It's the holiday homestretch and fashion retailers are groping to meet sales and profit goals.
The weekend storm crushed business in the Midwest and much of the Northeast, making a challenging season for apparel even tougher. Women's sportswear, particularly in classic and basic styles and misses' sizes, as well as casual wovens, corduroy bottoms and heavier weight sweaters just aren't moving, according to certain retailers. And consumers are seriously procrastinating, according to the National Retail Federation's "Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey," conducted by BIGresearch. The poll of over 8,000 consumers indicates that as of Dec. 11, about 20 percent of adult males and almost 14 percent of women haven't started gift shopping yet, a grand total of 35 million, while an estimated 25 million have finished the task.
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)