Wall Street expected earnings per share of 22 cents on sales of $775.7 million.
“Our results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year were disappointing. However, we made progress during 2012 against our strategic initiatives,” said chief executive officer Thomas Johnson. “We added new talent to our team, injected more-relevant fashion into our assortments and developed our next-generation store model.”
The company, which posted an 8 percent decline in quarterly same-store sales, said it was pressured to slash prices during holiday to pique demand. This pushed quarterly gross margins down to 19.9 percent of sales from 24.3 percent a year earlier.
The teen retailer predicted a first-quarter loss in the range of 15 cents to 20 cents a diluted share, compared with year-ago earnings of 13 cents. Analysts expected a profit of 8 cents a share. The earnings cut assumes a double-digit same-store sales decline, the retailer said on its conference call to analysts and investors.
“We anticipate a challenging first quarter as a result of expected margin pressures from holiday carryover inventory and the impact of a weak macroeconomic environment,” Johnson said. “We will continue to plan our business conservatively and manage our cost structure carefully. While we face near-term challenges, we believe we have the right strategies and the right team in place to improve the trajectory of our business.”
With increased competition in the mall and an offering rooted in basics, and not fashion looks, Aéropostale said its fiscal 2012 net income took a hit, declining 49.8 percent to $34.9 million, or 43 cents a diluted share. Annual net sales remained steady, creeping up 1.9 percent to $2.39 billion.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast