FEDERATED’S FALL: Citing weak sales, Standard & Poor’s revised downward —to "negative" from "stable" — its outlook on Federated Department Stores Inc.’s debt. Still, the retailer’s corporate credit rating was...
FEDERATED’S FALL: Citing weak sales, Standard & Poor’s revised downward —to "negative" from "stable" — its outlook on Federated Department Stores Inc.’s debt. Still, the retailer’s corporate credit rating was reaffirmed at BBB-plus. S&P’s lowest investment grade, above "junk" status, is BBB-minus. S&P analyst Gerald Hirschberg, in a statement, said the change "was based on a continuation of disappointing sales," as well as "expectations that these negative trends may not reverse soon." Federated has indicated that its comparable-store sales for the first two weeks of August were "very disappointing." The firm has also reduced comp expectations for the fall to a 1 to 3 percent increase — down from the 3 to 3.5 percent uptick previously anticipated.
RUSSELL MOVES IN: The Russell Corp. has acquired Moving Comfort, a $10 million Chantilly, Va.-based activewear maker that caters to female runners, for undisclosed terms. Founders Ellen Wessell and Elizabeth Goeke will remain with the company as president and executive vice president, respectively. Moving Comfort will continue to be based at its Chantilly headquarters at least through 2003, a Russell spokeswoman said. The Atlanta-based Russell plans to keep scouting brands that suit its portfolio, which includes Russell, Jerzees, Mossy Oak, Cross Creek and Discus.
MACY’S AGREES TO BE ACCESSIBLE: Macy’s West agreed Thursday to a court order to make all merchandise in its Union Square store accessible to wheelchair- and scooter-bound shoppers by clearing at least 32 inches in at least one nearby path. The agreement settles one of the last remaining claims against the San Francisco-based retailer from two lawsuits the Oakland, Calif.-based Disability Rights Advocates filed five years ago. At that time, a San Francisco judge found that the Union Square flagship and a Macy’s store in Sacramento violated state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination against disabled individuals.
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