It’s the large pocket of very cold air — usually the coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere — that sits over the polar region during the winter. This week, it found its way to southern Canada, the northern Plains, the Midwest and northeastern U.S., delivering a punch to retailers in the form of brutally cold temperatures and storms that kept stores closed and shoppers at home. This, after a holiday season that retail analysts are calling “anemic.” Planalytics calculated $5 billion in lost business for Monday and Tuesday, noting that about 200 million people have been affected by the weather.
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?"