Key Fashion Trends

MarketWatch  Jan 4  Comment 
Fossil Group Inc. was downgraded to hold from buy at Jefferies, and the price target lowered to $40 from $68. The accessories company is suffering from a slowdown in the watch category and increased competition, including digital competitors like...
The Hindu Business Line  Nov 16  Comment 
Online marketplace Snapdeal on Monday unveiled its newest innovation called Snaptrends — an online future-defining, fashion trends forecasting service for its sellers.  
Clusterstock  Nov 4  Comment 
One fashion trend is still hurting Michael Kors' sales growth and profits: smaller handbags.  Given their smaller sizes, these bags cost less — which can ultimately hurt the brand's profits, even if the number of physical bags sold are...
New York Times  Oct 28  Comment 
Raf Simons’s departure from Christian Dior becomes the latest example of a fashion trend in which brands treat designers as “work for hire”: The designers can leave, and they do.
Benzinga  Oct 1  Comment 
Steven Madden, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SHOO) has seen a 14.4 percent decline in its share price in the past three months, from the high of $43.86 on July 14. Telsey’s Kelly Chen has upgraded Steven Madden to Outperform, while raising the price target...
MarketWatch  Sep 11  Comment 
The growing athleisure fashion trend has made its way to New York Fashion Week.
Wall Street Journal  Jul 7  Comment 
Fair Trade coffee and chocolate have become commonplace. Get ready for Fair Trade fashion and décor.
Wall Street Journal  May 11  Comment 
German footwear firm shrugs at recent popularity with the trendy set. ‘Fashion trends tend to roll over us,’ says its CEO.
Financial Times  May 7  Comment 
Technology is starting to turn social media interactions into sales
MarketWatch  Apr 27  Comment 
Want to rock the hot fashion trends this spring? Put away your skinny jeans, one-shoulder dresses and “normcore” Jerry Seinfield-style bland fashion of jeans and white sneakers. Put on some emoji jogger pants, tulle skirts and sport a top...


Women's Dress Sales Surge

In the 12 months ending April 30, 2007, dress sales had increased by 30%, compared to a 5% increase for overall women's clothing, according to the NPD group. [1] In trying to understand the fickleness of women's fashion, one popular theory is that dresses--which are one piece--make it easier to match one's top and bottom apparel. Target (TGT) and British department store H&M are examples of retailers that have keyed in on this fashion trend.

  • One interesting complementary trend is the increase in pantyhose, which is produced by companies such as Hanesbrands (HBI), maker of leading brand Leggs.

Yoga Wear: A Lucrative Niche

  • Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) is a high-end yoga clothing company ($165M 2006 revenues, $3B market cap) that IPO'd in May 2007. From May to October, the company's stock price appreciated over 50% due to the growing popularity of yoga, which attracts a wealthy demographic with high disposable income. The company has about 60 retail outlets in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan, where luxury fashion consumption is high. The company benefits from increased spending on healthy living and aging American baby boomers, with whom yoga activity is disproportionately high

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