Week in Review: Looking Forward—and Backward

Charlotte Ronson, Barbara Casasola, Kenneth Cole Collection

Hot Headwear from Charlotte Ronson, Barbara Casasola, Kenneth Cole Collection

New York—Get ready to put on your high hat…or a wide hat this year.

If you’ve been keeping up with daily chronicles from the runways of London, Milan and Paris, you’d know that Pharrell Williams-style headwear may soon be all the rage come this fall.

Other trends of note: fine feathered friends, patches and emblems, dark florals and edgy ruffles.

Even as the fashion focus is on fall, holiday (fourth quarter in the fiscal calendar) still is making an impact—as a flurry of retail earnings this year revealed. Increased price promotions, lower traffic followed by January’s polar vortex all combined to chill many retailers results…just about all of them in fact.

Retailers’ outlooks also appear to reflect lowered expectations for profits and sales ahead.

For get a better glimpse at what the future portends in merchandise and operations, take a look at this week’s top 10 online articles:

1.JCPenney Gets Pounce from “Improved” Q4 Report

2.Data Breach Slams Target Q4 Profit, Sales

3.Fashion Week Breaking Trends 2014: Hats Go High and Wide

4.Despite January Chill, Macy’s Posts 11% Q4 Profit Increase

5.Fashion Week Breaking Trends Fall 2014: Patches, Emblems

6.Sears Narrows Q4 Loss by Cutting Costs, Selling Assets

7.Fashion Week Breaking Trends Fall 2014: Feathers and Birds

8.Kate Spade’s Sales Increase Helps Fifth & Pacific Q4 Profit Triple

9.Fashion Week Breaking Trend Fall 2014: Edgy Ruffles

10.Abercrombie Q4 Profit Sinks 58%, But Still Beats Forecast

 

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