NEW YORK — Stick with the tried-and-true or experiment with something new.
That was the choice facing buyers at the spring market here as stores continue to struggle with a reluctant shopper and the economic downturn. While August typically is not a busy market, retail turnout was brisk from major stores and specialty boutiques at Madison Avenue showrooms and two trade shows, Lingerie Americas and CurveNY. Vendors generally said reaction was strong to product that was fresh and innovative, as well as new brands such as Jessica Simpson Intimates, Tra La La, Emporio Armani Underwear and the relaunch of Donna Karan Intimates. But with the exception of a smattering of specialty stores that ordered immediate merchandise to bring in newness, orders from major chains are not expected to be completed until mid- to late September.
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)