NEW YORK — At a conference typically dominated by data technology and store gadgetry, the ailing economy and retail's sharp slowdown took center stage.
Retailers, reeling from a steep sales drop in December, came in record numbers to the National Retail Federation's Annual Convention and Expo at The Javits Center here, and for few good reasons. "They're looking for answers, and to commiserate with colleagues," said NRF's president and chief executive officer, Tracy Mullin. She cited a "tremendous" increase in attendance, to more than 18,000 from an expected 17,000.
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)