Accessories Help Neiman Marcus Q4 Sales

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Neiman Marcus Art of Fashion Fall 2012 Alexander McQueen.

Dallas—Although its full fourth quarter report won’t be released until Sept. 12, Neiman Marcus Inc. reported Thursday that total sales for the quarter increased 9% helped by sales in footwear, jewelry and handbags.

For the quarter ended July 28, Neiman Marcus said total sales reached $1.01 billion from $910 million last year. Comparable store sales rose 8%.

At its stores, which include Neiman Marcus stores and Bergdorf Goodman, comparable store sales rose 5.3% aided by strong performances in footwear, beauty, jewelry and men’s departments. At Neiman Marcus Direct, which includes online and catalogs, comparable sales rose 18.8% with strong sales in women’s contemporary sportswear, footwear, handbags, beauty and men’s departments.

In other news, Neiman Marcus premiered its latest The Art of Fashion campaign for Fall, which includes 27 images that will appear in the store’s September edition of the book. This year’s campaign was shot by Erik Madigan Heck, the youngest photographer ever hired to shoot the campaign.

‘Art of Fashion’ Photographer: ‘Blurs the Line’ Between Photography, Art

Designer merchandise featured in the Fall 2012 campaign includes: Gucci, Valentino, Tom Ford, Oscar de la Renta, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Celine, Dolce & Gabbana, Jil Sander, The Row, Etro, Akris, Alaia Paris, Proenza Schouler, Haider Ackermann, Burberry Prorsum, Lanvin Paris, Chanel, Mary Katrantzou, Jason Wu, Fendi, Lanvin Paris, Peter Piloto, Charlotte Olympia and Nancy Gonzalez.

Art of Fashion Fall 2012 Gucci

“We wanted to pair up this season’s exquisite fashions with a true creative visionary,” said Eddie Nunns, vice president at Neiman Marcus Brand Creative. “Erik Madigan Heck’s work blurs the lines between photography and art, and through his illustrative approach he created stunning images that differentiate this campaign from any other.”

In addition to the photography for The Art of Fashion, a trio of short films was shot and will be available at

Two original Erik Madigan Heck prints from The Art of Fashion portfolio will be auctioned October 20 in conjunction with the Two x Two for Aids (, a 13-year-old fundraiser that has raised over $34 million for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and the Dallas Museum of Art’s Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund.