Europe Watch: Heat Wave … Tailor-made Topshop … Maxmara’s Move
HEAT WAVE: Sweden’s Hennes & Mauritz on Friday reported September sales rose 10 percent, below analysts’ consensus forecasts of 16 percent growth. The fast-fashion giant blamed a weak first two weeks, when the weather was warmer...
HEAT WAVE: Sweden’s Hennes & Mauritz on Friday reported September sales rose 10 percent, below analysts’ consensus forecasts of 16 percent growth. The fast-fashion giant blamed a weak first two weeks, when the weather was warmer than usual across much of Europe. H&M said sales accelerated in the last part of September. The firm last month reported strong third-quarter profit growth of 18 percent. — Robert Murphy
TAILOR-MADE TOPSHOP: Britain’s iconic fashion emporium Topshop will add an atelier service to its ever-expanding portfolio of creative customer services, starting Oct. 23. Customers at the Oxford Circus flagship in London will be able to work with the store’s seamstresses to design their perfect dresses. Choosing from five styles, including a flapper dress and an Empire-line gown, customers can choose the length, bust-line and fabric for their frocks. The silk, satin and chiffon fabrics — which come in a rainbow of jewel tones — can also be trimmed with beads, sequins and vintage brooches. The whole process, from the initial consultation with an in-house style adviser to the final fitting two weeks later, will cost between $216 and $343. — Ellen Burney
MAXMARA’S MOVE: MaxMara has moved into the former Dunhill space at 19/21 Old Bond Street. The new, 6,422-square-foot store is just 100 yards from MaxMara’s previous New Bond Street premises, and had a soft opening last month. “It was more economically viable to have a larger store, which could carry all the MaxMara lines under one roof,” said a company spokesman. MaxMara acquired the lease from Dunhill in a seven-figure deal that involved the acquisition of the remaining three-year lease and the negotiation of a new 20-year lease with landlord Buckingham Management Services Ltd. The flagship is London’s second MaxMara store, in addition to the brand’s Sloane Street location. — Nina Jones
ENGLISH CHANNEL: Sidney Ingle-Finch has joined Louis Vuitton as communications director for the U.K. She reports to Sue Whitely, the former chief executive of Alexander McQueen who joins Vuitton Nov. 8 as managing director for the U.K. and Ireland. Previously, Ingle-Finch was vice president of p.r. for Paris-based Emanuel Ungaro. — Miles Socha
@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)