When it comes to the state of the retail and fashion apparel industries, the glass is either half full — or half empty. It depends on who you ask.
Online brands and the retailers who fared well during the 2017 holiday shopping season see the glass as half full. Sales were strong, with gains coming in at 4.7 percent while online sales rose 16 percent, according to some analysts. The National Retail Federation is also optimistic, and it recently issued a bullish outlook for the industry. But for many of the traditional retailers such as chain stores and department stores, the retail landscape is so challenging that stores must be shuttered and employees laid off.
As 2018 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at the best party photos of the year. First up, newlyweds Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra in black tie at Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary show in September.
📸: @zefashioninsider .
“Sand, summer, sea,” is how designer Sarah Staudinger describes of the beginnings of her latest collection for Staud, writes @elmercer.
Summer was encapsulated through an array of adorable picnic inspired garb in poppy hues like tablecloth gingham compact knit playsuits and matching sets and plenty of crudite-emblazoned offerings. The best foodie-looks included a salad printed waffle minidress with matching cardigan or a matching neon green knit set with fringe made of mini glass lemons (and matching croakies). #wwdfashion
With a litany of sold-out collabs, a history-making debut show for Louis Vuitton men’s and armfuls of awards, Virgil Abloh is WWD’s Newsmaker of the Year. 📸: @lexieblacklock .