Two government reports released Friday point to a weakening in demand for apparel, as retail sales fell and prices declined.
Clothing and accessory store sales dropped 0.2 percent in September compared with August to $18.1 billion and department store sales declined 0.1 percent to $15.5 billion, the U.S. Commerce Department said. General merchandise stores, a category that includes discounters and department stores, saw flat sales in September of $50.9 billion.
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?"