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.
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
Jewelry label @alisonlou has made a name for itself with fine jewelry that speaks to the Millennial market. Now @twallz21 reports that the label is bringing those playful ideas to a new affordable line of lucite hoops with the launch of Loucite by Alison Lou. Here’s a look from the line modeled by @emrata. #wwdaccessories
@sarahjessicaparker and @gilt are teaming up on a bridal ready-to-wear line. Tomorrow, Parker will launch SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal — and as part of the launch, Gilt will offer 15 exclusive styles from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear collection that were designed to complement the new line. Made out of 10 styles, the line is designed for a variety of occasions, from bridal showers to receptions. Get more details on WWD.com #wwdfashion