Women’s apparel sales in the U.S. rose 3.7 percent last year, to $116.4 billion from $112.3 billion in 2012, according to The NPD Group’s compilation of results for 2013.
The results for last year include a 17 percent increase in women’s apparel bought on Web sites, accounting for about 15 percent of the total, or about $17.5 billion.
Smaller categories and distribution channels garnered the largest increases, with outerwear sales up 12 percent to $6.3 billion as persistent cold weather characterized the end of the year. Tailored clothing for women — including jackets, blazers and suit separates — registered an 11 percent increase to reach about $4 billion. The dress-up trend was also complemented by a 33 percent rise in sales of tights, NPD said.
Off-price retailers garnered the largest increases in women’s wear sales among the major distribution channels, with sales rising 8 percent to $13.1 billion. In descending order of increases, mass merchants were up 3 percent to $14.4 billion, department stores up 2 percent to $19.1 billion and, maintaining their position as the largest channel for women’s apparel sales, specialty stores up 2 percent to $42 billion. National chains, including J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and Kohl’s Corp., registered a 1 percent increase to $11.9 billion.
Warehouse clubs moved up 10 percent to $1.2 billion while “all other” retailers also gained 10 percent to account for $14.7 billion of the total.
Noting the double-digit increase in online purchasing, Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at NPD, pointed out that the average online purchase is larger than the average purchase made in a store.
“With the continued increase of online sales threatening the traditional brick-and-mortar retail model, retailers and brands must be quick to adapt to the changing needs of the online shopper,” he said. “Seamless integration across all channels will help retailers maintain a better connection with their shoppers.”
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)