NEW YORK--Monday's early spring snowstorm and tough day on Wall Street failed to put a damper on Lord & Taylor's 10th Annual Dress Design Scholarship Awards ceremony. "The weather stinks, the stock market was awful today, but the good news is the dress business is terrific," said a jubilant Marshall Hilsberg, L&T's chairman and chief executive officer, in what has become his annual address on the state of the store's dress business. "I can't remember a period of time when I've seen as much positive action in dresses as we've been experiencing in the last 60 to 90 days," Hilsberg told the 150 or so vendors and store personnel in attendance. L&T's dress business is up more than 14 percent for the season, he said. Noting that the average department store in America does about 4 percent of its volume in dresses, Hilsberg said L&T, which calls itself "America's Dress Address," realized 12.2 percent, or $207 million, of its $1.7 billion volume in dresses in 1996. The increase represents gains in the daytime dress business as well as special occasion. "It just goes to show that with everybody talking about casualization... the customer is kind of bored for the moment with some of that and clearly migrating back to wanting to feel good about themselves and wanting to dress up a little more," Hilsberg said. Hilsberg also said that with an annual growth rate of 12 to 14 percent, L&T is one of the fastest-growing department stores in the country. It has opened six stores in the last year and plans to open three more in the fall, each ranging from 120,000 to 130,000 square feet. Openings are planned in the Center City section of Philadelphia, and in the Palisades Center mall in West Nyack, N.Y. L&T's Denver store is moving to a new location this fall as well, said an L&T spokeswoman. The design ceremonies and scholarships were part of L&T's 10-day dress promotion, including a catalog mailed to one million homes and extensive newspaper ads. Ten students from design schools in New York, Washington, Boston, Chicago and St. Louis were awarded scholarships totaling $21,000. Winners from New York honored Monday were Parsons School of Design students Clarice Kniazzeh, Ted Kim and Vanessa Stokes and Fashion Institute of Technology students Kelly McAlee and Hyun Jeong Chang. Viviane Ascher, also from FIT, was awarded a scholarship, but was unable to attend the ceremony. Other winners were Ana Mena-Goncalves, Marymount University; Jennifer Reale, Massachusetts College of Art; Anju Rajashekar, Washington University, and Alicia Lee, School of the Art Institute. More than 50 students submitted designs in the competition. Judges included designers Donald Deal, Andrea Jovine, Donna Ricco and Kay Unger. On top of their scholarships, the winners will be offered job interviews with the participating judges.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)