NEW YORK--Daytime dresses and suits were high on the lists of buyers attending two hotel trade shows here last week. Both categories were checking well at the Designers at the Essex House and at the American International Designers at the Waldorf-Astoria, although some retailers said they need more options. The Essex House show opened April 8 and closed last Thursday. The Waldorf event also began on April 8, but will continue through April 25. While social-occasion is still the strength for many of the vendors at these upscale ready-to-wear shows, day dresses and suits are gaining in importance, executives said. In the past year, dress sales have increased dramatically at Octavio in Baltimore, where business is expected to increase by 30 percent this year, said Betsy Wendell, head buyer. Having ordered silk dresses from Stanley Sherman, Gene Roy, Claire's Collection and Helga, Wendell said the category should continue to be strong through the fall. Octavio is planning for a 20 percent increase in suits, "a really important part of the business," she said, adding that Algo of Switzerland, Lane Davis and Marisa Minicucci are key vendors. This season, unlike previous ones, customers are asking for dresses at Littler in Seattle, according to buyer Theresa Graff. With an increased show budget, Graff ordered dresses in lightweight wool or silk from Travilla and David Hayes. She was also pleased that Travilla and other show resources have placed a greater emphasis on suits, which is also a growth area. "The suit is the prettiest thing out there," said Yvonne Nelson, owner of Yvonne's, Camp Hill, Pa. "Customers are more price-conscious than they've ever been. Some people think of it as more of a value." Nelson said she was planning to increase her suit orders this season, including more from David Hayes and Travilla. However, aside from William Pearson, Nelson said, she wasn't pleased with the dress offerings. Barbara Racich, owner of Merrick's in Princeton, N.J., said business is off by 5 percent compared to a year ago, citing a lack of proper product. "We have a huge open-to-buy in daytime dresses," she said. "We have to turn customers away left and right. It's hard to find a good-looking dress that will retail for $300. We still haven't found a replacement for the old Albert Nipon dress customer." Shopping at the Waldorf show, Racich said she was also in the market for career suits. "A lot of suits have gotten rather dressy. They're more appropriate for special occasion dressing," she said. "Our customers are mostly professional women--doctors and lawyers. They're buying suits from St. John and Fabrikant knits because they can't find regular suits." Troa Cho, a ready-to-wear resource showing at the Waldorf for the first time this season, had a strong reaction to its suits and day-to-dinner dresses, according to Brenda Alosio, director of sales. A belted wool jacket with a silk and wool small check skirt and a velvet jacket with a silk skirt were among the bestsellers, she said. A wool melton tank dress and a tapered jacket and a belted wool and silk sleeveless jacket dress were also well received.
@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
@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)