MORE SHOPPING HOURS: Germany’s cabinet moved Wednesday to relax the nation’s stringent laws regulating retail opening hours. According to a new bill approved by the cabinet, stores will now be allowed to remain open Saturdays until 8 p.m....
MORE SHOPPING HOURS: Germany’s cabinet moved Wednesday to relax the nation’s stringent laws regulating retail opening hours. According to a new billapproved by the cabinet, stores will now be allowed to remain open Saturdays until 8 p.m. Currently, German stores are required to close at 4 p.m. Saturdays, with the exception of the four Saturdays before Christmas, when they may stay open until 6 p.m. The new ruling, which still must be passed by the parliament, would allow retailers to conduct business from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Sundays, however, will remain "a day of rest" in Germany, with stores closed, according to Wolfgang Clement, the German minister of trade and commerce who framed the new law. German retail and consumer groups welcomed the new opening hours, whereas trade unions have been quite vocal in their opposition. The earliest the new law could take effect is April.
I’LL FORSAKE MANHATTAN: There could be another retail vacancy downtown, if real estate sources have it right. Kmart Corp.’s Astor Place location is reportedly one of the New York sites being actively considered for closure in the next round of the bankrupt discounter’s space reductions. Unlike Astor Place and a location in Queens, the bankrupt discounter’s other Manhattan location, on 34th Street, is not believed to be on the list of nearly 600 stores the firm is reviewing for possible termination. The 34th Street unit appeared destined for closure about two years ago, before that decision was rescinded following the hiring of a new store manager.
Yesterday, the Parisian fashion house @azzaro_official cut the ribbon on a temeporary retrospective at the wing of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The exhibition, which shows the lasting influence of the brand’s founder Loris Azzaro, is titled “Azzaro, Fifty Sparkling Years” and presents 50 looks. In it’s ’70s heyday, fans of the brand included Jane Birkin, pictured here, Raquel Welch, Brigitte Bardot and more. See more photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@trinaturk and @macys Inc International Concepts line are linking up on a collection for summer — filled with accessories, swimwear and shoes. The collection will also include a Mr Turk men’s line, both of which are the designer’s first entry into a more accessibly priced area. “It’s very world-traveler, gypset-inspired,” said Turk. The Trina Turk x INC line will launch on May 15th. #wwdfashion
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