Retailers may be worried about the economy and Wall Street's woes, but the arrival of spring fashions should offer some hope. So far this season, shoppers are going for printed dresses, classic styles and bright trenches. A dozen monobrand retailers reported early spring favorites.
Store: Elie Tahari Bestseller: Veronica wrap dress Price: $348 Why: "Big, bold floral prints are popular this season; this dress demonstrates this trend in a very wearable way," said designer Elie Tahari.
Store: Lacoste Bestseller: Short sleeve pique polo Price: $75 Why: "We brought the classic polo back by demand," said Daniela Bocresion, senior vice president of merchandising and marketing. "The new twist is the shirt features a slightly larger crocodile and has a longer body with a sporty shirttail hem. It comes in 20 colors."
Store: Ann Taylor Bestsellers: Red belted coat and poppy floral print dress Price: $198 (coat) and $148 (dress) Why: "A colored trench, a beautiful floral dress and colored patent accessories are the must haves for the season, and red is the perfect update to take our client into spring," said Adrienne Lazarus, president of AnnTaylor Stores Corp. "They are all fashion right, feminine and impulsive."
Store: Tommy Hilfiger Bestseller: Key West trench Price: $198 Why: "Trenches are hot," said a spokeswoman. "This one has classic trench styling with patent leather contrast trim, oversize buttons and clean styling."
Store: Banana Republic Bestseller: Monogram trench Price: $295 Why: "There is a strong directional pull toward a dressed up elegance for Banana Republic's women's monogram collection," a spokeswoman said. "This collection is about beautiful style and alluring classics that push silhouette and capture a new sensuality."
Store: Kenneth Cole Bestseller: Contrast layered jersey dress Price: $178 Why: "The colorblocking is very fresh on an otherwise simple silhouette," said a spokeswoman. "It is flattering on all body types."
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion