Bestsellers of 2002: Hot Pockets Amidst A Very Trying Yule
NEW YORK — Ticktock. Ticktock. Time waits for no man — especially procrastinat-ing holiday shoppers. All around the country, cash registers buzzed at department stores and specialty boutiques as hordes of people braved seemingly eternal...
NEW YORK — Ticktock. Ticktock. Time waits for no man — especially procrastinat-ing holiday shoppers. All around the country, cash registers buzzed at department stores and specialty boutiques as hordes of people braved seemingly eternal lines to buy their loved ones that perfect gift.
Is the retail landscape really all good cheer, though? Not quite. Christmas 2002 will go down as a dogfight for business, with steep and steady markdowns, "private" sales that actually were open to anyone, and stores barely making their plans — even the great Wal-Mart. Some companies even advertised post-Christmas price cuts practically a week before Santa arrives. Industry-wide, sportswear sales, with the exception of contemporary areas, have been disappointing.
But, as in any season, there have been some bright spots. Friday after Thanksgiving there was a big rush to the malls, and with the blast of arctic temperatures, decent business in outerwear, hats, scarves and all sorts of cold weather accessories. Also, sweaters, leather and suedes, jewelry and men’s accessories have helped keep spirits up at retail. Last week, WWD asked stores for their best selling items. No big surprises here. The classics — toasty scarves, techy mP3 toys and elegant eveningwear — still move. Meanwhile, fashionistas proved that a wayward economy won’t get in their way and flocked to anywhere that offers Pucci, specifically the beach bags, towels and bathingsuits for resort. And jeans from denim de jour line Paper Denim and Cloth have sold well, as have Juicy Couture’s track suits in velour or cashmere. Quirkier items, such as Paul Frank’s printed undies or CeCe Cord’s puppy sweaters, were snapped up, too.Here, some of the season’s cozier sellers. Stocking stuffers, anyone?
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)