Long-suffering mainstream brands and retailers may find consumers pay greater attention to their made-over assortments as the economy and political climate undergo dramatic realignment.
With customers becoming more value-conscious and averse to conspicuous consumption, their sensibilities are changing even faster than their 401(k) balances. On top of that, enter Michelle Obama as the country’s new style icon: a woman who makes J. Crew and White House|Black Market aspirational.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"