STOCKS SINK: Wall Street anxiously anticipated dismal January same-store sales, which will be released later in the week, by sending retail shares into free fall on Monday. The WWD Composite Stock Index fell 2.5 percent to 893.14, while the S&P Retail Index plunged 3.1 percent to 411.05. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.9 percent to 12,635.16, while the broader S&P 500 fell 1.1 percent to close at 1,380.82. Women's apparel companies were the biggest drag on the sector. Talbot's Inc. made the New York Stock Exchange's list of biggest decliners, sinking 12.5 percent to $8.26, while Coldwater Creek Inc. fell 18.1 percent to $5.76, Charming Shoppes Inc. declined 15.1 percent to $5.85, Chico's FAS Inc. decreased 5.8 percent to $10.04 and Christopher & Banks Corp. dipped 5 percent to $12.28. AnnTaylor Stores Corp. closed down 5.3 percent to $23.92. Limited Brands Inc. fell 5.2 percent to $18.32, while Citi Trends Inc. decreased 10.7 percent to close at $13.49.
CHANEL'S LONGER DEAL: Luxottica Group said Thursday that it has renewed its license to produce and distribute eyewear for Chanel for three years, renewable for another three years. The relationship between the two companies dates back to 1999. "This partnership is extremely rewarding for both firms," said Antonio Miyakawa, executive vice president at Luxottica. Miyakawa said the license still offers "great growth potential." The executive said Chanel is "one of the three most important" licenses for Luxottica, but declined to be more specific about the size of the business. Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel's fashion activities, said the partners would pursue "an even more luxurious and differentiated strategy."
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye