In the broader market, the S&P 500 Retailing Industry Group fell 0.8 percent, or 6.12 points, to 787.51, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.8 percent, or 116.57 points, to 15,122.02. Stocks are still near their all-time highs, but investors are worrying over when the Federal Reserve will deem the economy strong enough for it to tighten up monetary policy, raising interest rates.
Among the other decliners were Fifth & Pacific Cos. Inc., down 3.1 percent to $21.23; J.C. Penney Co. Inc., 3.1 percent to $18.12; Amazon.com Inc., 2.2 percent to $274.78, and Saks Inc., 2.2 percent to $14.44.
Markets were also in retreat in Europe, with the FTSE MIB in Milan leading the way.
The Italian market sank 1.6 percent to 16,286.60, followed by the CAC 40 in Paris, which was down 1.4 percent to 3,810.56. The DAX in Frankfurt fell 1 percent to 8,222.46 and the FTSE 100 in London declined 0.9 percent to 6,340.08.
The euro traded at $1.32 against the dollar, while the pound fetched $1.55 and the Swiss franc equaled $1.07.
Retail and luxury stocks were mostly down with the market. The day’s biggest decliners included Burberry Group, down 4.8 percent to 13.58 pounds; Mulberry Group, 3.8 percent to 9.42 pounds; Safilo Group, 4 percent to 14.97 euros, and Yoox, 3.8 percent to 16.65 euros.
Europe’s markets started the day on a sour note after the Bank of Japan said it would not rely on more stimulus measures to boost the economy.
And a case on the legality of the European Central Bank’s bond-buying program began today in Germany’s top court. The ECB measures have provided a boost to euro zone countries struggling with soaring interest rates, but those who brought the case argue that it’s tantamount to the European Union giving aid to troubled nations through an indirect route.
“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