Key Fashion Trends

The Economic Times  Dec 1  Comment 
Bengaluru-based Myntra, which was acquired by Flipkart in 2014, is using customer data to create personalised stores, and curating clothing lines based on fashion trends.
MarketWatch  Nov 23  Comment 
Urban Outfitters says the company’s third-quarter results were negatively impacted by a change in fashion trend that older shoppers have yet to respond to.
DailyFinance  Nov 4  Comment 
Filed under: Lifestyle, Skin The latest issue of British Vogue asks one question: "Is The Cleavage Over?" Ahead of the release of the December issue, U.K. Vogue surveyed its Twitter followers about a certain fashion trend: cleavage. SEE...
Wall Street Journal  Sep 29  Comment 
Lord & Taylor is taking a page from fast-fashion retailer Zara. The department-store chain is speeding up its supply chain to better catch popular fashion trends.
Forbes  Sep 29  Comment 
"The ‘lack of significant fashion trends’ is a poor excuse for Gap’s poor performance... Consumers are still buying clothes; it is just not the clothes at Gap.”
Southeast Farm Press  Jul 5  Comment 
If you could cite one culprit creating cotton’s current challenges in the apparel market, you could very easily point to the recent fashion trend that favors lightweight yoga pants over denim. read more
Wall Street Journal  Jun 15  Comment 
Cool weather in major markets, rising purchasing costs, few clear fashion trends: it has been a horrible spring for clothing retailers. But there is one exception: Inditex.
The Economic Times  Mar 10  Comment 
Spread over 2 floors and encompassing a space of more than 30,000 square feet, the new location will offer a wide variety of the latest fashion trends.
Japan Today  Mar 7  Comment 
For a glimpse of the latest fashion trends in Tokyo, venture to the Harajuku or Shimokitazawa shopping and entertainment districts. Renowned for narrow streets and off-the-beaten-track appeal, it is little wonder that independent live music...
Forbes  Feb 19  Comment 
Over the last couple of years the term ‘resort wear’ has become increasingly popular in fashion. But what does it actually mean, and where does it have its roots? Once the preserve of the wealthy elite who wore resort wear on their...


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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