A cool start to spring is helping sell sweaters, which take on a seasonal freshness in colorful patterns. Quirky patterns are also finding their way onto dresses, and because of heavy rains — in the spirit of April showers — novelty trenches are in demand. Retailers report their biggest sellers this season.
Store: Tommy Bahama
Spring hit: "The biggest thing right now is printed sweaters in all sorts of pretty colors," said Lynne Koplin, president of women's wear. "It could have to do with climate, because it is colder everywhere than expected." She added that shorts were also strong sellers, making the waving palms pullover and sail-on canvas Bermuda shorts (shown) a powerful combination.
Price: $118 for a sweater, $78 for shorts.
Store: J. Crew
Spring hit: "Our customers continue to love our quality, incredible fabrics, quirky prints and patterns," said Jennifer Foyle, senior vice president of women's merchandising. "Whether it's the new Italian cashmere T-shirt, our assortment of new ballet flats or our perennial bestseller, the cotton beach dress (shown), shoppers this season are purchasing multiples in each style and shopping early before we sell out."
Price: $165 for the Lulu dress.
Store: Lord & Taylor
Spring hit: The Calvin Klein white label black patent trench "sold out in a matter of days," said LaVelle Olexa, senior vice president of advertising, sales promotion and public relations. "The demand has been such that we have reordered a thousand more. Trenches have been very, very strong."
Spring hit: In addition to its heavily publicized Boyfriend trouser, Gap is having success with its big-dot-printed Empire dress.
Spring hit: Prints on blazers, skirts and dresses are popular with customers, who made this black-and-white dress a bestseller.
Store: Kenneth Cole
Spring hit: Kenneth Cole New York always does well with accessories, and this season the Day and Night single-breasted satin trench is taking its place as a piece that can be added to any outfit — and boost sales.Price: $248
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)