- DOW DROPS: Stocks fell sharply Wednesday as oil prices soared and investors anticipated mediocre same-store sales results, which are released today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 200 points, closing at 12,814.35, while the broader S&P 500 sank 1.8 percent to 1,392.57. The S&P Retail Index slid 1.6 percent to end at 402.63. Among the largest retail declines, shares of Limited Brands Inc. fell 2.4 percent to $17.62, Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. declined 4 percent to $12.37 and Macy's Inc. declined 2.6 percent to close at $24.73.
- ANOTHER ESCADA BIDDER?: Tchibo Holding's Michael Herz is considering taking a stake in Escada, according to a report in German financial daily Handelsblatt. Herz is said to have been granted access to Escada's books after having talks with major Escada shareholder Rustam Aksenenko. The newspaper said Herz, like the global equity firm Apax — which officially broke off negotiations with Escada in March — is also eyeing former Hugo Boss chief executive Bruno Sälzer as Escada's new head. Herz is a co-owner of Maxinvest International Inc., which owns the coffee roaster and retailer Tchibo as well as a major stake in Beiersdorf. The German paper said Escada and the Herz family declined to comment.
- JAEGER LE COULTRE TRIES U.S. RETAIL: Fine watch brand Jaeger Le Coultre is opening its first stores in the U.S. The first will open on June 1 in Boca Raton, Fla. The opening is in partnership with jeweler Les Bijoux, located at 306 North Plaza Real. The second will open later this year at 9490 B Brighton Way in Beverly Hills. Jaeger, owned by Compagnie Financière Richemont, celebrates its 175th anniversary this year and focuses on horological technology. It is best known for its Reverso watch featuring a flip-over case.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye