NEW YORK--With temperatures on the rise, sales of moderate-price sportswear at department stores and specialty chains over the past two weeks have improved over the year-ago period. Some buyers have reported increases as high as 10 percent. In an informal poll of retailers around the country, bestselling looks included knit dressing, denim-related tops and twill walk shorts. Here, some early stars.
Belk Department Stores, Charlotte, N.C. Denim-related shorts, at $24.99, by Lee and Levi's, as well as Belk's own private-label program, according to Susan Powers, divisional merchandise manager. Also strong: wrinkle-resistant pants and shorts in cotton and linen by Lee and EHL by Eddie Haggar. Prices range from $24.99 to $34. Other bestsellers are the $19.99 knit short-sleeved tops by Alfred Dunner and Koret of California.
Filene's, Boston Pull-on pants and item jackets, in polyester-rayon blends, by Sag Harbor, Requirements and Fundamental Things, according to Phyllis Johansen, vice president, creative merchandising. Average price is about $48 for pants, the same for jackets. Other bestselling items include polyester/rayon walk shorts, at $30, by Sag Harbor; knit and twill short sets, from $24 to $30, by Karen Scott, the store's private label, and Karen Scott's two-piece chambray dressing, including shorts and tops at $14.99.
J.C. Penney, Dallas Short-sleeve mesh tunics, cotton/rayon T-shirts, woven and crocheted vests and microfiber shells, all from Worthington, its private-label brand, according to a spokeswoman. Other popular items from Worthington include crinkled skirts, skorts and patterned trousers. Prices range from $15 to the mid-$30s.
Weiners, Houston Sleeveless twill and chambray shirts, at $14, by Miss Erika; $20 rayon skorts and $20 camp shirts by Fritzi of California and Cabrais; cotton rompers, in the low $20s by E.S. Sutton and Joy Mark and $8.50 solid T-shirts from Hanes Your Way, according to Mike Burka, buyer for misses' moderate sportswear.
Carson Pirie Scott, Milwaukee Walk shorts in cotton/rayon, from $24 to $28, and $38.96 structured blazers in rayon/ polyester, all by Casablanca, reports Bill Lasche, vice president, fashion and product development. Also popular: 21-inch straight skirts, at $21.96, as well as button-front skirts from Briggs. Another hot look is two-piece knit dressing, from $24 to $28, by Michael Carrie.Certified Buying, a New York buying office The $32 button-front skirts in rayons by Inclinations and Renee Adams, and the $40 blue and white checked rayon acetate high-twist tunic with $35 drawstring pants of textured rayon by Ellen Figg, says Heidi Goldstein, divisional merchandise manager. Also doing well are $20 cotton polo shirts from Crystal and All Points; a $59.99 black and white check suit from Ellen Figg, and $15 cotton clamdigger pants by Miss Erika.
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“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia