Retail jobs are disappearing even as the broader economy puts more workers onto the payrolls.Apparel and accessories specialty stores axed a seasonally 5,500 jobs from January to February, cutting employment in the sector to 1.4 million. Employment at general merchandise stores declined by 19,300 to 3.2 million, including a department store sector decline of 4,700, to 1.3 million.The decreases ran counter to the broader trend — nonfarm payrolls expanded by 235,000 for the month — but are very much in keeping with the realities of retail, where the rise of e-commerce and changes in shopping preference are remaking the landscape.J.C. Penney Co. Inc., Macy’s Inc. and Sears Holdings Corp. are all in the midst of store closures and The Limited, BCBG and The Wet Seal Inc. limped into bankruptcy.More cuts are expected.Richard Hayne, chief executive officer of Urban Outfitters Inc., recently declared that the retail real estate bubble had burst, much like the housing market bubble before it.“We are seeing the results, doors shuttering and rents retreating," he told Wall Street after a tough fourth quarter. "This trend will continue for the foreseeable future and may even accelerate.”Hayne is looking to combat that by doubling down on digital at Urban Outfitters, noting that web stores are going to be equal partners with brick-and-mortar.The rise of e-commerce has complicated life for fashion's financial types, stealing sales from stores (which then have to operate on even thinner margins) and not delivering the same profits given the costs associated with shipping and returns and acquiring traffic online.Even though the financial path is unclear, retailers see few other paths forward, especially as Amazon continues to take market share in fashion, although primarily in basics for now.The migration to the web was also reflected in the employment figures with the nonstore retail category hiring 3,200 workers, supporting a total of 553,400 jobs.
La Double J made a name for itself with its vintage-inspired prints, but for resort, designer JJ Martin has ventured into new territory: enter rich jewel toned solids and decadent embellishment, in the form of appliqués, crystals and sequins. #wwdfashion #resort19 #ladoublej
This Just In: J. Crew Group has named Johanna Uurasjarvi as its chief design officer.
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@virgilabloh revealed he's working with Australian stylist and
Vogue Australia fashion director @christinecentenera for his debut @louisvuitton men's collection, which will be presented in Paris on June 21. Centenera met Abloh while both working with Kanye West, where she consulted on his all his runway collections since his debut spring 2012 women's wear show. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews (📷: @asussmanphoto)
"In order for Shudu to wear garments, she needs to be able to put them on, just like you would in the real world. You have to digitize the outfits," said Cameron-James Wilson on dressing 3-D model @shudu.gram for her WWD photoshoot with @itsclo3d. #wwdfashion (📸: @cjw.photo)
“Shudu is a digital supermodel, a very glamour and amazing woman. But she’s 3-D,” says Cameron-James Wilson, a fashion photographer and the creature of @shudu.gram. Here, Shudu wears @cushnieetochs for her debut fashion editorial. #wwdfashion (📷: @cjw.photo)
“It is the fierce female performances that came before me that made be able to clearly identify for myself what it was that I wanted to do, what kind of artist I wanted to be, what kind of films I wanted to make,” said @brielarson at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. See more pictures from the event on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: Matt Baron)