LONDON — With European economies barely treading water and only the most fragile signs of recovery bubbling up, business remains a challenge for fashion companies at all levels of the price ladder, from LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton to the British men’s and denim label Mark Thomas Taylor.
Earlier this month, the European Central Bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a new record low of 0.5 percent to help jump-start lagging economies in a region marked by shrinking manufacturing, rising unemployment and consumer malaise. As a result, companies are rethinking how they manufacture, market and sell their goods in order to balance growth and preserve profit margins.
Peter Kim's Los Angeles-based premium denim line has always had its finger on the pulse of youth. This season, novelty is back in a way reminiscent of early Aughts, with studs, lace-ups, racing waxed denim and more. For more highlights if some of the key brands at the Vegas trade shows, go to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: Patrick Gray; Styled by @thealexbadia; Story by @karihamanaka and @marcy_wwd)
"I was driving back on Saturday afternoon from the beach, and I just saw this sign saying 'Skydiving for $95.' And I was like, I can't not sky dive for $95," says Tom Bateman about a moment in Hawaii while shooting "Snatched." #wwdeye (📷: @vsteves; Interview by @ktauer; Styled by @thealexbadia)