The report cards are in, and merchants say the contemporary market needs fresh styles and more price awareness for fall.
After trade shows and runway collections this month that they described as uninspired, retailers said they want to push designers beyond their comfort zones. The merchants said that explosive growth in the category has caused designers to play it safe and stay with proven trends too long. The call for taking more chances is complicated by a slowing economy in which shoppers are becoming more selective about their purchases.
Steve Aoki held a presentation, a runway show and outdoor concert for his men's line Dim Mak. Here's a look from his spring 2018 collection, which was titled "Paradise Found." #wwdfashion #wwdmens (📷: George Chinsee)
"It's really hard sometimes. I think I have a reputation for being really tough and aggressive and pushy but I really am a very shy person who wants to be liked, and that's the conflict constantly. There's something that takes hold - I want people to like me, I don't want to be mean - but if I see something that just cries out to be answered, I go for it," says renowned NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell. (📷: @axeldupeux)