JUNE BOUNCE: June comparable-store sales numbers were expected to benefit from a series of positive influences, the lateness of the arrival of warm weather and Memorial Day among them, but the actual numbers surprised both analysts and investors, who sent the S&P Retail Index to an all-time high less than a month after it had backed off more than 10 percent from the previous high-water mark set on May 13. Thomson Reuters had estimated a 4.9 percent boost in June comps but wound up with a 6.5 percent gain as 87 percent of companies tracked beat estimates and just 13 percent fell short.
WEB WEAKNESS: By nearly all calculations, The Wet Seal Inc. had a strong month, with a 7.3 percent comp advance qualifying as the second biggest upside “surprise” of the month. (A 1.9 percent increase was expected.) But the company reported that its e-commerce sales for June, not included in its comp number, declined 17 percent, a rare exception to the good news that’s characterized Susan McGalla’s tenure as chief executive officer of the company since her arrival in January. UNLIMITED HORIZONS: The only company with a better “surprise” in June than Wet Seal was Limited Brands Inc., which again confounded the experts by coming up with a 12 percent comp rise versus expectations of a far more modest 3.8 percent boost. The Bath & Body Works unit did fine — ahead 5 percent — but Victoria’s Secret added to a string of sensational showings, comping up 17 percent. In fact, during the 2011 calendar year, the innerwear giant has missed a double-digit comp increase only once — during the disappointing month of May. Its best performance was in January, when comps soared 35 percent.
“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