PARIS — Fast-fashion retailers are taking their wares to the countries that usually make them.
Hennes & Mauritz AB said Tuesday it had signed a contract to open its first store in Turkey in Forum Istanbul, the country’s biggest shopping center. The 24,750-square-foot store will open in November, the Swedish retailer said.
Karl-Johan Persson, chief executive officer of H&M, said the company had long had business relations with Turkey, where some of its clothes are produced.
“We are very pleased to open our first store in Turkey. It is an interesting market with a large, young and fashion-conscious population, which offers great potential for future expansion,” Persson said.
Turkey is the third new market for H&M this year following openings in South Korea in February and Israel in March. The retailer plans to open a total of 240 stores worldwide in 2010.
Meanwhile, Spain’s Inditex said it has brought Zara to India, meaning the brand now has a retail presence in 77 countries. The first Zara store — a 19,375-square-foot location — opened last week in the Select City Walk Mall in New Delhi.
Europe’s largest clothing retailer said it was planning a second locale at the DLF Promenade Vasant Kunj mall in New Delhi, in addition to a store in the Palladium Mall shopping center in Mumbai and further locations in the country’s largest cities.
Inditex started its retail expansion in India through a joint venture with Trent Ltd., the retail arm of the Tata Group.
“The country has a dozen cities whose populations each exceed three million people, and the Indian market promises substantial growth potential for Zara’s fashion offering,” Inditex said.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)