Retail apparel prices declined a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent in November after rising the two previous months, as holiday price cutting kicked into gear, the U.S. Labor Department reported Friday in its Consumer Price Index.
Women’s apparel prices also fell 0.6 percent, as all categories declined except the combined underwear, nightwear, sportswear and accessories group, which increased 0.5 percent. Prices for dresses were down 3.4 percent, outerwear dipped 0.4 percent, and suits and separates were off 0.1 percent. Girls’ apparel prices fell 5 percent in the month.
Prices for men’s apparel were up 0.5 percent, with gains in every category except shirts and sweaters, which fell 0.8 percent. Price hikes for suits, sports coats and outerwear were up 2.3 percent, furnishings increased 1.2 percent and pants and shorts rose 0.6 percent. Boys’ apparel prices increased 1.3 percent last month.
The overall CPI fell 0.3 percent in November, the first drop since May, led by falling prices at the gas pump. Gasoline prices fell 7.4 percent in the month, while energy prices declined 4.1 percent.
“In November, gasoline prices fell sharply and drove the headline CPI south,” said Chris G. Christopher Jr., senior principal economist at IHS Global Insight. “Grocery prices rose at a somewhat faster pace in October and November (up 0.3 percent each month), as the impact of the Midwest drought is starting to swallow a larger part of household budgets.”
The core index, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, was up 0.1 percent in the month.
“If you take energy prices and elevated food inflation fears out of the picture, consumer prices look relatively tame,” Christopher said.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast