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: