PARIS — Buyers attending the Premiere Classe and Bijorhca accessories trade shows here predicted that the category will remain the bright spot amid a potential recession.Bold colors emerged as a key trend at the shows that ended their four-day runs Jan. 27."It's rather a contrast to the dismal headlines of falling stock markets and crashing economies," said Bella Huddart, accessories buyer for Australian store Georgettis. "It gives us hope."Though some small chains and boutiques had trimmed budgets 20 percent, most retailers were in a positive mood, some spending 30 percent more than last year. Scarves were driving orders."Everyone is asking for them," said Bonnie Fasano, head of product development for Berry, a New York-based wholesaler to stores such as Express and Anthropologie. "In Europe, people don't just wear them outside, but like a necklace."Graphic and retro patterns were key directions in scarves, said Sacha Skott Andersen, accessories buyer for Danish department store Illum.With Illum's accessories sales up some 33 percent for the year, Andersen's spending was higher. She snapped up Franco Ferrari's Bloom Garden bright printed collection, which proved a hit at the show."The kind of customer we deal with suffers a bit less than the lower end," said Matteo Uliassi at Franco Ferrari.There was a general move to trade up. Sally Oliver, fashion accessories buyer for Morleys in the U.K., said the five-door department store chain is raising its accessories price points and branding."If you're in the middle market, you can't compete now," Oliver said. "You need to go one way or the other."Oliver named Danish brands, including Kudibal scarves, among standout collections.Patent leather was a direction in bags, as seen at Stéphane Verdino, while jewelry trends included plastics, lots of filigree plus oversize balls in necklaces."It's really Marni-like," said Berry's Fasano.Although some exhibitors bemoaned a slow fair, business was brisk at Jessica Kagan Cushman. New accounts for the funky plastic bracelet firm included Italy's Coin department store.At Erickson Beamon, colorful, chunky necklaces featuring feathers and semiprecious stones were selling well."I think [the recession] might miss our customer altogether," said Erika Ballen, the brand's sales product coordinator.Buyers for It Girls, a boutique in Bournemouth, U.K., said the store would spend 30 to 40 percent more than last year.Lisa Shortbridge of accessories store La Rue Marche in Hudson, Wis., said, "Even with the weak dollar, we're still doing wonderfully. We haven't figured out where the doom and gloom is coming from."Others were feeling the economic chill, though. At eight-door chain The Jewellery Stop in the U.K., business has slowed considerably. "We had a good Christmas, but January is diabolical," said the director, Victoria McGowan-Smyth."There's a climate of unease and restraint," said Paula Reeves, chairman and chief executive officer of Black, an online accessories retailer based in the U.K. "It makes it more important to find that something unusual, and good quality."Retailers are changing direction more quickly, Fasano said."They switch from one month to the next," Fasano said. "They're quicker to pull something if it's not working straight away."Some brands had cut their minimums, suggesting fear of a slowdown."Stands will take any order," said Margaret Halley, whose budget for Sorbet, a 1,000-square-foot boutique in Tipperary, Ireland, was down 20 percent. "Before, they wanted a big order, money-wise. There was one belts stand. We weren't even going to ask, but they took the order."
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)