Akris customers appear to be bucking the ailing economy, ringing up $1 million in sales during a three-day fall trunk show last week at Bergdorf Goodman.
On the first day, May 13, Akris broke Bergdorf's record for the most actual sales in a single day by a designer. Instead of ordering select items, Akris fans were buying sheath dresses in cashmere and silk jersey for $2,990, as well as double-faced wool and cashmere suits. But the latter offered versatility: Jackets, tunics, pants and skirts were among the combinations offered. The suits were a $6,000 purchase, excluding the tunic.
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?"