The Quiet Giants

WWD, October 14, 2015

Overview

  The Nordstroms — Jamie, Pete, Erik and Blake — have stealthily built one of the most innovative department store retailers around, and they’re aiming for even bigger things.   SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Fashion Features

Celebrity Report Card: Suiting Up

From Washington D.C. to Hollywood, some of the style highs and lows of the week.

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Financial

Investors Eye Apparel, but Will the Market Bite Back?

Believe it or not, it’s actually a good time to invest in retail and apparel stocks. At least certain ones — and for now.

clock October 14, 2015Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Ken Seiff

Retail

Beanstalk’s Ken Seiff Talks E-commerce

Seiff discusses e-commerce, online consumer behavior and new technologies.

clock October 14, 2015Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Accessories at Kenzo RTW Spring 2016

Accessory Trends

Accessories Sizzle in Paris Collections

The spring 2016 collections had everything from necessities like luggage taken to new heights of chic to smart and chunky midheight heels.

clock October 14, 2015Roxanne Robinson and Anne-Aymone Gheerbrant

Vanessa Seward RTW Spring 2016

Fashion Features

Paris on the Move: The Spring 2016 Collections

The spring collections in Paris wound down with designers transporting us to places both familiar and exotic.

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The North Face’s Summit Series mountaineering collection.

Textiles

Textile Technology: More Than a Stretch

Athletes and those who want to look like them are demanding more than a little flex from their performance fabrics — and the textile industry has taken notice.

clock October 15, 2015Arthur Friedman

Illustration: Slouchy look from Paul Smith Spring 2016

Mens Fashion

Shape Shifters: Men’s Suit Designers Consider Looser Fit

The move from slim to slouchy suits has created a conundrum for retailers.

clock October 15, 2015Jean E. Palmieri and Alex Badia

The man-made hill at the Christian Dior RTW Spring 2016 show.

Fashion Features

The Hills Are Alive: Raf Simons’ Floral-based Dior Set

Raf Simons’ spring show for Christian Dior included a man-made hill built in the courtyard of the Louvre.

clock October 15, 2015Jessica Iredale

Jamie, Blake, Erik and Pete Nordstrom.

Retail

Nordstrom Aims for $20 Billion in Sales by 2020

Jamie, Blake, Erik and Pete Nordstrom may be lowkey and low profile, but they run one of the most innovative department store groups in the world – and are aiming for sales of $20 billion by 2020.

clock October 14, 2015David Moin

From left to right: No Ka’Oi; Zara Terez

Activewear

Activewear Designers to Keep an Eye On

As activewear has become a hot category for fashion and performance in recent years, more brands have sprung up with strategies to distance themselves from the increasingly dense pack. Here are a few to keep an eye on.

clock October 17, 2015Rachel Strugatz

Jim Bankoff

Media

Media People: Vox Media’s Jim Bankoff

Jim Bankoff, chairman and chief executive officer of Vox Media, isn’t exactly a typical start-up ceo.

clock October 17, 2015Alexandra Steigrad

A limited-edition pin from Pintrill.

Mens Clothing Furnishings

Pintrill Introduces Limited-Edition Pin Collections

Pintrill releases new limited-edition collections of pins each week with design that range from emojis to Kim Kardashian’s crying face.

clock October 18, 2015Aria Hughes

A visual from the Stormy Kromer ad campaign.

Mens Clothing Furnishings

Men’s Wear Spotlight: Stormy Kromer

For fall, the brand has collaborated with Wolverine on the Peninsula Cap, a variation of its original hat.

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Financial

Is the IPO Out of Fashion?

The splashy public stock offering isn’t the brass ring it was just a few years ago.

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Lynne Greene

Human Resources

CEW to Laud Its Brightest

Lynne Greene, Sylvie Ganter, Sandra Main, Lorraine Coyle, Rita Mangan, Shannon Curtin and Kathy O’Brien will be cited on Friday for career achievements.

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Aubrey Peeples in a scene from “Jem and the Holograms.”

People

Aubrey Peeples Embraces Her Inner Pop Star in ‘Jem’

With Aubrey Peeples, Jem is back in all her bubblegum-pop glory in a new movie.

clock October 16, 2015Marcy Medina

A look from Miller Brewing Co.'s capsule collection of men’s wear.

Mens Clothing Furnishings

Miller High Life Launches Clothing Line

The beer company has introduced a capsule collection of men’s wear made up of six pieces inspired by its vintage ads.

clock October 18, 2015Jean E. Palmieri

Katiusha Feofanova

People

Model Call: Katiusha Feofanova

The 20-year-old, Brooklyn-based model, whose mesmerizing face and waist-length hair have cemented her status as a rising editorial star, hails from a small town in Siberia.

clock October 17, 2015Kristi Garced

Kate Spade's Walk on Air

Fragrance

The Smell Test: Kate Spade Walk on Air

Fans of this fragrance praised it as being airy and fresh — even vivacious in a modern way — and pleasant as a nice spring day. But others, while saying it was pleasant, also found the scent unmemorable to the point of derivative.

clock October 14, 2015Pete Born

Essentialist

Today's Must Read

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Eye

Opera Director Robert Carsen Creates a Grand Set for "Karl For Ever"

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Social Studies