Will New York and London Fashion Weeks Produce Fiscal Runway Hits?
With New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week just wrapping up and Milan Fashion Week gearing up at full speed, it’s hard not to notice some of the standout companies hitting trends head on and making bold fashion statements for their Spring 2013 shows:
During New York Fashion Week, Ralph Lauren (NYSE:RL) found inspiration from Spain. Envision a day of bull fighting and flamenco dancing, i.e., lots of matador jackets and ruffled dresses, and you’ve got a pretty good visualization of the overall collection. Will consumers find Spain inspiring enough to use their purchasing power to support Mr. Lauren’s vision?
Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS) also hit the New York runways and delivered a gamut of bright and bold hues in stripes, hounds tooth, color blocking, and graphics. He was right on trend for the season with his color palette, and with a more commercial collection he may prove a retail winner when his collection hits stores.
Over at London Fashion week, Burberry (LSE:BRBY.L) was all about the cape (and the iconic trench coat, of course). Burberry kept with the beautiful and bold color trend on the capes and trenches, and also added a bit of a metallic element. We know the trench coat is a perennial favorite, but how will the cape fair with consumers?
As with every season there are always some major hits and a few misses. Will consumers love or leave the Spring 2013 designs, and will retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue (NYSE:SKS) and Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) that carry high fashion labels like Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and Burberry profit or plummet with Spring 2013’s new array of fashion?
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