 16.4 percent. The fund held 10.4 percent of Saks a year earlier.
- RETAIL FALLS: The S&P Retail Index dropped 2.8 percent to 395.26 Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the economy will continue to be sluggish. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 1.4 percent to 12,376.98, while the broader S&P 500 sank 1.3 percent to 1,348.86. Liz Claiborne Inc. and Jones Apparel Group Inc. made the New York Stock Exchange's list of biggest decliners, falling 18.4 percent and 9.9 percent, respectively. Liz Claiborne closed at $18.31, while Jones ended the day at $15.45. Other notable decliners included Ann Taylor Stores, which closed down 5.4 percent to $24.44; Charming Shoppes Inc., sliding 8.1 percent to $4.32, and Citi Trends Inc., which plummeted 12 percent to $15.03.
"'Dynasty' is all about gowns, the diamonds and the scandal, so it's a bit like the fashion industry. When we come to Cannes it's all about the red carpet dresses too, so it all fit really well," said designer @philippplein78 on the theme of his high-glamour resort 2019 show at his mansion in Cannes. #wwdfashion #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
"I think Spike is such a brilliant director because he holds up a mirror to society and reflects these issues, yet he doesn't shove it down your throat, he doesn't tell you what to think," says @lauraharrier on her latest film @Blackkklansman. Harrier was at the Cannes Film Festival – for the very first time – with @officialspikelee. #wwdeye #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
“I would think to myself, Are you happy? Yes, I’m wildly happy. I go to this studio every day and, in my inside voices, I’m giggling; I’m singing. Yes, it’s a lot of work, it’s a [huge] volume of material. It wouldn’t be for everybody. But I was very happy,” said soap opera star @therealsusanlucci of checking in throughout the years with her career trajectory. Lucci spoke to WWD about her decades-long career, love for pilates, motherhood and her QVC activewear line. Read Bridget Foley’s full piece on Lucci on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @celestesloman)
@balmain has taken a stand at the #cannes Film Festival, dressing 16 actresses at a press call for the project “Noire N’est Pas Mon Metier,” or “Black Is Not My Profession.” The multimedia project includes a book, photo exhibit and documentary, which aims to expose discrimination in the French and American entertainment industries. “The moment I was asked to participate, I knew it was right for me, and for this brand, to form a part of this moment,” Balmain creative director @olivier_rousteing told WWD. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
"I always feel curious and I feel like there's more to learn. But I think being relevant, feeling relevant, I personally always feel that there's just so much more to know. And maybe that's the key.” — @themarcjacobs #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty (📷: @patrickmacleodphoto )
“The most amazing thing about her is that, regardless of all the things that have happened to her, her spirit is so undaunted by all of it. She is the most cheerful person you will ever meet. She doesn’t see problems, she only sees solutions,” said @ajanaomi_king of activist Ifrah Ahmed, who she plays in a new film “A Girl from Mogadishu.” WWD caught up with King at Cannes — Head to WWD.com to read more about her new role, personal style and how she uses social media for causes like Time’s Up and Black Lives Matter #wwdeye
WWD asked a number designers to share their thoughts on what Meghan Markle’s wedding gown will look like this Saturday. Here, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli sketches his look. #wwdfashion #royalwedding #meghanmarkle