Macy’s 150th birthday is being celebrated coast-to-coast, but the national chain staged its biggest bash Tuesday in New York, the department store’s hometown. Macy’s served up cocktails, fireworks and a red carpet for the top brass as well as 1,200 employees, celebrities, designers and vendors at Gotham Hall, a block from the Herald Square flagship. The timing was perfect, with the Dow soaring almost 900 points and taking Macy’s Inc. up 15.9 percent.
“It’s the Barack [Obama] bounce,” said shoe designer Steve Madden. “He’s so fashionable, with it and cool — he’ll be great for the fashion industry.”
Macy’s vice chairman Tom Cole steered clear of politics and economics. “We are so focused on what we have to do to win. If you worry about outside forces, you go crazy.”
“Everybody needs a party,” said Peter Sachse, chief marketing officer and president of Macy’s Corporate Marketing.
“We were around before Coca-Cola and Ford,” said Macy’s vice chairman Susan Kronick. “There is something about the resilience of Macy’s and this [department store] model and the specialness of the people here.” That morning, there was a big crowd inside the Herald Square flagship to fete the 150th. “If you would have walked in, you would have thought that there couldn’t be anything wrong with the world,” Kronick said.
On the red carpet were Macy’s celebrity designers Jessica Simpson and Martha Stewart, as well as Eva Mendes, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole, Steve Madden, Clinton Kelly and the “Ace of Cakes” crew from the Food Network. Inside they joined Big Bird, Miss Piggy and Elmo, and Macy’s chairman, president and chief executive Terry Lundgren and his wife, Tina. Macy’s executives Ron Klein, Jim Sluzewski, Martine Reardon, Bill McNamara, Janet Grove, Karen Hoguet and Robin Hall were also present. The crowd was wowed by huge projections of the original Macy’s on 14th Street, a high-octane performance by Alex Da Silva and Alien Ramirez from the hit show “So You Think You Can Dance” and singing by Michael Feinstein and 16-year-old Charice, who was discovered on YouTube by Oprah Winfrey and David Foster and is working on an album.
“Who knows what Macy’s total sales were on its first day?” Mayor Bloomberg asked the crowd. “Anybody know the answer? It was $11.06. I don’t know what you can get at Macy’s for that today. Perhaps a pair of socks.”
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion