NEW YORK — Where are people buying most of their apparel? That depends on whom one asks.
In WSL’s "How America Shops 2002" survey, department stores led the way, with 46 percent of consumers polled saying that’s where they shop for clothes most often. That preference fell from 53 percent, a year ago. Mass merchants ranked second, cited by 18 percent in the WSL survey and followed closely by specialty stores, which surged to the most frequent apparel shopping spot for 17 percent, up from just 3 percent in 2000.
By comparison, Retail Forward’s 2001 survey of purchasing frequency by format found discounters the top choice of apparel shoppers: 36 percent said they most often bought women’s casualwear there; 20 percent said it was where they usually bought women’s dress clothes. Department stores were next, chosen first by 14 percent of women’s casualwear purchasers and 21 percent of women’s dress apparel buyers.
Meanwhile, market researcher Zandl Group found specialty stores have become more popular places to buy fashion among 24 percent of 13-to-24-year-olds during the past five years, while department stores have become less popular in that regard, for 17 percent of that group. Females’ favorites included American Eagle, Express, Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap and Old Navy.
No surprises there. But among adults polled by Retail Forward, Wal-Mart was the big winner, named by 21 percent and 12 percent, respectively, as the place they most frequently bought women’s casualwear and dress apparel. The big losers? Sears and J.C. Penney, listed by just 3 percent and 8 percent, respectively, as stores where people buy women’s casual clothes most often, and by 4 percent and 11 percent as their premier places to snag women’s dress apparel.
Yesterday, the Parisian fashion house @azzaro_official cut the ribbon on a temeporary retrospective at the wing of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The exhibition, which shows the lasting influence of the brand’s founder Loris Azzaro, is titled “Azzaro, Fifty Sparkling Years” and presents 50 looks. In it’s ’70s heyday, fans of the brand included Jane Birkin, pictured here, Raquel Welch, Brigitte Bardot and more. See more photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@trinaturk and @macys Inc International Concepts line are linking up on a collection for summer — filled with accessories, swimwear and shoes. The collection will also include a Mr Turk men’s line, both of which are the designer’s first entry into a more accessibly priced area. “It’s very world-traveler, gypset-inspired,” said Turk. The Trina Turk x INC line will launch on May 15th. #wwdfashion
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge