LATE RISERS: Thursday’s same-store sales reporting ritual had more than a little in common with the month it covered — slow at the start with a pickup at the end. The Wet Seal Inc. and Cato Corp., who’d wind up with the weakest performances of the month (down 9.7 and 7 percent, respectively), filed early in the morning while the better numbers — Nordstrom Inc. and Gap Inc.’s stronger-than-expected respective increases of 8.6 and 5 percent — came as the last data trickled in, along with upside surprises from Kohl’s Corp., Stein Mart Inc. and off-price titans The TJX Cos. and Ross Stores Inc. RELATED STORY: Holiday's Aftermath, Squeeze on Profits >>
THE EXPECTATIONS GAME: Earlier estimates from Thomson Reuters called for a modest 2 percent median increase in reporting stores’ same-store sales, but that number was lowered to 1.7 percent Wednesday as more analysts filed their numbers and others lowered previously issued approximations. The final average for the month was 2.3 percent and, excluding drugstores, rose to 4.5 percent, 1.2 points better than anticipated. Promotional and based on a shrinking sample, to be sure, but far better than November’s 1.6 percent advance, which was hampered by Hurricane Sandy.
VALUE VICTORS: Tempting prices delivered the dollars to fashion merchants late in the month, but it was the stores that live and die by price every day that posted the best numbers overall. In addition to Nordstrom’s solid performance, the largest increases came from Costco Wholesale Corp. (8 percent excluding fuel sales), TJX and Ross (both up 6 percent) and Stein Mart Inc. (up 5.9 percent).
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)