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Innovative and Smart: J. Crew Does it Right

Preppy with an edge: that’s the J. Crew style. But style alone doesn’t equal success. Just ask Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle and Aeropostale, whose sales and profits are plummeting. J. Crew has over 330 stores and revenues of over $2.4 billion. At the end of fiscal 2013, J. Crew had 257 J. Crew stores, 8 Crewcut stores (for kids in sizes 2 to 14) and 65 Madewell stores, which sell well-made, well-fitting jeans in various styles and washes. Denim devotees are big fans...

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Milan Fall RTW 2014 Fashion Trend Runway Report

Italy, the home of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. There really is a good reason why Italians are considered the greatest designers in the world. The Milan Fall Ready-to-Wear fashion runway shows were a celebration of color, imagination and brilliant design concepts.   Giorgio Armani Show: Milan, 2/24/2014 Let’s start with the Maestro, Giorgio Armani. Luxurious, sensual with a business appropriate edge, a big portion of this collection was in rich grey flannel. The details were in the cuts,...

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Fall 2014 Ready to Wear London Trend Report

London Calling! Thank goodness for the fresh, unconventional, experimental and unexpected fashions we are lucky to find during the Fall RTW shows presented in the U.K. With a history of the avant-garde in their blood, English designers seem a bit more progressive in the chances they take. We saw more color than was present in the New York shows and added drama. Here is a chance to pick up new lines, with something completely different and exceptional to offer....

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Fall 2014 Ready to Wear New York Trend Report

Where have all the colors gone? Muted, subtle and neutral are the most prevalent color trends for Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear, at least from the New York contingency. Blush, taupe, nude, black and white with tiny splashes of color were on the palettes of many of the New York designers. Red seems to be one of the favored pops of color, with a bold jewel tone teal as another burst of color spotted. This richer tone of green is much more flattering...

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Fascinators: The Up-Trending Chapeau

We all acknowledge that the Duchess of Cambridge, (that’s Kate Middleton to you and me) is the Queen of the fascinator. Yes, down the road she’ll be a slightly different type of Queen. But for now, we’ll discuss her almost super human dedication to the craft of couture millinery. Hats have been around since Adam and Eve, but for our purposes, we will focus on the currently up-trending fascinator. The drama of the tiny...

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The Influence of Street Art and Graffiti on the Apparel and Retail Industry

When you’re standing in the blowing chill of an arctic blast, waiting for the subway train to finally arrive, clutching at the collar of your coat, you pray that tomorrow will be summer. You know that’s not living in reality, but just to get through the next seven minutes, until the train arrives, you will gladly leave the real world. You look up to a vision of waving palm trees, a blue rolling ocean, furry coconuts...

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“Seeing Red” Red Hot Trends for Valentine’s Day

We celebrate romance, love and all things cherubic on Valentine’s Day. Why, you may ask? Many scholars believe that there actually was a St. Valentine, who was a priest who lived around 270 AD in Rome.  The Roman emperor at that time period was Claudius II.  Claudius felt to make a better soldier, a legionnaire must remain unmarried. He didn’t want his soldiers thinking of home and pining away for wife and family, so he...

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Menswear Fall 2014 Trend Report

The Menswear Fall 2014 Shows presented in London, Milan and Paris the second and third weeks of January, 2014 are what fashionistas live for. Gone are the days of the single uniform for Men. The man in the grey flannel suit? That concept seems like a million years ago. Men now have the luxury that women have always had…the indulgence of choice. There were so many extravagant, opulent and lavish silhouettes to describe, that this particular Fashion Trend Analyst is...

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Up-Trending with Downton Abbey Fashion

When 10.2 million dedicated fans tune into a single TV show, that’s a trend your retail Fashion Trend Analyst takes note of. On Sunday evening, January 5, 2014, a record number of viewers sat back, (presumably with a nice cuppa tea), to watch the premiere episode of season four of Downton Abbey. These numbers have broken all previous records, surpassing season three. 10.2 million devotees made this the highest rated drama premiere in the entire history of PBS. How does this information...

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Why a Commitment to Fair Trade is Good for Business

We hear everyone mention Fair Trade; our vendors, our buyers, our customers. But what does is actually mean and how can it be beneficial for a major retailer to support an effort to buy Fair Trade products? First, it’s not a basic few sentences that will define Fair Trade. In a most simplistic explanation, Fair Trade is dedicated to helping artisans from around the globe, many in developing countries, who are socially and economically marginalized. By purchasing handmade...

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Pre-Fall Fashion 2014 Trend Report

How does one keep track of what’s hot, what’s not, what we should bring onto our selling floors and what should be relegated as a curiosity only? Then there’s the multitude of fashion shows, runway collections, introductions and openings. Who could possibly keep track of all of this fashion information?!  Relax, I’ve got it all covered for you. The Pre-Fall collections were recently shown in New York, Milan and London. Here...

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Why Your Fashion Trend Analyst Information Is Essential Across All Retail Departments

Starting where we left off from our last article, we explored the exciting Pre-Fall offerings from the recent runway shows. Once we study all the designers, shows, collections and fashion developments, we sift through all the data and decide what is important to focus on as a hot new trend. Of course we will target this trend in the apparel departments, but the many other departments of the retailer are equally important. The customer needs to see that...

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Why a Professional Fashion Trend Analyst is a Necessity for Every Retailer

Do you recall the Christian Dior Fall 2010 Couture runway show, held on July, 4th, 2010 in sun drenched Paris? I do. I wrote a trend report around it. A fabulous, riotous explosion of flowers; an overflowing bouquet of bold and brilliant colors, textures, layers, ruffles, gathers and delicate fringe.  Breathtaking gowns meticulously crafted, exploiting ostrich feathers and tiers of organza and tulle. Voluminous ball gowns with huge, extravagant A-line skirts and off-the-shoulder fitted bodices that seemed to float down the...

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Top Ten Trends Discovered in Luxury Boutiques Worldwide

Yes, we all love to travel. Racing to the airport, then the delays. The passenger sitting behind you on the plane coughing on your neck, the (shudder) airline food, the luggage conveyer snake swallowing your new LV suitcase. But let’s stop right there. There’s no need for you to budge from your desk. I have brought the top ten international fashion trends directly to you. Uncovered in the most chic, luxury boutiques across the globe, stunning...

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