A shift toward more tailored looks and away from more casual attire helped lift apparel sales 3.6 percent during the first seven months of 2013.
According to data from The NPD Group of Port Washington, N.Y., sales of all apparel reached $106.57 billion during the first seven months of the year, up from $102.91 billion during the comparable period in 2012. Unit sales rose 3.4 percent while average selling prices were flat.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"