Year in Fashion 2016

Smaller beauty brands found themselves fair game for many of the industry’s big players over the past year.

Beauty Features

Year in Fashion: Beauty’s Buying Spree

Major movement in brand rosters — largely with the aim of appealing to Millennials — is happening at an unprecedented pace.

clock December 28, 2016Pete Born

The luxury sector had its toughest first half this year since 2009.

Designer and Luxury

Year in Fashion: Luxury Hits a Speed Bump

The high-end market experienced its roughest year in recent memory. All is not right yet, but hopeful signs are in the offing.

clock December 28, 2016Alex Wynne

Sports labels are making major moves into the fashion market.

Sportswear

Year in Fashion: Sports Brands Go Luxe

Score one for the athletic set, which is doing an end-run on fashion.

clock December 27, 2016Jean E. Palmieri and Katya Foreman

Calvin Klein got a new creative director, Ralph Lauren launched its “Way Forward Plan” and G-III Apparel bought DKI from LVMH.

Designer and Luxury

Year in Fashion: Ralph, Donna and Calvin See Changes

Three powerhouse American brands are in a moment of transition.

clock December 27, 2016WWD Staff

Sonia Rykiel.

Fashion Features

Year in Fashion: Remembering Industry Figures Who Died This Year

The following from the worlds of fashion, beauty, retail, society and media were among those who died this year.

clock December 22, 2016WWD Staff

As 2016 draws to a close, succession plans are in the works at companies such as VF Corp. and Macy’s Inc.

Human Resources

The Year in Fashion: Retail Execs Passing the Baton

The orderly transition of power is not confined to the White House. Retail and fashion revealed a host of (relatively) peaceful succession plans.

clock December 21, 2016David Moin and Vicki M. Young

Many have been taking advantage of a weaker pound — especially with regard to luxury goods, while the euro is also expected to soften.

Government and Trade

Year in Fashion: Brexit and the Global Populist Movement

Great Britain was the catalyst in the growing global populist movement that has spread to Italy and could hit France and Germany next.

clock December 21, 2016Samantha Conti

In 2016, designers grappled with customers’ needs and shopping behaviors in the digital landscape.

Designer and Luxury

Year in Fashion: The Rise of Instant Fashion

The Instant Fashion phenomenon swept through the industry in a fundamental challenge to the business model.

clock December 21, 2016Lisa Lockwood

Companies that employ social media influencers for campaigns could yield higher returns compared to sponsored content.

Fashion Features

Year in Fashion: The Social Media Influence Peddlers

There’s big bucks — and potential for entrepreneurship — in those clicks.

clock December 20, 2016Rachel Strugatz

Dries Van noten, fall 2016.

Designer and Luxury

Bridget Foley’s Diary: Fashion in the Shadows

Election turmoil aside, in 2016, genuine fashion took a sorry back seat to instant fashion in the proverbial conversation.

clock December 20, 2016Bridget Foley

Kanye West's Yeezy Season 5 show conflicts with other important designers' shows.

Designer and Luxury

The Year in Fashion: We Need to Talk About Kanye

Fashion — and the rest of the world — witnessed the celebrity-cum-fashion designer descend into crisis.

clock December 14, 2016Jessica Iredale

WWD Year in Review: The Angry American

Government and Trade

WWD’s Newsmaker of the Year: The Angry American

The country, maybe the world, was reshaped in 2016 as people wracked by working-class rage made themselves heard.

clock December 14, 2016Evan Clark

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Essentialist

Today's Must Read

The Outdoor Voices brands in the "center stage" at the Nordstrom flagship in Manhattan.

Business

Nordstrom Sees Sales and Earnings Decline

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Social Studies

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