NEW YORK — "Thanks for braving our first winter storm of the year, which I’ll take as an indication of your commitment to cotton," Cotton Inc. president and chief executive officer J. Berry Worsham said Thursday night at the group’s...
NEW YORK — "Thanks for braving our first winter storm of the year, which I’ll take as an indication of your commitment to cotton," Cotton Inc. president and chief executive officer J. Berry Worsham said Thursday night at the group’s annual holiday gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The party opened with a walk-through of an exhibit called "The Legacy of Genghis Khan." The parallel between the infamous Mongolian hordes that swept across much of Asia and the feared onslaught of Asian imports in 2005, when the quotas are dropped, was clear to the textile executives who made the trip.
The walk-through was followed by a fashion show, which is a regular feature of the event, called "A Celebration of American Style."
Attendance by top executives from mills in the Carolinas was notably thinner than it has been in recent years, largely as a result of closed airports in Raleigh and other southern cities, which made it impossible for some to make the trip up.
Ira Livingston, senior vice president of consumer marketing for Cotton Inc., said he’d expected about 330 guests, but estimated actual attendance at around 200.
Still, he said, "Two-thirds isn’t bad on a day like today."
And proving the adage that every retailer is a farmer at heart — at least when it comes to blaming the weather for business conditions — several executives said they hoped that the early winter snowstorm would drive consumers into their stores in search of coats, gloves, scarves and other winterwear.
"I think it clearly signals the start of the season and can stimulate demand for cold-weather apparel," said R. Brad Martin, chairman and ceo of Saks Inc. "Our New York store was busy today."
Martin said he is confident about the holiday selling season, despite the weak comparable-store sales results reported for November by most major chains. But he acknowledged: "There’s a lot of buying that has to be done in a compressed period of time."
Anne Keating, senior vice president of public relations at Bloomingdale’s, said the cold weather hasn’t kept shoppers away. "It makes people buy gloves and scarves," she said.Peter McGrath, president of J.C. Penney Purchasing Corp., said he thought the timing of the storm worked well for merchants. "The good news is that it’s cold early in the season," he said, which makes it more likely consumers will reassess their cold-weather wardrobes sooner than they might during a February cold snap.
Not everyone was buying the snow-is-good theory, though.
"That’s probably an old wives’ tale," said Paul Charron, chairman and ceo of Liz Claiborne Inc. "But I’ll go for anything right now if it will help the business."
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty