Key Fashion Trends

Clusterstock  Apr 2  Comment 
Though it may not feel like it quite yet, it's officially spring — that means it's time to talk about men's spring fashions. The majority of men's New York Fashion Week collections were preppy and athletic, with lots of printed pants, jackets,...
New York Times  Feb 11  Comment 
Many clothing companies are enlarging their space by placing employees in smaller shared offices.     
BBC News  Feb 3  Comment 
Traditional indigo dyers in Kano City, Nigeria struggle to survive, as locals turn to new fashion trends and insurgency in the north of the country keeps tourists away.  Jan 9  Comment 
For the umpteenth quarter in a row, the retailer's food division bailed out the clothing side "A big deli selling occasional knickers" will not be Marks & Spencer's advertising slogan next Christmas. But the gag from financial risk management...
Forbes  Dec 27  Comment 
A review of the 2013 spring and fall fashion trends.
New York Times  Dec 19  Comment 
Analysts and retailers, already expecting sluggish holiday sales, say that a truly dominant fashion trend has yet to emerge this year.     
TechCrunch  Oct 17  Comment 
Lil'Stylers, a new shopping discovery service launching first on the iPhone, has a different (and maybe unsettling?) take on tracking children's fashion trends. For those following mobile shopping space, the easiest way to put it is to say it's a...
Clusterstock  Oct 2  Comment 
A trend is, by definition, a passing thing. Often it's passing because in some small way, deep down we know it's wrong — take the the Macarena for example. I think we all really knew that was a mistake. The same thing can happen in fashion....
Forbes  Sep 26  Comment 
VicenzaOro serves as a showcase of beautiful objects that combine artistry, international fashion trends and technical knowhow. On this level, the show did not disappoint.
Clusterstock  Sep 6  Comment 
We sent our resident street style photographer, Melodie Jeng (you know her from  The NYC Streets ) to snap the men on the streets of Florence, Milan, and Paris during the recent Fall 2013 shows.  She came back with hundreds of great images of...


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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