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."
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews