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?
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)