These are tough times to be in designer retailing.
Battling escalating prices for European collections and the shaky economy, American department and specialty stores are facing particular challenges with their designer business this spring. While stores say the designer business appears to be flat to slightly up so far this season versus a strong spring last year, they're cognizant of the price-value relationship when bringing in collections and are scrutinizing prices more than ever.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"