September looked good for retail sales, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Economists for the NRF, the largest retail trade group in America, forecast good business for the crucial holiday season. NRF released a forecast on Oct. 7 that predicts sales in November and December will increase 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion.
LA Majors Market
Business for the juniors and department store–focused LA Majors Market, which ran Oct. 6-8 at the California Market Center, was brisk, according to the market’s vendors.
Spring 2015 Fashions
Predictions and observations on next year’s juniors fashions that came out of the Barbara Fields Spring-Summer 2015 Trend Presentation on October 6-8.
Returning to Juniors With Free Heart
Moshe Tsabag spent 12 years building the Hot Kiss juniors label before selling it in 2008 and turning his attention to the contemporary market with his Velvet Heart label.
Darlier this year, Hsu decided to make her life more manageable by shutting down her New York showroom and transferring it to Los Angeles.
At LA Market
Virginia native, opened her showroom, Summer Somewhere, in the Cooper Design Space in June. With the help of Richard Ruiz, stylist for Mara Hoffman, Spigel transformed the lofty corner space into a beach oasis, complete with a hammock hanging over a sandbox and display tables made from vintage surfboards.
Open. Fresh. Light. That’s how Kari Carpino describes the new showroom for Los Angeles–based casual contemporary line Allen Allen, which, Carpino said, is a good match with the Allen Allen personality.
For Karyn Kim, the questions all designers should ask themselves can be boiled down to a few Ws.
The trend presentation, held on Oct. 6, opening day of Los Angeles Majors Market at the California Market Center in Los Angeles, covered three key trends of the season: “Simply California,” “Effortlessly Feminine” and “Global Bazaar.”
Los Angeles Fashion Week begins today.
Fashioning the Future
First Lady Michelle Obama and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour hosted the first White House Fashion Education Workshop on Oct. 8 in Washington D.C.
Glenn Murphy, Gap Inc.’s chief executive officer and chairman, announced his resignation from the company on Oct. 8.
Expect a good Holiday season, according to a National Retail Federation forecast.
Rachel Zoe styled looks for high profile women such as Nicole Richie, Britney Spears and Kate Beckinsale before launching her own media vehicles such as Bravo program The Rachel Zoe Project. On Oct. 9, Zoe will be at South Coast Plaza in Orange County to helm the Live the Look Fall trend presentation runway show.
Alternative gained notice for designing sustainable clothing at its Los Angeles studio. Recently, Alternative designed some soft tees to raise funds for Art of Elysium
Steven H. Benrubi, the long-serving chief financial officer of The Wet Seal Inc., resigned from the struggling juniors retailer.
The supersize of the iPhone 6 (and iPhone 5 Plus, not to mention the Galaxy Note) has created a fashion problem.
Sportswear takes a femme turn with floral prints, tennis skirts, matching sets and plenty of crop tops. Game on.—N. Jayne Seward
Los Angeles Fashion Week runway shows get underway on Oct. 8. Events and details are still being finalized. We will add events to the online calendar as they are announced.