November 23, 2013
WWD highlights the 10 must-read stories of the week.
1. Newsmaker of the Year: The Candidates
Here, the names that dominated the headlines in 2013. The winner, selected by WWD editors, will be published Dec. 16.
2. Online Battle Begins for Holiday Dollars
The cyber retail wars are heating up — and retailers better make sure they are ready.
3. Ann Demeulemeester Exits Fashion
Ann Demeulemeester on Wednesday bowed out of fashion with a letter handwritten with a fountain pen, signed at the end with an “X” to represent a single kiss.
4. Retailers Prepare for Promotional Holiday
Promote now — and worry about the margins later. That seems to be the mind-set of U.S. retailers as they get set for the all-important holiday season.
5. New York Holiday Windows Go High Tech
Futuristic visions and frigid scenes — replete with snow and icicles indoors — are popular themes this year.
6. Meeting Opens to Discuss Racial Profiling
Retailers, city officials and civil rights leaders filed into the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church Friday morning for a retail forum organized by the Retail Council of New York State to address racial profiling and loss prevention at the stores.
7. Kering Takes Stake in Tomas Maier Brand
The French group revelaed that it has formed a joint venture with Maier to develop his brand, founded in 1997 and known primarily for swimwear, knitwear and jersey.
8. Rival Initiatives Find Common Ground on Bangladesh
The agreement is a major step toward easing what could have been conflicting — and confusing — rules to raise the standards in the South Asian nation’s apparel factories.
9. LVMH to Establish Global Fashion Prize
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is launching an international contest for young designers with some of the industry’s biggest creative figures choosing the winner.
10. Spring 2014 Outerwear Trend: Now You See Me
Not all outerwear is warm and cozy. Jackets in supersheer fabrics look to the light side for spring.